This is the time of year when I’m constantly reaching for a bottle to open or bring to a party. It’s fun to discover new wines at the recommendation of a friend. If you put some thought into your choices, you just may be happily surprised. As your holiday season gets busier, impress your friends with these labels.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard is extending rosé season with the launch of Finca Wölffer Rosé 2017 this holiday season. After a busy spring and summer, the estate is excited to now deliver high quality, vibrant Rosé, year-round. Produced from Wölffer’s 85-acre Argentine estate, the Finca Wölffer Rosé delivers the fresh taste and elegant style that you’d expect from a Rosé. A luminous pink color and dry, fruitful taste makes an ideal pairing for both cheese appetizers and turkey dinners. The new, sophisticated bottle and contemporary label gives the rosé a distinct look making it a unique conversation starter for guests. As a bonus, this light wine won’t fill you up leaving more room for dessert! To find a store near you click here.
TH Estate Wines Only available from their winery, proprietors Jennifer and Terry Hoage focus primarily on the production of Rhone-style wines from their organically-sustainably farmed estate in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, California. It is clear when you taste the wines that the Hoages’ philosophy is to respect the land, the grapes and the customers who purchase their wines. The 2,500 case production includes both cuvee and varietal bottlings of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc and Roussanne. If you are buying for a football fan, Terry spent thirteen seasons with the NFL and named some of wines accordingly. The 46 is a Grenache Syrah blend while 5 Blocks delivers a perfectly balanced GSM. Jennifer’s wines Decroux offer a variety of Pinot Noirs including a delicate pink Rose varietal.
Robert Biale Vineyards If you like Zinfandel, look no further Biale. In 1937, at the tail end of the Great Depression, Pietro Biale had the foresight to plant Zinfandel vines among all his other produce on the Napa Valley floor. In the early days of the Biale legend, Aldo, Pietro’s son, sold chickens, eggs, walnuts, prunes, and vegetables from the farm. Orders came via the party line phone, which could be eaves-dropped on by nosy neighbors. A “Black Chicken” became the code name for a jug of Aldo’s secret Zinfandel from the barrels residing in the barn. Luckily, you can still buy Black Chicken today. The Oak Knoll wine growing region is prevalent in this wine with its dark color, ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant black cherry, strawberries, dried flowers, brown and black spices and bread pudding. All you need is a sharp cheese with this bottle and a party will ensue.