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Personality Gift Guide: what style of wine are you?

grapes Welcome to December! To kick off this festive month, we’ve decided to give you a little quiz to find out what wine style of wine you are. Fresh & fruity? Earthy & spicy? Take our quiz below to find out!

When traveling, you like to

a. Plan everything in advance, with a complete itinerary in hand and each day having a specific schedule, with little wiggle room.

b. Plan most of the trip out, booking rooms and flights and car rentals, making a list of things you’d like to see and do while you are there, though no specific schedule.

c. Kind of play it all by ear. You book the flights and maybe hotels, but plan to book most things while you’re there depending on what is most popular at the time.

d. Buy a ticket or rent a car last minute to get to your destination, bring a tent as you love to camp everywhere you go and plan on staying in hostels and other cool places.

When picking out a restaurant for the evening, you prefer one that

a. Has a menu and wine list online so that you can plan what you’ll order – and you wont’ go without a reservation

b. Has been acclaimed and written up by critics and is a style of food that you like. Hopefully they have a reservation, but if not, you will walk in for a table if they have a walk in policy.

c. Pick a place from the most recent write up in your local paper or magazine and go there.

d. The newest ethnic restaurant

If you had an extra two hours to do whatever you wished, you would

a. Clean or organize

b. Exercise or go walking

c. Read the newest book or see the newest movie

d. Wander around in a new neighborhood or park

Your favorite type of movies are:

a. Classics

b. Dramas and comedies

c. Independent Films

d. Documentaries

Your friends see you as:

a. Fastidious and meticulous in all that you do

b. You have your opinions, but are generally easy-going when it comes to most things

c. Adventurous but down-to-earth as well

d. Completely carefree

If you answered:

Mostly A – you are Light and Crisp – You like a plan and tend to have things in order. Try Sauvignon Blanc or Italian white wine.

Mostly B – you are Smooth and Supple – You like to go with the flow and enjoy life. Not everything must be perfect, but chaos is not your thing, either. Try some Australian Shiraz or red Rhone Blends.

Mostly C – you are Fresh and Fruity – you like to keep it fresh – new things, new places, a bit of adventure, but also with your feet firmly on the ground. Try some good fresh and light Barbera or Pinot Noir.

Mostly D – you are Earthy and Spicy – You like to mix it up a bit – adventurous and curious, you’re out exploring the world discovering your surroundings. Try Carmenere or Spanish reds.

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Perfect Party Picklist

As we offer you the Cyber Monday deal of 1 cent shipping on $49 or more (enter code: CYBERMON), we thought we’d give you an idea of wines to buy with that great deal! Parties coming up this month? Gifts you need to stock up on? The list below can help.

If you’re in party mode, figuring out what wine to serve can be stressful. You could randomly pick a bunch of wines at the price point you’re looking for and hope everyone likes them, or you could choose some wines from the picklist below, where I highlight some delicious crowd pleasing wines in each price point. From the intimate dinner party to the big bash, pick and choose to make your perfect party case. Your guests will thank you!

Bubbles!

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Segura Viudas Aria Brut – a great alternative to Cristalino, this bottle is beautiful and the wine inside is excellent. Crisp and lingering. Great party bubbly for $11.
Roederer Estate Brut- From the Champagne house of the same name, this is classic sparkling wine from Anderson Valley, California. At under $20, it tastes like a  much higher price tag.

Under $30
Jansz Premium Cuvee Rose – always need a bit of pink! This pink sparkler from Australia is a great wine under $30.

Under $40
Piper Heidsieck – my go-to NV Champagne. This is a lovely mediu m-bodied bubbly for all palates. About $40

Whites

Under $20
Perrin Cotes du Rhone Blanc – Everyone seems to love this wine (including me!). It has great balance, is food-friendly and also delicious on its own. About $11. yalumba y
Yalumba Y Series Great deals on a range of varietals, from Riesling to Viognier to Unwooded Chardonnay. They are usually between $10 and $15 and are perfect party wines.

 

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Under $30
Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc – one of my favorite California Sauvignon Blancs, this wine is deliciously balanced and complex. A great food wine. A great all-around wine. About $22.

Under $40
Two Chardonnays that top my list – Landmark Overlook and Argyle Nuthouse – these are classy Chardonnays, the Landmark a bit more rich and creamy while the Argyle is slightly more restrained. Both have balance and complexity and length. Great with a pasta or poultry dish with a nice cream-based sauce, or for any Chardonnay lover.

Reds

Under $20
 Club Claret Rouge 2008 – great red Bordeaux wine at $12.99 a bottle. It is a perfect food wine for those dinner parties – not too heavy or dense. Uplifting on the palate. A very cool video on the wines’ detail page to tell you more!
Louis Martini ’07 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon – $15 – this wine is the opposite of the Club Claret – rich and ripe, with sweet tannins and full-body. This is a party wine!

 

Under $30
souther right pinotageSouthern Right Pinotage – I love this wine because it’s different, but still delicious. Spicy but smooth, not lacking in fruit, but with a very cool smoky quality, typical of South African reds. Definitely serve with some food – smoky and meaty would be ideal.

Under $40
J Russian River Pinot Noir 2006 – Ripe and smooth, this is a delicious Pinot Noir to sip throughout the night – with or without food. A sure crowd-pleaser.

Easy Prep for the Holidays

As it sinks in that Thanksgiving is over and you have approximately four weeks (28 days) left until Christmas, you may start to wonder how you will get it all done. No panic necessary! Wine.com is here to help you every step of the way – or of the day, actually. Every weekday, stay tuned to our blog, facebook page and twitter feed to find out helpful holiday tips, great gift ideas, crazy discount deals and more. Our goal is to take the stress away and make your holidays go by with festive ease.

Whether you are plnd_stwship_boxlanning a big bash or something more small and relaxing, we have the wine – and entertaining tips – to go with them. Some pre-holiday tips to get you started:

1. First tip – for those of you who hate shipping fees or minimum purchase amounts required for free shipping, I have one word for you – Steward-Ship. This is your answer to the holidays and beyond. For just $49, you will receive free standard shipping on all your purchases, to any address, for the entire holiday season… and 11 months after that. This is a yearlong membership to free standard shipping. And when you talk about bottles of wine and wine-based gifts, you’re talking heavy. This is the best deal in the wine business right now.

2. Second tip – with that free shipping, find yourself a go-to gift and stock up on a few of them. This way you’ll have a great gift to give to your accountant, your kid’s 3rd grade teacher, your mail carrier or that friend who gives you an unexpected gift and you feel obligated to return the gesture… you get the idea. Check out our gifts under $40. There is a wide selection and they are perfect for all the acquaintances on your holiday list – or the unexpected ones that pop up. From the Tour de France to the Eco Wine Trio to the Organic Food & Wine gift set, you’ve got a gift for everyone on your list. So stock a few in your basement and you’ll feel

3. Final tip – take advantage of our Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals and stock up on all our gifts while we’ve got plenty of stock. Today is a great deal of 25% off some of our popular holiday gifts. Don’t forget, you can shop now and ship later, so you’ll have your holiday shopping done, but the items won’t get to the recipient until you want them to!

So get started! Sign up for Steward-Ship, stock up on some great gifts, use our amazing deals for Friday & Monday, and you’ll feel like you’re halfway there. Starting Monday, we’ll have tips of the day, deals of the day and more, so stay-tuned and happy Black Friday!

Thanksgiving Wine Picks

The Thanksgiving table is a smorgasbord of foods and flavors and family members. And it is worthy of some delicious wine picks as well. There are a few paths to go down, depending on when you eat, how many people you eat with and your preference for food or drink calories. A few scenarios to consider.

Rieslings and Beaujolais. These are the classic matches for the Thanksgiving day flavors. Plus, Riesling is perfect if you eat your Turkey meal mid-day and want to stay awake for football and movie theatre trips later on. Many are low in alcohol, which will help you revive yourself from the turkey coma to take your niece or nephew out to play or join Uncle Joe on the couch for a beer and football. Beaujolais is a great match due to its high acidity and light fruit flavors. Some perfect picks because they taste great and will complement rather than overtake the meal are:

Eroica Riesling – I am particularly fond of this wine as it is the wine I was pouring when I met my husband and the wine (well, one of the wines) we poured at our wedding. It is light, crisp and floral, yet with an intensity that will heighten the food experience. It has ripe stone fruits and a zesty acidity that lingers on the palate.

Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2008 – This is classic Beaujolias – crushed red berries, excellent acidity and a great finish. Perfect match for the sweets and spices that come on the table. Terribly refreshing.

Mild whites and Smooth reds. Got a big family? With one aunt who only drinks white wines and an uncle who will only drink Merlot? Go with what I call the “inoffensive” wines, which are wines that are lovely and delicious, but without anything too “big” to make them stand out. A few picks are white Rhone blends and Pinot Blanc for whites, and Merlot and some red Rhone blends for the reds.

Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008 – one of my favorite all-around whites, sure to please almost any white wine lover and the price rocks – under $10. Well-balanced with ripe stone fruits and bright acidity.

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2006 – Classic Merlot – smooth and supple, with black fruits and mild tannins. Great for the table for an easy-drinking red. A great deal at about $12.

All American. Want to drink American wines for an American holiday? There are some great ones out there that will hold up to Thanksgiving dinner. Zinfandel is a classic match. Two styles to go with – jammy and luscious or spicy and structured.

For the first, try 7 Deadly Zins, the second style, go with Kenwood’s Jack London Zinfandel – both are under $20.

Classy and Versatile. For those of you who want delicious, classic wines with your dinner because this is a dinner like any other that you want to celebrate in style, go with Burgundian style whites and Pinot Noir.

Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2006 – decadent and delicious, this is an amazing Chardonnay. Supple and creamy texture, bright citrus fruits and crisp apple, will be the star white wine of your table.

Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2006 – spice and fruit combine to make an elegant and seductive Pinot Noir. I love Argyle wines and this ‘06 vintage is simply delicious…

Still deciding on our part what to put on our table, though we’ve tasted some great wines recently. Check out our Thanksgiving Wine Guide for more wine ideas. What are your favorite matches?