New Year’s Eve is our last chance to indulge before the resolutions and post-holiday guilt kicks in. Don’t let a bad wine choice ruin your night.
We’re dedicated to helping you make solid wine picks year-round, especially as we get ready to close out 2016. Toast this year’s final moments with the perfect glass, whether it’s a red, white, or bubbly. If you’re not sure which wine to go with, we’ve got you covered. Here are five wines we recommend to ring in 2017.
- Route Stock – Route 29, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a crowd-pleaser for any Cabernet Sauvignon lover. Route Stock is a “negotiant” brand, which means it purchases finished wines from existing wineries and puts its label on the bottles. The wine offered at G.B. Russo is from the Stag Leap’s district and has the classic flavor notes of the area. You’ll notice a blackberry taste that is reminiscent of crème di cassis, as well as hints of mushrooms and herbs. Because of their negotiant brand status, the prices have not risen like many other cabernets in Napa Valley, making this wine a great value.
- Raeburn, Chardonnay, 2014
For a fancier affair (think ball gowns and penguin suits) the go-to Chardonnay is Rombauer. Looking for something at a lower price point? An excellent alternative is the Raeburn Chardonnay, which is half the price. This is a classic California Chardonnay that has a buttery flavor with white pear, apple and nectarine fruit tones that are complimented by soft vanilla. A toasted-oak finish works with the fruit flavors, leaving an easy finish.
- Ayres, Pinot Noir, 2014
This pinot noir comes from Willamette Valley in Oregon, one of the USA’s most popular destinations for non-California wines. Ripe dark cherry and blueberry mingle with baking spice flavors to create this spectacular medium-bodied pinot noir. It’s rich and balanced with a smooth finish. This is an ideal wine for a cold wintery night.
- Roederer Estates, Brut
Glitz up your glass with this bubbly treat. World-renowned Champagne producer Louis Roederer has developed California’s first sparkling wine. The addition of oak-aged reserve wines added to each year’s blend makes this brut truly unique. Complex notes of pear, spice and hazelnut enhances the crisp and elegant flavors. Light, fresh and fruity with a great depth of flavor.
- La Caña, Sauvignon Blanc
No New Year’s fiesta is complete without La Caña Sauvignon Blanc. A varietal native to Spain, this is truly a hidden gem. You will taste aromas of lime zest and ginger work cohesively with flavors of peach, apple and blanched almond. In this wine, you get the tart Sauvignon Blanc flavors without the grassy undertones. It’s clean and simple, accented by hints of mineral, toast and fresh herbs.
These wines are just five of the thousands we carry at our store. Stop by and pick up one of these recommendations or find your new favorite with help from our knowledgeable staff.