#nohumbug: try new wine(s)
posted: December 17, 2013
Do you make your wine purchases based on a cool-looking label? Let’s face it, when it comes to wine, it’s truly what’s inside that counts. So to celebrate the season we’ve put together a foolproof wine guide so you can show up in the right place, at the right time, with the right wine.
a cheap and cheerful cheers – cava from rioja
Cava uses the same winemaking method as the French region of Champagne (where the only real champagne comes from), but with different grape varieties. Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes give this bottle of bubbles a clean, crisp mouth feel and all kinds of citrus on the palate. Cava is also less sweet than Presecco and less nutty than most classic Champagnes, making it really food friendly.
Bonus: Cava (CAH-vah) from Rioja (RI-o-ha)—it’s almost as fun to say as it is to drink.
turkey dinner with all trimmings – gewürztraminer from alsace
Gewürztraminer is an aromatic white wine with an intoxicating (pun intended) aroma. Its fruity, floral and spicy bouquet combined with a soft, balanced mid-palate make this wine the perfect dinner date. It also pairs well with turkey and pumpkin pie, so it’s basically holiday ready.
Tip: The Alsace region is known for producing both dry and very sweet wine. Look for something off-dry if you plan on having more than one glass.
a girl’s night in – rosé provençal
A rosé incorporates a small amount of colour from the grape skins but not enough to make it red. This wine is made all over the world, but the French, well, the French just do it so well. A rosé Provençal will be pink, dry and ready to party with Italian or Thai food, but it also pairs well with a cheese plate and canapés.
To wit: “Part of the cheer of rosé is that it pairs so well with everything.”—Richard Belts, sommelier
mistletoe magic hour – willamette valley pinot noir
The Willamette Valley is located between Oregon’s Cascase Mountains and the Coast Range (think Portland and McMinnville). This region produces a whopping 88 per cent of the state’s Pinot Noir so … they get it. Cherry, raspberry and leather on the nose may be what lures you in, but it’s the seductive amount of brown sugar and spice on the palate that will keep you coming back for more.
The juicy details: Thinking about taking your relationship with Oregon Pinot to the next level? Winefolly.com can help you find the perfect match. http://winefolly.com/tutorial/the-best-oregon-pinot-noir-2013/
the perfect gift – amarone della valpolicella
Amarone is a rich Italian wine made using carefully chosen bunches of fruit that are left to dry on straw mats in the sun. This labour-intensive process concentrates the remaining sugar in the grapes giving the wine a rich colour and a warm, velvety mouth feel. Its full-bodied and tannin-rich nature makes Amarone a great gift for the food lover in your life.
Watch out: the alcohol level on these special-occasion wines can easily surpass 16 per cent, so go easy, tiger.
Joanna is a kick ass copywriter on our brand experience team who also owns and operates Niche Wine Company with her husband, James. She’s super humble, but we got her to spill about a couple of Niche wines she’s especially psyched about. The 2012 Niche Pinot Noir is her fave, but the 2012 Niche Foch is a close second.
Cork wreath image by Pretzel Crisps