Category Archives: Holidays

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?

Pairing Wine with Fireworks

As with all fun, festive celebrations, beverages are key to your Fourth of July party.  And because you’re celebrating our nation’s birthday, keeping the wine American is a nice tribute. After all, our wine industry has come a long way since Mr. Jefferson’s attempt at vine growing in Virginia. As we gear up for the grill and what will go on it, I’ve been pondering the question – What to pair with it all?

Here are some wine picks for some typical 4th of July grills – some are common matches, but that’s because they work so well!


Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah – my pick for meat

So these choices are slightly typical. But We’ve got a great deal on the Rubicon Cask Cabernet Sauvignon ‘05, and it’s one of my favorite California Cabs (organic grapes, too!) – it’s perfect for a small gathering as it’s a more pricey wine. It would be amazing with a grilled ribeye with just a little salt & pepper. Yum…

For larger get togethers, you’re going to want fun AND affordable – stock up on Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon ‘06 – good producer for under $20.

Love Syrah with meat. I’m often torn between peppery, spicy Syrah vs. Juicy, fruit-concentrated Syrah… It’s great to find a wine with both and the Havens Hudson Vineyard Syrah ‘04 does just that. But it’s also on the more pricy side, at the $40 mark – but SO worth it! If you’re really adventurous, try pairing it with grilled leg of lamb.

For the everyday (under $20), crowd-pleasing Syrah, try Bonterra’s Organically Grown Syrah ‘06 or Bonny Doon’s Le Pousseur Syrah ‘05.


Oregon Pinot Gris– my pick for chicken and/or veggies

Oregon Pinot Gris is so delightful in the heat. It’s refreshing, but also so aromatic and lovely to sip over a summer evening. It’s hard to recommend producers as I have not yet had an Oregon Pinot Gris that I didn’t like! Some favorites include Adelsheim, Elk Cove, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Eyrie, Willakenzie Estate and King Estate. Most are on the ‘07 vintage, which was a cool vintage so the wines are nice and crisp. 2006 was warmer and that vintage produced a richer style of wine.


Rosé My pick for pork, chips & salsa or anything with a spicy kick!

Rosé can be a great aperitif before the dinner, but a hearty one will go great with pork or another meat, especially if you have some spice on it. From lighter style to heavier style & from dry to sweet – Etude, Bonny Doon & Red Truck’s Pink Truck are nice matches. Note that the Pink Truck is off dry, so some spice is nice (try salsa on the pork).


ZinfandelMy pick for burgers

The great American grape. With the great American food. The sweet fruits & spice are a great match to a juicy burger. Bogle Old Vines or Gnarly Head are great value Zinfandels. If you want to go a bit higher, try the Murphy Goode Liar’s Dice – it’s got some kick to it. Ravenswood is a reliable producer with lots of different single vineyard wines to try and Ridge is a classic – the Three Valleys is a great burger pick.


Bubbly –  My pick for fireworks

Okay, so you’re not grilling fireworks, but you definitely need some bubbles when you watch them! At the $20-ish mark, I love the Roederer Estate, Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs and Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rose. Also a great choice is the Argyle Brut – best bubbly in Oregon! So pop the cork and watch those fireworks sparkle.