Marie-Pierre Manciat Crémant de Bourgogne (NV)
Wintertime is the perfect time for high-quality sparkling wine. This Cremant de Bourgogne, made from 100% chardonnay using méthode champenoise, hits a lot of the notes one would expect from Champagne at a fraction of the cost. Expect creamy notes of apple and lemon zest coupled with classic brioche roundness.
Domaine Savary Chablis Vieilles Vignes (2021)
Grown by a highly regarded winegrowing family on hillsides of Kimmeridgian limestone, this chardonnay is aged entirely in stainless steel. Bright, fresh, and crisp, this wine is bursting with minerality and citrus. While very food flexible, this is a perfect match for freshly shucked oysters.
Piedrasassi PS Syrah (2020)
From famed winemaker Sashi Moorman, Piedrasassi produces cool-climate, small production Syrah. The PS is an incredible value, featuring all the classic Syrah notes of olive tapenade, black pepper, espresso, and black cherry. This wine offers fantastic intensity and depth of fruit but remains nimble and elegant.
Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (2019)
Hailing from Walla Walla Valley, the Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon retains the hallmarks of the region: dense black fruits, a ripe mid-palate, and soft and velvety tannins. A good portion of the fruit here is sourced from Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Amavi’s sister winery. Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot.
Cellars Can Blau Montsant (2019)
Unlike its neighboring region, Priorat, Montsant produces underrated wines that wildly overperform their price. Consisting of Carignan, Syrah, and Garnacha, the Can Blau is a full-bodied wine bursting with ripe fruit, persistent tannins, and a luxurious roundness on the palate. Aged in a good amount of new French oak, this wine is perfect for cold, snowy nights in December
Turley Old Vines Zinfandel (2020)
From the preeminent Zinfandel producer in the world, the Turley Old Vines is sourced from 23 different vineyards from all over California, ranging from Mendocino to Napa Valley to Paso Robles. While there’s no legal definition for what constitutes an “old vine,” this wine is composed of vines ranging from 41 to 129 years old, bringing a tremendous complexity to a wine full of flavors of red and blue berry, plum, licorice, and dried flowers. This is the perfect wine for a cold night gathered in front of a fireplace.
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