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Published on Friday, December 18, 2015

A Christmas Wine Guide from the Gary Farrell Elf

Bringing you great wine recommendations paired with a little holiday humor



It's tough to know what wines to gift for the holidays, or maybe just what wine you should bring to dinner when everyone has different tastes. Maybe Mom likes a big, oaky Chardonnay and you don't want to chew your wine. Here are some great recommendations to navigate your way through the family dynamics:

2013 Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay, $45: This wine is perfect for your uncle who claims to be “ABC” (anything but Chardonnay). He loves all other white wines, including White Burgundy. Change his mind about California Chardonnay with this complex and surprising wine.

2013 Skin Fermented Chardonnay, $50: This one is great for your hipster cousin from Portland, OR who only likes something if no one else has heard about it yet. It pairs very well with sushi, but don’t tell him that because he might call you “basic”. He will love this unique wine so much, he may even let you touch his foot-long beard the next time you ask him.

2013 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 1.5L, $125: Your mother loves her Chardonnay. It’s pretty much all she drinks. She claims that it helped her get through your “terrible two’s.” At that time, her wine came from a box, but now she can afford the very best. Hopefully you can too, because this one isn’t cheap!

2013 Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir 1.5L,$165: What do you buy for your dad, the man who has everything? This magnum will knock his argyle socks off! This exclusive bottling is from one of the most renowned vineyards in the Russian River Valley and is very age-worthy. If you’re lucky, he may even share it with you in 2020.

2013 Martaella Vineyard Pinot Noir, $60: You’re little sister thinks she’s very fancy. She’s only lived in LA for six months and now all she talks about is CrossFit and her new-found Veganism. This wine is light and fruity enough to drink on its own, but will also pair nicely with the food at Café Gratitude. So, what are you grateful for?

2013 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir, $55: This is for your friend who loves big red wines. She has tried some Pinot Noir’s in the past, but claims that they are “too light and watery” for her taste. Surprise and delight her with this bold, fruit-forward, “Cab-lover’s” Pinot. If she’s your best friend, spring for the 1.5L for $135.

2013 Grist Vineyard Zinfandel, $50: You are forgiven, as you have “zinned.” After finding the perfect wines for your family and friends, you just had to reward yourself for all of your hard work and generosity. This perfectly balanced, food-friendly Zinfandel is the best way to treat yourself after a long day of shopping. It pairs beautifully with pepperoni pizza (and regret).
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