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Celebrate California wine country lifestyle with three delicious wines – a Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Merlot – and an assortment of gourmet foods. This gift arrives in a beautiful basket tied up with festive ribbon.Wine Gift Basket Includes:
- DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir:
Aromas of cherry, cola, and eucalyptus lead to flavors of red fruit mingled with subtle spice . Well-balanced with a lengthy finish, this smooth reserve level Pinot Noir is sure to please.
- Parducci Small Lot Blend Chardonnay:
Honoring the rich heritage of the Chardonnay grape, Parducci selects premium individually-vinified small lots to create a wine of bold, lively character and balanced flavors of crisp apple, pear, and tropical fruits.
- Wente Sandstone Merlot:
This Merlot exhibits aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry and plum with hints of toasted oak. A smooth mouthfeel and inviting tannins lead to a long, fruity finish.
- Caramello Latte Mini Biscotti 2 oz
- Sonoma Jacks Garlic & Herb Cheese 4 oz
- Bistro Style Mixed Olives 3.5 oz
- Salame Piccante 6 oz
- Sierra Nevada Spicy Brown Mustard 7 oz
- Roasted and Salted Pistachios 4 oz
- Sea Salt and Olive Oil Crackers 2.5 oz
- Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Cocoa .85 oz
- Butter Toffee Nuts 2 oz
- Assorted Premium Ghirardelli Squares 5.45 oz
Due to the popularity of this gift, wines or vintages sometimes sell out. Should this happen, we will always substitute with the current vintage and wines with equal or greater value. Pursuant to state laws in New York, gifts that contain both food and wine will be sent in two separate packages.
Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe. Some of the oldest vines in Australia can be found here—in the cooler, wetter Eden Valley sub-region, the Hill of Grace vineyard is home to 140+ year old Shiraz vines.
The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes where they may benefit from cool breezes, particularly in the Eden Valley.
Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.
In the Glass
At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.
Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.
Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.