Dec 22 2009
Welcome back to the Just Grapes Gift Guide 2009: Part Two! This week we’ll be tackling those people who are extra hard to shop for, because everyone knows we leave them for last.
When Constantine Alexis Zahoudanis, owner of Demetria Estate, asked his mom to pick out her favorite wine he had produced in 2006, she picked this Pinot Noir, and he named it after her! The 2006 Demetria Cuvee Sandra is packed with lush cherries, spice, and a touch of cola. There’s also some smokey earthiness to this Pinot Noir that makes it stand out from the crowd. My mom, who also happens to be named Sandra and a Pinot Noir lover, may or may not find this under the tree come Christmas morning. And by “may not,” I mean “she will.” I hope she doesn’t read this.
If your Dad is a patient man, he’ll be delighted when he unwraps the 2004 Behrens and Hitchcock. Why? Because this supremely lay-downable Cab is so toasty, spicy and plummy/blackberry that Robert Parker said it would easily age at least 12 years, right before he gave it 92-94 points. If your Dad is not a patient man, he’ll still be delighted, because this huge Cab drinks deliciously now, too.
For the Art Snob
Do you know how difficult it is name-dropping Arte Povera painters at cocktail parties when no one’s listening to you? Show your very own Art Snob that you’re not one of the bourgeoisie with Chateau Chateau Chateau, a 2007 Australian Grenache whose balance and structure would rival a Giuseppe Penone. This Grenache manages to be complex with its cherry/strawberry fruit, spices and earthy woodiness, but maintains approachability. Plus the label is done by M.C. Escher-inspired, super cool artist extraordinaire Istvan Orosz, whose labels make multiple appearances in our store, as well as our gift guides.
For the Wine Geek you’re Afraid to buy Wine for:
Her knowledge is intimidating, or at least, she thinks it is. This seemingly untouchable breed of wine geekery can be unnerving to buy a holiday gift for, but our Points Palates Wine Club is the perfect solution. Each month, we’ll send this oenophile two bottles that have been rated 90+ points by a wine authority. These wines are hand-selected by our wine buyer as she acts as your personal sommelier. Even better? If you were to come in the store and buy the same two bottle we send out, it would actually cost MORE than if you just got it through our Wine Club. With subscriptions up to 12 months, this truly is the gift that just keeps on giving.
For Everyone Else on your List:
Has our innovative, comprehensive guide somehow missed someone you still need to shop for? Check our our Gift Cards! Usable for any merchandise we have in the store, including Tasting Cards, events and classes, a Just Grapes Gift Card will make the receiver’s face light up with a child-like wonder akin to a 6-year-old’s visit to the Mall Santa.