A semillon heavy blend makes for a rich and tropical-fruit-filled bouquet of lychee and honeysuckle. The Sauvignon blanc dominates the palate with tart, zesty lime and under ripe kiwi, like you forgot to cut off all of the skin. The semillon lends itself both to mouthfeel, with a nice weight and texture, and also to complementary floral undertones picked up in the glass.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: The perfect way to start 12 Nights of Wine. Wash away the lingering Gingerbread Spiced, Pumpkin Spiced, Fermented Turmeric or whatever kind of lattes that got you through your hectic day and prepare your palate for the next 11 stunning wines.
A juicy, quaffable wine that starts with a sweet berry note and ends punchy and easy to drink. Fermented without sulphur and aged in concrete as not to disrupt the purity of the fruit. Far removed from the “Languedoc standards”,“the usual way” or from “common practices”, this wine is an exception to the strict winemaking rules of France. The Grenache grapes that historically are used in their rosés because they are deemed “uninteresting” for red make up 100% of the “Le Paria” cuvée.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Enjoy while putting the TV news cycle on mute, unplugging and reading a book. Fiction, please!
A sweet wine from South west France that’s got enough acidity and brightness to not be reserved for desserts only. The winemaker and terroir here have the light touch necessary to show the delicacy and great charm of the Petit Manseng grape. A fine balance between honey and apricot fruits is welcome amongst such poised acidity, and refreshing in that the wine stays light and fresh as well as ripe and full.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Easy and satisfying, like walking on crunchy Autumn leaves. Expertly tested and proven to expedite the wrapping of presents though sometimes with a touch less-tidy results. (They’re just going to rip it open anyways…)
An old school nose of rural France opens up to intense berry fruit and plum aromas. The palate carries those berry and plum flavors and adds blackberry, spice and touch of vanilla. A soft oak expression lends violets, potpourri, complexity and very gentle tannins for such a bold wine. Smooth, sumptuous, dark black and the loveliest expression of the almost tender notes that Malbec is capable of.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: The bold aromas of the wine do well to help drown out the sounds of family arguing, children demanding dino-shaped chicken nuggets, and Fortnite sounds in the background.
A French grape grown in the Venetian hills? We’ll take it. A deep ruby red color with faint violet tints. The nose is full of fruity aromas like Marasca cherry, black- and blueberries and a touch of fresh snipped herbs + cracked black pepper. It is deceptively dry for such a fruity bouquet, but the dense mixed-berry jam and fresh, ripe raspberry flavors balance out the palate with soft and harmonious tannins.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Light meats, lightly spiced dark meats and dark spiced fall scented candles. Be sure to savor this one - or not. It’s the holidays, so you do you.
Deep garnet, but with a core of ruby red and hints of purple dancing all around. Black cherry liqueur, currant and other ripe fruits on the nose backed up by spicy oregano and fuzzy Bay laurel. The palate is structured, but not too serious, with all of those ripe fruits translating perfectly and accompanied by white pepper and a touch of anise. Belles Courbes translates to “beautiful curves” and the wine has the “stuff” to fill out the name.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Cheese and crackers! Take out the Boursin and salty crackers or strong blue and fruit preserves and make it a “fancy” night. You deserve it.
Our first wine aged sous-voile, or under the delicate flor veil of yeast - like sherry or vermouth! This intentionally oxidized Chardonnay blend is polarizing to say the least, but any fans of Sherry will be doing backflips out of excitement. The nose is savory and sweet, like soy sauce coated cashews in a field of citrus flowers. The palate is a cacophony of flavors and experiences: spice, freshness, fatness, acidity, nuttiness, perfume and a hint of creaminess. Watch out, it’s addictive to sip on and fantastic with a plethora of foods - including almost impossible to pair culprits such as artichokes and asparagus.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Think of it as an intermezzo (and a very interesting one at that,) before the final five wines. This slightly oxidized white pairs with more than you think and is a surprising crowd pleaser, unlike Buzz’s girlfriend. Woof.
The palate is silky and generous thanks to the later harvesting of Chenin blanc grapes. Flavors of honeyed apple, ripe pineapple and rich apricot end with mouthwatering acidity to tie everything together, like a tart-then-sweet Sour Patch Kid. Don’t be put off by the demi-sec moniker, this Vouvray has just a trace of sweetness to carry the beautiful ripe fruit flavors.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Use that discount code you’ve been holding onto for your favorite food ordering app and add some hot Thai or Indian takeout to your cart. This weighty white (it’s just winter weight!) is beautiful with spicy food.
Named after Pierre Andre’s Great Aunt Alice, this Beaujolais Villages is just like the late Matriarch - fun, flirty, easy going and appreciated by everyone. Fruity on the nose and palate, this gamay has a touch more weight thanks to some fruit sourcing from Cru Brouilly. The nose is all creamed berries and bramble that translates to flavors of baked cherry pie, super ripe strawberries, sweet herb tea and enough spice and grip to let you know it’s French. Pro Tip: put a slight chill on this one before drinking.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: I know it seems strange, but place this red in the fridge for a few minutes before enjoying. It'll make sense once you taste it, or at least make as much sense as the word ‘yeet’ your nephew keeps shouting.
By daring to brave “prejudice”, the winemaker went against the “original conception” of white wine in the Languedoc by aging a Chardonnay in casks for a few months (similar to what is done in Burgundy and the US.) The result is a tropical fruit centered white wine with a distinct core of crisp minerality and little hints of sweet vanilla from the barrique oak. The wood adds a gourmet texture to the mouthfeel also, elevating a normal French chardonnay to a seductive, precise wine.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Pop this one in your bag and bring it to a holiday blockbuster (Fantastic Beasts, anyone?) A crisp white paired with movie theatre popcorn and a matinée is perfection.
A bright, vivid ruby red color with an aroma of red fruit, Marasca cherry, violets and a touch of graphite that you expect from Tuscany. A clean fruit expression thanks to vinification in stainless steel instead of oak, the wine is fresh and convivial. Easier drinking than Chianti, almost like the ‘Noveau’ of Tuscany.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: As easy to enjoy and as classic as "It's A Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve.
A young winemaking couple took over the centuries old vineyards and winery, and the wines are showing a balance of vine age and winemaker age. La Favorite, named after the ship a Brittany sailor docked near Bordeaux to never sail again, is a fruity, juicy wine with swathes of black currant and berry flavors. The wines depth and complexity from the ancient vines shows itself in the length of the finsh and the smoky, spicy characteristics. The youthful touch shows itself in that the fruits are fresh and pronounced, and not stewed or overripe like some Bordeaux wines. This is the wine to drink to convince a friend that Bordeaux can be approachable, or maybe the bottle to finally sway you!
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Paired best with Disney movies and oversized sweaters. Enjoy this last glass while getting ready for your holiday party or making final preparations for the big day. Happy Holidays from all of us here at VINEBOX. You got this!
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