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This Season, Every Sip is a Story

By Our Wine Guys, November 5, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Our Wine Guys
Holidays have a way of inspiring great story-telling and it’s inevitable that along with the cranberry sauce, stories are passed around the table. Remember when your Aunt Fritzi forgot to thaw out the turkey or how everyone likened your sister’s homemade rolls to hockey pucks? Read on for details about a California Wine Country sweepstakes from Snooth.com and find out how you can take part in our first-ever Twitter tasting.    This holiday season, you’ll be able to uncork a whole array of stories while pouring top wines that are affordable, easy-going and have a few tales of their own to share….like the Römerhof Riesling, an award-winning German White made by a family with 400 years of wine history. With a crisp apple and pear finish, this holiday guest makes friends easily with spicy flavors or Fourme D’Ambert blue cheese. And every celebration benefits from a robust and spirited storyteller such as Dievole Dievolino Sangiovese di Toscana, whose ruby red glow, hints of fragrant juniper and Tuscan roots inspire lively conversation alongside Robusto cheese or Italian favorites like osso buco or ragù. In fact, every sip is a story this holiday season – even the price! All of the Top Ten Wines are under $15 a bottle. You’ll want to set a place at the table throughout the season for every one of these smooth talkers – each one discovered during our worldwide quest to find amazing wines at amazing prices. And to really get the conversation going, we’ve developed outstanding recipes that will undoubtedly be the highlight of your holiday dining experience. Enjoy our recipe for Roasted Beef Tenderloin as the deeply colored, opaque Paso A Paso Tempranillo, made with organically grown grapes, regales your guests with intense floral notes and huge flavor to keep the stories and laughs going for hours. Listen closely as the soft-spoken and silky California red, Valley of the Moon Syrah, shares its dark and peppery flavor adventures with its perfect dinner companion of Roasted Ham with Maple and Orange Marmalade Glaze or its favorite party pal, Rogue Anniversary Blue cheese. Our creative chefs have paired scrumptious recipes with our wine selections so you need look no further to find just the right dish. Just go to our Top Ten Wines page and click on the different wine labels to show suggested recipe pairings. And don’t forget the bubbles! There’s always cause to celebrate with sparkling wine during the holidays. Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or a weeknight at home, pop open our fresh French sparkling De Chanceney Crémant de Loire – a tremendous value for under $15 bottle! This time next year, there could be one more story to tell at the holiday table if you’re the lucky winner of the Top Ten Wines Sweepstakes. Imagine the lively conversation as you share your wine adventures discovered during a California Wine Country VIP getaway. This 4-day/3-night trip for two will expand your wine knowledge and give you an experience of a lifetime! Enter now for a chance to win this VIP trip from Whole Foods Market® and Snooth.com, the world’s largest wine site which enables users to search over a million wines and two million user reviews. A random drawing will be conducted on/about December 10. Ready to swap stories about these top-notch wines at easy-to-swallow prices? You and six of our Top Ten Holiday Wines are invited to Whole Foods Market’s first-ever Twitter Tasting on Wednesday, November 17. Join us at 7 – 8 pm ET, 6 – 7 pm CT or 4 – 5 pm PT to taste and tweet! It will be a fun event to sip, swirl and wax poetic with our wine friends all over the country. We’ll be there to share our stories of these holiday-perfect wines and see what you think about the wines, price, taste profiles and food pairings. Any thoughts are welcome – tasting and enjoying wine is all about your personal preferences. Follow @WFMWine and #WFMWine to see what others have to say about the wines. Here’s to great story-telling!

 

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