‘Tis the season for family, friends, and gift-giving. This week we’ll taste four wines that are excellent enough for your besties and a treat for yourself. We’ll taste a bubbly classic, a home-grown feel-good, a perfect Chardonnay for the price, and a Pinot Noir warm enough for winter. Join us Friday night from 5-7 and get gifting!
Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne
Vibrant freshness and exuberant energy excite the palate. Complex and perfectly balanced, the wine reveals rounded, elegant flavors of fruit and caramel. The powerful finish is at once creamy and effervescent.
Boulder Star Bookcliff Ensemble
Bookcliff Vineyards has bottled a special blend that features the 2021 Boulder Star artwork. A portion of the Star Wine proceeds will go towards the ongoing care of the Boulder Star.
There’s nothing like the original. Rombauer Chardonnay has come to define a style in American Chardonnay that has won legions of fans since it was first introduced in 1983, at $12.50 per bottle. Today’s price is not far off the original price, accounting for inflation. Is there a better Chardonnay to pop for expected and unexpected houseguests? Tropical fruit aromas are met by pithy and citrus fruit notes, layered with melon and a creamy oakiness on the palate.
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone Vineyard
Deep ruby red in color with scarlet highlights, Clark & Telephone opens with bountiful aromas of red fruits of cranberry and raspberry jam, laced with clove, cedar, and holiday baking spices. Bold and complex flavors of crushed ripe cherry, cranberry and blueberry pie linger on the palate. The texture is rich and lively, and leads into a warm and structured finish.
Appetizers- Saint Andrieu L’Oratoire Rosé 2020
While cleansing your palate and creating a festive atmosphere, this Provençal Rosé greets with a lively nose of strawberries and citrus. The expressive mouth reminds of pink grapefruit and red berries. The finish is crisp and clean; the perfect companion with creamy brie or fruit.
Turkey- Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2019
Whether it’s roasted, deep-fried, or smoked this white will frame the delicate flavors of the bird. The aromas of toasty oak aromas lead into hazelnut, pecan and marzipan expressions on the nose of this bottling. The palate is loaded with roasted nuts and oak, showing flavors of butterscotch, seared marshmallow and ripe apple baked in brown spices.
Ham or Pork Roast- Margerum M5 White 2019
Pork tends to have a salty characteristic and some body with a touch of residual sugar frames the meal and offsets the salt. Wine Enthusiast listed Margerum as one of the top 100 wines of the year, garnering a 94 point rating. This is a true people-pleaser- even if they don’t drink wine. This is complex and yet utterly refreshing, this estate blend of 45% Grenache Blanc, 21% Marsanne, 14% Viognier, 13% Roussanne and 7% Picpoul Blanc. Opening with Rainier cherry and creamed pear on the crisp nose, the palate sizzles with acidity. This is truly memorable.
Lamb- Cune Rioja Crianza 2017
The delicate herbal qualities of roast Lamb make it one of the most wine-friendly of meats. When the meat is medium to well-done with garlic or rosemary, this fruit–driven Tempranillo blend is a lively red combining depth with energy. Bright berry and cherry flavors mingle with notes of fresh herb, cocoa and toast, supported by light tannins and crisp acidity. Focused and harmonious, Cune will make your meal exquisite.
Beef- Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma County Mountain Cuvée 2019
Most beef recipes are filling and hearty, very few beef dishes can be considered light, which is why red wines go so well with beef. This Bordeaux-style blend will enhance roasts and steaks. This is delicious and dangerously easy-drinking, Mostly Merlot with a Cabernet Sauvignon back and a little Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cab Franc thrown in for good measure.
Celebrating- Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Brut Cava 2012
Whether it’s New Years or a weeknight dinner, sparklers are always a good idea. This one will WOW everyone that gets a glass. Long aged Cavas are the specialty of Roger Goulart. This 10 year old Cava was aged for 3 years in cellar before being bottled in March 2012. Vinous and full of ripe stone fruit notes with a fine bead and creamy, velvety texture.
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