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Holiday Wine Guide

Here at CH, we enjoy raising a glass of holiday spirits. But with the huge amount of choices out there, it can be hard to separate the “must drink” bottles from the ones better left on the shelf. If you find yourself standing in the wine and champagne aisle overwhelmed with choices, we can help. Whether you’re in search of a hostess gift, the perfect toasting bubbly or just a fantastic quaff to warm a winter night, look no further. CH’s wine guide will help you pick the perfect bottle for your holiday celebration.

wineJackel Blvd White Blend

Fabel – South Africa

A South African Chenin Blanc that is less fruity than a Sauvignon Blanc and yet not as heavy as most Chardonnays. Works well with fall’s wonderful vegetables. About $20 – Paul Tremayne

wineRosé / Coteaux d’Aix en Provence

Commanderie de la Bargemone – France

A Rosé to be enjoyed year round, offering the aromas of wild strawberries and red currants with a light, floral character and a crisp, bone-dry palate. $15 – Paul Tremayne

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Treana – Paso Robles

Nice golden color – bouquet of peaches and lime, invigorates the palate with dried apricot, honey and pineapple. $20 – DEWZ

wineChardonnay

Gallo (Gina Gallo Signature)

Aromas of sweet smoke with integrated notes of oak and fruit on the palate. A perfect Russian River Valley Chardonnay. $20 – DEWZ

wineCabernet Sauvignon

Peju – Napa Valley

For a bigger but not overpowering red Peju Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect choice. The 2008 is a rich supple wine that is ready to drink now. About $45 – Paul Tremayne

wine2007 The Works Red Wine

Miller – Napa Valley

A racy blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mataro, and Tinta Cao, this wine will continue to develop complexity and weight with further bottle age. $39 – Paul Tremayne

wineGran Reserva Tempranillo

Beronia – Spain

Elegant cherry and raisiny notes, soft earthly finish. Over $20 – DEWZ

winePetit Sirah

‘07 Silkwood – Modesto

Smoky tannins, dark berry and plum. Finishes with silky meaty density.
Over $20 – DEWZ

wineBaby Doll Rosé

Prospect 772 – Oakland

Works well with curried meats and can handle Thanksgiving’s interesting menus. About $15 – Paul Tremayne

wineRock and a Hard Place Grenache

Barrel 27 – Paso Robles

Medium bodied red that begs to be quaffed. Rich notes of raspberry and pomegranate on the tongue give way to perfect acidity. $18 – Paul Tremayne

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Ecco Domani – Italy

Very clean, aromatic, crisp fruit. The quintessential sparkling aperitif. $20 – DEWZ

wineChampagne Reims

Aubry – France

Fresh apple and yellow plum aromas. Smoky, buttery taste with long finish. Over $20 – DEWZ

 

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