It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Homes are beaming with Christmas décor and stores are bustling with holiday shoppers. This is also the time of year you receive more invitations to parties than your smart phone calendar can handle.
Whether it’s the office gathering or your best friend’s annual Ugly Christmas Sweater feast, a great bottle of wine has a way of being the life of the party all on its own.
The Girls’ Club:
1 California Drive
Yountville, CA 94599
Your best girlfriend is gathering all of the ladies together to celebrate the holidays “cocktail” style. Any chance to flaunt your cutest party dress and those “to die for” pumps is always a reason to break open the bubbly. Toast to the holidays in style with Domaine Chandon’s Limited Edition Holiday Brut Classic
. Chandon partnered with fashion designer, Rebecca Minkoff, to bring a festive approach to their Brut bottle. Expect those flavors of apple, pear and citrus to pair well with your special time with friends.
Domaine Chandon suggest paring this wine with Caesar salad, fried calamari or sushi, all great choices for your “girls’ time” menu.
The Future In-Laws:
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards
680 Rossi Road
St Helena, CA 94574
Just as the holiday season is beginning, you and your significant other are busy deciding what gifts to buy and what events to attend. A family gathering with your future in-laws is a must do. Adding in the daunting task of finding just the right gift can only contribute to the stress of wanting to impress them. Take the pressure off by gracing their holiday dinner table with a bottle of Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards 2013 Right Bank
red wine. A Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend, this aromatic wine is dark and rich, with flavors of mocha, espresso, spices and black cherry. This is sure to be a favorite among the guests, and score major points for you in the future spouse department.
Make a long lasting impression by gifting your future parents with a wine club membership. Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards allows you to build your own wine club and choose the wine you want.
2125 Inglewood Ave
St. Helena, CA 94574
Office holiday parties can be a lot of fun. It gives you and your co-workers the chance to let your hair down and have a great time. This year, instead of a stuffy restaurant or hotel conference room, the boss had decided to host everyone at his or her home. This is a great opportunity to show you really know your wine game. Impress the man (or lady) in charge with a bottle of 2013 Sinegal Estate Cabernet Franc
. A bold and expressive wine, it boasts dark, ripe fruit, cedar, chocolate and spice. Who knows, a cult wine like this one might be just the boost you needed for that promotion.
In high demand, but limited supply, you must be a member of the Sinegal Estate mailing list to gain access to their wines. Members of the Estate List receive annual shipments of the estates portfolio.
Madrone Estate Winery
777 Madrone Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
You and the other grown-ups in the family decide to do a Secret Santa in lieu of spending time (and money) trying to decide what to get everyone for Christmas. You pulled the name of the wine enthusiast in the family and you want them to have a special bottle you know they will enjoy. You can’t go wrong with Madrone Estate Winery Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
. The 2013 vintage was rated 88+ points by acclaimed wine critic, Robert Parker and took a gold medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This beauty beams with aromas of sweet tobacco, cocoa and blackberry.
6761 McKinley St,
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Your neighbor invites you to her holiday open house every year. She’s the life of the party and a faithful vegan. Why not a vegan wine to complement her holiday dishes. MacPhail Family Wines are 100% vegan and all are produced and bottled at their facility only. Traditionally producers have used a variety of aids called ‘fining agents’ to help the clarifying process along. The most commonly used fining agents are casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). These fining agents are known as processing aids. A 100% vegan wine is free of these fining agents. Bring a bottle of MacPhail and know you won’t make a dietary faux pas!
So you don’t have to inquire about the menu ahead of time, bring a food friendly Pinot Noir. MacPhail’s 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
is simply pretty, with a medium body and floral notes leading to somewhat spicy, herbal, even earthy aromas followed by pomegranate, tart sour cherry and just a hint of sweet cherry jam.
Shundria Reed is the blogger of Southern Girl in a Wine World. She spends most of her time exploring the ins and outs of California wine life.