2015 Holiday Wine Guide
The Holidays are stressful enough as it is, so we've taken out the guess work for you and selected some of our favorite Holiday worthy wines to pair with your Holiday season. Whether you need to fill the family dinner table, suck up to your boss with an impressive bottle, or find the impossible gift for that wine-geek cousin of yours, we have something for everyone on your list. Pick up a mix and match 6 pack of any of these wines and get 10% your purchase. Visit our online store to place your order, give us a call at 916-442-5858, or stop by the shop to talk to one of our Sommeliers.
Domaine J. Laurens is a small estate in southern France. They produce an incredibly great value in sparkling wine. This wine tastes like a champagne that is 3 times the price, yeasty and rich in body. An excellent affordable wine for everyday celebration.
Lime Rock is a tiny 5.5 acre vineyard in the Central Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. This vineyard is planted on limestone soils, hence the name. When owners Rosie and Roger planted their vines, they discovered giant fossilized oyster shells in the earth, some bigger than your hand! New Zealand is known for their 'Savvy' but this one is special.
It is a rare treat to taste a wine made from un-grafted vines, because there are so few places in the world that still have vines unaffected by phylloxera. Well, here is your chance! This native white grape grown in the sandy soils north of Naples has that extra layer of distinction that can only come from own-rooted vines. The di Meo family produces a classic example of this grape, crispy mineral character with flavors of flowers, citrus, and tarragon. Excellent for seafood or dinner prep.
Germán Blanco produces micro lots of his old vine Tempranillo wines in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. This wine is aged 6 months in old casks to produce a fresh, frisky, and zippy wine perfect on the table for any occasion. Rich red and black fruit lead into a luscious mouthfeel with earth and subtle woodiness, accented by hints of chocolate and spice.
Domaine de la Côte is the brainchild of Winemaker Sashi Moorman and Celebrity Sommelier Rajat Parr. The two are notorious for their love of Burgundy and through DDLC they have brought some of the most Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir in California. Don't let the reputation for Sta. Rita Hills fool you. These wines are far from over ripe, this is one of the most balanced and food friendly Pinots around. A must for the holiday table!
Yves Cuilleron is a young vigneron producing incredible lots of Syrah from the Northern Rhône Valley. This in unquestionably one of the best deals for Syrah in the US Market. When we first nosed this wine, we all looked up, wide-eyed, in agreement. This wine is absolute fire! White Pepper, olive brine, black fruit, and purple flowers. This drinks like 3 times its price!
Angulo Innocenti is named after its two founders, Pedro Angulo and Angel Innocenti, immigrants from Spain and Italy who brought their dream of winemaking to Argentina. With their Family's fourth generation, they are producing incredibly high quality Malbec from the high altitude region of La Consulta in Mendoza. The altitude gives a long, cool growing season, which lends rich character without over ripeness while maintaining bright acidity for freshness and vibrancy in the wine.
Scribe Winery is one of the most exciting new Estate's in Sonoma. The Mariani brothers have revitalized this Historic site that was once home to the first planting of Riesling and Sylvaner in California. They produce those two wines today, along with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and this exquisite Cabernet. Black currant mixed with graphite and flowers, while the palate shows classic mountain fruit character. Well structured with elegance and finesse, concentration without being weighty. This wine deserves a spot among the elite Cabs of California.