(3TV/CBS 5) − It is the holiday season and that means treats, food and drinks!

Whether it is a gift or something you want to bring to a party, wine can be a great addition to the holidays.

But for some it is easy to get lost and confused in a wine store that has thousands of choices.

So we had a chat with a local sommelier (trained wine professional) to get some easy ideas of some good wines to grab for the holidays.

Robby Weyers is a sommelier and head of house at Quiessence Restaurant at The Farm at South Mountain.

One of the first things he said is that you don't have spend a fortune for a good bottle of wine. Many great wines are in the $20-30 range.

"There are wines that are $100 that are really tasty, but at the end of the day, it's about value, and you can't go wrong with any of these wines here." Weyers told CBS 5 This Morning's Ian Schwartz.

Weyers brought a sampling of wines he said were great picks for under $20.

First up was the Gruet Brut, a sparking wine out of New Mexico.

Weyers said this is a great wine if you are in a hurry and don't have a ton of time to find a perfect match with your meal.

"Sparkling wine pairs well with everything, so if it's a last resort it will work.” he said.

Next was a red wine, a Pinot Noir out of California's Central Coast. Weyers said this is a great wine of you are looking for a lighter red wine.

“Not a ton of tannin in this wine.” he said. “It will go well with pretty much anything you serve it with, especially lean stuff like chicken, pork or turkey."

To wrap of the quick list of holiday wines, Weyers pointed to the Eroica Reisling, a white wine from the Columbia Valley.

Chateau Ste Michelle of Washington state makes the wine and will go great with a lot of proteins you'll find around the holiday dinner table.

"As far as white wines when you think about pairing with holiday foods, you have a lot of sweetness in your dishes,” Weyers said. “So this will match the sweetness of the dish, but it won't overpower anything.”

Some other honorable mentions from Weyers were Ancient Peaks Renegade Red Blend, Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch, Adelsheim Pinot Gris and Olema Chardonnay.

There are, of course. plenty of wines out there for all sorts of different palates, but that's a quick start to get you going this holiday season.

Be sure to always drink responsibly and have a happy holiday season!

An Arizona native, born and raised in Mesa, and graduate of Arizona State University, meteorologist Ian Schwartz brings you the forecast weekday mornings on CBS 5 This Morning.

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