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Best Pinot Noirs for Thanksgiving

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Ah, the dreaded holiday wine pairing. So many rich foods and flavors, not to mention pressure to impress your guests! Rest easy, we did the work for you this year. Pinot Noir is one of the most food-friendly varietals. As a low tannin red wine, it is gentle enough on the palate to let your cooking shine through without getting lost in the mix like many white wines do. Read on to get our top five bottles of Pinot, along with some tasting notes to show off your newfound wine knowledge. Now you just need to tackle roasting that turkey!

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Best White Wines for Spring

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Spring is officially here and that means it’s time to celebrate wedding season, take walks in the park, and drink lots of crisp, white wines! We rounded up five of our favorite bottles to help cool off your burning spring fever. it doesn’t hurt that they also go wonderfully alongside all of that gorgeous spring produce popping up at the market. With a list that spans from Sauvignon Blanc to Gruner Vetliner, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing for that upcoming bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or garden party!

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Pumpkins and Apples and Pears, Oh My!

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You’ve picked out your Halloween costume,  raked all of the leaves, and carved a killer jack-o-lantern. Time to reward yourself with a drink as crisp as the month of October. Here are our picks for fall brews, featuring everyone’s favorite autumn flavors: apple, pear, and, of course, pumpkin!

Flying Dog Gourd Standard  |  The perfect pumpkin beer. This American style IPA smells like a pumpkin pie with flavors of creamy caramel and subtly bitter hops.  Its tight carbonation keeps the finish clean and dry. $11 six-pack

Left Hand Oktoberfest | Bursting with rich, toasty flavors, this is Oktoberfest with the volume knob turned to 11. A smooth and lightly sweet finish ensures that this big, bold beer stays in balance. $14 six-pack

Woodchuck Amber Draft Cider | A solid hard cider that is sure to please any crowd, this amber offering tastes like fresh apple juice for adults. Serve this simple and straightforward draft at your Halloween party. $10 six-pack

Crispin The Bohemian |  This craft bottle from Cripsin’s artisinal reserve line is made with Pilsner yeast, giving it a unique flavor profile. Cloudy and golden in color it has notes of honey and citrus. An elegant take on classic hard cider. $6 22-oz bottle

Ace Perry Cider | A fresh option for those going gluten-free, Perry ciders are brewed using pears in addition to apples. It works especially well with spicy food, like those buffalo wings you’ll be eating during the game. $11 six-pack

Photo credit: Flying Dog Brewery

Chloe + David: Vineyard Wedding

 

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September is coming up fast which can only mean one thing, it’s fall wedding season! We’re kicking off autumn with Chloe and David’s glorious harvest celebration at Delaplane Cellars. The effortless beauty of their chosen venue, along with a few sophisticated touches, ensured that their special day was as good as gold.

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Rosé, White, and Blue for July 4th

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Although rosé wines may have gotten a bad reputation from overly sweet ‘white’ zinfandels of the past, they are now seeing a revival within the wine world. With their fruit forward character and approachable price point, rosés are the perfect choice for your July 4th cookout. We’ve selected our top five bottles to keep your glass full all weekend.

Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2014 | Sweet cherry and delicate honeysuckle are balanced by green notes of herb de Provence in this medium-bodied wine. It is a traditional grenache, syrah, and mourvedre blend that offers a fresh option for your outdoor summer meals. $14

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rosé | Slightly effervescent and bracingly dry, this wine is ideal for pairing with BBQ. Deep pomegranate and strawberry flavors add just a hint of sweetness to a deliciously ripe finish. $9

Baron de Breban Sparkling Rosé | This bubbly pinot noir is Provencal sunshine in a bottle!  Light and strawberry-scented, it is great for sipping with shortcakes. $13

Moshin Pinot Noir Rosé 2014 | Hailing from California’s Russian River Valley, this bottle is packed with exotci notes of rose petal, agave, and ripe watermelon. A strong acidic backbone keeps it food friendly. $22

Segries Tavel Rosé 2014 | Tavel roses are perfect for red wine drinkers. Strong on the palate with blackcurrant and jammy raspberries, ending with a finished kissed by smoke and ginger. Drink with anything and everything from the grill. $19

 

Photo credit: “Several Rhone and Provence roses” by nadia & massimo – Flickr: Menérbes. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Marsala Color of the Year

 

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If you haven’t heard, Marsala is 2015’s Pantone Color of the Year, and we are obsessed! This earthy, wine red is glamorous, sophisticated, and warm.  It’s the perfect statement to update your kitchen and entertaining items with a welcoming vibe.   Play it into accent pieces, paint, accessories, and serving dishes.  The tone is muted, rich, and sure to please everyone.

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Vendor Spotlight: Rewined Candles

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Rewined Candles founder Adam Fetsch wasn’t always in the candle industry. In fact, he was working in a restaurant where lots of empty wine bottles were discarded—then, he got the brilliant idea to give them new life as candle vessels. As an homage to their past, he filled the repurposed bottles with scents mimicking the complex aromas and flavors found in your favorite varietal of wine. Adam began selling his wine inspired candles at local markets in 2009 and eventually made it to our shop in 2013!

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Stellar Sparkling Wines

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Nothing says ‘let’s celebrate’ like opening up a bottle of bubbly! With the new year only a few days away, we have curated our five favorite sparkling wines to make sure your glass is full of something delicious.  These bottles span the globe, tempting your palate with bottles from Spain, Italy, and France.

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Gifts for the Wine Lover

Struggling with your holiday shopping?  We’ve got you covered.  These selections are for the wine lovers in your life.  These wine accessories and themed gifts are perfect for your vinicultural friends as thoughtful gifts, stocking stuffers, or even paired with their favorite bottle.

Gifts for the Wine Lover

Best Corkscrew in Ebony – $18 / Wine Tote– $22 / Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc Finishing Salt – $11.95 / Rewined Wine Under the Tree Candle – $28 / Vintage Doorknob Wine Stopper – $39

Shop gifts for the wine lover or check out our web store for more amazing gift ideas.

For other gift suggestions, see our gifts for the chef, gifts for the entertainer, and gifts for the mixologist categories.

Photo Credit: Casey and Aurore Maxon