Has this happened to you? Your friend stops by, bursting with excitement because she got the job. “Let's celebrate," you say, realizing there's no wine in the house. “Novinophobia," the fear of running out of wine, is all-too real for many of us. Never fear, keeping these five wine styles at home will prepare you for anything:
Tuck a bottle of bubbly in your fridge, and you'll be prepared to toast your friend anytime. For the most ready-for-anything bubbly, we pick Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée. Its crisp jasmine-kiwi taste is perfect for whipping up a mimosa or making toast feel like fancy brunch. If you like to reserve bubbly for momentous occasions, J Cuvée 20 Brut is like a creamy, lemon merengue dream. La Marca Prosecco sparkles with hints of citrusy, honey-tasting bubbles. Both are celebration-worthy.
Restaurants feature a house wine, why shouldn't you? We love Apothic Red for every day. It's a crazy popular, can't-miss blend of dark fruit that goes with just about anything. For a refreshing, raspberry-cherry taste, keep Barefoot Sweet Red Blend in the fridge – it's best served cold.
For white, you can't go wrong with Chardonnay's wide spectrum. Ranging from crisp to buttery, Chardonnay is ever the chameleon. Edna Valley Chardonnay stays on the vibrant, apple side and pairs magically with steamed shellfish. On the buttery side, J Vineyards Russian River Chardonnay delivers rich notes of lemon custard and works well with creamy pasta.
When you get invited over for dinner, what wine do you bring? Prophecy Pinot Noir fits the bill when you have no idea what's for dinner. Light-bodied ribbons of red cherry are right at home with grilled meat. For a surprise twist of tropical grapefruit notes to go with the salad you're bringing, keep White Haven Sauvignon Blanc handy.
What wine goes with movie night, date night, or any night really? (We dare you to try while watching “Sideways.") Bold, captivating and rich sounds like romance, but we're talking about the mocha notes that temper blackberry in Carnivor Zinfandel. To dial up date night intrigue, keep Orin Swift Machete stashed away. Dark chocolate hints mingle with crème de cassis and deep plum for unforgettable sipping under the stars. The label won't soon be forgotten, either.
Hostess gifts, last-minute birthday gift or International Boss Day could all happen when you least expect it. The gold star goes to…Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon. They have been producing bold, award-winning Cabs since 1933. For summer gifts, who doesn't love getting rosé? Beautiful and fragrant with notes of watermelon and lavender, French-style Fleur de Mer Rosé is way better than roses. Better to go with stems than thorns!