Winter Wines: Tom’s Picks for Reds and Whites
These dark, damp, chilly post-holiday winter weeks make for the perfect time to try wines — both red and white — that may be outside your usual selections but stand up beautifully to the season.
Tom is here to offer his personal picks to fit that bill.
Edi Keber Collio Bianco 2016
Collio is a small sub-region in Friuli, Italy known for it’s complex, bold style of white wines; it is situated on the very edge of Friuli with their neighbors across the street being the cult Slovenian producer, Gravner. This distinctive blend is considered one of the benchmarks of the region. They make just the one wine, a true expression of the Estate — 70% Friulano, 15% Ribolla Gialla, 15% Malvasia Istriana. It is the perfect cooler weather white, holding up to bolder foods, big cheeses and lighter winter stews. The wine has a depth not unlike a White Burgundy and will age for many years. $32.99
Mas Conscience “La Petite Prise de…” Languedoc 2009
Found in the heart of the Terraces du Larzac region of the Languedoc, this is an organic blend of the two star grapes of the area — Syrah & Grenache. Aged 6 months in concrete, the result is a bold red with silky tannins. Notes of violets and spices mingle together for a deep, dry red. This has all the tell-tale signs of a serious Languedoc with enough maturity to soften the edges for a generous wine! $19.99
Terras de Javier Rodriguez Bierzo Mencia 2010
Mencia is a versatile red grape found in some of the oldest wine regions of Spain. This example is aged 1 year in oak barrels before release; with over 6 more years of age in the bottle, it is developing amazing notes of black cherry and leather on the nose with an earthy, deep palate. It shows excellent depth and will age even more for years to come! $19.99
The Vice Cabernet Sauvingon Napa 2014.
This is a private label release from one of our distributors specializing in over-performing value! The winemaker sources the grapes some of the most iconic spots in Napa — three vineyards in Rutherford, a vineyard in each Yountville, Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder, and Stags Leap. The wine is then aged 3 years in barrel. The result? Large-scale, impressive Cali Cab! $47.99
These are just a few examples of some bolder, robust choices for winter meals and cooler weather. Come and ask why Tom loves these wines or, based on what you usually enjoy, if there’s anything else you might want to try to shake off the winter chill.