Wines Worth Celebrating
USA wines reflect the spirit of innovation and ambition we pride ourselves on. Generations of California wines have revolutionized how we see Cabernet Sauvignon, and Riesling pioneers in New York have shaken expectations to the core.
Fill your holiday season and new year with some of the world’s greatest wines—from right here at home—with these picks from our staff.
Using grapes from one of Napa’s premier vineyards for Chardonnay, Steve Matthiasson maintains the purity of the fruit by steering clear of high-alcohol levels and overt oak usage. Notes of golden apples, delicate honey, and ripe stone fruit with touches of soft minerality make this a pleasure to sip on. – Jose Banegas, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Imbibing on a friend’s rooftop, around the pool, or any outdoor setting usually calls for beverages in resilient containers. Sofia does the trick—filling a durable can with a sophisticated, sparkling blanc de blancs. – Hilary Fasen, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Two Shepherds, Cinsault $34.96
Cinsault is a grape not often seen outside of southern France—and from vines this old is even rarer. Ancient vines have very low yields and make a precious wine that is concentrated and intense while still being light on its feet. A great food wine to boot. – Josh Mizrahi, Wine & Spirits Consultant
If Washington State wine isn’t on your radar yet, today is the day. Focused and elegant with quality to rival any big name Napa or Sonoma producer, this is a new favorite of mine! – Steven Bowles, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Ridge is known for their prized collection of California Zinfandels and Paso Robles is the only bottling of 100% Zinfandel in all its glory. With decadent notes of dried plums, cacao and cinnamon, this is a powerful wine. – Teddy Daly, Wine & Spirits Consultant
The North Fork of Long Island has a climate akin to the ocean-laden air of Bordeaux—a condition Bedell Cellars puts to good use. This beautiful Cabernet Franc is filled with cassis-rich notes of dark fruit and a gravely finish. – Sam Sundius, Copywriter & Astor Center Instructor