Smooth, lush, bold, sweet and spicy are just some of the words to describe winter wines. Whether celebrating the holidays, bringing in the New Year or making a resolution to try new wines; these are our top choices for the winter months.
While winter is typically the season for hearty red wines, there are plenty of full-bodied whites that are well suited for this time of year. Orin Swift Mannequin is rich and lush with heady aromas of honeyed pear, lemon meringue and roasted marshmallow. The expressive palate is velvety and textured with flavors of baked apple, crème brûlée, white peach and honey-suckle. Lively acidity provides balance while toasted oak lingers on the finish.
Orin Swift Abstract
Orin Swift is also known for incredible red wines. Abstract is a seductive blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Intense aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum and raspberry are followed by hints of spice, mocha and caramel. It’s layered and complex, with velvety tannins and a long finish. This wine is like a work of art—and so is the bottle!
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre
This outstanding red blend is made from Corvina, Rondinella and Sangiovese grapes. A portion of the grapes are air-dried until after the harvest, and then pressed into the wine. This Appassimento style provides extra concentration and complexity with rich flavors of sun-dried berry, tangy cherry and hints of coffee and spice. An Italian stunner that is rich and smooth on the palate with incredible structure and depth. Pair with sausage pizza, grilled meats and hearty pasta dishes.
Chateau Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Souverain has been known for their Cabernet since 1944. The historic California winery continues to evolve, while their commitment to quality and craftsmanship remains the same. Chateau Souverain Cabernet reveals classic aromas of blackberry and currant with subtle notes of baking spice and vanilla bean. Round tannins and dark fruit persist with a touch of oak on the finish. Try a bottle and experience California Cabernet at its finest!
J Cuvée 20 Non-Vintage Brut
J Vineyards has been producing premium sparkling wines from the Russian River Valley for nearly 30 years. The J Cuvee 20 NV Brut (originally created for their 20th anniversary), is made in the Champagne method from a select blend of hand-harvested grapes from their best cool-climate vineyard sites. This elegant sparkler is crisp and clean with notes of lemon zest, almonds and pear. It’s versatile with food, perfect as an aperitif and always a crowd pleaser! Make sure to stock up for the holidays!
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