An Incredible Wine Value To Kick Off The Christmas Season!

This week I want to feature wines that are incredible values for the Christmas season.  They are wines you can find for around $10 a bottle that drink like they are twice the price.  These wines are perfect to serve at your holiday parties….your guests should be impressed and your wallet shouldn’t be drained.

The first wine I want to feature is a wine I just found over the weekend at one of my local wine shops.  Alberto Furque 2006 Syrah is a crowd pleasing red that is readily available for under $10.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Alberto Furque 2006 Syrah is 100% Syrah from the Mendoza region of Argentina.  It has 13.8% alcohol and retails for around $7.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Alberto Furque Syrah pours a dark plum color in the glass.  The nose is loaded with ripe, dark fruit, red berries, and hint of oak. The wine tastes of blackberry jam, raspberry, and prune.  The finish has a mild kick of black pepper with lingering coffee notes.  A great holiday wine value for under $10.

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- This syrah pairs well with a Christmas prime rib roast or lamb pizzettes (a great holiday appetizer- my favorite recipe courtesy of Food and Wine http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/lamb-pizzettes )

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‘Tis The Season For Great Wine!

Starting next week I am going to be featuring wines that are great to have on hand for the Christmas season.  I will be highlighting wines that are great gifts and some outstanding bubblies along with holiday wine bargains.  I will also try to have a few pairing suggestions for your Christmas feast.

I love this season because it’s a time to remember what is important and celebrate with the ones we love.  My husband and I always try an open a really special bottle of wine that we have been cellaring for a while.  We also like to sneak wine in a paper cup and go on a walking tour of the lights on Balboa Island (shhhh…don’t tell anyone).

What are some of your favorite Christmas and wine traditions?  I hope you enjoy some of my suggestions and I would love to hear about some of your favorite holiday wines!

One of many amazing light displays on Balboa Island in Newport Beach

 

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