It is time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family and toast to the New Year. Bold flavors enhance this time of year with spiced pears, baked apples, ripe blackberries and rich tannins. Embrace the warm aromas enjoying a glass during wintertime of mild daytime temperatures and chilly nights.
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. J Vineyards Russian River Chardonnay is rich and fragrant with aromas of spiced pear and baked apple. The palate reveals a creamy texture with pronounced flavors of ripe pear, Meyer lemon and caramelized peaches. Bright acidity and hints of toasted oak persist on the elegant finish. Delicious when paired with crab cakes, lobster bisque, roast chicken with mushrooms and truffle mac and cheese.
Louis M. Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Nothing chases away the winter blues like a big, bold, bottle of cab. One of the favorites is the Alexander Valley Cabernet from Louis M. Martini. This cab has it all including intense aromas and flavors of dark berry fruit, earthy notes of truffle and cedar, balanced tannins and a long, complex finish. What winter blues?
Bear Flag Zinfandel
Bear Flag Zinfandel reflects the bold, enduring spirit of California. The wine is rich and full-bodied with a spicy character followed by jammy notes of blueberry pie, vanilla and toasted oak. Firm structure and tannins are balanced with a velvety taste and lingering finish. Pair with steak fajitas, barbecued chicken or spareribs, sausage and peppers or roast pork.
Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend
This limited release from Dark Horse will certainly take the chill out of those cold winter nights. Chewy tannins and hints of mocha enhance concentrated flavors of ripe blackberry and warm brown spice. This dark and decadent blend has a rich mid palate with balanced acidity and a bold finish. Pair with comfort foods like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, grilled cheese and tomato soup or spaghetti and meatballs.
Argiano Non Confunditur
Non Confunditur is a Latin term that means unique or unmistakable. Argiano Non Confunditur is a robust Italian red that is a unique blend that is unmistakably delicious! Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese create a versatile wine that is full-bodied and generous with complex layers and smooth tannins. Flavors of black currant, red berries and subtle earthy notes are followed by hints of coffee and cocoa powder. This wine may not be easy to pronounce, but it’s definitely easy to drink! Pair with sausage pizza, grilled meats, lasagna and hearty pasta dishes.
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