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Party Wines for the Holiday Season
Party Wines for the Holiday Season November 15, 2016
We all have a lot on our plates over the holidays, so let us at Rogers & Company do our part to make the wine buying easy! There are family dinners, weekend parties, guests just dropping by, gift giving… So many occasions when you’re going to need some great wines at very reasonable prices!
So, here is a big selection of some real gems that we love. If your company is giving corporate gifts, give me a call! If you have friends and family who also need a “wine guy”, please connect us. I would be really happy to speak with them. We have the wines that you need!
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Tiefenbrunner has consistently crafted one of Ontario’s favourite Pinot Grigios. It is farmed in the Italian alps of the Alto Adige. Up here the abundant sunshine and cool air produces intense and vibrant fruit.
This pale straw wine shows pretty aromas of honeysuckle and white peach that delight the nose. Zingy fresh apple, pineapple and orange zest are offered on the palate, with an element of bitter almond layered into the long finish. The fruit exhibits a wonderful impression of ripeness throughout. It is a fragrant, mouthwatering, rich wine that maintains good poise. Pair it with roasted chicken or light white fish in citrus and herbs.
Rueda is located in north-central Spain, just east of Toro on the Duero River. As Toro is known almost solely for red wines, Rueda is known for whites, and predominantly those made from Verdejo, a local variety that is capable of almost “Burgundian” wines.
This wine shows the characteristic apple, pear and tropical fruit flavours of Verdejo but the grape also has darker shadings of flavour that countered by the richness on the palate make it seem as though it may have been in barrels – but it hasn’t.
This is impressive on its own as an aperitif, but would also complement food as a Chardonnay would. Go ahead, try something different!
Terrapura was founded in 2005, and in this short time have established themselves in 20 different countries. The wines are clean, vibrant and reflective of the Maule Valley terroir.
The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the misty, “Mediterranean” Curicó Valley, where the fruit enjoys very warm days and very cool nights. The wine is simply fermented in stainless steel to preserve its vibrancy.
If you like intense aromas of tropical fruits with an elegant floral touch, this is your kind of white. On the palate it is fresh, delicate and fruity with good acidity. A perfect wine with chilled salads, lightly creamy dishes and seafood.
Stoneburn is produced by Hunter’s Wines, the oldest family-owned winery in Marlborough, and the one winery to which Bob Campbell MW attributes “the” style of Sauvignon Blanc that Marlborough is known for around the world.
“Another wine that expresses this fine vintage in an unvarnished, straightforward way. It’s about the fruit flavours – ripe stonefruit, elderflower, citrus and flinty notes – and a well-honed blade of acidity. This Wairau-grown rendition offers fantastic value for money.”
Sometimes the best apertif is something that seems a little sweet. That’s where this wine steps in. Labeled “trocken” or dry, this has the least amount of sugar allowable by law, but because the acidity of Riesling is so high, the lowest amount of sugar is still somewhere in the “sweetness” realm. Get it?
As well, since sugars are fermented to become alcohol, this wine is low in the latter. That means it’s medium-bodied at best. We all have friends or family members who hardly ever drink, right? This may be the best wine they’ve ever had!
The balance of the sugar and acid is what makes Riesling so refreshing and gulpable. If you’re serving rich foods like sausages and peppers, or spicy foods like Thai dishes, German Riesling should be in your glass. The pear, lemon and lime flavours and the talcum powder-like minerality of the wine make it very easy to enjoy.
An outstanding value in Chardonnay is Blue Mountain’s from the Okanagan Valley. A round Chardonnay without a lot of weight, it is very elegant and beautiful, almost like Cru Chablis. Layers of very faint woods, apples and salinity.
“On the nose, there are layered aromas of citrus, tree fruit and white flowers with hints of spice and mineral. Beautifully balanced with all elements in harmony and satiny fresh in texture, the palate replays citrus and crisp apple with a smidge of spice through the invigorating and lasting finish-sip and savour.”
Grayson Cellars purchases fruit from all over northern California, and produce wines of outstanding value that over-deliver with every sip.
Grayson’s Chardonnay is brilliantly ripe and shows bright, brisk acidity and good minerality with notes of pineapple and apricot. The palate offers green apple fruit with a crisp finish showing gentle hints of apple pie and vanilla.
#1 rated Chardonnay among 300+ Chardonnays tasted
98 points, Best in Class, California State Fair 2016
If you’ve been exploring the amazing wines of Washington like I have, you know that here you can find some of the US’s best values across every price.
“Silvery emerald straw colour. Delicate, citrusy, creamy aromas of citrus custard and ripe apples with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length delicate spice finish with silky tannins. A delicious, lively, and nicely balanced Chardonnay.”
90 points, Best Buy, Gold Medal, Tastings.com, Oct 2015
Case Vecie is Brigaldara’a best Valpolicella. From the Case Vecie area (7.5 ha) and Cavolo area (1.5 ha) these vineyards are situated close to the village of Grezzana and were selected for their distinct microclimate and soil composition.
The elevation and pitch of the land allow the grapes to ripen slowly. The vines are trained in Guyot style giving the vines good balance of foliage and fruit. The grapes are harvested later than the other vineyards allowing the grapes to rest on the vine during the cooler part of the year.
This is “everyday” wine: Drink it from a tumbler or a stemless glass if you’d like! It’s all about cherries, cocoa, tea, nut skins, and a hint of baker’s spices in a round, dry, medium-weight red.
Old-vine Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault hand-harvested and matured unencumbered by oak? Yes please!
Domaine Brusset is a stalwart producer in the southern Rhone, one of the masterful Grenache-focused wineries. Their “specialty” if you will is Gigondas. But I love this wine for it’s dark fruit red and black raspberry and blackberry flavours, Provençal aromatics, and its rich, dry, broad mouthfeel. I like to drink this from a tumbler, slightly chilled to enhance its tannic grip.
It’s such a perfect wine to pour with a chilly winter’s eve dinner of roast and potatoes or even coq au vin.
Despite the fun and playful name, Cannonball makes some pretty serious wine. They source top vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino, and strive to produce flavourful, aromatic wines perfect for any occasion.
On the nose you’ll find mulberry, spiced black tea and purple floral notes. There is lots of dark fruit on the palate, which is concentrated and considerably structured for a $24 wine.
“A very classic nose of black and red currant, toasted cedar … Other tones such as milk chocolate, jarred cherries, and allspice emerge on the smooth finish.”
The 2014 vintage was spectacular throughout Washington, with record crop level and excellent quality: Cool nights, warm growing season, limited rain. This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a small fraction of Merlot, which was sourced from Columbia Valley AVA vineyards along Wahluke Slope, the Yakima Valley and Horse Heaven.
A portion of it comes from Walla Walla’s Waterbrook Vineyard, one of the oldest and one known for growing powerful Cabernet.
The Originals is a Cabernet Sauvignon for those who love a glass of the stuff on its own. It shows flavours and aromas of cedar-wrapped cherries, a dusting of wet tobacco and smoky notes, finishing with blackberry compote.
Every wine that Grayson Cellars makes provides pleasure in droves. These are easy-going, “any day” wines, the reds (Cabernet, Merlot and this Zinfandel) are low in tannin, bright and fruity, and easy to enjoy, with spot-on varietal character.
This Zinfandel is truly excellent for the price. Drink it with steak, burgers, pizzas, grilled kebabs, Indian food … you name it. Masses of flavour, full mouthfeel and a lengthy finish.
The 2015 has yet to be reviewed, but the 2014 received the following:
“The Grayson Zinfandel shows a dark colour with rich mixed raspberries, strawberries and brambles surrounded by hints of spice including black pepper and bacon. Intense richness carries through on the palate of this full bodied wine with explosive blackberry and vanilla flavours. The wine’s finish is long and elegant.”
This is Grayson Cellars’ Pinot Noir, and annually it blows away the critics. Pinot Noir is difficult to farm and expensive to produce, so when you find one that delivers on price AND quality, you have to go for it.
Though the 2015 has yet to be reviewed by the critics, the 2014 was named “the #1 rated value Pinot Noir from California” by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, August 2015.
Their tasting note reads: “A solid effort is the 55,000-case cuvée of 100% Pinot Noir, the 2014 Pinot Noir Block 9. Winemaker Larry Levin has hit a home run again with this Pinot Noir, which is soft, round and juicy, with crisp acidity, elegant pomegranate, and a red cherry-scented nose and mouthfeel. It has just enough spice not to detract from its fruity style. The wine should drink nicely for another several years.”
The Yarran tree, for which this winery is named, is found extensively throughout the region. This tree, once abundant on the vineyard from which fruit is now sourced, is best recognized by it’s lustrous yellow blooms and dark fragrant wood. Yarran’s are wines showing really lifted varietal fruit character in an approachable style.
The 2015 has yet to be reviewed, but the 2014 received the following:
“Shiraz sourced from both Heathcote and Yenda. Excellent colour, lively aroma and flavour, and a satisfying finish. The value speaks for itself. Peppercorn, cloves and plenty of cherry-plum fruit flavour. Largely unencumbered by oak flavour, though according to the back label it was aged in both French and American”
91 points, Campbell Mattinson, Australian Wine Companion