Holiday Dinner Wines

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As we get closer to the holiday season the time has come to look around for wines to  serve with holiday dinners.  All three of our selections this week are from France but from less known regions and offer great versatility and quality at reasonable prices. Your guest will no doubt show some happy faces.

 Willm Pinot Gris 2013 – the grayish blue fruits of the Pinot Grigio grape varietal are used in the production of a very wide, and seemingly ever widening, range of quality white wines.  We have found that the best examples come from The Alsace region in France as exemplified by this selection. The wine has a round the mouth feel and long finish. It shows smokiness and develops opulence and distinctive characteristic aromas as it opens up. A far cry from the usual Italian plonk. $13.99

 Willm Gewürztraminer 2012 – This varietal produces powerful wines with exuberant fruit character. The bouquet is intense and develops rich aromas of exotic fruit (passion, pineapple, litchi), flowers (roses) and spices (pepper, cinnamon).Golden yellow hints with nice aromatic intensity and exotic fruits.Light, round, well-balanced, good persistence, finishing on spicy notes. One of our favorite wines for Thanksgiving. $13.99

 Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon 2010 –This wine is a case study of the balance between power and elegance, spice and softness, and fat and acidity. Produced from 40-80 year old Cabernet Franc vines.  And aged 12 months in 2- and 3-year-old barrels, this Chinon is lovely and perfumed, with tremendous length in the mouth. Smooth and elegant it shows none of the “green” character often find in examples from less talented winemakers. A staff favorite. $19.99

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