Best Wine for Gift Giving 2020 – 2022, Not everyone has the time to browse around for the newest products on the market that would appeal to the family members and colleagues on their gift-giving lists (not to mention the majority of people have no want to buy in stores at all right now). (Or for themselves, since, let’s face it, we browse at holiday gift suggestions and deals just as much for ourselves as for others.)
Here is a collection of useful recommendations for the wine lovers in your life.
The 2018 Napa Valley vintage of Cakebread Cellars, which is famous for producing Chardonnay in particular, is the ideal white wine variety for winter. Fresh citrus, orange blossom, and white peach are present in the wine’s beautiful, floral fragrance. The true treat, though, is in the mouthfeel; the viscosity coats the palate and is heavy on the tongue while being acidity-balanced. SRP: $40.
A traditional Chardonnay serves as the foundation of the unusual white blend The Prisoner: The 2019 Blindfold. Lychee, lemon, apple pie, and peach scents are present in this full-bodied, well-balanced Napa Valley wine, which also has a long finish. This is a great option to serve with traditional winter veggies or seafood hors d’oeuvres during holiday meals. SRP: $32.
Domains Ott’s rosé selections: The 2019 Chateau Romassan Bandol sparkles with a gorgeously clear, pale peach hue and a delicious, fresh aroma. As the fragrances develop, peach and grapefruit notes emerge. The wine begins to breathe with subtle citrus, peppery, and white stone fruit aromas. The palate is complex, flavorful, and well-defined in terms of its structure. The finish has a nice width and lasting flavors thanks to a light acidity. SRP: $52.
Macari Vineyards: This year, the Long Island winery on the North Fork expanded its lineup with a second rosé that is perfect for year-round use. The Macaris planted Pinot Meunier on their North Fork vineyard in the 1990s as a tribute to the adored grape of the Champagne region. They typically combine it into a rosé or make it into a full-fledged red wine. The 100% Pinot Meunier rosé boasts notes of cherry and pomegranate and a deep pink color. It is a little more robust and full-bodied rosé made for cool-weather consumption. SRP: $24.
Gia Coppola: The “Gia Coppola wine collection” debuted earlier this year with two bottles: a skin-contact wine release and a bottled sangria (called “SanGia”). Gia Coppola is the newest label within the Coppola family’s wine industry. For winter celebrations in your quarantine bubble, the orange, skin-contact wine is very attractive. Unfiltered, the wine is hazy and funky with flavors of fleshy citrus fruits like kumquat, quince, clove, and honeydew. It is medium-bodied with 12.5 percent alcohol and goes well with a cheese board or fresh seafood. It is produced from 100% California Riesling grapes that were fermented for 15 days and then aged in steel. SRP: $20.
Best Wine for Gift Giving 2020 – 2022, In the Napa Valley of Northern California, Sterling Vineyards has been producing wine for more than 50 years. Sterling has served as the official wine supplier for the Emmy Awards for the previous five years, giving the winery another significant Southern California link. This fall, more than 3,000 bottles of the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were shipped out to nominees in every category. Fans of both wine and television are welcome to partake in this bottle. The full-bodied, garnet-hued wine has notes of mocha, oak spice, cassis, sea salt caramel, and vanilla bean in addition to aromas and tastes of dark red and black fruits like black cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and plum. SRP: $45.
La Crema: The special edition 2018 40th Anniversary Pinot Noir was created as a tribute to both Burgundian winemaking techniques and cool climate appellations. It is a symbol of La Crema’s four decades along the Pacific coast in Northern California’s Sonoma County. This 100% Pinot Noir wine, which spent 10 months ageing in French oak barrels, has tastes of plum, black cherry, and cocoa along with rose, cedar, and raspberry scents. SRP: $100.
Best Wine for Gift Giving 2020 – 2022, Using grapes from more than 40 distinct plots spread out over the renowned French wine region, Louis Roederer, a family-owned Champagne winery that has been in operation since 1776, creates a nonvintage cuvée that contains 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, and 40% Pinot Noir. The Brut Premier, which has been aged for three years, is a good example of the Champagne house’s style basically, robust and rich. This bottle is perfect for scallops with potato pancakes and caviar sauce throughout the holiday season. SRP: $55.
Frank Family Vineyards: The effervescent “Rouge” wine undergoes increased skin contact, resulting in a red ruby hue. It is composed of 73 percent Pinot Noir and 27 percent Chardonnay grapes. Even for the most challenging combinations, like Thanksgiving turkey, the colorful wine’s rich structure, creamy mousse, and crisp acidity make it a wonderful food wine. The California sparkling wine was made using the method champ noise (conventional method), rested on its yeast for three years, and then was riddled before being released on April 26, 2020. SRP: $55.
Enriquez Estate Wines: Cecilia Enriquez is breaking the mould of wine traditions with innovative blends and an unconventional approach to winemaking that has garnered multiple prizes in recent years, paving the way in a field where both women and Mexican-Americans are underrepresented. The winery, based in Forestville in Sonoma County, is honoring first responders this fall with their Thanksgiving Give Back 4-Pack, which goes on sale Nov. 1. 10% of the proceeds go to the California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund. The winery is enduring the ongoing destructive wildfire season. A rosé, the 2015 Brisa, the 2013 Pinot Noir, and the 2013 Tempranillo are all included in the collection. SRP: $144.
Verjus: Matt Cirne, wine director, has created Le Club Noel, a festive collection of experimental, funky, and natural wines from off-the-beaten-path wineries that are all not typically accessible for retail purchase. Le Club Nol is a carefully chosen trio of three bottles, consisting of a white, a red, and a sparkling wine. Custom gift carving is included on one bottle as part of the purchase; additional engraving is available for $15 per bottle. Le Club Noel can be picked up in person at Verjus’ San Francisco location, and if allowed, it can also be sent to other U.S. states. Customers must move quickly because Le Club Nol will only be available for online ordering through November 27. SRP: $95.
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