Oh you lucky, lucky Thanksgiving Guest. You think you’re so cool, avoiding grocery store hell and “stressing” over which cute sweater to pop on at 2 pm Thursday to drive over to your friends’/in-laws’/sister’s house. Not so fast, hotshot — did you remember to pick up a guest bottle for that sweet angel sweating it out in the kitchen? Even if you’re not sure of your host’s style, we’ve got elegant options to express your appreciation (and maybe even get you out of dishes!).
Double C Ranch Chardonnay
Lush but fresh with ripe orchard fruits and a touch of toasty oak, Chappellet’s Double C Ranch Chardonnay is an obviously posh Sonoma Chard to satisfy snobs and novices alike. A pet project of Cyril Chappellet, the eldest of Chappellet’s second generation, fruit is selected from two prime vineyards on the Sonoma Coast to express the area’s magic balance between ripeness and fresh acid retention. Loads of bright lemon and crunchy yellow apple glide into fragrant honeysuckle, refreshing minerality, baked pineapple, and a light swath of vanilla.
Paso Robles has been blowing up in popularity amongst California Cabernet powerhouse regions, and it’s easy to see why. While the climate is able to deliver reliably ripe fruit, winemakers can generally produce ready-to-drink wines without a huge amount of manipulation, or a huge markup. One Stone’s story is as feel-good as their Cabernet: made sustainably in dedication to women in wine, a portion of its sales goes towards ‘Dream Big Darling,’ a non-profit promoting female leadership in the wine industry. And the dang thing’s tasty — fresh blackberry, plum, dark cherry, and cassis with notes of mocha and cola on a round, lightly tannic finish.
Prestige Provence Rosé
A beautifully giftable bottle to share on the table or stash away as a reward after a successfully executed Thanksgiving meal, Roseline Prestige is a poised and highly-regarded example of Provençal Rosé that lives on post-summer for both white and red drinkers. The blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah is classic to Provence, an intrinsically pretty marriage of fresh fruits and crisp minerality. Zippy strawberry, watermelon, and cantaloupe play within a structure of that Provence minerality, delicate herbs, and fresh, alluring white flowers.
-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors