Friends and family get-togethers, tables loaded with good food and great conversation; there is no time like the holidays! Not only is there a gluttony of food with seemingly endless flavors and spices, but each of your guests have different palates and vast wine knowledge. We chose a few wines to pair perfectly with seasonal dishes and celebrations. Check out this recommended holiday wine list that will have you looking like a wine connoisseur even if that couldn’t be farther from the truth . Cheers!
The Boulder Crest Retreat wine is a product of Tackitt Family Vineyards. This award-winning vineyard was started in 2007, and all proceeds from the BCR labeled wine go to helping combat veterans attending the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness. All proceeds of the Boulder Crest Retreat wine go to help wounded and recovering combat veterans. The wine is currently available in 25 states, and online. The wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon, which is paired nicely with pork, spicy Italian red sauce dishes, and barbecue. Choosing BCR wine means that you will be supporting a cause and enjoying a great wine. For more information visit: www.tackittfamilyvineyards.com.
Admirable Family Wines, Locally Approved
Drawing on 20 generations of French winemakers, Béatrice Cointreau has officially launched her first U.S. wine label from Admirable Family Vineyards, releasing the first varietals in their collection, Vigneronne and Blanc & Blanc. The great-granddaughter of Cointreau liqueur founder and the granddaughter of the founder of Rémy Martin, Béatrice was born into a long line of winemakers and distillers, inheriting their passion for wine and values of entrepreneurship. In 2013, Béatrice founded Admirable Family Vineyards in the heart of Malibu, California on a 6 acre estate and began developing her own blends, delivering a quintessential balance of French craftsmanship and California grapes.
Meaning White and White, Blanc & Blanc is 98% Viognier and 2% Chardonnay. Selected and blended by Béatrice Cointreau, Blanc & Blanc is a 2014 vintage and 14.1% alcohol, aging in 100% stainless steel tanks. Pairing well with fish such as grilled or poached salmon, sushi, ceviche or tuna tartar, Blanc & Blanc is dry and fragrant with fruity notes of apricot and mango on the palate. The finale is fresh with hints of lemon and long due to the natural ability of the Chardonnay to support the wine through aging, leaving the mouth feeling rich and full.
Admirable’s 2013 Vigneronne is a dark full bodied red wine, being 56% Syrah, 43% Merlot and 1% other. Aging for 18 months in 100% neutral French Oak barrels, Vigneronne is a perfect balance of Merlot and Syrah, selected and blended by Béatrice. A perfectly crafted California premium, dark full bodied red wine, with a peppery note in the after taste, the varietal pairs well with “coq au vin” as well as scallops, cheese soufflé, steak tartar, duck confit and boeuf bourguignon. Flamboyant notes of blueberry, blackberry and a note of black pepper (a signature of Syrah) fill the Vigneronne, as well as a note of vanilla, which ends with licorice, blended with cardamom and other spices. For more information visit: www.admirable-malibu.com
Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate. Holman’s 2013 Sweet Love is the perfect compliment for your holiday dessert options. This Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect blend of sweet & tart. Plus there were only 180 cases made which will wow your guests since it is highly exclusive! For more information visit: http://holmanranch.com