Holiday Buys: Great Gifts From California


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by Brian Fry   | 196 entries


Wine is often a popular gift choice and there are more options out there than ever before. I will be posting several blogs before the holidays to help you select wines of quality that also offer strong value at their price point.

I'm giving special consideration to California this year due to the tragic wildfires they experienced. I've spoken to so many wine industry people out there who say the best way to help them recover is to buy California this holiday season!


2015 B.R. Cohn Sangiacomo Vineyard

Complex on the palate with fantastic lush, silky texture. Flavors of pear, melon, hazelnut, and fresh cream with a hint of minerality.

2013 Viansa Sonoma Signature Series

Opulent and rich in the mouth with medium body and delightful balance. Flavors of honey crisp apple, peach and custard.

2016 Emblem Sonoma Coast

Aromas of freshly sliced green apple and citrus with flavors of apples, lemongrass and subtle vanilla.


2013 Charles Krug Merlot Napa Valley

Aromas of ripe red and black fruits and a hint of spice. Supple body and medium tannins with flavors of beery and red cherry.

2014 Purple Heart Red Blend

Aromas of plum and cassis with floral notes. Silky texture with flavors of blackberry, currant and balanced tannins.

2014 Emblem Cabernet Napa Valley

Aromas of blueberry and vanilla bean with flavors of plum and ripe black cherry. Soft, layered mouthfeel and an expressive finish.

You should be able to find most of these wines at your better local bottle shops and even in some grocery stores. Give the gift of California this season and get a couple more of your favorites to set under your own tree!

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