White and Red Wine Recommendation for the Holidays

[ed. note: We’re happy to welcome Jacob Jata, aka The Wine Guy, back into the fold.? He’s been away for a bit but recently he got? a great job working for a wine distributor and he’s had more time to drink some wines.? That’s good news for us because that means he’s sharing them with us!? We’re hoping for more of these quick recommendations.? And with that we’ll let him take it away]

kingestate-125x3002007 King Estate Pinot Gris (Eugene, Oregon)

So?just after I thought my senses were dulled from a night of serious drinking, I opened? bottle of the 2007 King Estate Pinot Gris from Eugene, Oregon.

It was like biting into a Granny Smith apple, Bartlett pear & ripe honeydew melon all at the same time.? Awakening my senses, the flavors persisted enough to give me my second wind.

Thanks, King Estate, for making my night out longer than it was shaping up to be.? The estimated retail price is around $16 a bottle.

Food suggestions: Crab cakes, sea bass, halibut, swordfish, mussels, lobster, chicken carbonara, tilapia, shrimp scampi

martincodax-125x3002005 Martin Codax Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain)

While most tempranillos seem to be super ripe, over extracted or extremely earthy, this one is smooth, soft and very pleasant initially.

As the wine progresses on the palate, flavors of black cherry, tobacco and leather come through with a medium body.

Aged in French & American oak for eight months this wine has taken on some vanilla, spice and cedar notes as well.

This retails for about $12 a bottle.

Food suggestions😕 smoked meats, game, lamb, stews, pork and ham

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