Holiday Flight

Red with steak and white with fish doesn't really get you there these days! With roasted birds, hams, veggies and more on the table during the holidays the pairing choices can be daunting. We've selected a few of the food friendliest wines out there. Each of these has their own fun character without overwhelming or underwhelming the food on the table. Try them in our new "Holiday Flight" at a special holiday price.

Featured from left to right are the Anderson Valley Gewurz, an organic Gewurztraminer from the cooler Anderson Valley. This is drier and bigger bodied wine than most from California. The next is the Alsace Blance from Keuntz-Bas. A blend of Auxerrois, Sylvaner and Muscat that shows soft aromatics of peach and pear on the nose but has great body and sturdy acid. The middle bottle is Bertolani's Rosado Secco Lambrusco. WAIT, don't click away to a kitten picture yet! This is not your Aunt Booboo's Ruinite on ice, this is a dry lambrusco done the way the Italians drink them every day for lunch in Emila Romagna. JUST TRY IT! And next is the classic Thanksgiving and Christmas wine - Beaujolais. The Domain Dupeuble is earthy but drinkable and pairs with everything. Just make sure to buy enough to get through the family dinners, it goes down so very easily. And lastly is a Grenache based Cotes du Rhone with lovely brambly notes combined with juicy bright fruit flavor.

All are available in the Wine Cellar and none cost more than $20 a bottle. 
 


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Bonavita Red

    #1 Bonavita Red

    Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #2 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time. (behind by 24 bottles)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #3 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible. (behind by 1 bottles)

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #4 Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays. (behind by 5 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Poquito Moscato

    Poquito Moscato

    Lightly sparkling, fruity and sassy, Poquito is small in size but big on taste. Delicate floral aromas combine with a sweet yet refreshing palate of ripe peaches, pears and apricots. Apply liberally at any social occasion. Great right out of the bottle but really amazing with mint and rum as a mojito!

  • Porron Decanter

    Porron Decanter

    The porron wine pitcher is a festive way to serve wine. Either use as a decanter or just pick up the porron and tilt it so that a thin stream of wine pours directly into your mouth! It takes some skill, but it is fun at a party to see how well you and your friends master the technique. Each porron holds 1 liter, which is a perfect size to hold a bottle of wine.

  • Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Wine geeks know of Gigondas and Vacqueras that show off Grenache like no other. Bordering both is Beaumes de Venise which is known for fortified Muscat. On a steep hillside (at 1500 ft!) twin sisters Sabine and Isabelle make this earthy, spicy blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. A gorgeous wine.

  • Gewurz

    Gewurz

    A CA Gewurztraminer crafted in the style of those from the Alps. Great crisp minerality, rose petal and lychee notes, with bright acidity to hold it together. All organic from the rugged and cooler Potter Valley in Mendocino. Try with grilled chicken or pork chops to see what a great food wine this is!