Friday Wine Down: Peregrine Ridge One Fell Swoop Cabernet Sauvignon

Friday Wine Down: Peregrine Ridge One Fell Swoop Cabernet Sauvignon

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts. So when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to an opulent Cabernet for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down Peregrine Ridge – One Fell Swoop Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley, Sonoma County   About This Wine Peregrine falcons guard the hilltop vineyard in this remote corner of Sonoma, the origin of our opulent Cabernet Sauvignon made in partnership with Delectus Winery. Perched above the fog line, the warm and dry climate of Knights Valley creates a terroir that is ideal for producing Cabernets of epic distinction.   Tasting Notes With a dark red-violet hue, One Fell Swoop opens with aromas of cherries and earth, light oak and vanilla. Powerful flavors of juicy black fruits expand across the palate, finishing with notes of cedar, graphite and tobacco. Balanced and beautifully structured, this is a bold expression of Knights Valley Cabernet.   Decanting & Cellaring It is recommended that this Cabernet is decanted for an hour before enjoying. One Fell Swoop has an aging potential of 30+ years.   Pairing Suggestions This juicy Cab makes the perfect partner for rich entrées such as veal in a demi-glace, roasted vegetables with garlicky butter and aged cow’s milk...
10 Wines We’re Loving For Fall

10 Wines We’re Loving For Fall

The temperatures are dropping, we’re stoking the fireplaces and putting on those fuzzy socks – it’s time for a glass of wine! Lately here at GiftTree, we’ve been thinking about the types of red and white wines that have that perfectly autumnal feel. With that in mind, here are our top 10 fall wines!   10 Wines We’re Loving This Fall   Elk Cove Pinot Gris Giving off sweet and light aromas of citrus blossom and grapefruit, this creamy and lush wine offers lovely apple and pear flavors, while showing crispness on the palette. This white wine is medium-bodied and balanced. So it is perfect as an aperitif, or served with salmon, main-course salads, or Thai and Asian influenced dishes.   Loimer Lois Grüner Veltliner Grüner is perhaps lesser known in the United States than it is in Europe. But don’t let the unfamiliar words deter you – an Austrian wine, Grüner Veltliner is fruity, flinty and perfect for sipping in your favorite sweater. If you’re looking for a little taste of familiarized Chenin Blanc, try Pine Ridge, a wonderful California white. GiftTree’s Sommelier serves it with her Thanksgiving turkey.   Decoy Zinfandel From its lovely dark violet color to its luscious fruit aromas, this wine captures the alluring essence of Sonoma County Zinfandel. On the palate, layers of wild blueberry, blackberry and cassis are underscored by an elegant structure that includes supple, refined tannins, balanced acidity and just a hint of juicy sweetness and toasty oak.   Twomey Russian River Pinot Noir Twomey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a rich, multi-faceted wine with great fruit and spice...
Friday Wine Down: Belmont Cliffs Cabernet Sauvignon

Friday Wine Down: Belmont Cliffs Cabernet Sauvignon

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts. So when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to a rare Oregon Pinot for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down Belmont Cliffs Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Mount St. Helena, Napa Valley About This Wine In collaboration with winemaker Robin Akhurst of Clos Pegase, this limited-release reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is produced on the 40-acre Tenma Vineyard located in the foothills of Mount St. Helena, spreading from the Palisades Mountains in the Northeast corner of Napa Valley. The rocky terrain and sparse topsoil of this rugged vineyard create the perfect terroir for growing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Tasting Notes Full-bodied and concentrated, densely ruby-colored in the glass. On the palate, this boutique Cab boasts a silky entry with opulent flavors of boysenberry and black fruits, followed by a touch of creamy vanilla. Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Serving & Pairing It is recommended that this wine is decanted for one hour before serving, and cellaring is encouraged through 2023. Serve this deeply textured Cabernet with rich sauces based in butter or cream that can stand up to the bold, unctuous flavors of Portico. New York Strip with parsleyed butter, roasted asparagus in a garlic béchamel, and brown sugar bread pudding make a perfect meal for this wine. Gifting Belmont Cliffs makes a perfect gift, as well! GiftTree is...
Happy National Red Wine Day

Happy National Red Wine Day

Happy Wine Wednesday and #nationalredwineday. This might be one of our favorite days to celebrate here at GiftTree as we feature an extensive selection of delicious Fine Wine as well as Wine Gift Baskets. Below are a few of our beloved Cabernet Sauvignons, we simply can’t get enough of! Five Cabernets You’ll Love   Belmont Cliffs Portico Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The 40-acre Tenma Vineyard is located in the foothills of Mt. St. Helena, Napa Valley. This is where our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in partnership with renowned winemaker Robin Akhurst of Clos Pegase. Because this wine is bold and unctuous, it boasts opulent flavors of jammy black fruit and a touch of creamy vanilla.   Broadstone Sonoma Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Hints of leather and walnut round out the nose, while the well-balanced palate boasts flavors of black pepper, cherry and dark chocolate. This Cabernet is made in partnership with Sonoma’s iconic Delectus Vineyard and Winery.   Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 This vintage opens with aromas of mixed berry fruit, boysenberry, and layered with hints of graphite and toasted oak. On the palate, a smooth entry is followed by intense, ripe berry notes.   Tesca California Cabernet Sauvignon This classic full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant and smooth. Broadstone has a sophisticated blend of cool mineral elegance. Therefore, it’s an ideal for pairing with American fare such as grilled chicken or a rack of barbecued short ribs.   Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon embodies the essence of the most remarkable wine growing region in the Napa Valley. The 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon shows...
Friday Wine Down: Archery Summit Pinot Noir

Friday Wine Down: Archery Summit Pinot Noir

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts, and when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to a rare Oregon Pinot Noir for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Archery Summit Dundee Hills Pinot Noir   About This Wine One of Oregon’s most renowned Pinot producers, Archery Summit is the only Oregon winery with with natural subterranean caves. Modeled after Burgundy’s underground caverns, Archery Summit’s incredible Pinot Noir is aged in the volcanic rock cellar underneath the estate. Never rising above 59 degrees F, this is an optimal condition for storing exceptional wine that is aging in mature barrels. See it for yourself! So if you ever get the chance to visit Archery Summit’s winery, be sure to take a tour! Tasting Notes This seductive Willamette Valley wine leads with vibrant floral notes of lilac and violet. Touches of cherry, raspberry and cocoa powder join the floral components. Following, secondary notes of black licorice, berry bramble and rosemary complement the leading fruit flavors. With flavors so persistent and saturating, the palate is enveloped. Lingering, the wine smoothes out through a refined, balanced finish. Blend 100% Pinot Noir Serving, Pairing & Gifting This is a perfect medium bodied Pinot Noir for pairing with delicious meals. A few of our favorite dishes are coq au vin, pork tenderloin with a cranberry glaze...
Our Favorite White Wine for Summer

Our Favorite White Wine for Summer

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts. And when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From white wine on a casual night out to a rare Pinot Noir for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier About This Wine Napa Valley’s Pine Ridge Vineyards was “just experimenting” when they blended two varietals together, creating the easy-to-love masterpiece (and this Author’s favorite white), Chenin Blanc + Viognier. Tasting Notes Crisp, bright, and vivacious, CB+V is an aromatic white blend boasting a bouquet of honeysuckle and orange blossoms along with tropical fruit aromas, green apple, lemon, and grapefruit. The entry is bright and fresh, exhibiting flavors of fresh lemon curd and Granny Smith apples. While this is a juicy wine, it has an incredible mid-palate weight with acidity carrying the flavors to the lengthy finish. Serving, Pairing & Gifting This medium-bodied blend should be served chilled. It makes a great companion for a variety of dishes, from light salads to seafood. Most notably, we recommend foods with a hint of spiciness, like Thai curry or Asian-inspired dishes, because the wine’s subtle sweetness provides balance. Want to order Pine Ridge, or give it as a gift? Great! It’s in California White Wine Trio and also our Fine Wine Tote.     Comment Below Have you had a chance to try the Pine Ridge CB+V? What...