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

  • Tintero Moscato

    #1 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.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #2 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 4 bottles)

  • Castelfeder Pertico Rosso

    #3 Castelfeder Pertico Rosso

    Such a pretty little wine! Deep, ruby color and a intense aromas of cherries, tobacco, blackberry. Just a little oak to mellow things out . The Cab and Merlot bring just a touch of richness and licorice but the Lagrein has the leading role with its bright red fruit flavors. (behind by 13 bottles)

  • Gran Passione

    #4 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 4 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Poseidon Pinot Noir

    Poseidon Pinot Noir

    From vineyards with a view of the bay comes this well balanced, lively and delicious Pinot Noir. A easy drinking, medium-bodied wine showing off some rare and black pepper spiced Hungarian oak to balance the raspberry aromas and flavors.

  • 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.

  • Schieferkopf

    Schieferkopf

    Acid freaks rejoice! This dry Riesling shows the classic stone minerality and petrol on the nose with floral aromatics as well. The palate yields citrus, green apple and stonefruits with mouth watering acidity. A great food wine or one simply just to drink.

  • 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.