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 18 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 2 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. tied

Fun New Arrivals

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Miquel Pons 77 Xarelho

    Miquel Pons 77 Xarelho

    Paying homage to Miquel Pons who has 77 harvests under his belt is this delicious Xarel·lo. Handpicked and aged in French barrels with generous lees treatment, this is Xarel-lo like none we ever had. Gorgeous earthy acidty wrapped in creamy texture and ample oak. If you are a Cali chard drinker, prepare to have your heart broken by this Spanish seductress!

  • Obsidian Cab

    Obsidian Cab

    A wonderful classic CA Cab with solid structure from the altitude and Hungarian oak. Reserved and dark on the nose with aromas of blackberries, hints of black licorice and coffee. Really nice and elegant. Touch on the masculine side with no jammy, jelly jar junk here. Wonderfully different.