Cyber Monday Deals for Wine Lovers

 

I am all about the holiday deals to fulfill my wine addiction and thought I would share some great finds that will help my fellow wino’s!

BevMoSave $20 when you spend $100! Offer valid site-wide—Use promo code 115763 at checkout

Total WineSave 15% – When you mix and max 6 bottles of wine!
Use promo code CYBERMONDAY

Winc –   Use coupon code CM16 to get two bottles of wine for free! Minimum order of four bottles.

VineBox – 15% site wide – 12 Glasses of Wine Specially Curated for the Holiday Season
Bold and aged reds built for fireplace chats and wool blankets. Rich whites as refreshing as unraveling your scarf after a mad dash inside from the cold.
Use Code: THANKFUL15

Amazon – For wine accessories and cellars/fridges go to Amazon to see large price cuts!!

Here are a few deals on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Steel-Vacuum-Wine-Saver/dp/B00PCCLE7Y
https://www.amazon.com/wine-cellars/b?node=3741521

HAPPY SHOPPING & CHEERS!!

Wines That Enhance Your Thanksgiving Dinner

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches and your are buying all your groceries to start prepping your dinner don’t forget about a key element to the feast. WINE!

Below are some great wines that pair nicely with Thanksgiving cuisine.

TURKEY:

Cause let’s all be honest the bird makes Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving.

Baked turkey:

Pinot Noir –  characterized by their delightfully vibrant palette of juicy red and black cherry and berry fruit. This liveliness and juiciness will enliven and enhance the succulence of your baked turkey.

Gamay –  is a light-bodied red wine that’s similar in taste to Pinot Noir and very affordable.

Smoked Turkey:

Red Zinfindel (Also Happy Zinfindel Day!!) – the flavors of raspberry and sweet tobacco are an ideal match for rich darker or smoked turkey meat.

Syrah– Syrah should smell like a more peppery version of the holiday feast – warm spice, roasted meat thus being a great match for a smoked turkey.

Dry Turkey:

Sparkling Shiraz – beautiful sparkling red color that will not only juice up that dry turkey but looks great with it as well! Very festive!

Lambrusco – Very light and would go well with dry poultry. Lightly carbonated, not sweet and not acidic.

Fried Turkey:

Sparkling/Champagne – fried turkey is amazingly delish but will not pair well with the typically turkey wine. It needs something with high acidity to cut the fat and salt!

Side Dishes (my favorite part)

Forget the turkey for me bring on the stuffing and mashed tators.

Chardonnay – the buttery and creaminess of a Chardonnay yearns for mashed potatoes and gravy and that deliscious stuffing. When making your stuffing try adding some Chardonnay in the recipe (game changer).

Pies and desserts:

Riesling – The acidity in Riesling brings out the delicious baked flavors in apple pie. Riesling can even have notes of petroleum, complimenting the flavor of the flaky crust.

Port – look for a port wine with nutty character and creamy, caramel profile to help cut the spices in pumpkin pie. For pecan pie  go for a lighter-bodied port  with plenty of fruit and nutty nuances to bring out another side of the pecan pie.

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards

I began my day at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards and was woo’ed by the large estate with trees lining the entrance and vines as far as you could see. Most of the grapes have been harvested but it did not take away from the beauty. The winery is not in Napa but considered “the gateway to Napa” located in American Canyon.

Upon arriving the staff brought us quickly to our outside reserved tasting area with couches and heaters. It was a nice ambiance. We were given both a tasting menu that was included in our tour and a menu if we would like to purchase additional glasses/tastings.

Wine we tasted are person blends of the jazz musician Brian Culbertson in conjunction with Reata wines.

We tasted the following:

2015 Reata’s Brian Culbertson Rose of Pinot Noir

2014 Reata’s Brian Cubertson Los Carneros Chardonnay

2013 Reata’s Brian Cubertson Pinot Noir

My Favorites:

2014 REATA “BRIAN CULBERTSON” LOS CARNEROS CHARDONNAY: Deep straw yellow hue, the nose is marked by green apple, walnut, pear, honey and apricot. Flavors are honeysuckle  and apple with crisp nuances of dried pineapple.

I typically don’t love Chardonnay but really enjoyed this one. It was light and crisp and scarily easy to put back.

 

Visiting & Tasting:

Seems all their tastings require a reservation and typically range from $40-50 according to their website. After researching online seemed as though their pairings are either $35 or $45 and white only tasting started at $25 and go up to $5o for their Cab. tasting.

Free tastings for Military! (limited menu/tasting)

30% off glasses and bottles for military as well!

Sum it up:

  1. Avoid the craziness of Napa by heading to American Canyon
  2. Great outdoor seating
  3. Appreciate art & music! They have a awesome mural from apexer