Dec
8
2011
By
of Valet.

Bigger
is Better

What could be worse at a holiday party than running out of booze? Want to impress your guests and ensure a first-rate get-together? Crack open a big bottle of wine. No matter the size of the occasion, wine is always appropriate and large-format bottles (1.5 liters and above) offer up at least twice as much vino as a standard bottle and they're a hell of a lot more fun to pour. The best part? There are a slew of ready-to-drink magnums on the market that are pretty affordable. So you can live large without breaking a Benjamin.

Sparkling

$75

The best-selling Champagne in the world is always a crowd-pleaser.

 

$35

A dry, toasty Pinot Noir-based bubbly with complex fruit flavors.

Red

$35

A smoky, spicy red with touches of currant, tea and espresso.

 

$40

A bright cherry base is grounded with an earthy tobacco finish.

White

$21

Aromas of grapefruit with the acidity and minerals you want from a Chilean white.

 

$39

A light-bodied white with a hint of effervescence and a citrusy, apple finish.

  • A double magnum bottle (one that holds three to six liters) is sometimes called a Jeroboam.
 

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