Somm in the city

Published on December 4th, 2017

TOP WINES FOR GIFTS

Our wine team spends the whole year sipping and swirling, tasting the best. At this time of year, we compile a list of wines that we will be gifting, and also hoping to receive! These selections represent our best gift-giving wines, with a few included to splurge on yourself-because you deserve it!

 

DANA’S SELECTIONS

Hello Santa, I’d be more than happy to receive a bottle of what Kentucky native, winemaker Andrew Latta, refers to as his “small lot Washington wines. Latta’s LATTA, GSM, a blend of 58% Grenache, 23% Syrah, and 19% Mourvedre would probably be tops on my list. I promise to share!

Next on my list to give, or to get, would be the Stolpman 2014 Estate Syrah from Ballard Canyon by winemaker Sashi Moorman. This wine is one of our “Somm Selections”, and no wonder! It is night harvested and naturally fermented in concrete tanks. The warmer nights recorded during the 2014 growing season resulted in both medium body and plush richness with bright, red fruit and dark spice. This sounds ideal for a snowy night by a roaring fire.

I have previously gifted the Lieu Dit Cabernet Franc from Santa Ynez Valley, CA. It was, then, and would be a treat especially for any Cabernet loving Franc-ophile. There is nothing jammy about it. This is a Loire style wine, fresh and lively, expressed as black raspberries with both floral and herbal notes. The recipients mentioned what an anomaly it seemed- more, please?

A friend recently asked me about “that rose’ you brought over the night of the fireworks.” Given the tremendous view of the river, the hours-long feast and good bye to summer- it was nothing, really. I recall bringing a variety of wines but the one she was referring to was the Miraval Rose’. Definitely a top shelf Provence style rose’ it’s a given. Since it is Christmas, I think I will also add a second rose’ to the gift bag – Hedonism or “Hedo” so they may celebrate a good life, well lived. Happy holiday! Cheers!

ALFONSE’S SELECTIONS

Casteggio Cruase Brut Rose, Italy

Italian rockstar sparkler. Bright and dry with tiny bubbles. Yum!

Dr.Loosen Riesling, Germany

The perfect white for Christmas. Off-dry with bright acidity. Excellent with holiday fare.

Raymond 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon Red Velvet Label

Luscious and rich. 

 

GORDON’S SELECTION

Nebbiolo from Italy’s Piedmont region is currently my favorite grape; it’s the one that’s in the region’s justly famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines. In some ways, Nebbiolo is like a bigger version of Pinot Noir: darker fruit flavors, more acidic, more tannic, but equally elegant, with hints of violets and spice box. This year if someone gifted me with a bottle of Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo, I would be delighted. I’ve never had it, but I’ve had other wines from Vajra and they have all been terrific. At $80.99, the Bricco Delle Viole is more than I usually spend to buy myself a wine, so that would make a gift of it even more special – and memorable.
 

LOGAN’S SELECTIONS

Gifts to give:

Pierre Peters Blanc de Blanc $58.99 – The gift of bubbles is always welcome, the gift of Champagne is cherished. I’ll give this to someone really special and hope they’ll share with me!

Paolo Bea Pagliaro $78.99 – This guy goes to my real wine nerd friends. A collector’s item from Montefalco, this big fat red needs to be cellared for several years before it should be drank. Coming in at the 2010 vintage, this is still just a baby.

Gifts to get:

Domaine des Baumard Savennieres $26.99 – Head Northeast of Vouvray and you’ll find a town called Savennieres. Making a dirtier and sexier Chenin Blanc than Vouvray ever hoped. I can drink it on Christmas or store if for the warmer months.

Tempier Bandol Rose $34.99 – Rose is great no matter the time of year, especially this unctuous piece of work. This is a Rose with meat on its bones that will hold up against many foods and be able to be stored for a while until you’re ready to drink it.

 

ZACH’S SELECTIONS:

Ciacci Piccolomini Ateo: Gift for your next party- This Supertuscan delivers for the price. I think this a great wine to gift when going to a holiday party. Drinks like a $40 bottle and folks will never know it was under $20. Made from Cabernet and Merlot, shows cassis, black cherry with a rich texture.
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 1997: Gift when looking to splurge-This wine I am gifting to my family and I think this would be a great wine for those looking to splurge on a rare treat this holiday. Top wines from the Rioja region is Spain.
Domaine de la Choupette Chassagne-Montrachet: Gift for the Wine Enthusiast: We have an amazing price on a one of a kind Burgundy. If you have a friend that is interested in wine, or a long time connoisseur, this is an impressive wine at jaw-dropping price.

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