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Gift Picks | Fall Quarterly 2017

Staff Picks: Wine & Cider

North Coast Co-op

By Bob Stockwell, Ken Baca & Scott Kristic, Wine & Beer Buyers

This holiday season, let selecting the perfect pairing be the last of your worries. Our experienced wine, cider and beer buyers have picked their favorite bottles for the next few months. Here's to the holidays - cheers!

  1. Heidrun Naturally Sparkling Mead
    The Heidrun wines use fermented honey rather than grapes, allowing hints of honey along with the suggestion of the fragrance and flavors of the areas where the particular bees buzz. —Bob
  2. Tiamo Organic Prosecco
    This one is a no-brainer for people who want a fun sparkling or to make mimosas. —Bob
  3. Quinta Do Crasto 2011 Port
    This is the real deal. It’s drinkable right when they put it in a bottle – perfect to sit down with in the evening with walnuts or Stilton blue cheese. —Bob
  4. Mont Gravet 2014 Carignan
    Great holiday wine reasonably priced at $10.49. Plum and dark cherry flavors with hints of pepper and spice. Sturdy 
    yet flexible. —Ken
  5. Wrangletown Ciders 
    The owner of Wrangletown, Pat Knittle, does an awesome job with her ciders. She sources different apples from orchards in the area and each one is unique in its own way. My personal favorite is the Monument Apples Orchard – the smell of crisp apple and the sweet yet tart flavor is amazing. —Scott
  6. Wandering Aengus Cider, Golden Russet 
    Organically grown apples from a single orchard in Ashland, Oregon. Rich honey aromas with a soft dry finish. —Ken
  7. Allimant-Laugner Cremant d’ Alsace Rose
    It’s light, delicate, pretty and it’s French. What more could you ask for?—Bob
  8. Gregory Graham Chardonnay
    Award winning Chardonnay made with Carneros fruit from the Sangiacomo Vineyard. Rich and buttery, perfect with turkey rubbed with butter and herbs. —Ken
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