Top Ten Wines
Best Bets for Holidays 2015
Friends, family get-togethers, tables loaded with food and conversation — there’s no time like the holidays! We chose these wines to pair perfectly with seasonal dishes and celebration — and you won’t be able to find most of them anywhere else. Cheers!
Domaine Bernard et Cristophe Richel
Try a sip off the beaten path with this citrusy French White. Aromas of white flowers. Grapefruit flavors and minerality. Loads of bright fruit. A holiday hit!
This wine’s little-known jacquère grapes grow in an 18-acre vineyard in France’s small Savoie region, on the mountainous border with Switzerland.
Mons Meule de Savoie cheese, seafood, oysters, fondue, charcuterie, crab dip, ham
Recipe PairingHot Crab and Artichoke Dip
Casas del Bosque
Wafts of jalapeño pepper, Anjou pear and wet stone. Fresh green melon flavors, grapefruit acidity. A plush heft in the body moves to a bright, clean finish.
These grapes grow in Chile’s Casablanca Valley, where 120-million-year old granitic soil helps create complexity in the fruit.
Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche cheese, oysters, clams, pear and arugula salad, turkey and dressing, turkey soup
Recipe PairingHearty Turkey Noodle Soup
Cave de Lugny
Aromas of peach and apricot with a touch of citrus. Clean, crisp, beautifully balanced. A food-loving wine!
The grapes for this wine are grown on a chardonnay-dedicated cooperative in the desirable Mâcon-Villages region of southern Burgundy.
Mons Camembert cheese, seafood, chicken dishes, turkey, mushroom crepes, shrimp and grits, scalloped potatoes
Recipe PairingBaked Camembert with Fresh Herbs
Ripe cherry, plum and lavender aromas. Stone fruit flavors, then white pepper, blackberry, even hints of sassafras and cola. Mouth-filling yumminess.
The grapes for this wine were purposely sourced from three north-facing vineyards in California’s Santa Rita Hills where strong, cool ocean winds create great depth of flavor.
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar aged at Cellars at Jasper Hill, coq au vin, pork tenderloin, mushroom risotto, baby back ribs, squab, quail, turkey
Recipe PairingMaple-Sage Cornish Hens with Roast Apples
Wild herb and red berry aromas. Juicy ripe blackberry flavors, a touch of pepper and rustic minerality. Medium bodied, well balanced. The Sicilians know how to make a Red!
Whole Foods Market, winemaker Bobby Lachlan and Sicilian farmers worked as a team to create this wine. Squadra means team in Italian. Presto! A brand is born.
Parmigiano Reggiano aged 24 months, pasta dishes with meat sauce, lamb, pork roast, beef rib roast
Recipe PairingRoasted Leg of Lamb with Pomegranate-Wine Sauce
Marius Red Blend
A big, bold Red. Spicy black fruit aromas. A touch of earthiness. Hints of coffee and pepper balanced with a vanilla note. Full bodied, satisfying finish.
The grapes in this red blend are harvested at different times, with the grenache plucked before the syrah as it requires longer maturation.
Black Creek Vintage Cheddar aged 2 Years, hearty meats with sauce, chili, burgers, brisket sandwiches, meatloaf, wild mushroom lasagna, campfires
Recipe PairingHomestyle Meatloaf
Blackberry, strawberry, vanilla aromas. Ripe blueberry and slight butterscotch flavors. Peppy acidity. A long, graceful finish. Elegance for days.
Fifth-generation winemaker Joel Gott is known as an iconoclast who builds beautiful wines with an artist’s eye for blending. Makes a great holiday gift!
Petit Agour sheep’s milk cheese, duck, lamb, venison, vegetarian roast, roasted veggies
Recipe PairingRoasted Duck with Fig and Port Sauce
Santa Julia Reserva
Aromas of red plum, violet and spice. Dark red fruit flavors, stewed berries and cobbler. Velvety mouthfeel. Spice lingers in the full-bodied finish.
The Zuccardi family in Argentina is locally considered winemaking nobility. This is the first vintage of their new blend, and our global wine buyers were the first to taste it.
Appleby’s Double Gloucester cheese, roast beef, brisket, beef tenderloin, date night!
Recipe PairingClassic Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine-Shallot Sauce
Old Vine Petite Sirah
Deep plum and blueberry aromas. Warm spice notes. Generous roundness, silky tannins. Dark fruit shows in the long finish. A rich, ripe California Red.
“Old vine” in this case refers to 50-year-old gnarled grape vines growing in Lodi, California. Chris Condos is the winemaker, and we bought it all…for you!
Borough Market Stilton cheese, grilled meats, rich mushroom dishes, rosemary-roasted vegetables, coffee-rubbed meats
Recipe PairingGarlic-Roasted Beef Brisket
Attractive floral aromas. Layers of raspberry, rocky minerality and a subtle cherry sweetness. Richness in the finish, balanced by robust tannins.
The northeastern Spanish enclave of Montsant, with its wines of real craftsmanship and sense of place, is breaking out of the shadow of its more famous big brother next door, Priorat.
Mitica Mahón cheese, red meats, richer pasta dishes, pizza, paella, gumbo
Recipe PairingPimentón-Rubbed Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Romesco Sauce
A bright golden bubbly, redolent with aromas of green apple, pear and a touch of toast. Baked apple flavors. Zippy acidity. Crisp and refreshing. Serve well chilled.
“Méthode Champenoise” means an extra dollop of yeast was added to the wine in the bottle for second fermentation, creating lovely bubbles and wonderful baked-bread notes. And you can only get it here!
Isigny Ste. Mère Bonhomme Brie, salmon, shellfish, crab, brunch, celebrations, cheese plates