Rainy winter evenings call for wine…

Holiday Gift Guide Picks – For Him and Her!

After a long day at work, and a cold and rainy evening, it’s nice to sit down and have a nice glass of wine. To me, a good wine is enjoyed at home and also when shared with others. It’s even better when they are affordable.

The Apothic Red wine is the perfect way to spice up a cold winter night. This enticing blend of smooth Merlot, spicy Zinfandel and lush, dark Syrah is a great addition to any festive gathering or a romantic dinner for two.

Apothic RedMore about the Apothic Red:


In late 2006, a veteran winemaker worked along side his protégé Boyd Morrison to explore the Old World traditions of winemaking while realizing a markedly New World style. Morrison used this experience as his inspiration to create Apothic Red, in which he blends spicy Zinfandel with smooth Merlot and lush, dark Syrah.

Tasting Notes: The 2009 Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of rhubarb and black cherry that are complemented by hints of mocha and vanilla. The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend.

Viticulture Notes: Lighter yields in 2009 resulted from a dramatic growing season beginning with below normal winter rainfall, an extended April frost that reduced quantity in many regions of the state, followed by an ideal, mild summer and fall temperatures with no precipitation. The lighter yields and small berries resulted in exceptionally high-quality grapes of complex flavors and aromas.

Winemaking Notes:
Varietal Content: Zinfandel, Merlot & Syrah
Alcohol Level: 13.0%

Pricing: Apothic Red is priced at $14 for a 750-ml bottle and available nationwide.


Spicy not your thing? The Naked Grape Pinot Noir ($9) is a fruit-forward, rich red wine with flavors of black cherry and blueberry – made using the best fruit found on the vine with 100% sustainable winery practices.

More about The Naked Grape:


Tasting Notes: The Naked Grape Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied, rich red wine with flavors of black cherry and blueberry.

Winemaking Notes:
Varietal Content: Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Grenache, Alicante Bouchet
Titratability Acidity: .55
pH: 3.65
Alcohol Level: 12.9%
Residual Sugar: .81%

Pricing/Availability: The Naked Grape Pinot Noir is available for a suggested retail price of $9. The Naked Grape offers five fresh and ripe varietals – Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Moscato – and is available nationwide. For more information about The Naked Grape, call 888-NKD-GRPE or visit TheNakedGrapeWine.com.







Both of these wines have my husband stamp of approval (since I’m really not a reds kind of girl) and have been added to our list of wines to enjoy at home and with friends. Since they are both under $20, they make a great hostess gift for the holiday parties we will likely be attending too!

Disclaimer: I received samples of wine in exchange for this post. No monetary compensation was received and the opinions here are my own. Please drink responsibly.

About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. love the title, couldnt agree more

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