Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Realist’s Guide to Holiday Wines

(From our friends at PalmBay Wines)

A gift guide for all the wine (and spirits) buying situations we face during the Holidays

Tough boss 
The holidays are the perfect time to captivate even the most difficult bosses without looking like a sycophant. One of the world’s most celebrated wines, Brunello di Montalcino will impress even the most finicky bosses. Col d’Orcia’s 2008 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is complex, fresh, and well-structured with inviting fruit aromas balanced by oak-imparted spices.

Re-gifter 
Re-gifting has become common practice during the holiday season. The key when purchasing gifts for a known re-gifter is to buy a winethat is universally loved. Incredibly food-friendly with aromas of fresh cherries and a hint of smoke, the Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG 2011 will be a success with the original and second recipient. Since this wine will last at least 10 years, the re-gifter in your life can even save for re-gifting in 2014.

Nosy neighbor
Nosy neighbors are a reality of modern dwellings. Next time your neighbor comes nosing around during the holidays, surprise them with a bottle of Callia Alta Malbec. This fragrant red from Argentina has delicious aromas of plums and cherries that will make your nosy neighbors so happy that they’ll be too busy to snoop around your business.

Last gift before breaking it off
When ending a love affair, make sure your soon-to-be former partner is left with a positive memory. We suggest going all out and giving them a bottle of Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac. This classic and complex cognac will also be very useful in their process of mending a broken heart.

Person you want to woo
Nothing says “I love you” like Champagne. The Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut will melt your sweetheart’s heart with its delicate floral aromas and persistent fine bubbles. The elegant packaging will also highlight your incredible taste and win their hearts once and for all.

The one who has everything
For the person who has everything and knows everything, give them a bottle of Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria. This 60% Nero d’Avola and 40% Frappato blend is charming and extremely food-friendly, yet exotic enough to impress even those who have everything.

Ugly sweater party
When attending an ugly sweater party, wine just won’t cut it. So bring out the Mezcal. An artisanal spirit made from 100% agave, Los Amantes Mezcal Joven has fresh citrus aromas and a delicate smokiness that makes it perfect for cocktails or simply served over ice. Enjoying a glass of Los Amantes will make all the ugly sweaters that much easier on the eyes.

Case of wine for the must-buy gifts.
The holidays are also the time when we can show our gratitude to all the people that help our lives be more efficient: our mailman, building super, garbage crew, paper delivery person, etc. Chose wines that are universally loved, affordable but that will still make a good impression. Then buy a case (or two) of each. End of the year festivities just beg for bubbles and Lunetta Prosecco is the perfect choice with its dry and harmonious notes of crisp apples leading into the clean finish. Perfect for impressing on a budget,Faustino VII Rioja is well-balanced with velvety flavors of red cherry and raspberry.

For more information, please contact:
Camila Xavier, PR Manager | cxavier@palmbay.com | C: 914.434.0484
Bethany Scherline, VP of Public Relations | bscherline@palmbay.com | C: 516.721.5706
@PalmBay_Wines | palmbay.com | PalmBayInternational | 516.802-4700