Wine: November 2008 Archives

Gift Guide 2008 - Wine Gadgets

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iStock_000003501714XSmall.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

This holiday season, make an impression on the oenophiles on your list with stylish wine gifts of all stripes.  Read on for some of our favorites. 

Vacu Vin Crystal Wine Servers $5
Give the gift of a non-drip pour - non-drip pour spouts, that is.  These special non-drip servers snap easily into the neck of most open wine bottles and add a touch of elegance to a meal or tasting.  Remove for easy cleaning, and re-use.  Particularly handy if you're pouring over carpeting or guests' clothing where spilled wine would be - shall we say - a most unwelcome addition to the party.   

A Guide to Giving Wine as a Gift

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wine_gift.jpgSubmitted by My Wines Direct

Whether given as a show of hospitality for a dinner party, or just as a sign of affection during the holidays, wine is a unique and thoughtful token of appreciation.

If you are bringing a wine gift to a gathering where you know the wine will be opened during dinner, you should try to find out what is being served and match the wine appropriately. Contacting the host or hostess mentioning that you'd like to bring a wine to match the meal is a great way way to ensure you don't bring a big red to a light meal where a light white would be a better choice. If you choose to bring white wine, you may want to bring it already chilled so it can be immediately served if needed. And don't take offense if you bring a bottle of wine to a party and it does not get opened -- the wine choice is up to the host or hostess. So unless you were particularly asked to bring a bottle of wine to go with dinner, you might not get to drink your wine at the meal (this is a subject that has surely been debated many times before).

WINE DEAL OF THE WEEK - ERIC ROSS WINERY

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ericRoss.jpgYour next Sonoma Wine Country trip should include Eric Ross Winery. As a small wine producer, they are all about producing wines with big personalities and heartfelt passions. And if you're a big reds fan, then Eric Ross Winery is where you need to be.

It's not often they have a tasting offer, so be sure to  print this special 2 for 1 Reserve Tasting that is only valid through the end of the year. In addition, receive 10% off any wine purchases for that day or 20% if you join the Wine Club.

Eric Ross Winery
14300 Arnold Drive
Glen Ellen, CA 95442


Don't Forget the Wine for the Holidays!

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christmaswine.jpgBy Angela Lytle

Good company, good food, and of course, good wine. What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a bottle of one of the magnificent wines available today. Enjoy the distinctive tastes of merlot and cabernet, sip the cold and flavorful white wines, like Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, and for dessert, try a nice sweet wine served ice cold.

There are literally hundreds and hundreds of varieties of wine, as remarkably different as the artful bottles that hold the wine. It is said, however, that there are eight major varieties of wine, including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, for the reds, and Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc for the whites.

Wine Deal of the Week!

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larson.jpg2006 Gewurztraminer - 6 Pack Special

6 Bottles of wine for only $50. I had to rub my eyes to see if it was true too. Larson Family Winery is offering a special deal on their 2006 Gewurztraminer great with Turkey or Holiday Dinners! Hurry up and order. Offer only good through 12/31/08.

"Our Carneros Gewurztraminer is a rich, complex Alsatian style Gewurztraminer. Enjoy this with spicy Asian food, white meats, crab, or fresh melons and fruits, and the classic pairing of roast turkey and ham"

6 Pack Special - $50
Case Special - $90

Larson Family Winery
23355 Millerick Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
707.938.3031
ORDER ONLINE

Winery Deal of the Week!

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blackstone.jpgDubbed "Cheesiest Tour in Sonoma Valley"

If you're in Sonoma Wine Country, be sure to stop in at Blackstone Winery located in Sonoma Valley. To make your wine tasting experience even sweeter, go on their "Cheesy" Tour offered daily at 11:30 am.

This tour is only $20 and a great value. It includes:

  • Winery Tour: Learn about grape viticulture, growing seasons, pruning, trellising and the grape harvest as well as processes such as crush pit, presses, fermentation tanks, open top fermentation, "batonnage" of whites and barrel aging.

  • Wine & Cheese Pairings: Sampling of Blackstone's award-winning wines paired with cheese.

Present THIS SPECIAL OFFER to Tasting Room Staff!

READ MORE... for other winery tasting stop recommendations in Sonoma Valley

Blackstone Winery
8450 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
707.833.1999

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!

sfwineweek.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

In a city that's practically synonymous with fine food and wine, it seems only fitting that San Francisco should play host to a highly anticipated series of November wine events known collectively as SF Wine Week. And with a bevy of chic nightlife venues lined up and a who's-who of winery and industry sponsors clamoring to get behind it, the unprecedented week-long celebration of wine in the city seems primed to catapult San Francisco to still greater heights of vinous renown.

Winery Deal of the Day!

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goosecrossVoting.jpgGoosecross Cellars - 25% Off Offer

Goosecross Cellars located in Napa Valley is providing a fabulous incentive for all those voting in the General Election! Take or Fax your voting stub to Goosecross Cellars either Tuesday, Nov 4th or Wednesday, Nov 5th and get 25% off any wine.

We personally recommend either their signature Napa Valley Estate Chardonnay ($32) or Napa Valley Amerital VI ($40).

This is a huge discount and only valid for two days! So hurry up and take advantage. 

CLICK HERE for more details.

Watch Video for an up close and personal look into Goosecross Cellars!


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