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Pack up your blanket; it's time for a picnic! Everything you need for a memorable outdoor excursion is included in this well-stocked basket. Enjoy bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir along with cheese, gourmet crackers, cookies, chocolate and more.Wine Gift Basket Includes:
- Pepperwood Grove Cabernet Sauvignon:
Aromas of dark plum, cherry and cedar lead to ripe red currant and blackberry flavors, hints of sage and dried strawberry rounding out the finish.
- Pepperwood Grove Chardonnay:
An intriguing array of aromas from vanilla bean, toasted hazelnuts, to lemon Verbena. Crisp flavors of green apple and biscotti contrast with hints of grapefruit, toasted marshmallow, and fresh lime on the finish. A bit of aging on American Oak, adds depth and complexity furthering this wine's broad stylistic appeal.
- Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir:
Vibrant aromas of cherry, red raspberry and toasted almonds are followed by fresh ¬flavors of cranberry and sweet plum intertwined with subtle hints of nutmeg and rose petal.
- Govino Go Anywhere Wine Glasses (set of 2)
- Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Mint Squares (2) .37 oz
- Moravian Sugar Cookies 1 oz
- Savory Crisp Crackers 4.5 oz
- Sonoma Jacks Garlic & Herb Cheese 4 oz
- Nunes Farms Pistachios 4 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.
A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA stretches from Half Moon Bay to just above Monterey county. Elevation ranges from just 800 feet to upwards of 3000, and microclimates vary substantially depending on which side of the mountains the vineyards lay. Cool ocean winds and fog play an important role as well. This can be a challenging region in which to grow grapes, but it is well worth the effort. Wine has been made here since the 1800s, most notably from the legendary Ridge Vineyards, whose Monte Bello vineyard garners international admiration.
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars of this region, and Merlot and Zinfandel also perform quite well. Santa Cruz Mountains wines are noted for their distinct minerality and balanced acidity. Often these wines can be aged for many years. Organic and sustainable vineyard practices are becoming increasingly common.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.
In the Glass
High in color, tannin, and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice, and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.
Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb, and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.
Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.