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Impress Your Guests with These Holiday Wine Selections

Published November 7, 2018 by

Ring in the holiday season with a good glass of wine shared with family and friends.

Photography By Sylvia Jarrus 

Nick Apone, sommelier and owner of Old Woodward Cellar in Birmingham, shares the best wines for holiday festivities. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or need a hostess gift, these wine selections have you covered.

Nick Apone from Old Woodward Cellar

For the world traveler…

2013 Casanova di Neri “Tenuta Nuova” Brunello di Montalcino 

Old Woodward Cellar wine

Origin: Tuscany, Italy

Price: $99.95

100 percent sangiovese grosso

Drink now with 1 hour decant, or lay down in the cellar.  

Perfect for the person who has traveled to Europe and will appreciate the local noble wine of Tuscany. The wine is dry but full of sappy, bright fruit and has the ability to age for decades.

For the wine geek…

2015 Domaine de la Côte “Memorious” Pinot Noir Sta.

Old Woodward Cellar wine

Origin: Rita Hills, California

Price: $59.95

100 percent pinot noir

Drink now.

This is one of Cali’s hot new wines and is the brainchild of Rajat Parr & Sashi Moorman. Parr, a former sommelier and Moorman, a former chef, have joined forces to make Burgundian-style pinot noirs drawing inspiration from Volnay.  This wine is exotic! Copious amounts of cherry cola, strawberry, rhubarb and fresh cut flowers on the nose. The palate is explosive with dynamic fruit, pronounced sea salt, and amaro tones. The stem inclusion gives this wine extra dimension and a rounded-out finish. This wine comes from the perfect vineyard site to grow these types of grapes. It is made in a particular way that gives the wine its personality and character.  

For the connoisseur…

2012 Clos du Clocher Pomerol 

Old Woodward Cellar wine

Origin: Bordeaux, France

Price: $59.95

75 percent merlot, 25 percent cabernet franc

Drink now.   

2012 was not an incredible vintage for Bordeaux by any means. However, the merlot on the right bank came in perfectly. This wine is wide open right from moment the cork is pulled. Classic Bordeaux tags on the nose, cedar, plum, spice and lavender.  This wine thrills with its incredible velvety texture, smooth as can be with cassis, blackberry and damson plum giving way to a long finish that is generous and full. Ask any wine collector what’s in their cellar and they will always respond Bordeaux. This wine has the ability to age gracefully for decades but can also be drank now.

For the perfect hostess gift…

2013 Teeter-Totter Chardonnay  

Old Woodward Cellar wine

Origin: Napa Valley, California

Price: $39.95

100 percent chardonnay 

Drink now.

This chardonnay is a small production wine (only 800 cases produced) that’s handmade with manually harvested fruit from pristine vineyards in Napa. It’s creamy and silky with tropical fruit and warming, toasty spice. This wine has enough richness to satisfy those who enjoy full flavored Cali chardonnay, but also possesses great acidity for those who enjoy more elegant whites. This wine is a crowd-pleaser, making it the perfect wine to bring to a gathering. 

For the Napa cabernet lover

2014 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon  

Old Woodward Cellar wine

Origin: Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California

Price: $69.95

80 percent cabernet sauvignon, 9 percent petit verdot, 5 percent cabernet franc and the rest malbec and merlot 

Drink now with 1 hour decant  

This is the quintessential Napa Valley cabernet.  It is what everyone likes about cabernet: big, powerful, deep and rich but remaining light on its feet. It finishes with creamy toasty cocoa and silky tannins, making it the perfect wine for a person who is a Napa cabernet lover.

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