Yarden Viognier, Galilee, 2007 ($16) Take this spiced-peachy kosher white to a Hanukkah party. It's perfect with potato latkes.
Château Doisy-Védrines Sauternes 2004, ($20 per half bottle) Introduce a sweet tooth to dessert wine. Knife-edged acidity cuts through glazed-apricot yumminess.
Humanitas El Dorado County Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ($20) Get this one for someone who buys fair-trade foods. A lithe red from a Napa winery that donates all profits to food banks and other local charities. (Order at humanitaswines.com.)
The Rare Wine Co. Madeira, Boston Bual Special Reserve ($46.50) For the sophisticated palate or U.S. history buff: a zesty, sweet-tangy, intense drink to sip by the fire after dinner while reading about Jefferson.
Le Ragose Amarone della Valpolicella 2004 ($55) A veronese showstopper made from semidried grapes, for the Italophile on your list. Layered, silky mouthfeel.
Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($80) Want to make a big splash with a lover of cutting-edge cabs? This restrained yet rich beauty is from esteemed Sonoma winemaker Richard Arrowood's new organic winery.