Saturday, November 27, 2010

Special Wines and Gift Ideas

Now that it's holiday season, a time for gathering with friends and family and occasions for gift giving, there's no better time than now to consider purchasing a special wine. If you want to WOW! the crowd at a party or dinner, impress your boss, or want to give something unique and thoughtful to that special person consider giving a special wine.

What is a special wine? A truly special wine is a wine of superb quality that has a totally unique flavor profile, it not only expresses the characteristics of the grape from which it was made but also has an extra, sometimes indefinable element that distinguishes it from other wines. Typically this element is a sense of place, not just showcasing the region it's from but also the specific vineyard in which the grapes were grown. That's why most fine wines in the world carry the name of the place on the label.

Consider this list of wines that meet the criteria:

Heitz Cabernet Trailside Vineyard Napa Valley 1999
Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002
Calera Pinot Noir Ryan Vnyd 2006
Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2008
Produttori Del Barbaresco Pora 2005
Cordero Di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2008
Argiano Brunello Di Montalcino 2005
La Torre Brunello Di Montalcino 2001
Roddolo Bricco Appiani 2003
Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny 2005
Chezeaux Clos De Vougeot 2004
A.F. Gros Richebourg 2001
Solar De Randez Rioja Reserva 1996
Gaston Chiquet Special Club Brut 2000

I hope that you are able to try one of these wines, they are all super and very expressive of place. Everyone who loves wine should have the experience of drinking a wine like this at some point. Are they expensive? You bet, if you want to dance you have to pay the fiddler. Happy Holidays!


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