Straw yellow color with pale green reflections when held in the light. Lemon curd, fresh lemon, jasmine and other white flowers on the nose with more lemon and a touch of honey on the palate.
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 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: 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.
Produced via the saignée method in which juice is bled off of the red wine press and vinified on its own as a rosé wine. The wine is pale salmon in color and evokes scents and flavors in the same color range like strawberries and watermelon. The wine is soft and dry with prototypical Sancerre mineral intensity and racy acidity. The finish is fresh berry aromas surrounded by lip smacking mineral flavors and just enough weight.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Just close your eyes and think of that warm weather vacation coming up. Oh, and get some spicy take-out to pair with this wine. Spicy seafood tacos would complete the mental vacation.
Super high quality Muscadet, a wine typically reserved for plastic cups and trips to the beach (which this would still completely be perfect for, btw.) Textured and rich from whole cluster pressing with fragrant almond flower and quince notes on first sniff. The mouthfeel is accentuated by flavors of sugar torched grapefruit, ripe lemon curd, fresh lemon oil and a distinctive chalky minerality that lengthens the finish. A real treat for a Muscadet.
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…)
Big, dry and pruney in the best way - the darker side of Malbec. Concentrated vinous flavors and ripeness dominate, but the wine is far from cloying or intrusive. Blackberry and currant are the main fruit culprits throughout, with noticeable integrated oak also along for the ride.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: You won't care if everybody is smiling in the family portrait or not after drinking this wine as the complex flavors and myriad aromas will have your mind occupied for hours ;)
Brilliant and bright with notes of fresh apricots, rainier cherries, freshly chopped Serrano chiles and a hint of lychee. Refreshing and brisk, this blend of Semillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle from Bordeaux’s Cadillac zone is lively and oh-so-easy to enjoy.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Pop this one in your bag and bring it to a holiday blockbuster (wait, they made another Star Wars?!). A crisp white paired with movie theatre popcorn and a matinée is perfection.
A very attractive vintage for wines from Graves, 2014 produced wines with big fruit and firm tannins. Big black plum and cassis with baked raspberry, blackberry sorbet and a clean, precise finish with just enough grip. Also, currently the only certified Organic winery in Pessac-Leognan.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Think of this wine as an intermezzo, before the final five wines. This fruit forward Bordeaux pairs with pretty much everything and is a real crowd pleaser, unlike Buzz’s girlfriend. Woof.
A big, rich Burgundy from one of our favorite female winemakers. Complex in that amongst the normal cherry and strawberry jam notes there is a strong whisper of Dr. Pepper and Cola flavors - almost cherry cola or fig like. This exquisite wine finishes light and airy!
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Paired best with Disney movies, oversized sweaters and oversized wine glasses.
Classic barrel aged white Burgundy. Sugar torched pineapple and candied orange zest mingle with ripe yellow fruits and flowers amongst a background of brioche toast and lightly sweetened buttercream chiffon. A biting baked Meyer lemon acidity keeps everything fresh and tidy, and a finish of tart quince and white peach wraps up a beautiful classical white Burgundy.
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.
A lean, fruit forward, almost chuggable version of Bordeaux rarely found today with light red cherry and red currant flavors. This was a difficult vintage due to rains and colder temperatures so not many 2013 wines from Bordeaux are still around, but this one is certainly worth savoring!
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Perhaps the only 6 year old company you want to spend time with this holiday season, this glass will keep you warm in front of the fireplace. Marshmallows and blanket not included.
The most well-known Nebbiolo region, and for good reasons - and this time a single vineyard Barolo! 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: As classic as "It's A Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve. 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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