CWT’s Wes Narron: Gift Suggestions for 2016

CWT’s Wes Narron: Gift Suggestions for 2016
Need a cheap gift for a Yankee Swap or Secret Santa present? Your friends and family will ask you to buy more of these 3 wines. These are wines you’ll love, backed up by lots of happy wine drinkers…based on my experience running wine shops, wine tastings and wine tours, and watching what makes people smile!

Sparkling: Jaume Serra Cristalino Extra Dry Cava $8.99, from Penedes, Spain

Cava, the sparkling wine from Spain, is ridiculously affordable, and incredibly delicious. It’s a great alternative to Prosecco or Champagne. Look for the “Extra Dry” designation. Don’t get confused, because “Extra Dry” doesn’t mean “extra dry.” It actually means “less dry” or “slightly sweet.” The extra dry designation is an underappreciated style of sparkling wine, mostly because people don’t know how to interpret it! “Extra Dry” means you’re getting a softer, easier-to-drink sparkling wine with a hint of sweetness. Fresh pear and apple aromas, and rich citrus, peach and green apple flavors.

White: Domaine de Vaufuget Vouvray $9.99, from Loire Valley, France
Vouvray is a semi-sweet white wine made from Chenin Blanc grapes of the Loire Valley in France. Is this a more desirable buy than any other white wine you’d find for the price? Nope. But everyone I’ve ever had try it, loved it. It’s the wine my family asks me to bring to holiday gatherings. A perfect wine to serve to a wine novice, because it’s delicious and simple. A concentration of rich aromas with a slight honey taste.

Red: Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon $9.99 from Columbia, Washington
This is a perennial winner of best wine under $10 awards. If you run a wine shop, the wine distributors twist your arm to make you buy the whole range of Columbia Crest Grand Estates wines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, etc. But the Cabernet Sauvignon is the one YOU want to buy. Cocoa, plum, and vanilla aromas are followed by creamy dark fruit flavors that display a mixture of fruit and oak barrel aging.flavors.

Need a slightly “better” present? It’s gift card season! We can send you a physical gift card. Or, if you’re very tardy in your gift buying, you can get an immediate digital gift certificate.

These can be redeemed for any of our Boston tours. $70 per.
These can be redeemed for any of our New York tours. $75 per.