Holiday Wine

  • Winebits 360: New Year’s wine

    … New Year’s wine advice and news from around the Internet, though not everyone is boycotting Champagne: • Red wine, too: Dave McIntyre at the Washington Post offers bubbly to drink, as well as still wine. And Dave made one of the best wine videos I’ve ever seen — professional, informative, and to the point, with sparkling wine pointers. It’s…

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  • New Year’s sparkling wine 2014

    …, 12.5%): This is always one of my favorite California sparklers, and this edition is one of the best in years. There are layers of flavor, with yeastiness, strawberry fruit, and minerality. Given how overpriced so many $40 Champagnes are, this is a steal. • Mas Fi Brut Natura Reserva NV ($10, sample, 11.5%): This Spanish wine is more dry and more…

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  • New Zealand and Italian Holiday Wine Pairing

    … a rich mid palate and clean finish. Predominantly ripe tropical fruit flavours with subtlemineral and savoury influences. Chef John Coletta from Quartino prepares a special octopus and escarole dish to bring together a unique New Zealand and Italian holiday wine pairing. Quartino is a bustling downtown Chicago restaurant and wine bar noted for its…

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  • Winebits 365: Christmas wine edition

    … Christmas wine advice and news from around the Internet: • Ripe and lively: Terrific Christmas wine advice from Susy Atkins at London’s Telegraph newspaper. “This year I’m seeking fresher, more vivacious styles of red for the big day. Fed up with the many heavy, tannic, even jammy wines out there (blame the more commercial producers in hot…

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  • Holiday Wine Suggestions December 2014

    …. Château des Charmes Brut Methode Traditionelle, $22.95. A great value traditional methode bubbly, review coming soon! 2012 Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir, $29.95. 2011 review here. John Galea suggests: 2011 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, $19.95. Review can be found here. 2013 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, $18.95, 2014 is about to hit…

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  • Christmas wine 2014

    …, made in the U.S. — about half the price of its California counterparts, and with that much better quality than California bubblies that cost one-third less. Lots of apple fruit, but also some creaminess. Drink for toasting or with almost any food that isn’t prime rib. • Hacienda Araucano Reserva Carmenere 2013 ($10, sample, 14%): Carmenere…

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  • An (Organized) Hodgepodge of Festive Wine

    … Delille Cellars When it comes to wine choices, the holiday season is forgiving (pun intended). There are fewer demands: the heat of summer calls for refreshing wines that won’t dominate; Thanksgiving brings complicated pairings, large parties and a desire to drink American wine; Valentine’s Day calls for wines that waft elegance and romance…

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  • Holiday wine gift guide 2014

    … Silly yes, but who wouldn’t get a kick out of the High Heel Wine Bottle Caddy? • Holiday wine trends 2014 If you go by my email, the hottest holiday wine gifts this year are accessories — every day has brought yet another news release with lots of exclamation points and breathless prose. But gadgets, as always, are not at the top of the Wine…

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  • Holiday wine trends 2014

    … • Coming Monday: The Wine Curmudgeon’s 2014 holiday wine gift guide Those of us who are supposed to know these things have been insisting that wine drinkers are throwing off their Winestream Media-inspired shackles, and drinking what they want — rose, even. In this, they’re being more adventurous than ever. We now have anecdotal evidence…

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  • The Definitive Guide to Holiday Wine

    This story was originally published in the Winter 2014 issue of Austin Man Magazine. It looks fantastic in print, so grab an issue or two. December is stuffed with more parties, festive meals and holiday get-togethers than anyone can possibly manage. Getting in the way of that merriment is the mad scramble to meet year-end work deadlines, extra family obligations and the dre ...

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  • Winebits 361: Thanksgiving 2014 edition

    …, is next to the $60 Sea Smoke, a 14.9 percent California monster with 16 months of oak and a critical darling. The only thing those two wines have in common is that they have grapes in them. • Never simple: From Eric Asimov at the New York Times, whose annual Thanksgiving column, which I always enjoy, is not unlike the Passover Seder scene from “Annie…

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  • Thanksgiving wine 2014

    … The Wine Curmudgeon got a press release last week touting a big-time California producer’s five pinot noirs for Thanksgiving. Because, I suppose, we’re supposed to drink pinot noir for Thanksgiving. Excuse me while I throw a fit. Is this 1985, when we could only drink certain wines with certain foods at certain times? Of course…

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  • Apothic Dark – Really, Really Dark!

    …, they are rich. And the mouthfeel has a rich, velvety texture too. It is absolutely over the top. The winemakers clearly crafted this wine for richness. It’s a bit gaudy, but it’s fun. It’s not a refined, elegant wine, but I have a feeling a lot of people will love it. And while it’s not totally my cup of tea, I enjoyed it too. Wine: Apothic Dark Variety…

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