The Gift of Wine

It’s that time of year again! That time where your weekends are jam packed with holiday party after holiday party.  Your time filling up fast and Christmas is just around the corner. You barely have enough time to run to the store to grab a bottle, forget about finding the time to research what bottle to grab! Relax, we’ve got you covered! Here are some great bottles and gift ideas for the wine-lovers on your list this year.

$10-$20

Wines

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc & Viognier, CaliforniaFresh aromas and flavors of jasmine, honey, pear and peach and balanced by a crisp and clean palate. A bright, vibrant acidity creates a refreshing finish with a hint of sweetness.  Serve with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine, seafood and salads.

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superior, FranceEarth, tobacco, black cherry and plum flavors offer a deep complexity on this medium-bodied red. Serve with grilled meats, hearty pasta dishes and mature cheeses.

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva CavaThis refreshing sparkler has light floral aromas followed by a complex palate of pineapple, apple and pear. Serve it with raw shellfish, light appetizers and creamy cheeses.

Gifts

 DeLong’s Wine Tasting Notebook – A tasting guide and notebook in one. This notebook has step-by-step instructions on how to take notes like the pros, as well as the definitions of over 200 wine tasting terms. Find the notebook here

Label Savers – This clear plastic adhesive not only easily removes the label from your bottle but offers a protective laminate for safe keeping. Perfect for keeping track of those bottles that you never want to forget!  Label savers can be found here

Wine Glass Pens – Stem charms are simple and elegant, but what if your host has stemless glassware? These pens will work on crystal, plastic and ceramic, and wipe off easily. Find it here

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$20-$40

Wines

Hugel “Classic” Pinot Gris, Alsace, FranceThis full-bodied white is definitely something different. It’s spicy and sweet with rich flavors of peach, apricot and toasted nut. The palate is creamy and smooth with a spicy yet sweet finish. It is a great match for seared scallops, mushroom risotto, and chicken.

Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexander Cabernet Sauvignon, Apalta Vineyards, Colchagua Valley, ChileRich aromas of blackberry, cherry and currant lead to a full-bodied and elegant palate. Notes of chocolate, eucalyptus, tobacco and spice are balanced by soft tannins and smooth vanilla on the long finish. Serve with steak, hearty pasta dishes and aged cheeses.

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, CaliforniaFresh and crisp, this sparkling wine is made from 100% Chardonnay and has complex aromas and flavors of apricot, almond, bread and juicy green apple. The finish is vibrant and bright with tiny refreshing bubbles. Serve as an aperitif or alongside oysters, or a creamy risotto.

Gifts

Automatic Wine Preserver – For the wine lover who makes sure to savor every last drop, this automatic preserver is great. I love it because it turns on and off as necessary to ensure no oxygen is tampering with your wine! Find it here.

Wine Scented Candles – Hand-poured in repurposed wine bottles, these soy wax candles are specially crafted to smell like your favorite wines. The aromas of Champagne, Cabernet, and Sauvignon Blanc will leave your house smelling as elegant as the wine itself. Find them here.

Wine Region Maps – From innovative and creative representations to the classics, wine maps make a great addition to any cellar wall or office.  Find maps here.

$50+

Wines

Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Premier Cru “Vergers” Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy, France ($70)Elegant aromas of white peach, rose petal and pear lead to a rich and complex palate. Mouth-coating flavors of baked apple, pear and almond linger through the long, smooth finish. Serve this white with roasted chicken or duck, creamy pasta and risottos and rich cheeses.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Fay Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley California ($85)Full and rich, this red has generous aromas of raspberry, vanilla and cherry. The palate is smooth with flavors of cherry, blueberry, vanilla and spice. Ripe tannins and a clean acidity offer balance on the long, elegant finish. Serve with steak with a red wine demi-glaze, rack of lamb or roast duck.

Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, France ($80) – Crisp citrus and floral aromas lead to a complex palate of baked apple, roasted almond and vanilla. The tiny bubbles create a vibrant but elegantly smooth and refreshing finish. Serve as an aperitif or alongside raw oysters, fresh pastries and creamy cheeses.

Gifts

Personalized Bar/Cellar Sign – From classy and elegant to kitschy and fun, these signs are a great addition to any cellar or bar. Find classy sign here and kitschy here.

Decanter – This unique decanter set also has an aerator and a stainless steel sediment filter. This is an especially great gift for the vintage port lover! Find the decanter here.

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