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...
Friday Wine Down: Bridlemile Pinot Noir

Friday Wine Down: Bridlemile 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 Pinot Noir for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Bridlemile Dundee Hills Pinot Noir   About This Wine Fed by cool winds from the Columbia Gorge, Dundee Hills AVA is the perfect climate for this cuvee, produced in collaboration with renowned Oregon Pinot Noir maker Archery Summit. Expansive and expressive, this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir shows a completeness – a stylish comfort in its own skin. Tasting Notes Aged in new French oak, this premium Pinot opens with wood violet and cocoa aromas, uncovering flavors of black cherry and spice. Blend 100% Pinot Noir Serving, Pairing & Gifting Framed by chewy tannins and lingering impressively, this Pinot Noir pairs exceptionally well with grilled vegetables, herb roasted pork tenderloin, blackened chicken or oven baked salmon filets. Bridlemile should be decanted for at least 30 minutes before tasting, and cellaring will reward the collector. Give Bridlemile Dundee Hills Pinot Noir as a gift, in a number of gorgeous presentations! (Our favorite is the Burl Wood box).       Comment Below Have you had a chance to try the Bridlemile? What did you think? What’s your favorite Pinot...
Friday Wine Down: Boundary Post Ranch Pinot Noir

Friday Wine Down: Boundary Post Ranch 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 Cabernet for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Boundary Post Ranch Pinot Noir   About This Wine An agile falcon with keen eyes, the American Kestrel glides on cool winds that flow from San Pablo Bay, guarding the rows of Mitsuko’s Vineyard where Pinot Noir vines are nurtured. This Napa side of the Carneros AVA provides the ideal climate to produce some of the most engaging examples of Pinot Noir. The marine winds, low yield and long, flavor-building hang-time enables the fruit to reach peak flavor maturity and deep, concentrated flavor.   Tasting Notes On the nose, enjoy baking spices, red raspberries and rose petal aromas. Lush flavors of dark cherry and wild earthiness round out this medium-bodied Pinot with an elegant, balanced acidity.   Suggestions for Serving and Pairing It is recommended that this Pinot Noir is decanted for an hour before enjoying, and prolong cellaring will reward the collector. Mouthwatering and vibrant, this silky Pinot Noir makes an excellent companion to a summer evening with the grill! Think rack of lamb with fresh rosemary,  buttered garlicky grilled vegetables, or a cheeseboard carrying an aged farmhouse cheddar.   Try Boundary Post Ranch Pinot Noir today! It’s the perfect gift for...
Friday Wine Down: Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé

Friday Wine Down: Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé

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 Cabernet for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé   About This Wine Made in the traditional Provençal style, the flavors and the generous palate of Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé harmonize with a brilliance that can only be claimed by the warm California Coast.   Tasting Notes Aged in new French oak barrels, this vibrant rosé boasts radiant aromas of strawberries and white flowers. It is balanced by apricot and peach notes with a light oak finish. Light-bodied and food-friendly, Claribel shows a focused, brilliant acidity with balanced minerality on the finish.   Suggestions for Serving and Pairing The ideal warm-weather wine, it is recommended that this Rosé is served chilled, between 46 and 57ºF. The refreshing acidity in Claribel pairs perfectly with poached salmon topped with lemon aioli, tiger prawns sautéed in garlic butter, light savory appetizers, or bay scallops in a tarragon cream sauce.   Try Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé today! It’s the perfect gift for any spring or summer occasion. Check out the gorgeous gift crate it arrives in – click here to order today.   Comment Below Have you had a chance to taste Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé? If so,...
Are You Using the Right Wine Glass?

Are You Using the Right Wine Glass?

Notice how a wine glass is tilted while you drink? The shape of that glass sends the wine to different parts of your palate. Recently, a few of us at GiftTree headed to a wine glass demonstration hosted by Riedel. We couldn’t believe the difference in taste when transferring the same wine from one glass to another. A French Sauvignon Blanc tasted absolutely divine in its classic egg-shaped glass. But when poured into an Oaked Chardonnay glass, the wine turned watery. The aroma and flavor completely dissipated.  Many wine lovers seem to believe that they “don’t like a certain varietal”. However, the truth is they may not have had it in the right glass! To make certain you are tasting your wine in its true form, using the proper wine glass is especially important. Are you using the right wine glass for your favorite wines? Find out here! Sparkling Wine The classic Champagne flute has been the standard sparkling wine glass for centuries, and for good reason. A narrow bowl allows for the bubbles to stay intact. In recent years, tulip-shaped sparkling wine glasses have gained popularity – the widened lip at the top allows for the wine to breathe a little and develop its flavor and aroma. In the past, coupes were very popular wine glasses. The wide bowl forced the bubbles to dissipate quickly, softening the wine and developing its fruitiness. Examples of Sparkling Wine: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, US Sparkling (Brut & Extra Dry), Spumante, Sparkling Rosé.    Dry White Wine This tall and slender egg-shaped glass has a wider bowl that narrows at the rim to...
Summertime Sipping: 10 Sunny Wines for Summer

Summertime Sipping: 10 Sunny Wines for Summer

Ah, summer! What a glorious time of year. Bees buzzing, fruit ripening, the sound of kids playing in the sprinklers. Don’t the words “summer evening” just make you want to sit out on the back patio? If you’re anything like us, no balmy summer evening is complete without a glass of wine to match the season. Here are 10 wines for summer, perfect for swirling and sipping. Onward! 1.  Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier This enchanting medium-bodied white blend is one of our all-time favorites here at GiftTree. It’s crisp, dry and elegant with hints of apple blossom, spring flowers, and lively melon flavors. We love it on its own, served nice and chilled, or paired with a variety of dishes such as grilled chicken! Find it in our Fine Wine Tote.   2. Martin Craig Luminist Chardonnay With a brightness that can only be claimed by Sonoma County’s sun-soaked Russian River Valley, our Luminist Chardonnay is masterfully made in collaboration with winemaker Glenn Hugo. Radiant aromas of orange blossom and lemon zest are balanced with stone fruit notes and a smooth, light oak finish. Available in a variety of our gift baskets, like Private Reserve.   3. Bridlemile Pinot Noir Who says summer is reserved for only pink and white wines? Here in Oregon, Dundee Hills AVA is the perfect climate for this cuvée, produced in collaboration with renowned Pinot Noir maker Archery Summit. This medium-light-bodied Pinot opens with wood violet and cocoa aromas, uncovering flavors of black cherry and spice. It’s a wonderful gift in our Wine Steward Luxury Caddy, and pretty sharp-looking, too!   4. Claribel Bright & Beautiful...