December 19, 2007

7 Perfect Last Minute Wines

holidaywine.gif There is no ego at CFW we know when someone has done a great story and needs to be heard. We also know enough to not re-invent the wheel. Our friends over at Martini Groove have done a round up of 7 inexpensive wines for the holidays.

'Tis the season to support friends in their pursuit of a good drink. Check this list out, and enjoy!

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December 14, 2007

Trimbach Cuvee Riesling

Year: 2003
ABV: 14.5%
We Paid: $28

Rieslings do not have to be a summer wine. In fact, I have images of ice encrusted grapes yearning to be part of a Christmas desert. Trimbach produces wonderful wines, and this is no exception. Crisp and light with only a hint of sweetness. Italian cookies, French pastries, or maybe even a New York Style Cheesecake with cherries. OK I'm hungry and thirsty.

TrimbaChateau 2003 Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling - White Wine

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December 13, 2007

Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz

Year: 2004
ABV: 14%
We Paid: $18

annie'slane.jpgI realize this is close to our price limit, and it's not even Swanky Friday, but there's a storm moving into Boston and this wine is great. Deep purple undertones and spicy fruit tastes make this the perfect wine to get snowed in with. Roasted meats, hearty soups, even a big sandwich would be a perfect pairing for this robust shiraz. Here's my plan: leave work at noon, pick up another two bottles of Copper Trail Shiraz, head home and get snowed in with my wife. She makes the world's greatest soups. Period. I'm gonna don the union suit, get a fire going, grab a glass of Copper, a bowl of soup and an armful of the afore mentioned wife. All of which will keep me very warm and very happy throughout the snowy weekend.

Annie's Lane 2001 Copper Trail Shiraz - Syrah/Shiraz Red Wine

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December 12, 2007

Wine Bottle Holder

The CFW crew loves magic. Every type of magic; from stories of summoning demons to David Blaine chewing quarters. This bottle holder is magic; in the British vernacular way, and the defying physics way.

Nickel plated iron chain welded and curved upwards to hold the bottle. Uses the principle of balance to create a magical floating illusion.

Again people, perfect gift. Check it out at Canaan.

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December 11, 2007

Wine Glass Necklace

draft_3382_big.gifWe here at CFW are usually very complimentary and supportive. I'm afraid this product tests us. A neck strap for your wine glass. I firmly believe in geeking it up sometimes, but this goes to far. It keeps your hands free and your glass near which is wonderful, but are there no surfaces in the land where this was invented? It also begs the question, what are you doing with your hands that is so important, and shouldn't your glass be empty by that point?

Wine Glass Holder Necklace (Set of 2

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December 10, 2007

Chateau d'Oupia Les Heretiques 2006

Year: 2006
ABV: 13.5%
We Paid: $13

heretic.jpegLes Heretiques commemorates the massacre of Minereve in 1208. Inhabited by members of the Cathari religious order, a pacifist Christian, non-conformist group that prospered during the Middle Ages, the destruction in Minereve was only one of the many Crusades led by the Roman Catholic Church, who, calling the Cathari “heretics,” persecuted them in town after town. The Cathars’ story, one of the unquenchable spirit of man, juxtaposed with the inhumanity of man, imparts new significance on Languedoc’s ruined towers and castles, some sitting high and seemingly inaccessible, on mountaintops. The label alone is worth the price. Lasting, robust flavor and a hint of spice make this a great wine for roasts and ham.

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December 7, 2007

Orogeny Vineyards Pinot Noir 2005

Year: 2005
ABV: 14.2%
We Paid: $36

Swanky indeed! This Pinot is worth the extra scratch. Friday night is dinner party night and this smooth red is perfect. Ripe and moderately juicy with a dollop of creamy oak looming in the background of its light-medium intensity aromas, this one comes across as slightly supple and fairly full on the palate with more body on its side than flavor. In the absence of convincing fruit, it narrows and dries at the end.
Orogeny Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir Green Valley - Red Wine

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Holiday Cheer Wine Goblets

Goblets.jpgI've had beer from a rugby cleat, mead from a horn, and Tequila from world's sexiest neck (it's tough, but the nape of a beautiful women's neck can hold a shot of Patron, if your careful and motivated). Despite these exploits, I will only drink wine from a wine glass. Something about the ritual of the pour, swirl, smell just seems right. Wine glasses are designed to hold the legs, release the vapors and enhance the wine. Choose the right glass for your wine. And since it's the holidays, be festive, do something special for your holiday party. Holiday goblets make a party a little better. The Pfaltzgraff Holiday Cheer Set is perfect for your next wintry bash. Etched and hand-painted, they will impress.

Pfaltzgraff Holiday Cheer Set Of Four 13-Ounce Wine Goblets

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December 6, 2007

Vermonte Primus 2004

Year: 2004
ABV: 14%
We Paid: $16
primus.jpgWant a complex wine that tastes great? Here ya' go. Primus is a racy blend of Carmenere, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon made from the highest quality grapes at the Veramonte Estate. It showcases the rare Carmenere variety, a distinctive grape that has found its home in Chile. Well structured with mature, ripe fruit that exhibits an evolved complexity with a seamless blending of the three varietals. Velvety, with a medium body and smooth, yet powerful tannins.

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High End Corkscrew

Maybe a bit too high end, but this corkscrew seems like an extension of your arm. The high polish finish, gilt edges and amazing feel make this the perfect gift. Face it, you open a lot of bottles; why not do it with the finest tool available?

Laguiole Wine Waiter Steward Sommelier Corkscrew and Bottle Opener Used By Professionals Olive Wood Handle and Leather Case Presentation French Import Guaranteed Authentic

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December 5, 2007

Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah

Year: 2004
ABV: 13.5%
We Paid: $15
Dark purple-black in color with smooth, rich tannins and a creamy vanilla oak nose. Plush, vibrant blueberry, blackberry, and plum coat the palate along with a hint of cocoa and vanilla oak. Pleasant, soft and easy to drink. Match it with some holiday roast, and let the games begin.

Concannon 2004 Limited Release Petite Sirah - Red Wine

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The Ultimate Wine Opener

It's the silly season. It's time to splurge. There is no better wine opener than the Metrokane Rabbit. If you have a connoisseur in your crew, this is it. If you can swing a couple bottles of wine (see below for suggestions) and this opener, you will be seen as the gift king for a year. Here are the specs, as amazon sees it:

* 6-piece wine-tool kit; complete set for opening, serving, and preserving wine
* Rabbit Corkscrew, foilcutter, drip-stop ring, wine/champagne sealer, wax remover, and extra spiral
* All items have elegant, velvety finish; easy to grip
* Corkscrew has re-designed metal gear assembly for smooth operation; award-winning design
* Comes in handsome presentation case with clear Lucite cover; 10-year warranty

If you want to impress, this will do it. This opener is actually fun to operate. You can't miss!

Metrokane Rabbit 6-Piece Wine-Tool Kit, Black

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December 4, 2007

Greatest Holiday Wine Gadget

winsceptrestand.jpgWhen you have people over for the holidays, you set everything up perfectly; fireplace is burping merrily, Bing Crosby is crooning, and the wine is chilled. However, you forgot to open the flu, one of your guests mentions that Bing was a little heavy handed with the discipline and the guests are late, so your wine gets warm. We can't do much about the first two, but this product makes warm wine a thing of the past. The Wine Scepter Cooling System keeps your whites cool and crisp from the hugs hello, to the last glass with desert. It stainless steel and comes with an elegant stand. This gadget is way cool and it looks great! This is the perfect gift for the wine lover in your gang.

Winesceptre Wine Chilling System and Stand

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Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris

Year: 2006
ABV: 14%
We Paid: $17

The simple explanation of this wine is: nice and pretty. Light and airy on the tongue, with a strong enough finish to be satisfying. Bright, fruity, crisp style. Aromas of fresh young pear, honey, starfruit, honeydew, and flower. Bold and crisp mouth feel with generous flavors of pear, mineral, melon, and spice, interwoven with well-balanced acidity. This wine is like the girl next door. The nice, natural blond who talks to you, not the dyed blond who won't look at you when you walk your dog.

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2006 Pinot Gris - Pinot Gris/Grigio White Wine

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December 3, 2007

Don Rodolfo Malbec-2005

Year: 2005
We Paid: $13
ABV: 13.5%

DONRODOLFO.jpegIntense red color with violet undertones. Very fruity on the nose, with hints of plums, spices and subtle notes of vanilla and toast from brief aging in French and American oak barrels. Good volume in the mouth, structured and with a well balanced finish. Wine and Spirits June, 2007 had this to say:

Cafayate's heights deliver intense sun and heat, which typically translates into rich, powerful reds. This one, however, seems to channel more of the area's cool nights in its subtle, spicy flavor. It's elegant and light, with strawberry and cherry flavors supported by firm tannins. It's impressively refined - especially at this price.

Don Rodolfo 2005 Malbec - Red Wine

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Acrylic Wine Rack

acrywineracj.gifWhen I was in college, I drilled dozens of holes in PVC pipe, split the pipes in half length-ways and screwed them to the wall. I then put the neck of liquor bottles in the holes. I have moved on from that stage and now store wine bottles in similar racks that someone else has made. The people at Gus Design Group have developed a space saving, sleek wine rack. Its aluminum and acrylic design are modern and stable. You never have to worry about walking into the see-through material, because you can simply keep it stocked. It's the perfect holiday gift.

Gus Design Group Acrylic Wine Rack

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