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(Penfolds) RED Wine Gift Basket

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      The renowned Australian winery Penfolds, a recent partner in (Product) RED, has partnered with Wine.com to create a gift all about charitable sipping & snacking. Available exclusively at Wine.com, this gift set includes a selection of sweet snacks and accessories, as well as two delicious red wines - a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Shiraz – that give back to a great cause. Penfolds will contribute 15% of profits for each wine to the Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.

      Wine Gift Basket Includes:

      • Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz:
        This Shiraz offers dark fruit aromas of plum and cherry with a fresh red berry lift, as well as flavors of fruit cake, Christmas pudding and blueberries with spice, pepper and hints of licorice.

      • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Cabernet Sauvignon:
        This classic varietal elements of ripe blackcurrant/cedar aromas and fine-grained tannins are also present, to produce a wine with a firm, yet supple structure, subtle oak character and rich depth.

      • Nunes Farms Chocolate Truffle Almonds 3 oz
      • Butter Toffee Pretzels 2 oz
      • Cashew Roca 1.27 oz
      • Chocolate Crunch Cookies 0.9 oz

      Due to the popularity of this gift, vintages sometimes sell out. Should this happen, we will always substitute with the current vintage.

      Wine gift sets & baskets may be packaged with the bottles separately boxed for their protection during shipment.

      Pursuant to state laws in New York, gifts that contain both food and wine will be sent in two separate packages.

      Critical Acclaim

      By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza is divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley—two sources of some of the country’s finest wines.

      For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec, originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s. Here it found success and renown it never could have achieved in its homeland due to its struggle to ripen fully in finicky climates. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and often blended with one another. The best white wines are made from Chardonnay, and there are excellent examples to be found as well from Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon.

      Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

      In the Glass

      Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

      Perfect Parings

      Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

      Sommelier Secret

      If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

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