There is only one thing we love more than opening presents: opening a bottle of wine. As the clock strikes 5 o’clock, the glasses come out and it’s time to pour. There is much to celebrate over the holidays, but we find ourselves most grateful for the ability to kick back and enjoy a glass with family and friends. We asked local wine pros for selections they’re excited about, and here are their suggestions. And bear in mind, many of these are new arrivals and won’t stick around long, so grab them now and enjoy them whenever you choose!

Philippe Fontaine Brut Champagne

Enjoy a glass of crispy, dry champagne this year. Philippe Fontaine Brut Champagne is $43.99 at Harvest Wine Market and is one of owner Laura’s favorites.

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

Philippe Fontaine Brut Champagne, $43.99, at Harvest Wine Market

Domaine de la Chanteleuserie

In Touraine, Domaine de la Chanteleuserie sits on a limestone plateau and is known for their red wine production. Try a Cabernet Franc from this region for $17.99 at Midtown Corkdorks Wine, Spirits & Beer.

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

Domaine de la Chanteleuserie, $17.99, at Midtown Corkdorks Wine, Spirits & Beer

Rue De Perle Vouvray

Exclusive to Kroger, this Chennin Blanc, the Rue De Perle Vouvray, is popular and just $12.99 per bottle.

Vouvray at Kroger

Rue De Perle Vouvray, $12.99, at Kroger

Landhaus Mayer Grüner Veltliner

Peppery notes and grapefruit aromas make this wine distinguishable. Try it with grilled meat, boiled beef and chicken dishes. A bottle of this Grüner is $16.99 at Harvest Wine Market.

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

Landhaus Mayer Grüner Veltliner, $16.99, at Harvest Wine Market.

Champalou Vouvray La Moelleuse

There is a balanced sweetness in the Champalou Vouvray La Moelleuse. Classic pairings include foie gras and blue cheeses. Purchase this wine for $47.99 at Midtown Corkdorks Wine, Spirits & Beer.

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

Champalou Vouvray La Moelleuse, $47.99 at Midtown Corkdorks Wine, Spirits & Beer.

Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot is a no-fail champagne perfect for any occasion. RED Spirits & Wine is currently running a $53.99 special on 750ml bottles. Stock up today!

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

Veuve Clicquot, $53.99 for 750ml bottle, at RED Spirits & Wine

Existe Blance

When looking for a dry, white wine, look no further than the Existe Blance for $34.99 at Harvest Wine Market.

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

Existe Blance, $34.99, Harvest Wine Market

Shafer Hillside Select

This aromatic Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine. Grab a bottle at Midtown Corkdorks Wine, Spirits & Beer for $299.99 and pair it with any holiday meal.

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

Shafer Hillside Select, $299.99, at Midtown Corkdorks Wine, Spirits & Beer

Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon

There is a light oakiness to this Cabernet Sauvignon, which pairs well with pork and beef. Pick up a bottle for $66.99 at Harvest Wine Market.

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Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, $66.99, at Harvest Wine Market

Weingut Lagler Burberg Grüner Veltliner

More body and acidity are found in this wine than your typical Grüner. Pair it with a simple dish to allow the wine to shine. Find a bottle for $21.99 at Midtown Corkdorks Wine, Spirits & Beer.

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Weingut Laglet Burberg Grüner Veltliner, $21.99 at Midtown Corkdorks Wine, Spirits & Beer.

Palazzo Cabernet Franc

This Cabernet Franc is the perfect complement to any meal. With floral tones and notes of spice and chocolate, this is a rich and complex wine. Find a bottle at Grand Cru Wine & Spirits for $84.99.

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

Palazzo Cabernet Franc, $84.99, at Grand Cru Wine & Spirits

Krug Grande Cuvée

If you’re willing to splurge a bit on champagne, opt for a bottle of Krug for $229.99 at Midtown Corkdorks Wine, Spirits & Beer.

Field Recordings Franc

This medium-bodied wine (with 5% Malbec) is balanced wine with fruity and herbal notes as well as pepper and spice. Find a bottle for $19.99 at Harvest Wine Market.

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

Field Recordings Franc, $19.99, at Harvest Wine Market

DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay

The Wine Chap recommends this fabulous fuller bodied Chenin from South Africa’s Stellenbosch wine region. It is one of owner Richard Payne’s favorites in the store and will be a great match with chicken or pork dishes. Find a bottle for $36.99 at The Wine Chap.

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay, $36.99, at The Wine Chap.

Wimmer Grüner Veltliner

Freshen up any meal or snack with sips of this full-bodied and crisp selection. A bottle can be found at West Meade Wine & Liquor Mart for $14.99. A steal!

Unexpected holiday wines to have on hand!

Wimmer Grüner Veltliner, $14.99, at West Meade Wine & Liquor Mart

Eat, drink and be merry!

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