Give the gift of cabernet sauvignon this holiday

Everyone knows that wine beats fruitcakes, and the 2015 Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious gifting red. Blended with 10-percent merlot, the big, balanced wine really is a textbook Napa cab. It’s also a rare bargain, considering it was grown in the prestigious Napa districts of Oak Knoll and Oakville during a small harvest year and aged in French oak. $36. Available at Parker’s Table

Glenn Bardgett is a member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunn’s.