If you're attending a holiday party this season, there's no way you can arrive empty-handed. And if you're hosting a holiday get-together this holiday season, don't make the tragic mistake of running out of some bubbly.
No matter if you're a host or a guest, make sure you're prepared for the holidays with these delicious, intricate, fruity and intense bottles. It doesn't matter if you're seeking an inexpensive Chianti, looking to test your mixology skills with some Veuve Clicquot or hoping to impress even those with the most acquired palates, we've got you (and your bar cart) covered.
This Tocai Friulano, a grape usually found in Italy, was made in the skin contact style -- the way red wines are typically made. Fermented for two weeks, the wine then remained on its skins for sixty days -- a long time for any wine, and white wine especially. After pressing, it was aged for six months in neutral oak, and the result is a complex, robust, textured white that-on the palate-is reminiscent of a red. It's a wine that suits both red and white enthusiasts alike.
This small lot, single-vineyard Syrah (only 250 cases made) comes from Ballard Canyon, in the cool climate region of Santa Barbara County, where the morning maritime fog and afternoon Pacific breeze create a unique microclimate. Harvested early, fermented native and aged in neutral French oak for 18 months, it’s complex, dark, slightly meaty, and perfectly ageworthy.
A certain amount of skill and tenacity is essential to produce a Pinot of this stature -- and Folly of the Beast is proof that a little madness pays off. Aged in 33% new French oak for 12 months to enhance notes of sweet spice, this round Pinot pairs nicely with pork, poultry and cheeses.
Field Theory highlights curious varietals from unfamiliar places, like this Touriga Nacional from Pomar Junction Vineyard in Paso Robles, CA. The result is a light, early-drinking red with a fresh, fruit-forward flavor.