As the pages turn on our calendars, many of us are beginning to anticipate a shift from zoom happy hours to face-to-face gatherings that we’ve missed so dearly. With that in mind, there has never been a better time to consider taking your wine selection up a notch. Nicholas Gantenberg, wine director of The Wine Cellar at The Spicy Olive suggests these wines that cover all the bases—red, white and bubbly. Prices range from $50 for most of the selections, to over $100 for the Cabernet. All are perfect to have on hand for celebrating the days to come.
Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc
Round, lush and vibrantly balanced across the palate. Richness and weight counterbalance bright acidity supported by flavors of tangerine, lemon zest, candied orange peel and sweet pink grapefruit.
Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay
Elegant tastes of apple and pear characters are balanced by fresh acidity, and the finish is clean. This is a versatile pairing wine with fresh salads, grilled scallops, and most cheeses.
Mount Peak Gravity
A quality red blend that adjusts to many tastes. It is filled with intense fruit characteristics that create a full-bodied, luscious mouthfeel. It’s well suited for grilled meats and stews.
Belle Glos Pinot Noir: Clark & Telephone, Dairyman or Las Alturas
Deep garnet or ruby reds, from three different regions, pinot noirs offer medleys of cherries, plums and black fruits in a medium bodied wine. Pair with pork, poultry, or creamy dishes.
Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Golden yellow with creamy, tiny bubbles and fruity vanilla aromas. Fantastic champagne for cheeses, with a salmon dinner or any special beginning.
Daou “Soul of a Lion” Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep, complex bouquet that presents notes of cassis, black currant, licorice, incense, ripe plum and vanilla. A perfect complement to red meats. This wine is a real special treat.