Wine on a Dime-with a twist!

I thought with the upcoming holidays you may like some gift giving guidance from wine on a dime.  Maybe the gift will be to yourself, but none the less here are some fun picks. I will give you a few every Friday leading up to Christmas.

  • Thanks for inviting me to your holiday party, but I barely know you and/or don’t really like you but feel obligated:

Here are some wines to bring so you don’t look like a degenerate rocking up to the party empty handed. Not expensive, not cheap piss- and pretty “user friendly”.

Villa San Juliette Petite Sirah Paso Robles 2010 $15-$18.  (Red)

Joseph Carr “Dijon Clone” Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2009 $16-$18  (White)

J Vineyards “Cuvee 20″ Russian River Valley NV $20  (Sparkling)

All of these are delicious wines and good value. All of these are good wine producers, so if you cant find this exact varietal, but your wine shop has another by the same producer, go for it.


  • I love you to bits, but the economy in in the hole and this is a splurge for me:

These are wonderful wines that are a bit more expensive and are well known labels. People will say oooh, nice when they receive these. I know I would!

Golden Eye Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2009 $55

Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley 2010 $65

Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee Champagne, France $55-$60


  • And when you really want to break the bank. When what you really want say is “I’m here to really impress you” or “I know you don’t play when it comes to drinking”:

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2008 $230

Kongsgaard “The Judge” Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009 $195

Krug Champagne France 1996 $280


So that should get you started. Next week I will have international picks. I thought I’d keep it simple this week. Happy Friday!



About Wine Scrag

I was born a share croppers daughter.... Nope that was George Jefferson. Well son, whatever. I am married and have 2 amazing girls, 5 and 3 years old. I have a bachelors degree in Psychology from a private woman's university. I learned endurance, stamina, how to love and be loved while I studied there, but I figured out that I was capable of anything afterword. I spent 3 years backpacking through Europe and East Africa and then relocated to San Francisco's Bay area. Being a part of the food and wine culture there ignited my passion. Now back on the East Coast, I am a stay at home Mom, Certified Sommelier, Blogger and all around fruitcake!