Your Guide to Wines for the Holiday Hosting Season

Posted on November 7, 2018 by admin

The holiday season means parties – and parties mean wine, lots of wine. Different parties require different bottles, depending on whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering with friends, trying to impress the boss, or are in search for what to bring for those last-minute holiday soirees. Whatever the party situation, our friends at Bin 905 Wines in Mission have got you covered with a foolproof holiday party wine-buying guide.

Wines for Hosting a Holiday Gathering

If you’re someone who has committed to hosting, you’ve probably started picking out your festive décor, prepping the seasonal menu and begun to mentally prepare yourself for greeting a lot of guests. And, like any good party host, you know that it’s important to also pick out wines that are sure to be crowd pleasers, among the wide range of tastes and preferences that will be walking through your door. Here are some of the top suggestions for picking out the perfect wines when hosting:

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the world’s most versatile red wine when it comes to an affinity for food pairing; you can spend as little as twenty-dollars or more for the top selections. It’s a great choice for guests looking to sip and savour or wash down the wide array of different food or appetizers on the menu. Not to mention it’s a bit more approachable for those not keen on the heavy, full-bodied cab savs.

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Racine Pinot Noir


Racine is a simple pinot noir from the Languedoc region in the south of France, which makes a lovely little Pinot for $21. This wine has become increasingly popular over the past year because of its more expansive palate than most red wines, with light fruit forward notes.

Chateau de Chamirey 2016 Mercurey


Looking to pack a bit more of a punch? Then opt for the Chateau de Chamirey 2016 Mercurey, a gutsy Pinot, retailing at $55, which pairs perfectly with a lamb or beef entrée. This dry cherry coloured wine features medium spicy, floral and fruity scents while offering a broad texture as well as smooth tannins.


Rosé is now a year-round staple and is the perfect wine to serve if turkey or baked salmon is on the menu. It’s approachable, refreshing, and one of the most popular wine styles in the world. Bin 905 now has a full aisle dedicated to the delicious pink stuff, along with great recommendations for which one you should try next.

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Domaine Pelle’s 2017 Menetou-Salon Rosé


Domaine Pelle’s 2017 Menetou-Salon Rosé, made from Pinot Noir is delicious, showing vibrant red currant/stone fruit notes and retails for $27 at Bin 905. Totally sippable and refreshing, this is one we guarantee your guests will love!


Chardonnay is the most popular white wine, making it a great go-to choice for any host or hostess. Depending on the provenance, Chardonnay can be exciting or dull. Thankfully, the team at Bin 905 are experts in Chardonnay and have listed their top picks below.

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2016 Pacificana


If you prefer the big, blousy California style the 2016 Pacificana is a great party-pleaser, as it showcases classic styles for a new generation of wine enthusiasts. This 100% barrel fermented wine from the south-central coast, retailing for only $21, features notes of butterscotch, candied lemons and vanilla.

2016 Christophe Chablis


A favourite of Bin 905 staff is the crisp, mineral-driven examples from Chablis and particularly, the 2016 Christophe Chablis; a splendid example, bursting with minerality, lime zest and stone fruits, retailing for $35.

Sparkling Wines

Finally, no holiday party is complete without a glass of sparkling wine, a broad category mainly associated with Champagne or Prosecco. A Bin 905 insider tip is to begin every dinner party with a sparkling wine of some description, to get guests in the spirit for a fun night ahead.

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La Taille aux Loups Brut Tradition


Current staff favourites include the La Taille aux Loups Brut Tradition from the Loire Valley in France, retailing for $34. It’s made from Chenin Blanc from the Montlouis-sur-Loire appellation by winemaker Jackie Blot, the region’s star winemaker, making it a centrepiece of any holiday spread.

Moutard Brut Grand Cuvee


If a traditional champagne is more what you’re after then the Moutard Brut Grand Cuvee is a remarkable bargain at only $46, bettering many very famous labels that sell for $20 or more a bottle. Serve it alongside some oysters for a match made in holiday heaven.

Bin 905 is here to make gift-giving over the holidays, easy and beautiful with a range of custom gift wrap options for you to choose from. This way you can go straight from the store to your party without sacrificing a beautifully decorated gift.

On behalf of the staff at Bin 905, we raise a glass and wish you a happy & safe holiday season!