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!
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!
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.
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.