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Holiday Wine Survival Kits

Unsure of what wine to get for your festive soirée? Fearrington’s wine team is excited to offer three Holiday Survival Kits available for purchase at The Goat!

The Basic Holiday Survival Kit features three bottles: one sparkling wine, one white wine, and one red wine. This kit is valued at $50, but you can purchase it for only $39.99!

  1. Les Jamelles, Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc, France
    This Chardonnay is grown in SW part of France, not far from the Spanish border. Les Jamelles does see some oak barrel aging, which lends a richer texture to the Chardonnay. Green apple, apricot, hazelnut, and butter; pair this with Cornish game hen, fried fishlatkes with applesauceapricot and almond coucous and roasted chestnuts.
  2. Domaine Martinolles, Pinot Noir, Pays d’Aude, France
    From the Languedoc region of France, because of the cooler climate, this area tends to focus more on Burgundian grapes, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Focused with flavors of tart cherry and pepper, this is a great wine to pair with grilled salmon, smoked salmon blini with dill, mushroom risotto, beet salad or mince pie.
  3. De Martino Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile
    The De Martino family focuses solely on producing wines that reflect best in particular terroirs of Chile — in this case, Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon grow best in the Maipo Valley of Chile. As this Cabernet isn’t aged in oak, expect much fresher fruit tones like blueberry, currant, and cassis, with a pinch of spice. Drink this with roast beef, beef wellington, rosemary potatoes and caramelized onions.

The French Deluxe Holiday Survival Kit is valued at $105, but you can purchase it for only $89.99!

  1. Dumont & Fils, Brut, Champagne, France
    The Dumont family has been tending vines in the Aube region of Champagne for over 200 years. This Brut is predominately Pinot Noir, with a touch of Chardonnay, which lends to more red fruit notes, with undertones of butter, tropical fruit, and vanilla. Enjoy this Champagne with glazed pork loin, jerk chickensquash soupyeast rolls, scalloped potatoes, deviled eggs and kugel.
  2. Domaine Matrot, Chardonnay, Burgundy, France
    Now on its sixth generation, Domaine Matrot has been organically tended to since 2000. The quality and pedigree of this wine can’t be beat as the Chardonnay grapes are picked outside of the illustrious Meursault appellation in Burgundy. Drink this with your helping of herb chickengrilled asparagus, challah bread, and rice pilaf.
  3. Chateau Saint-Sulpice, Bordeaux, France
    Chateau Saint-Sulpice is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers area, just NE of Bordeaux. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, you will taste dark cherry, plum, currant, smoke, and herbal spices. Drink this with roast beef with horseradish sauce, pot pie, brussel sprouts, grilled vegetables, and green beans casserole.
  4. La Fleur d’Or, Sauternes, France
    A blend of Semillion and Sauvignon Blanc from various Sauternes chateaux and smaller producers alike, this botrytis-affected cuvee lends notes of candied tropical fruits, apricot, and baking spice. Sip with your spicier, richer desserts such as fruit cake, rum cake, pound cake, apple pie, bundt cake and eggnog desserts.

The Italian Deluxe Holiday Survival Kit is valued at $105, but you can purchase it for only $89.99!

  1. Le Vigne de Alice, “d’Oro”, Prosecco Superiore, Valdobbiadene, Italy 
    Named after the winemakers’ grandmother, the winery name translates to “The Vines of Alice.” The two women winemakers suggest serving this prosecco “with someone you love.” I suggest oysters, matzo ball soup, challah bread, apple pie, rugelach, and hot cross buns.
  2. Bellus, Caldera, Falanghina, Campania, Italy
    Bellus was created by Jordan Salcito, a former sommelier of Eleven Madison Park, who befriended other sommeliers and winemakers to help her bring on products that she couldn’t find. All wines made are organically grown (no chemicals in the vineyards) and practice sustainable agriculture — they even donate proceeds of this wine to Earth Justice. Consume with seafood gumbo, shrimp cocktail, fried fish, light salad preparations, sweet potatoes, squash fritters and corn on the cob.
  3. Garofoli, Piancarda, Rosso Conero, Montepulciano, Marche, Italy
    The Garofoli family has been in Le Marche since the 1870s and is currently on their fifth generation of winemakers. This Monetpulciano shows flavors of cherry, raspberry, plum, and herb. Enjoy this with a rack of lamb, ham, prosciutto wrapped asparagus and rosemary and garlic potatoes.
  4. Tenuta Curezza, Nerosso, Salenteo Rosso, Puglia, Italy
    Fourth generation winemakers in the “heel of the boot of Italy”, Puglia is known for Primitivo. This wine called Nerosso is a blend of 4 indigenous grapes, producing flavors of black pepper, black cherry, blackberry, plum, and violet. Spoil yourself with grilled pork loin, pork chopsroast pigmushroom soupbeet salad and charred brussels sprout salad.
  5. Borgo Moncalvo, Brachetto d’Acqui, Piedmont, Italy 
    Brachetto d’Acqui is one of the Piedmont’s best kept dessert wine secrets. A light, effervescent rose’ accentuates notes of strawberries, raspberries, and roses. Chill this wine and serve with fruit tarts, yule log with strawberries, angel food cake, and a raspberry and almond trifle.

Questions? Email me directly at lfrancis@fearrington.com or call The Goat at 919.545.5717.

Stop by The Goat Wine Shop for recommendations and more from our sommeliers!

– Laura, Fearrington Sommelier