Could there be anything easier, and more appreciated, than the gift of a perfect bottle of wine? This month's selections are from Old Vine Wines and Spirits, Mall of America, 952-858-8800
For the Crowd:
Red: Home Grown Family Harvest Red 2008
(Ukiah, California), $12.99
Jammy, rich, and easy to drink, with notes of blackberry and cherry, plus a touch of pepper from the syrah. It has something for both big cabernet lovers and those who would prefer a Côtes du Rhône.
White: Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(Marlborough, New Zealand), $18.99
Clean, medium-bodied and tropical with a distinct New Zealand grapefruit overtone. Pinot grigio fans will like it, as will those who only drink California chardonnay.
For the Wine Newbie:
Greg Norman Estates Petite Sirah 2007
(Paso Robles, California), $18.99
Not to be confused with syrah, this petite sirah is full of blackberry and raspberry with a lush mouthfeel and spicy finish. It is so purple! And it’s a fun grape to turn a wine newbie on to—it’ll make you look smart.
For the Host:
Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
(Russian River Valley, California), $22.99
Every home needs a great bottle of chardonnay, so you can’t go wrong with this thank-you gift. Big, buttery, and oaky, it’s everything you’d want in this price range.
For the Collector:
Steltzner Vine-yards Reserve Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(Napa, California), $78.99
Big name, big wine, and big price tag. This is a giant, complex wine that your collector will be very happy to get. Delivering dark berry with vanilla and smoky cedar notes, it will age for an easy 10 years and only get better.