Here’s to 2015 – Part I: The Berkshires

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/827/79380730/files/2014/12/img_3815.jpgFor Christmas day I took the early (read: break of dawn) train from Penn up to Hudson, to make it home for breakfast, coffee, mimosas, and presents.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/827/79380730/files/2014/12/img_3807-0.jpgIf you’re seeking gift-wrapping inspiration, see my brother’s skills (is he good or what?!):

I brought a few wine finds home to share with the family. The most enjoyable party of my career is sharing wines with people for the first time – giving them an experience they’ve never had before. The two that came with me this year were a large format of Savinnieres, and a Chianti Riserva. The fam tends to stick to the Cab or Chard standards, so these were a little different, but not too far from the comfort zone.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/827/79380730/files/2014/12/img_3812.jpg Brolio Riserva Chianti Classico, 2010 (Sangiovese blend) Рtart cherry, a little earthiness, plum Рversatile food wine! At about $30, this wine justifies the higher spend.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/827/79380730/files/2014/12/img_3817.jpgDomaine des Deux Vallees, Savennieres, 2009 (Chenin Blanc) – Crisp and smooth, the palate is balanced, and the acid is well integrated. Good aperitif wine for sipping before dinner. This was the magnum, but the standard 750ml runs around $13.

Cheers,

A

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