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A Noteworthy November

Nov 28, 2011
A Noteworthy November
Our favorite wines from this past month.

winter_wine_celebrationThe holidays have begun and everyone is gearing up for another month of merriment and celebration. Our team takes celebrating seriously, and our favorite wines this past month show our commitment to living life to the fullest.

In November, we celebrated the wedding of our founder and CEO Alyssa Rapp, attended iconic tastings, and shared delicious meals at fantastic restaurants across the country. Read on for all of our favorite November wines. Any of these bottles will lend extra holiday cheer as you celebrate the final month of 2011 with your family and friends.


ajr-new-headshot_100x100 Alyssa and Hal’s Wedding Wines. It is too hard to pick one favorite wine this month so instead, I'll pick the entire wine list from our wedding as my favorite wines of the month! Find all the wine that were enjoyed at the wedding and my thoughts on each here.

aa-headshot_100x100Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus 2007 (Okanagan Valley, Canada) $48.  I tasted some incredible wines at the Wine Spectator Experience in New York, many of which are out of my normal budget. At $48, this Bordeaux blend from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia stood out to me among the stars. I wouldn't have blinked an eye if I had been told this wine cost $148 vs. $48. I placed an order for half a case as soon as I got home. Find it here.

jonny_100x100_re_fixToques Clochers Cremant de Limoux, NV (Limoux, France) $15. This value sparkler is a steal at $15. Not only is it affordable, it also has great minerality and bright green apple flavors. It would be the perfect aperitif for any holiday meal and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You can buy the wine here.

kim-smallSpring Mountain Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 (Napa Valley) $40. This is a stunningly soft yet crisp sauvignon blanc thanks to the 18% semillon that was used during blending. It is very floral white with tropical fruit aromas and citrus flavors. I would qualify this as full bodied for sauvignon blanc with good minerality and beautiful length on the finish. This is a perfect choice with holiday foods, but it is also completely sip-worthy on its own. You can find it here.

leta-photo_100x100Elena Walch Lagrein, 2008 (Alto Adige, Italy) $17. I was lucky to share this bottle with my "chickadee" in New York City this past month. It was the perfect bottle for a dinner that consisted of nothing but amazing Italian cheeses at Uva on the Upper East Side. This lagrein from Alto Adige is a red that I must insist you try. It is a deep, spicy, full-bodied red with beautiful berries on the nose and palate. It’s made for holiday parties, football games, and lazy afternoons on couches with fuzzy blankets. Find the wine here.

michelle_mccabeRidge Geyserville, 2009 (Geyserville, California) $20. I had this delicious wine consisting of 74% zinfandel, 17% carignane, 6% petite sirah, 2% alicante bouschet, 1% mataro (mourvedre) at Baker & Banker in San Francisco. Call me crazy but there was slight sweet taste that reminded me of Smarties and I loved it! Find the wine here.

What was your favorite wine this month? Tell us what about it below.

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