"It's the most wonderful time of the year"
This is the time of year when we gather with close friends & family to celebrate & enjoy! We would love to share with you some of our local favorites from wonderful, small production tasting rooms in Santa Barbara! These wines will add the perfect touch to your holiday festivities.... let's SIP, SWIRL & BE MERRY...
|ARTIST SERIES FEATURING THE ARTWORK OF BRIAN WILLMONT|
This Frequency, Artist series 2016 GSM, an equal parts blend of Grenache, Syrah & Mouvedre @$38 is outstanding receiving 93 Points Robert Parker, kudos to winemaker Zac Wasserman-it's compact, complex and smart! Savory spice, licorice, blue fruits, understated. ....Food pairings.....perfect with Grilled Beef or Pork, Pizza w/mushrooms & peppers....Cheese, Comte, Emmentaler, Raclette
|TREATS FOR SANTA|
|"NAUGHTY & NICE"|
Next we have the 2015 Sangiovese, $34 from August Ridge, who primarily works in Italian Varietals! With only 223 cases produced this is sure to be a Holiday Favorite perfect for Christmas dinner or any celebration....This a classic Super Tuscan styled wine with complementary flavors of tart cherry, cassis, strawberry with a smooth texture and full body with a long lingering finish! Food pairings...Heavier red meat Pasta Sauce, Roasted meats & Vegetables, or a fully loaded Pizza! Cheese..Aged cheeses such as Gouda, Ewephoria, Roasted Nuts
|ON MY CHRISTMAS LIST!|
Young and approachable, mineral driven with aromas of green apple & lime blossom this is the perfect wine to get your holiday party started....Food Pairings...Perfect with Oysters, chilled Shrimp or Crab Cakes... Cheese...All kinds of Goat Cheese, Spanish sharp Mahon...
|A LITTLE APPETIZER FOR SANTA'S ELVES|
|PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER!|
Another grape that's enjoying the limelight right now is Grenache! Potek's winemaker Dave Potter does an outstanding job with his 2014 Rancho Boa Vista Grenache from Ballard Canyon! With 25% whole clusters in the fermentation the result is fresh and defined with blackberry, cracked pepper, and black tea flavors @$45 per bottle....Food Pairings....Braised Turkey and other game, Roasted root vegetables...Cheese...cheddar, young gouda, washed rind cheeses
|EVERYONE LOVES BUBBLES!|
What holiday celebration would be complete without sparkling wine, especially to bring in the New Year! This Sanford 2013 Brut Cuvee from STA.Rita Hill@$55 is a standout...with vibrant fruit and mouth feel an enticing blend of lemon peel, white rasberry & honeysuckle this sparkling wine has bright acidity & minerality to enjoy now! Food Pairings..Shrimp, shellfish, oysters as well as foie gras, stuffed mushrooms! Cheese pairing...Soft cheese such as Brie & Camenbert!
|HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM DESTINATION VINE|
|CHEERS TO "2019"|