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

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #1 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.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Gran Passione

    #2 Gran Passione

    From the land of Amarone comes a delicious Merlot based blend. To perfectly ripe Merlot (60%) is added juice from dried Corvina grapes ala Amarone. Rich, deep and smooth, this is a remarkable Merlot that may just change your Merlot worldview! (behind by 14 bottles)

  • Laya

    #3 Laya

    From Castilla-La Mancha in Central Spain, a unique blend made with the Garnacha Tintorera grape. Not only is the skin red, but so is the flesh. This provides a sturdy structure and noticeable tannins. Aged only 4 months in oak, this wine has luscious red and black fruits with hints of spice. Definitely one you should try, especially at this price! tied

  • Lamadrid malbec

    #4 Lamadrid malbec

    Approachable and packed with flavors of red, blue and black fruits, subtle black pepper and licorice. Smooth tannins with a lovely balance of acidity, yet slightly rustic, making this wine fun to drink. Although this is considered an "entry level" malbec, it still hails from a single vineyard estate. Outstanding quality at an outstanding price. (behind by 4 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon

    A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon

    This four grain whiskey uses a blend of rye, wheat and barley sourced from the Colorado Malting Company, and corn from Briess Malting in Wisconsin - encompassing the "mother grains" of bourbon. The whiskey ages about 3 years, all year round to capture the seasonal nuances from the ever-changing Colorado mountain air, in new, 53 gallon charred oak barrels source from Independent Stave Company.

  • Amon Ra

    Amon Ra

    The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.

  • 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.