WhiteA dry Riesling will pair beautifully with each and every dish on your menu. Tatomer's 2014 Vandenberg Riesling ($29) from Santa Barbara County is no exception. This particular bottling is unique because the grape clusters have rot, otherwise known as botrytis or noble rot. This positively concentrates flavors in the berries. The wine has complex and opulent stone fruit and rich honeyed notes, and is a dry bottling with great acidity and balance.
The 2015 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Weisburgunder Spatlese ($22) from the Mosel is dry in this particular vintage. This Pinot Blanc has some similarities to an unoaked chardonnay. We love the light, refreshing and slightly tart nature of this wine.
That's right--rosato makes the list, not least because we love to drink pink all year long. The 2015 "Le Cince" Cerasulo d'Abruzzo Superiore from de Fermo ($29) is 100% Montepulciano Cerasuolo. This is not just another rosato from Abruzzo, rather a complex and truly excellent bio-dynamic wine in its own right. It has serious richness and expressed flavors, and yet is fresh and vibrant. Dusty earth, freshly picked cherries, and dried flowers add depth and complexity. Best to consume with the meal and be sure to decant ahead of time.
Last week we tasted the 2015 Division Gamay Noir Nouveau ($21) from Oregon. It was only bottled the day before the tasting and was already in perfect form. The wine is so fresh and vibrant, with crunchy red fruits and subtle aromas of beef broth, dust, and barn funk. Partial carbonic maceration--a winemaking technique used here--gives the wine an extra pop of freshness. This is the perfect compliment to turkey, and even many of the richer dishes found at the table.
Elsewhere, over the last few months, we have been cellaring the 2014 Joseph Voillot Bourgogne Rouge ($30). This Pinot Noir bottling from Burgundy is continually a favorite for many of us and is drinking beautifully now. Those extra few months in the cellar really paid off for this vintage! As such, be sure to decant this for around an hour before enjoying with the meal.
Another unique bottling in the shop is the certified organic 2014 Vaillant L’Aubinaie Anjou Rouge ($18). This producer has been making wine in the Loire Valley since the 18th century and is known for their bio-dynamic farming. We love this Cabernet Franc because of its earthy characteristics and the way it combines structure and lifted freshness.
Finally, what could be better than a magnum of NV Billiot Brut Reserve Champagne ($115) at the table? Sure, even one bottle of Champagne is great; but a magnum? Undoubtedly and outrageously fantastic! This gorgeous bottling is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and one of our favorites, with seamless texture, finesse, and toasty richness balanced perfectly. With nuances of baking spices, citrus fruits, red berries, and chalky minerality, this one is perfect before, during, and after the meal.
Total price of promo pack is $245.72 (including tax)