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Holiday Wines

Welcome to November Wine of Month!  We’ve been searching the last couple of months for the perfect complements to the Holiday season – suitable for the table and for simply enjoying a glass.  We’ve found a delicious, serious take on the Red Blend (from one of the best wineries in the U.S., Ridge) and a surprising White Blend from a region you wouldn’t normally expect (Rhone grapes from California).  Don’t worry about pairing these wines with specific dishes.  Just pop the cork and let the celebration begin!

Elyse L’Ingénue Naggiar Vineyard White Blend 2014

Elyse Winery was born in Napa Valley during the late 1980s as the brainchild of husband and wife team Ray and Nancy Coursen.  They decided to grow and source only the finest grapes that were grown in an environmentally responsible fashion.

L’Ingénue (naïve girl) is composed of four white grape varieties (52{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Roussanne, 32{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Marsanne, 11{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Viognier, 5{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Grenache Blanc) that originate in the France’s Rhone Valley but are ideally suited the terroir of the Sierra Foothills. The 2014 is bursting with aromas of citrus, peach, nectarine and orange blossom honey. We also find flavors of ripe peach, marzipan, Key lime and pineapple with an unctuous mouthfeel balanced by crisp acidity. This is a full-bodied white even a die-hard red wine drinker will enjoy!  Only 400 cases produced.



Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel Blend 2014

Ridge is the legendary Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon producer based in the Santa Cruz Mountains (south of San Francisco) but with vineyards holdings in Sonoma, Napa, and Alexander Valley.  Geyserville is a single vineyard traditional field blend (from deep gravelly loam soils mixed with river rock) that is primarily Zinfandel but includes Carignan, Petit Sirah, and Mourvedre.  Some of the vines here are 130 years old!  Ridge always works naturally: wild yeasts for fermentations, organic farming, hand-harvesting, minimal sulfuring, gentle fining and filtration.  Robert Parker, wine critic par excellence, is a huge fan, “the 2014 Geyserville is a big-time winner in 2014, with copious quantities of juicy blackberry and black cherry fruit, some wood spice and loamy soil undertones. Full-bodied, fleshy and seductive, the wine is clean, pure, textured, and offers sensational drinking now and over the next 7-8 years.”


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