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Holiday Wines

Posted December 24, 2008 in Wine, Wine Everywhere

Every year we are swamped with questions and calls about what is the perfect wine for the holidays, either as a gift or with dinner. Most people preface the question with a timid, ” I hate to ask.” Forget apologizing. No need. Questions are what make our job fun. Holidays are what we live for! It is the one time of year we can suggest a $15 bottle and a $200 bottle in the same minute. The range of food being served during the holidays gives us another opportunity to suggest almost any grape or country. We generally try to find something unique for our guests. Who wants to show up for the holidays with a typical California Chardonnay from the end of the isle at your local grocery store? No one. Especially when a Rhone style blend from Washington will do the job even better. Is there anything better than giving your boss a bottle that blows his socks off! Here are our top picks for the holiday season:

1. Graham Beck Brut- Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sparkling from South Africa. Good enough for Michelle Obama means it is good enough for us.

2. Jeff Wilkes “ENO” Pinot Noir- not to toot our own horn, but we picked a winner with this beauty from Santa Barbara.

3. Dashe Zinfandel- Zin just seems to fit winter and a fireplace. Great with aged cheeses and chocolates as well.

4. McKinley Springs “Bombing Range Red”- small production Cabernet Sauvignon based wine from Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills. Good enough for Goldilocks, this wine isn’t too big and brawny or weak and timid. It is just right. The crazy name come from the vineyard. It was used as a training site for pilots in WWII.

We wish you a happy holiday season and hope to see you soon!�


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