Best 5 Wines That Will Make A Lasting First Impression

Choosing the right wine for a first impression can be tough. These 5 wines will help you make a great impression.
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Wine is always a good choice when it comes to making a good first impression. But with so many options available, it can be hard to know which one to choose, and you want to pick a wine that will definitely make a lasting impression. However, you do not want to spend an exorbitant amount of money. Here are the best 5 wines chosen by Wine.istic editorial team for Christmas 2022.

You should also consider the occasion. If you’re giving the wine as a gift for a once-in-a-lifetime event, like a milestone birthday or anniversary, you’ll want to choose a wine that is special and unique. If you’re giving the wine as a gift for a business event, like a corporate holiday party, you’ll want to choose a wine that is classic and chic.

Finally, you should consider your budget. There are many great wines available at every price point, so you should be able to find a wine that is both affordable and impressive.


When choosing a wine, remember to keep these things in mind and you’re sure to make the right choice!

For Christmas Dinner

An Oaked Chardonnay is an excellent choice, as the wine's time in oak barrels gives it a lovely buttery undertone. The oak also adds hints of warm cooking spices to the Chardonnay, which will enhance the flavors of your Christmas roast.

2018 Louis Jadot Blanchot Grand Cru, Chablis, France

2018 Louis Jadot Blanchot Grand Cru

This is a dense, wood-aged wine, packed with full of ripe yellow fruits. The full-bodied, rich nature of the wine demonstrates the great exposure of this grand cru vineyard. The wine’s instant fruitiness belies its aging potential. Drink now or keep it for a few more years.

Price tag: 100 Euro/bottle (750ml)

Loius Jadot website

2018 Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse, Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

Produced in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy, this famous wine is partially barrel fermented with 6 months of aging in French oak casks. The judicious, subtle use of oak allows Louis Jadot’s Pouilly-Fuissé to retain its complexity and structure.

This wine has aromas of fresh red apples, honey, and white flowers with elegant and rich flavors of toasted nuts and citrus. One of the purest expressions of this typical Burgundian grape.

Price tag: 30 Euro/bottle (750ml)

Loius Jadot website

For a once-in-a-lifetime event

If you're looking for a wine that will truly make the moment memorable, we suggest going with a wine that is rare or difficult to find. A wine that is special not only because of its taste but also because of its history or production method. A wine that will make your event one-of-a-kind.

Krug Grande Cuvée 170ème Edition, Champagne, France

Krug Grande Cuvée is born from the dream of one man, Joseph Krug, to craft the very best Champagne he could offer, every single year, regardless of annual variations in climate. Since 1843, the House of Krug has honoured this vision with each new Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée: the most generous expression of Champagne.

It is a blend of 195 wines from 12 different years, the youngest of which is from 2014, while the oldest dates back to 1998. Its final composition is 51% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay, and 11% Meunier.

A stay of around seven years in Krug’s cellars gives Krug Grande Cuvée 170ème Édition its distinct expression and elegance.

Price tag: 255 Euro/bottle (750ml)

Krug website

2010 Pepe Raventós Mas del Serral, Spain

Mas del Serral 2010 is a Spanish biodynamic sparkling wine from Pepe Raventos. The wine rests and matures for 11 months in stainless steel tanks on fine yeast before being bottled for the second fermentation in the bottle. After 100 months of aging on yeast, it is manually disgorged and bottled without sulphur, being a true Brut Nature. Only 2047 standard bottles and 494 magnums were bottled. The grapes come from a single plot with old vines co-planted in 1954 with Xarel.lo and Bastard Negre.

Price tag: 140 Euro/bottle (750ml)

Mas del Serral website

As a gift to your boss

If you're looking for a unique and impressive gift for your boss, Super-Tuscany wines are an excellent gift, as they are sure to impress even the most discerning wine lover. They are complex and full-bodied wines, with a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity, perfect for drinking now or keeping in the cellar.

2016 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy

Only wine from a single wine estate in Italy to have its own DOC.

"Aromas of cedar, tobacco, blue flower and spiced plum fuse together in this elegantly structured, stunning red. One of Italy's most iconic wines, the smooth, compelling palate delivers flavours of black cherry, cassis, liquorice and a hint of wild herb. Taut, polished tannins provide seamless support while fresh acidity lends impeccable balance. A savoury saline note lingers on the finish. Kerin O’Keefe" - 98/100Wine Enthusiast

Price tag: 253 Euro/bottle (750ml)

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia website

2018 Marchesi Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Antinori, situated in the Chianti Classico subregion of Chianti, debuted its Solaia in 1978. After 1980 the blend changed to 20% Sangiovese, leaving 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It is produced only in years of exceptional harvest.

Critic tasting note: "Showing muscle and restraint, this opulent, full-bodied red opens with subtle aromas of camphor, cassis, espresso and star anise. The concentrated, enveloping palate features raisin, steeped prune, liquorice and mocha while velvety tannins lend a smooth texture. Drink 2023–2030. Kerin O’Keefe" - 94/100Wine Enthusiast

Price tag: 284 Euro/bottle (750ml)

Marchesi Antinori website

Impress your partner's parents

There are many wines that can impress your partner's parents, but a high-end Chilian or Argentinian Malbec is sure to do the trick. These wines are full-bodied and have a rich flavor that is sure to please even the most discerning palates. Plus, the good quality-price ratio price will show your in-laws that you are willing to spend the money carefully when you need to make a good impression. So next time you are looking for a wine to impress, reach for a Chilian or Argentinian Malbec and you are sure to make a positive impression.


2018 Viña Seña, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Chile is producing high-quality Bordeaux blends that can compete with some of the best in the world. In 2015, Seña was the first Chilean wine to score 100 points!

"A very deep Seña, exhibiting unique aromas of warm earth, mushrooms, and conifers, which then become blackberries and black olives. On the palate, it is even more sumptuous, with ultra-fine tannins and a finish strong and vibrant. Toned muscles." - 100 Points James Suckling

Price tag: 120 Euro/bottle (750ml)

Sena wine website

2018 Nicolás - Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina

Bodega Catena Zapata is a highly respected wine estate in Mendoza, Argentina. Founded in 1902, it is still owned by the original family. It is especially known for its rich, full-bodied red wines made from Malbec grapes.

Nicolás Catena Zapata 2018 was produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary (via Adrianna) and 35% Malbec from Altamira (via Nicasia).

"Aromas of blackberries, grilled meat, black currants, and wet earth. Full-bodied, concentrated, and compact, with intense blackberries and currants aromas. Linear and long, it is concentrated and focused on the palate. Drink it after 2022.” - 96 Points James Suckling

Price tag: 95 Euro/bottle (750ml)

Catena Zapata website

Gift for your business associates

Burgundy wines are some of the world's most popular and highly regarded wines. A red Burgundy wine is perfect for a gift for your business associates. It is sure to impress them with its complex flavor and luxurious taste. When choosing a red Burgundy, be sure to select a wine that has been aged for at least 10 - 12 years. This will ensure that the flavor is well-developed and the wine is of the highest quality.

Many excellent red Burgundies are on the market, but many of them are too expensive for the average person. If you want to make a great impression without spending a lot of money, stay under 120 euros. That way, you'll be able to afford a high-quality wine without breaking the bank.

2016 Chateau Corton Grancey - Louis Latour, Axole-Corton, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France

"Grancey" was the name of the last owners of the chateau situated on the road of Corton, before the Latour family bought it in 1891. This wine, produced by Maison Louis Latour, is unique and exclusive. It is a blend of five areas of Domaine Latour Corton Grand Cru: Bressandes, Perrières, Grèves, Clos du Roi and Chaumes, the proportions of which vary depending on the vintage. The average age of the vines is over 40 years. After aging individually, only the best barrels are assembled to create the Château Corton Grancey. It is a wine that is produced only if the grapes are of a perfect maturity, vintages judged inferior are systematically declassified.

Château Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016 reveals a very nice deep garnet red color. The nose is complex with aromas of strawberry and flowers. The wine is full- bodied and elegant with subtle hints of morello cherry and liquorice. Beautiful length in the mouth.

99 Points James Suckling

Price tag: 120 Euro/bottle (750ml)

Maison Louis Latour website

2012 Morey St Denis - Domaine Dujac, Morey St. Denis, Burgundy, France

Good freshness and energy to the supple and well- concentrated medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins on the balanced finish where a trace of reduction resurfaces.

Price tag: 100 Euro/bottle (750ml)

Domain Dujac website

About the Author
Debora Sadler is Wine connoisseur, wine lover
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