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)

  • Bonavita Red

    #2 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. (behind by 3 bottles)

  • Gran Passione

    #3 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 1 bottles)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #4 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 10 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Three Brooms

    Three Brooms

    This single vineyard, certified sustainable sav blanc shows lovely white flower, chili pepper, and gooseberry on the nose with some sandy mineralogy. Very nice weight and balance showing passion fruit, ripe apple flavors. Such a pleasant surprise is the roundness, the acid is lively and energetic but not abrasive.

  • Armas de Guerra Mencia

    Armas de Guerra Mencia

    An excellent introduction to Bierzo's native varietal, the palate is fresh, elegant, and clean. Energetic aromas of fresh blue fruits, violet and white pepper, plus a subtle touch of licorice. Supple and gently sweet on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry and floral highlights with a hint of smokiness.

  • Broc Carignan

    Broc Carignan

    From 130+ yr old vines, and on original rootstock comes this remarkable Carignan. All native yeasts, no SO2 used during production means pure bright flavors of tart cherry, blueberry and unmistakeable juicy tang from carbonic maceration. Why spend $34 on wine.com?

  • 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!