ZIG'S WINE PICKS
Holiday 2016 Wine Picks
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Holiday 2011 Wine Picks
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Zig's 2016 Holiday Wine Picks:
16 Judges blindly tasted near 200 wines from 6 countries ranging from $3.99 to $250. per bottle, to determine what wine is the best value Sparkling, White and Red wine under $16- as well as what is the best high end Sparkling, White and Red wine $35.
I've chosen descriptions from select panel members to highlight each wine profile.
*Top Wines Under $16*
Sparkling WineBarefoot Brut Cuvee, California
Citrusy, easy, honey laced crisp apples, melons, floral, white mushrooms, brioche, pretty
White Wine2015 Toad Hollow "Unoaked" Chardonnay, Francine's Selection, Mendocino County.
Pears, lemon tart, delicious, ocean air, white peaches, oyster shell, zip-a-dee-doo-dah
Red Wine2013 Ottimino "Zinfinity" Zinfandel, Sonoma County
Spiced plums, dark & delicious, crowd pleaser, blackberry, cassis, heaven
*Top Wines $35 and beyond
Sparkling2011 Woodenhead, Brut Rosé, Russian River Valley (124 cases produced) $46.
World class, lengthy & luscious, dried rose petals, young watermelon, fresh, rockin’, wild strawberry, hints of rhubarb, amazing
White Wine2015 Trattore, Viognier, Dry Creek Valley (219 cases produced) $35. Bright & beautiful, honeysuckle, meyer lemon rind, dried apricots, lengthy mouthfeel, scintillating, wet sea shell, impressive
Red Wine2013 Sedition, Pinot Noir, Chenoweth Vineyards, Green Valley of Russian River Valley (230 cases produced) $75. Elegant, bing cherry parade, balanced, cola, seductive acidity, baking spices, party in your mouth, stunning, rich, tantalizing