In the heart of Roussillon, the southernmost point of France, in a stone-built 15th century Catalan farmhouse, Domaine Lafage overlooks the road that connects the small town of Perpignan to the Mediterranean coast. A unique panorama shows an incredible view over the sea, dominated by the snow-capped peak of the mountain of Canigou, so dear to the Catalans.
Pair with: Roast TurkeyShop Domaine Lafage 'NICOLAS'
We wouldn't blame you for going with going with the tried-and-true turkey and Pinot Noir combination this Holiday season, but we think this savory old vine Grenache from Lafage - bursting with red fruits, black fruits, and spice - is the perfect rich-but-not-overpowering wine to accompany your finely roasted bird.
Pair with: Prime RibShop Chateau Cambon La Pelouse
Rich, dry, tannic, and laden with flavors of plum, dark chocolate, tobacco, and sage, this robust-yet-elegant Bordeaux deserves a spot at your holiday table, especially if you're serving a standing rib roast or the like. What's more, it's a wonderful wine to cap off a holiday feast.
Pair with: Roast Duck or GooseShop Yarden Merlot
Redolant of black fruit and herbs against a cedarwood background, this unctuous Israeli Merlot perfectly complements crispy, crackly duck or (not to be too specific) roasted goose with oranges and Madeira.
Pair with: Spiral HamShop Beaujolais Nouveau
Light, food friendly reds just go so well with the food- and drink-heavy holiday season. And if you're to have a light red, why not let it be this tart and fruity, shop-favorite Beaujolais Nouveau - as easily a pre-dinner wine as a complement to lighter, salty meats like ham.
Appellation: Maule River Valley, Chile
44% Garnacha (Grenache)
Grapes are hand-harvested.
Each variety is fermented separately using wild yeast. Short macerations occure in stainless steel tanks. The varieties are then blended together and cold stabilized. There is no age or wood used, in order to preserve freshness and youth in the wine.
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In 1995, Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, owner of the eminent Col d’Orcia estate in Montalcino, visited the Maule Valley in Chile on a trip to the Conquistadores Trail. He fell in love with the land – an area he felt exhibited a true “Harmony of Nature” - and felt there was immense potential for the production of world-class wines. Count Cinzano and longtime consultant Maurizio Castelli settled on the area of “Riserva di Caliboro” in the Maule Valley to establish Erasmo. The decision to farm organically was paramount from the beginning. In fact, the Caliboro area was chosen because of the allowance of dry farming. The estate was certified organic with the 2014 vintage.
Redolant of wild berries, sweet chocolate, and spices, this brooding-yet-drinkable blend of Barbera and Grenache is lively on the palate with ripe tannins and fresh acidity that lends itself well to a wide array of cuisines. Serve with whatever you like, haute or humble, or enjoy on its own.