This holiday season, we're getting in the spirit! Our wine and beverage teams from across the country select their favorite beverages to celebrate at home with friends and family.

Dry Creek Kitchen Wine Director Rolando Maldonaldo, Pinot Noir, Charlie Clay, Russian River Valley, California 2013

Not only is the Charlie Clay a wine of integrity, precision, and generosity - it's perfect for holiday celebrations.

Think plush pomegranates, sprouting rhubarb, blood orange zest, cypress, grand marnier, and sprig of clove - all wonderfully married in your glass. Perfect for any table side holiday celebration, and strategically perfect for easing your potential mother-in-law into a conversation that doesn't include your financials or lifestyle. Warm conversation, and warm the heart with a wine that is rich in expression and perfect for sharing, at the table or fireside.

It is excellent with traditional roasts: roasted duck, pheasant terrine, wild turkey, or a perfectly charred bone-in pork chop. Consider beets, roasted or as a relish; a charred orange or pomegranate vinaigrette; anything cranberry or sage; beet greens; celery root; smoked brussels sprouts; or pureed parsnips.

But above all, open and enjoy this Russian River Valley beauty with the people that make the holidays a celebration in the first place.