Gosset Grand Champagne Rosé Brut
Champagne Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. It was founded in 1584 in the town of Ay and is legendary for the longevity of their wines achieved from making them without malolactic fermentation which can give wines a creamy character post-fermentation but can also decrease a wine’s freshness and ability to age. Gosset Grand Brut is aged a minimum of 3 years in the chalk cellars of the winery before release and is made up of nearly equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with 8% still Pinot Noir wine added to create the vibrant salmon-tinged pink hue in the glass. Brut Rosé, especially when from Champagne, is one of the most versatile wines with food: pair with the obvious oyster and shellfish platter or a steak tartare to explore the versatility this wine can lend to your holiday meal.
K Vintners Charlotte Walla Walla Valley Washington Red Blend 2013
Many great wines take on or reflect the personalities of their maker and K Vintners is no exception. At first glance, Charles Smith, owner and winemaker of K Vintners, is a flamboyant and over the top person. A huge frizzy head of hair and a background as a rock band manager give him the look and attitude contrary to most people’s assumption of what a winemaker should be, underneath that is a sensitive soul that desperately cares about the wines he makes and the vineyards in Washington State where he farms his grapes. Charlotte is a wine named for Charles’ daughter and is made up of a co-fermented blend of Rhone varietals: Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise with a small amount of the white grapes – Grenache Blanc and Picpoul – which provide enhanced aromatics, elegance and complexity. Imagine Rosé petals, framboise and garrigue on the nose and palate. This wine will hold up to a prime rib but won’t overwhelm your meal or your senses because of its balance. If there is anything left in the bottle after your meal it’s a great wine for resting by the fireplace as the evening extends.
DuMOL Russian River Valley Wester Reach Chardonnay 2016
Dumol is a pioneering winery in Russian River – not the oldest or youngest at 22 years – but they’ve never stopped pursuing excellence. This esteemed winery is always refining their process to make wine undoubtedly reflective of Sonoma County, but with a light touch more common in wines from Europe than California. Wester Reach is the 2016 is the first release of this cuvee, a blend of some of the most prized vineyards in Sonoma such as Ritchie, Lorenzo and Heintz Ranch. The wine has the ripe fruit qualities that devotees of Russian River Chardonnay want, but also has tremendous extract, acidity and minerality that will not only satisfy lovers of white Burgundy but also allows this wine to pair beautifully with elegant foods like salads and fish – it’s a great wine for an aperitif or your first course.
Marin Blomquist has been working at Young’s Market Company since 2002, and has been managing The Estates Group, the Fine Wine Division of Young’s, in California since 2012. Marin grew up in Sonoma around grape vines and wineries in a family that was in the food business. After working in restaurants and graduating with a degree in Nutrition and Food Science, the wine business essentially found him. Marin is a CSW and has travelled to wine producing regions in five continents. His is passionate about wine and appreciated its deep, rich place in history and the people and families connected to and through it around the world.