When trying to find the best wines for holiday gift giving to share with my readers, I was quite surprised when I came across the 2017 list of ‘The Best Wines in the World‘ from The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ). It is amazing that the world’s best wine of 2017, the ‘Taylors Jaraman Shiraz 2014’, sells for only $20 at the store.

I love wine. I can drink it every day. I love to receive wine gifts and I love gifting people with great wines. The thing that I do not love about wine is how expensive a good bottle can be. Here are some of my recommendations for the best and most affordable wines to give friends and family this 2017 holiday season.

1. Taylors Jaraman Shiraz 2014

This iconic wine from down under is the only southern hemisphere wine that made it to my wine gift guide. Every time I open a bottle of the Jaraman Shiraz, its goodness stuns me. And yes, it costs only $20. I will take this wine over wines from France or California that cost ten times more. This wine is available on Taylorswines.com.au among other places.

In my opinion, the greatest wine in the world is the Taylors Jaraman Shiraz 2014. I not only included it on my list because of its high ratings from WAWWJ, but also because I thoroughly enjoy this wine. I have personally tasted it and highly recommend it to my readers.

Taylors Jaraman Shiraz 2014 Michael Asimos' 2017 Wine Gift Guide

2. Chateau d’Yquem

If you are a wine lover, sampling the Chateau d’Yquem wine at least once in your tasting life is something that should be on your bucket list. This dessert wine is interesting, unique, contemplative, and superlative. It is damn brilliant. Chateau d’Yquem is available in almost every vintage. I particularly love the 2001 vintage. It is complex, balanced, and has pinpoint acidity. There is no wine in the world that has a better, longer finish than Chateau d’Yquem. If you want to buy this wine, go to winebid.com.

Chateau Dyquem Michael Asimos' 2017 Wine Gift Guide

3. 2007 Kapcsandy Roberta’s Reserve State

The best merlot does not come from Italy or Bordeaux. It comes from Napa Valley, California. This wine is outstanding. I love the 2007 and 2008 Kapcsandy wines. Considering that the vines are still young, imagine how good the wines will get after a decade or two. Vinfolio.com has this wine and there is worldwide shipping.

Kapcsandy Roberta Reserve Mike Asimos' 2017 Wine Gift Guide

4. Luneau-Papin Muscadet Clos des Allees

This is my favorite dry wine. It is perfect for all seasons. You can take it to a cocktail party or a dinner party. It seems like the world stops when you drink this wine because of its brilliance. The average price of this wine is $17 and it is available on Wine.com.

Luneau Papin Muscadet Mike Asimos' 2017 Wine Gift Guide

5. Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ) also rated the best countries for wine. In 2017, France came in first place. At #2 is the United States. My highly rated French wine is the Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac. My wine gift guide could not have been complete without mentioning this wine. You can find it on eBay France up for auction and Winechateau.com.


Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Mike Asimos' 2017 Wine Gift Guide

The Bottom-Line

Your loved one will appreciate any wine on this wine gift guide. Wine is a great gift. Wine gift baskets with a good bottle of wine and an assortment of gourmet food and treats is always a great gift option.