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.
A deep violet color with aromas of dark red fruits, cedarwood, white pepper and black plum. The finish lingers with spicy notes, red fruits and marjoram. Made from a blend of indigenous grape Duras and Fer, the local name for Cabernet Franc!
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.
Smells like bubblegum and watermelon candy, and tastes like a tart bouquet of mums, peonies, gardenias and ripe ripe strawberries. Like a watermelon Jolly Rancher on a bed of pink and white flowers.
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 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 just 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.
”L’Equilibrista” is what the Italians call this wine that manages to balance ripe red fruits and subtle spice with a soft, velvety structure. Fresh, fruity, and meant to be consumed often.
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.
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 slightly weighty white (it’s just winter weight!) is beautiful with spicy food.
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: 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.
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: As easy to enjoy and as classic as "It's A Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve.
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: 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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