#WineWednesday: Gift Giving Should Be This Easy – The Red Edition
Last week we looked at good gift wines to give for the season that were of the white persuasion – this week let’s look at some reds you might want to stuff stockings with, lay under the tree or pull out around the dinner table.
Might I suggest that during the holidays you introduce your wine-loving friends to grapes they may not be familiar with, an overlook producer, a misappropriated grape, or blends from a popular place but one they might not pick up for themselves.
Let’s see if we can’t wow them with something new, instead of the same-old same-old:
E Guigal 2010 Cote du Rhone ($17.95)
There are wines you keep recommending until they are gone; this is one of them … great fruit with the addition of an elegance of spice and balance of oak. Buy one as a gift and two for yourself.
Peachy Canyon 2011 Westside Zinfandel ($26.95)
I taste plenty of good Zin throughout the year – none of it pink – this one has lots to get excited about: vanilla, cherry, plum, and Christmas spice on the nose, along with cherry, blackberry jam and mocha highlight the palate.
La Posta 2011 Estela Armando Bonarda ($14.95)
Sweet and supple fruit with lovely round mouthfeel and a touch of smokiness. Bonarda will be the next big thing from Argentina.
Topazio 2009 Douro Red ($12.55)
This Douro blend delivers for not a lot of dough. Chocolate, dark berries, rich and succulent really juicy.
Jip Jip Rock Sparkling Shiraz ($18.95)
If this does not shock people then nothing will – this is possibly the best sparkling Shiraz I have ever tasted and best of all it is very good – give it a shot.