BELLA’s Top Picks: Winter Wines

Bundle up and get your corkscrews ready because there’s no better time to crack open a bottle of wine than during the cold winter months. Here’s our top picks to fill your wine rack:

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Invivo x SJP Sauvignon Blanc 2020: Another smash success from New Zealand’s Invivo, in collaboration with Sarah Jessica Parker, their latest vintage of Sauvignon Blanc boasts the crisp minerality that New Zealand sauvs are known for, along with hints of oak and citrus. Blended by SJP herself, this sustainably-made wine is also vegan, and makes for a delicious food pairing wine. Additionally, the brand has partnered with FEED Foundation to fund over 300,000 school meals for children in need through the sales of both their 2020 Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé wines.

Avaline Sparkling ($26): The latest release from Cameron Diaz and Katherine Powers’ wine brand is a vegan sparkling wine produced in Penedès, Spain by one of the oldest wineries in the world, Raventósi Blanc. The winery specializes in sparkling wine, which makes sense, because this one is delicious. Dry, yet flavorful, this organic bubbly is comprised of a blend of Xarel lo, Macabeu, and Parella grapes.

Primus 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon ($18.99): You wouldn’t know this wine was under $20 by trying it. The organic Chilean wine from Gonzalez Byass USA is the result of over twenty years of experience in blending wines, resulting in a perfectly balanced cab with a lingering finish and notes of cherry and blackberries. It would pair extremely well with red meat.

Georges Deboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2020 ($13.49): Along with the excitement surrounding the yearly release of a new vintage of Beaujolais comes actually trying the new wine! After tasting over 5,000 samples over the course of two weeks, the team at Georges Deboeuf produced this drinkable Gamay wine, which is light-bodied with notes of red and black fruits, along with a hint of florals.

Ferrari Brut NV Trentodoc ($26.99): Produced in Trentino, Italy, Ferrari Brut is a sparkling wine made from Chardonnay grapes, and slightly different than its French sibling, champagne. Notes of golden apple and a touch of yeast give this bubbly a festive flavor, but it’s not overly sweet as some champagnes can be. It’s great on its own by the fire, or even mixed into a cocktail.

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon ($11.99): Another surprisingly cheap wine that tastes expensive, this Chilean winery, which owes its name to a centuries old legend about the devil guarding the wine cellar, produces a binge-worthy cabernet that’s aged in American oak. It’s a medium-bodied wine with ripe fruit notes.

Elouan 2018 Pinot Noir ($21.99): This deep red wine boasts big, bold flavors of cocoa and cherries, along with rich tannins and a nice, smooth finish. Made in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, which is known for its pinot noirs, the wine is the culmination of years of experience from fifth generation Napa Valley winemaker Joseph Wagner. Pair it with steak, salmon, or a luscious ricotta.

Chêne Bleu Aliot 2015 ($94.19): This refreshing French white wine is known for its light minerality, with hints of lime and vanilla on the palate. Comprised of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Marsanna and Viognier grapes, this wine, produced in the Mont Ventoux region, is best paired with salmon, poultry, and of course, amazing French cheeses.

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