It’s that time of the year when you pick wines for all occasions and all the wine lovers in your world. The best news is there’s always something new to try. Especially over the holidays, drink wine you like with people you like. It always tastes better. Here are two that are great for groups.
This month’s wines available at France 44, 4351 France Ave., Mpls., 612-925-3252, france44.com
LARGE GROUP RED
Morgan Cotes du Crow’s Red 2011 (Monterey, CA) $17.99
Red blends are popular and work as crowd-pleasers. Americans are starting to figure them out, and you will be ahead of the trend with this one. It has a great blackberry and blueberry fruit, and is just a bit spicy with a soft, balanced finish.
LARGE GROUP WHITE
Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Oakville, CA) $10.99
Pomelo, the name of an ancient relative to the grapefruit, is a fun word to say. The bright and lively wine by the same name, which comes with a beautiful label, gives us a grapefruity nose, tart lemon-lime character on your tongue, and a nice clean finish. It will fit right in the middle, making pinot grigio and chardonnay drinkers happy.
J.K. Carriere "Vespidae" Pinot Noir 2010 (Willamette Valley, OR) $44.99
Thomas Labaille Sancerre Rose (Loire Valley, France) $24.99
THE NEW WINE LOVER
Montecillo Reserva 2008 (Rioja, Spain) $15.99
THE ITALY OBSESSIVE
Sottimano "Curra" Barbaresco 2007 (Piedmont, Italy) $64.99