A tropical fruit basket of pineapple, ripe melon and a touch of banana. All these flavors translate to the palate but remain as refreshing as a fruity, dry white tea.
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.
Frappato is all about berries: strawberry, raspberry and blackberry with a supporting cast of blood orange, black pepper and clove.
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.
Aromas practically jump out of the glass with red peach and fresh picked strawberry, fields of flowers and a bright, tart raspberry sorbet finish.
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…)
A crisp and fruity red grown on the Alpine slopes of Savoie. Soils consisting of glacial deposits of lime and other minerals keep the strawberry, raspberry and blackberry flavors lean, but still fruit forward. Round and lively, these easy drinking reds from the foothills of the Alps always show great acidity and an outburst of fruit immediately in the glass.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Enjoy while putting the TV news cycle on mute, unplugging and reading a book. Fiction, please!
A fun and unique wine made from grapes left to mature a touch longer on the vine, concentrating the fruit flavors to pie-filling like richness. However, the wine is then vinified dry - not sweet! - and aged in a combination of stainless steel and oak to maintain all of the mature fruit characteristics. Just enough velvety smooth tannins surround the core of ripe blackcurrant jam, raspberry pastry-filling and a touch of floral-scented wood.
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.
A fresh and fruity wine made from Airén. By halting fermentation of the wine earlier than normal they were able to achieve a semi-sweet wine with good acidity, akin to the still moscato wines of Italy. Aromas of pear and banana greet you in the glass before a white-plum note and crisp Asian pear flavors round out the palate.
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.
A young and fruit forward Aglianico showcasing black cherry, cherry jam and sweet pipe tobacco scents. A super fresh palate of delicate fruits and aromatic herbs follow, with just enough tannins to round out the fruit and spice.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Also, pairs well with cheese and crackers. Take out the Boursin or whatever wedge of cheese you’ve got and some salty crackers and make it a “fancy” night. You deserve it.
Cabernet that's ready to drink now (yes, please!) Seductive aromas of cherries, blueberries and rhubarb enrobed in warm scents of dark chocolate, juniper and tobacco are silkier than Mr. Grey's tie collection. All of those scents translate to palate, bringing along with them smooth tannins that further up the sexiness of the wine inside. Whew.
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.
100% Chardonnay from arguably the best place on Earth for the grape - Burgundy! Fresh lemons with toasted nuts greet you in the glass before honeyed citrus fruits, new oak and a lingering creaminess take over and finish with great texture.
HOLIDAY PAIRING:Think of it as an intermezzo before the final three wines. (Hint, they’re all red!) But don’t fear, this white Burgundy pairs with everything and is a real crowd pleaser, unlike Buzz’s girlfriend. Woof.
2011 was a tough year for Bordeaux, especially following the historic harvest that 2010 was. However, that doesn’t always mean a bad thing when you’re talking about wines that “need age.” Due to low yields and lower alcohol, the 2011s are peaking right now! Expect a nose dominated by subtle leather and violently aromatic cherry, a concentrated palate with noticeably brighter tannins and acid, and a slight spice.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Pop this one in your bag and bring it to a holiday blockbuster (Mary Poppins, anyone?) A tasty red enjoyed in a dark theatre during a matinée is perfection.
In the last 20 years only one vintage has been rated 99 across the board: 2010. This historic vintage is just now starting to come around in the glass; whereas 2 years ago the wines were tight and closed off, now they open with blackberry, blueberry and a density and smokiness/spiciness that only time can achieve. Supple, silky harmonious tannins on the finish are the last reminder of the cozy yarn Father Time uses to weave magical nuances on Bordeaux wine.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: As easy to enjoy and as classic as "It's A Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve.
The most well-known Nebbiolo region, and for good reasons. Released 4 full years after harvest, 3 of those spent in oak, Barolo is a powerhouse of rich rose and anise aromas and mouth-drying tannins. The paradox is that all of this is contained within a seemingly light wine; coffee, vanilla, red cherry, potpourri, allspice, truffles, tar, liquorice and primordial Earth are all here. Oh, and tons and tons of enjoyable fruit on top of those gripping, addictive tannins. The King Of Italy!
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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