If you're anything like me, you're looking at a depleted wine cellar. The holidays always seem to decimate my cellar. I'm forever dipping into it to open another bottle (or five), to grab a bottle to bring with me, to find that perfect wine to give to an old friend I haven't seen since the last holiday season. The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, and I wouldn't do anything differently, but there's no doubt that my cellar's bare shelves bear witness to my good times.
Today, I'm delighted to bring you a trio of wines that make a good start in restocking those bare cellars. First, I'm very proud to offer a new release from Paolo Bea, the estate's 2010 Arboreus Umbria Bianco. This Umbrian producer works with nature to make wines that defy understanding or description; they're just beautiful. Paolo's son Giampiero is president of Gruppo VinoVeri, the natural wine consortium in Italy, and the Bea estate has long sat at the forefront of growing grapes and making wines in ways that wouldn't be unfamiliar to people hundreds of years ago. This orange Arboreus Umbria Bianco is one of those whites that drinks like a red, and you'll love it this winter, next spring, during the summer--whenever.
No cellar is complete without well-made Pinot Noir, and this offer has two very different bottles. One comes from Piero Incisa della Rocchetta's estate in Patagonia, Argentina. The other comes from Louis Jadot. Together, these two old-vine wines--each elegant, terroir-driven, and unique--give a three-dimensional view of what beauty Pinot Noir can bring from different corners of the globe. You can't go wrong with either Bodega Chacra or Louis Jadot, but putting both in your cellar is a smart move.
Cheers to 2016 and going into this new year with joy, love and excellent taste!