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Holiday Wine Specials

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With Halloween officially behind us, now bursting on to the scene is the holiday gift giving marketing blitz and stock up on wine for the holidays. Get the best deals when you order early! We've already started curating ideas for you. Buy now or "Pin" to your Gift Pinterest Board (check out more suggestions on our WC Board)

MacRosite Winery and Vineyards
Magnums are the perfect size for celebrating the holidays with family and friends. Enjoy complimentary ground shipping (Deadline: November 19th!) on these limited release cellar selections of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which are quite versatile for matching holiday fare. Use code: BigThanks at checkout. Unfortunately, the deadline to receive in time by Thanksgiving has already passed.

Dry Creek Vineyard - Holiday Wine Sale
dry-creek-wine-holiday-sale.jpgNow through December 31st, save 30% on all holiday wine gift sets AND spend $250 and receive $1 ground shipping on your order. Depending on where you live, you still might be able to order in time for Thanksgiving! See holiday wine shipping deadlines here!

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Mumm Napa - Thanksgiving Favorites
Save 15% on Thanksgiving Favorites (2011 Pinot Noir, 2007 DVX, Brut Reserve Rose, and Sparkling Pinot Noir) from Mumm Napa now through November 19th! (25% off for Club Vivant Members). Purchasing 6 bottles or more? Also save 50% off ground shipping. Enter to promo code "SHIPTHANKS" Click Here for more details! 

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bvWines-holiday-wine-sale.jpgBeaulieu Vineyards - 35% Savings 


Make a five-star feast with Beaulieu Vineyard's top 10 wines for Thanksgiving. Order now and enjoy a 35% discount on top picks. Ship in time for Thanksgiving! Be sure to pay attention to holiday wine shipping schedule.

  • November 23rd - Deadline for 2 day shipping
  • November 25th - Deadline for Overnight shipping

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Gloria Ferrer - $5 Ground Shipping!
Shop now with "Pop13" through December 10, 2013 and just pay $5 ground shipping on all case orders. If you plan on throwing a party, stock up on large format bottles. Ship six-bottle Sonoma Brut magnum case orders for just $15 when you select ground shipping and use promo code "MAG13". Click Here for more details.



Get in the Spirit of Giving This Holiday Season

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Each fall and winter season many of businesses in wine country join the holiday spirit and donate portions of their proceeds to local charities or host food banks drives. You can help AND make your dollar go farther just by purchasing wine from a participating winery or donating a can of food. See below for more details on how you can support and give back this holiday season!

kenwoodVineyards_foodBank.jpgKenwood Vineyards
Kenwood Vineyards has already started their holiday campaign to help put food on the table of every American. Help them support this worthy cause!

They will donate a percentage of sales to a local food bank, Redwood Empire Food Bank, in Sonoma County. Click Here for more info.

To encourage individual generosity to food banks across the country, Kenwood Vineyards' call to action will be highlighted on point-of-sales materials provided to retailers throughout the holidays. Coupons (where legal) for one dollar off Kenwood Vineyards wines will be offered and a shelf talker will invite consumers to support their local food banks. Kenwood will also be sending the same message to its many friends and fans via social media as the holidays approach.

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Westin Verasa Napa: Annual Banksgiving

westinVerasaNapa_foodbank.jpgThroughout the month of November, BANK Café and Bar at The Westin Verasa Napa, invites the public to participate in a canned food drive titled "Banksgiving." In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, the two Napa branches of Mechanics Bank will generously match $1 per donated can, with 100 percent of food and funds donated to Community Action Napa Valley Food Bank (CANV). For every can donated, donors will receive a certificate with a percentage off of their meal, up to 10 percent to either BANK Café and Bar or La Toque, The Westin Verasa's Michelin-starred restaurant by Chef Ken Frank.  CLICK HERE for more info.

Donation barrels will be displayed in the hotel's lobby in front of BANK Cafe and Bar.
(1314 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 94559)

Uncork The Thanksgiving Wines

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Press Release

thanksgivingDinnerSpread.jpgThanksgiving is almost upon us, which means now is the time to select wines for the big feast. Fortunately, choosing wines that pair deliciously with Thanksgiving dinner can be quick and easy; all you need do is let your dinner and your preferences be your guide.

The traditional Thanksgiving dinner encompasses a range of flavors: rich, herbal, sweet and creamy. Wines that handle such diversity best are those that complement or accentuate, but don't overpower. The key is moderation; less - in terms of power, alcohol, tannin and oak - is actually more in achieving scrumptious Thanksgiving wine matches. And because Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday, it deserves to be celebrated with American wines.

Those who love white wines have a few choices when it comes to making a stellar Thanksgiving wine match. One is a vibrant Chardonnay with just a hint of oak character that echoes the richness of Thanksgiving dishes, such as the 2012 Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Chardonnay. Another is a medium-bodied, unoaked Sauvignon Blanc with fruit and herb character to enhance the foods' flavors. The 2012 Kenwood Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc captures this style perfectly, as do other unoaked Sauvignon Blancs from Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. The last is a fresh, fruity off-dry Pinot Gris, Riesling or Gewurztraminer that lets the food shine and refreshes the palate. The hard-to-find 2012 Kenwood Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Gris is one option, but there are plenty more from cool vineyard regions across the United States. 

Flora Springs: Newest Ghost Winery Bottling of Petite Verdot

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There's nothing more frightening than an empty wine glass!

Every year, right around Halloween, Flora Springs Winery conjures up the ghosts of spirits past with their one-of-a-kind Ghost Winery bottling. This unique varietal celebrates their century old "ghost winery" that was built in 1885 and carefully renovated by Flora and Jerry Komes in 1977.

flora-springs-ghost-winery-coffin-bottle-set.jpgThis year, their newest Ghost Winery bottling of Petite Verdot will officially be released on October 31st, but you can order ahead and in time for your Halloween festivities (must order by October 24th!) See the various sppoktacular specials below!

2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot Case & Poster
Purchase a case (12 bottles) of 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot and receive a complimentary limited-edition collectible label poster (a $20 value, while supplies last) and for the month of October-- shipping is included!

2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot Box Set
Includes a bottle of 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot and our one-of-a-kind Ghost Winery Coffin Box - perfect for gift-giving or to put on display at your Halloween party or in your wine cellar.

Ghost Winery 2-Bottle Box Set
This year, we've created the Ghost Winery 2-Bottle Box Set to offer the few bottles of last year's release -- 2011 Ghost Winery Syrah -- we've been carefully storing in our cellar. Very limited availability. Have fun tasting these two very different releases side-by-side!

Ghost Winery Accessories
Shop a variety of spooktacular Ghost Winery accessories, perfect for the Ghost Winery collector or as that special finishing touch at your Halloween party.

Treat Your Sweetheart!

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Napa Valley wineries - Sterling Vineyards and Cliff Family Winery -  have you covered for Valentine's Day this year. See their sweet line-up of wine gifts perfect for that special someone in your life!

SterlingVineyards_RomanceGiftSet.jpgSterling Vineyards
Give your loved one the very best with two of Sterling Vineyard's premium Reserve wines! The buttery 2009 Reserve Chardonnay is the perfect companion for heart-warming wintertime comfort foods. Or try the 2009 Platinum Reserve, which scored a superb 92 points from the Wine Enthusiast for its expertly balanced boldness. Complete with a lovely red gift box and personalized message, these extravagant wines will make the perfect gift this Valentine's Day! Shipping deadlines are fast approaching so put in your order as soon as possible! (East Coast Orders - Feb 3rd, West Coast Orders - Feb 7th)  ORDER NOW

Visiting Napa Valley for Valentine's Day/Weekend? Enjoy excellent wines and amazing views at Sterling Vineyards! Indulge in complimentary hand-crafted chocolates paired with our delectable port-style Zinfandel available at the winery on February 9th, 10th, and 14th. Learn More.


Chandon for New Year's Eve Toast!

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chandon_NewYearsEve.jpgIf you can't attend Domaine Chandon's Sparkling Gala this year for New Year's Eve, not to fret; check out their recommendations for hosting a Chandon-style soiree at home!

1. Start the night a Chandon Sidecar: Begin with this brandy-based, citrus-infused cocktail classic, made distinctive with some sparkling flourishes and sure to please your guests. Click here for recipe.


2. Every good party needs a soundtrack, so try creating a playlist of your favorite songs from the past year. It'll infuse the celebration with your unique personality and is a nostalgic, toe-tapping way to send off the year.


3. Make it a magnum: Always a popular option to keep the bubbles flowing on New Year's Eve, a magnum of Chandon Brut Classic is both economically and conversationally effective. One magnum equals two regular-sized (750ml) bottles of wine.

CLICK HERE for more creative pointers for hosting a successful New Year's Eve party!

Don't forget to relax and enjoy your guests, look forward to what the new year may hold and don't forget the midnight kiss!



Wine Samplers for the Holidays

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tastingRoomWineSampler_2011.jpgThe wheel. Sliced bread. Electricity. TastingRoom.com wine samplers.

Life was fine without these revolutionary inventions but it's oh so much better with them.
 
How can one wine product be that different and industry-changing? We're glad you asked. Wine samplers let you try wine before you buy the bottle. That's right, no more paying first and then hoping you like the wine. These samplers let you taste six top wines at home and then buy bottles of your favorites. Like we said--it's revolutionary.
 
And, we're excited to offer our readers a special 1¢ Shipping promotion to discover this amazing wine innovation for themselves. Click here to shop and use promo code WCGIFT.* Better hurry! Offer expires 12/30/2011.

Christmas Dinner with Kenwood Vineyards

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thanksgivingwine.jpgA Wine Guide

Christmas will soon be here and - as always - Christmas dinner will be a highlight of the day. Whether your tradition is a casual buffet or a sit-down feast, selecting and serving wines to complement Christmas dinner need not be daunting. A bit of guidance and your own good taste will lead you to wines sure to make the meal memorable.

First, relax. Picking wines to accompany a meal - even Christmas dinner - is a straightforward process. Take comfort in knowing that terrific wines to go with your Christmas dinner are available in every price range and the most satisfying matches often can be found among popular, well priced labels like Kenwood Vineyards.




Here's to Mom: Our Must-Do Mother's Day List

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by Courtney Cochran

NAPA VALLEY / SONOMA, CA

Once a year (seems it ought to be more often, no?) we pay tribute to that special woman who had the good sense to bring us into the world - and, once we'd arrived, to guide us through life's many travails and triumphs with aplomb. This year, we encourage you to consider our list of Must-Do Mother's Day activities in planning your Sunday celebrations.  Because wine, like mothers, improves with time, we think it's only fitting that you pair these two delights come fête-time.

yogaVineyardsWebsite.jpgYoga In the Vineyard
San Francisco sommelier-turned-yogi Christie Dufault offers delightful Mom-and-me experiences in her buzz-worthy new "Yoga In the Vineyard" retreats. Held amidst the vines in vinous hotspots including Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Santa Cruz, Dufault's classes emphasize being in the moment and celebrating the senses - activities made all the easier thanks to inclusive Biodynamic® wines and organic meals. Call for custom retreats; gift certificates available.

St. Supéry Behind the Scenes
Sundays from 11am-12pm Rutherford's St. Supéry offers cellar tours designed to give you the inside scoop on the winemaking process from crushing to bottling. Wrapping with a barrel tasting of estate grown reds, it's a rewarding way to pair a little education with your wine country exploration - something Mom will no doubt appreciate (while noting your grown-up savvy, ahem).  St. Supéry's sweet staff and beautifully appointed tasting room should be icing on the cake.

Holiday Sparklers

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Tis' the season to be sparkly! Our present to you? A perfect sparkling and festive accessory- for your glass that is! After all, what could be more beautiful and festive than the red, white and sparkling wine swirling in your hand? To receive this gift, simply click to our friends below and get ready to choose that perfect holiday accessory to sparkle your glass!

Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Merry Good Gear: Top Wine Gifts of 2009

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By Courtney Cochran

fishnet-wine-tote-two-bottle-R-2[1].jpgWith the holidays already upon us, many of us are wondering: what in the world will I buy for the wine lover on my list this year?  Please, allow us to suggest: At the conclusion of a year that can only be described as tough, let loose with gifts that embrace the adventurous, offbeat side of wine.  Because what we can all use right now is a healthy dose of humor - packaged, of course, in stellar style.  

Bonny Book
Santa Cruz wine scion Randall Graham's zany new book, Been Doon So Long ($23), is being hailed as the best new thing in wine reads since Gary Vaynerchuk's manic wine Tweets first hit the web.  Graham - founder of the trailblazing, troublemaking (in a good way) Boony Doon brand - peppers the pages with hilarious literary parodies, song lyrics ("Born to Rhone", anyone?) and more hilarity, but at the heart of it all are some serious questions about the future of New World wine. Score it here.

Tote Tease
Built NY - which first brought us their stylishly minimalist neoprene wine totes several years ago - has only continued to riff on their original concept since, with great success.  And though their well-crafted line of picnic and computer accessories charms as well, we still love their basic wine tote design - updated for '09, of course, in a very cool new "fishnet" design.  So let your bottles AND your style shine through with this terrific new tote, available in two-bottle style for a rightly reasonable $17.



Holiday Wine Deals

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chandonHolidayPack.jpgNeed fail-proof gift ideas for that hard-to-shop-for friend or relative. No worries! What could be easier than the gift of wine? Even better (and definitely faster) - order the wine directly online.

Our WineCountry.com elves have been busy finding fabulous wine deals to fit every shopper's budget. Read on and click to find that perfect gift for your loved ones. If you're lucky, maybe they will even share! Tip: When ordering out of state, remember to check if the winery of your choice will ship to that state.

Arrowood Vineyards & Winery
Holiday Gift Collections - Choose from four elegant gift pairings that will make wonderful presents for the wine lovers on your holiday shopping list. Choose from our Classic's, Rhone style or Reserve designates. Each collection comes beautifully packaged with signature wines hand crafted by Winemaster Richard Arrowood.   

B.R. Cohn Winery
Holiday Wine Sampler - Planning a holiday party or joining friends and family at theirs - B.R. Cohn has you covered. Just order their 12 bottle holiday sampler which includes pairing suggestions to cover all your holiday foods. Currently they are offering a 25% discount on the case!

Domaine Chandon
Chandon has a variety of gift ideas for a wide range of friends whether they are a culinary expert (Epicurean 2 pk), a party host/hostess (Genuine Entertainer), or chic & savvy (The Sophisticated). And of course, you really can't go wrong with bubbles! Shipping is free on any order of $100 or more.

Deals on Champagne & Sparklers

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champagne2.jpgAccording to Paul Gregutt in a recent article for the Seattle Times, prices for Champagne and sparkling wine have decreased. In fact, worldwide demand has fallen by at least 10% which can only mean one thing for you and me - it's time to buy and stock up! And for those gearing up for the holidays, it couldn't be more perfect timing.

The articles suggests a few tips in what to buy:

(1) Be adventurous. Try something new instead of sticking to the brand you always buy.

(2) Buy a vintage Champagne rather than a brut

(3) Look on the bottle to see if the grapes are grand cru. Apparently grand cru vineyards are considered to be the best and well worth if it, even if a few more extra dollars..

(4) Splurge without breaking the bank. Purchase a half bottle

Paul also recommends asking the wine seller what is on sale. One deal out there right now is from Duval-Leroy where they have half bottles of brut at $18 and a full bottle of Cuvee Paris at $35.

Other articles on picking out sparklers for the holiday season:
Bubble, Bubble Everywhere



What Wines to Serve for Thanksgiving

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Are you at a loss when deciding on which wine to serve for Thanksgiving? Rest assured, you're not alone! Surprisingly (or not), trying to pair the perfect wine to accompany the wide variety of food we encounter with this wonderful meal is a common dilemma.  The good news is, we can help! Watch the videos below and get expert tips from those who know best. Now, what to do with eccentric family members?  We'll leave that to you!





What Wineries Are Open for Christmas

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(2012 Update!) See the list of Napa Valley & Sonoma wineries that will be open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

*Napa Valley & Sonoma Restaurants Open for the holidays - Click Here
*Events Calendar Guide - Click Here


CHRISTMAS EVE

Napa Valley
  • Chateau Montelena Winery ~ 707.942.5105
  • Hours: 9:30am - 12:00pm

  • Back Room Wines ~ 707.226.1378   
  • Hours: 02:00pm - 5:00pm

  • V. Sattui Winery ~ 707.963.7774   
  • Hours: 9:00am - 3:30pm

Sonoma
  • Gloria Ferrer ~ 707.933.1917
  • Hours: 10:00am - 3:00pm   

  • Imagery Estate Winery ~ 707.935.4515   
  • Hours: 10:00am - 3:00pm

  • Thumbprint Cellars ~ 707.433.2393
  • Hours: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • White Oak Vineyards & Winery ~ 707.733.8429   
  • Hours: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Bubble, Bubble Everywhere

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Sifting through the sparkling wine clutter this holiday season

by Courtney Cochran

It never fails: the holidays arrive yet again and you still have no idea how to tell your Prosecco from your Cava. When to serve vintage versus non-vintage Champagne? You're clueless.

With all the stress that comes with the holidays, worrying about your sparkling wine selection seems like an unnecessary burden. Happily, help is here when it comes to the sparkling wine thing. Read on for the low-down on some of the most popular styles of sparkling wine, so that this holiday you can really mean it when you insist that - ahem - you're quite certain a sparkling Chenin Blanc is just the thing to pair with your honey-baked ham.

Gift Guide 2008 - Bottle Talk

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peoplePickingWine.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

The Latin phrase "In Vino Veritas" - in wine there is truth - could easily inspire a second maxim:  "in wine gifting, there is always gratitude." When it comes to giving, a well-selected bottle of wine is always welcome and - as important - carries the added bonus of leaving an indelible impression that's likely to last long after its final sips have been swallowed.  Read on for our list of top picks for gifting this holiday season, for every oenophile on your list.  Prices are estimates.

Turkey Wines

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turkeyWines.jpgby Courtney Cochran

It's that time of year again, and you have no idea which wines to pair with your turkey feast during the Holidays. Do you stick with your usual favorites, Pinot and Cab, and throw in a nice Chardonnay for contrast? Or do you try something you've never had before, like a Gruner Veltliner, to make a big statement?

The answer lies somewhere in between. On upcoming Turkey Days you ought to offer a blend of whites and reds, but you also ought to seek out specific wines whose flavor profiles and weight complement heavier foods, which are often laced with a combination of sweet, savory and spicy notes. Some of these wines are exotic-sounding and can add an exciting contrast to your otherwise traditional table - never a bad thing!

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