Cali for Christmas

December 2021
Written By: 
James Ginley
Photographs by: 
courtesy of the wineries

5 Wines to Share the Holiday Spirit 

Orin Swift Mannequin Chardonnay 2017  
St. Helena, CA   $34

A pale gold color, with aromas of lemon, jasmine and caramel. The palate is full of stone fruits like peach and nectarine, along with melon, roasted almond & zesty lemon. A lingering and rich finish make this a unique Chard you should try with roasted duck, lobster or salmon this holiday season. 

Luna Pinot Noir   2018
Santa Rita Hills, CA     $40

Clusters of whole grapes and stems are fermented in stainless steel and then aged in oak for twelve months. On the nose, hints of strawberry and rhubarb, with a palate of mature red berries, rich cocoa and hints of toasty cedar, with firm tannins through to the finish. An all-purpose, yet elegant Pinot Noir to accompany your favorite holiday dishes and enjoy throughout the year.

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs  2018
Calistoga, CA    $33

Blanc de Blancs means "white from white,"making this sparkler  100% Chardonnay. Other wines are added to the blend and it’s aged for two years on the yeast lees, i.e., sediment. This process adds to the complexity and makes the wine more crisp, fruity, and vibrant. Plus, these extra steps allow you to cellar it for several years. Perfect to celebrate any holiday occasion!

Turley Old Vines Zinfandel  2017
Lodi, CA   $40

Grapes from several vineyard regions, including Napa and Sonoma, are blended in this special Zin with the character and complexity that comes only from Old Vines, in this case 50 to 130 years old vines. Barrel ageing leads to blackberry aromatics and bold flavors of ripe fruit, smoke and spice. Easy to pair with holiday fare such as beef dishes and roast chicken or turkey. 

Navigator Cabernet Sauvignon  2018
Napa, CA   $27

A stunning label invites you to uncork the bottle and smell the aromas of black currant and floral notes, thanks to 15% Petite Verdot, followed by red raspberry and herbal flavors. Focused yet vibrant, with ripe tannins throughout, culminating in a luscious and lasting finish. Just right for your roasted lamb or grilled meats.