GIFFT by Kathie Lee Gifford Red Blend 2011
Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
I tend to prefer white wines and find myself first reaching for Gifft Chardonnay. But I really wanted to work with the Scheid family to craft an easy-drinking red, one that pairs well with a wide variety of food but is also pleasing to drink all on its own. Our 2011 Gifft Red Blend was created to do just that. Coming up with the final blend, comprised of 10 different varietals, was like a wonderful experiment, with plenty of mixing, discussion, adjustments and lots and lots of tasting. The result is an oh-so-smooth and oh- so-flavorful red blend, with a core of red fruit that carries through from beginning to end. While it certainly falls in the category of "easy- drinking red", the complexity, balance and lushness make it a wine for casual drinkers and serious wine-lovers alike.
Kathie Lee Gifford
Our 2011 vintage of Gifft Red Blend is comprised of 10 different varietals, blended to showcase the fully-integrated bright fruit character of each component. With aromas of blackberry and ripe plum and loads of black fruit on the palate, it exhibits a smooth, silky mouthfeel on a mediumbodied, soft round frame with a touch of vanilla and sweet oak.
Our 2011 Red Blend is 100% estate grown and hails from the Scheid family's vineyards in Monterey County. The Monterey growing region is known for having the longest growing season in California due to the maritime influence of the Monterey Bay. The winds that sweep through the vineyards each day bring a natural cooling effect, allowing an extra two to four weeks of what winemakers call "hang time". Increased hang time leads to more intense flavor development and an enhanced richness of the fruit.
Blend: 42% Merlot, 25% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Other Reds (Tempranillo, Touriga Nacionale, Tinto Cao, Tannat), 4% Other Whites (Muscat Canelli, Riesling)
Wine Enthusiast - "Kathie Lee Gifford teams with Monterey County's Scheid Vineyards for this wine, which features 42% Merlot, 25% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot. There’s a mix of iron, coffee and crushed, dried violet on the Old World-leaning nose. The herbal elegance continues on the palate, with dried oregano seasoning the dark black and blue fruit elements."
GIFFT by Kathie Lee Gifford Winery
GIFFT Wines is a partnership between Kathie Lee Gifford and Scheid Family Wines. The wines are 100% Estate Grown from Scheid's vineyards in Monterey County, California.
Founded in 1972, Scheid Family Wines is a family-owned company with ten estate vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley. Kathie Lee Gifford is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's "Today" and a well-known wine lover. Introduced through a mutual acquaintance, Kathie and the Scheid's hit it off and decided to form a partnership to craft GIFFT wines. Kathie Lee's goal – to offer ultra-premium wines at an affordable price – was perfectly suited to the Monterey growing region and Scheid's strengths. The GIFFT team decided to launch the brand with a 2012 Chardonnay, a varietal that is practically synonymous with the Monterey appellation, and a 2011 Red Blend that uses an intriguing assortment of red varietals from Scheid's southern Monterey County vineyards.
The GIFFT name derives from Kathie Lee Gifford's last name and her belief that friendship, love and laughter are gifts to be cherished. The classically-styled package depicts Kathie Lee's favorite place to enjoy wine with friends – her garden gazebo at her home – and features a consumer-friendly screwcap closure. View all GIFFT by Kathie Lee Gifford Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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