The 5 Best Wines for the Holiday Season

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VINO!! Wine Shop owner Anna Lange shares her top recommendations from the downtown Pittsboro store

Compiled by Claire Delano | Photo by John Michael Simpson

Round Pond Kith & Kin Cabernet Sauvignon (2019)
from Napa Valley, California
This amazing cabernet sauvignon is made by rock star winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. [It is] composed of Napa cabernet from all corners of [that region], with a healthy dose of fruit from Napa’s Rutherford wine region. It boasts dark fruit flavors, cocoa powder and bright red fruit and finishes with a long, dusty and balanced end. A killer-made wine for an amazing price, blowing out similarly priced wines from Napa. Pair with beef tenderloin or a juicy steak. $39.99

Gilles Noblet Mâcon-Fuissé (2019)
from Mâconnais, Burgundy, France
This 100% sustainably farmed chardonnay is aged on its lees in neutral oak for eight to 12 months. [It] has intense aromas of pear and nectarine, enhanced by a dash of spice, as well a good freshness and perfect balance with a fine mineral finish. Pair with buttery dishes like fish in butter sauce, crabcakes or chalky cheeses. $24.99 

Brunn Grüner Veltliner 1L (2020)
from Kamptal, Austria
This is an eminently enjoyable estate- made gruner veltliner – medium-bodied and satin-textured with gravelly white fruit, apples, citrus, stone and mineral flavors and a traditional peppery hint. [It’s] a crisp and refreshing wine [that] pairs with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine, pork chops or traditional Austrian fare like Wiener schnitzel. $17.99

Paula Kornell Blanc de Noir (2018)
from Napa Valley, California
This might be Vino’s favorite sparkling wine. This delicious bubbly is made from 98% pinot noir and 2% chardonnay, and is elegant and sophisticated, with aromas of crisp green apples, lemon zest, succulent pears, tender peaches, strawberries, freshly baked pastry and brioche. [It has] a balanced palate with zesty acidity that lingers on a fresh, dry and persistent finish. Pair with figgy desserts, swordfish with olives and fresh tomatoes, or cheese plates. $49.99

Domaine de la Denante Bourgogne Rouge (2019)
from Burgundy, France
This 100% small-production, organically grown pinot noir is a steal. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels, it has aromasof small red and black fruits blended with underbrush and fruit pit. Rich, juicy and fleshy, it has good structure and texture. It pairs beautifully with Thanksgiving dinner, salmon and other fatty fishes, duck, or stews like beef bourguignon. $21.99 

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