Can’t Miss Holiday Wines

It’s hard to believe that December and the holiday season are upon us. This season can be both joyous and hectic at the same time. One certainty is that there are many chances to share great moments and nice wines with family and friends. We can help you in this department!

I have listed 8 wines that are guaranteed to make any wine lover on your Christmas list happy. Let me know where you buy your wine and we will get them delivered to the place of your choosing.

Can’t miss Holiday wines for your wine-loving friends … and you!

These are wines that taste great, are nicely priced, and come in a compelling package. We can box any combination of 3 or 6 bottles and deliver them to your favorite wine merchant for you to pick up or you can order it from our friends at The Mill and they will deliver it to your home in Lincoln.

·      Tenuta Meridiana Rose, Piedmont, Italy $17.00– This rose made from Barbera is crisp, fruity, and balanced with nice minerality and just the right amount of acidity. Fresh strawberry, cherry, and a citrus note. The winery is one of the world’s best Barbera makers.

·      Mestres “Coquet” Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cava, Penedes, Spain $33.00– An impressive sparkling wine with more than 2 years of aging before disgorgement. This wine is on the high end of sparkling wines with firm bubbles, notes of freshly baked bread, warm apples, pear, and a hint of lemon curd.

·      Stolpman “Uni” White, Santa Barbera, California $27.00-  Peter Stolpman is making serious waves as a creative winemaker his “Uni” White is an opulent white blend of Roussanne and Chardonnay. The wine is round and smooth in the mouth with rich tropical fruit notes of mango and starfruit with a crisp edge from the chardonnay. A magic pairing with rich, creamy, seafood dishes.

·      St. Michael-Eppan Pinot Blanc, Alto Adige, Italy, $30.00- Stately old-world packaging for a wine identified by Master Sommelier (and Lincoln native) Jesse Becker as the best Pinot Blanc in the world. The wine from Italy’s Northernmost region is brisk with minerality and offers robust stone fruit notes on the nose and a front palate that is superseded by tangy lemon curd and citrus.

·      Alberti 154 Malbec Lujan De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, $20.00- The bottle is elegant and compelling. This is the best Malbec I’ve tried in years. Dark fruit and ripe aromas give way to smooth powerful notes of plum, black raspberry, mocha, and vanilla. The wine fills the mouth with decadent dark fruit and a hint of toasted oak. Only 400 cases were made.

·      Il Borro Borrigiano, Tuscany, Italy, $18.00- This wine hits well above its weight class. The label is fancy and refined. It’s a classic Super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Bright cherry and vanilla scents lead to red berries, white pepper, and savory spice. The wine has a smooth and elegant structure, with a clean, fresh finish. This appeals to wine enthusiasts as well as those new to red wine.

·      Ca la Bionda “Casal Vegri” Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Veneto, Italy, $30.00 – In a classy package that hasn’t changed much from the first vintage. I’ve not tasted a better Valpolicella than this one. It’s textbook winemaking with grapes grown in a perfect microclimate. The wine offers enticing rose and violet, black cherry, and vanilla on the nose. In the mouth, the wine is even-keeled, silky, and soft with a delicate acidity that brings the flavors of pleasant red fruit, spice, and cherry to life.

·      Ermisch Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla, WA, $38.00- This is winemaking passion in a bottle. From vineyard the vineyard to the labeling, this wine represents Kirk Ermisch the winemaker. This Cabernet Sauvignon offers black raspberry, cassis, and mocha aromas which ascend into a smooth, rich wine with full mouthfeel and flavors of baked dark plum, cassis, and baker’s spice. The full flavors linger on the back of the palate. Only 160 cases were made. 

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