Updated: May 18
5 full & half bottles to make life a little easier.
Are you trying to find ways to cope at home? Are your kids getting to you? Is your home feeling smaller and smaller every day? Are you looking for great wine suggestions? I’ve got some for you!
While we shelter-in-place, it’s important to hold on to our sanity. One way to do that is by pampering ourselves – just a bit. That’s why I’ve put together this Wine Survival Kit. It’s a nice little list of some delicious wine that’s available in full and half-sized bottles.
If there is only one wine lover in your house, then the smaller bottle is a great option! It gives you 2.5 glasses of wine. That way you can have a glass while cooking and then the rest with dinner. And with those smaller bottles, you can try a variety of wine more easily.
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Survival Wine #1
Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2016 & 2017
There is nothing more versatile to pair with food than Pinot Noir. No matter what you’re fixing for dinner this wine will likely pair with it easily. It’s great with fish, red meat, chicken, you name it. That’s why we always have Pinot on hand in our household. Delish!
Tasting Note: This Pinot Noir is rich with red fruit flavors balanced with bright acidity. It’s produced in California and is a great value with a 93 rating (2017) and a 91 rating (2016).
Survival Wine #2
Miraval Rosé Wine
This Rosé will help you look forward to those warm, sunny summer days. Chin up! Those days are just around the corner. And we’ve even had a little taste of them recently. Sip on this Rosé by itself while you take in that Spring sun. Or enjoy it with a nice light piece of fish or lightly herbed chicken.
Tasting Note: This is a delicious light and refreshing Rosé straight out of Provence France with a 92 rating.
Survival Wine #3
Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
This lovely oaked Chardonnay is the perfect pairing with buttery popcorn and a movie or while binge watching Netflix! Snuggle up and enjoy. Or you can pair oaked Chardonnay easily with fish or chicken in a cream sauce. Chicken alfredo anyone?!
Tasting Note: This oaked Chardonnay is full-bodied with ripe fruit flavors, a nice balance of acidity, and garners a 93 rating from James Suckling.
Survival Wine #4
Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2016 & 2017 – Sangiovese
I went a little rogue with this recommendation because it isn’t one of the 7 Noble Grapes. But, this wine is a must for your Wine Survival Kit because we all need a great Italian wine to go with our irresistible Italian food. And this is it! Enjoy it with your pizza and pasta with red sauce.
Tasting Note: This is an Italian red wine made from the Sangiovese grape. This one is fruity with soft tannins and fresh acidity. It garners top-notch ratings with a 93 (2016) and a 95 (2017) from James Suckling.
Survival Wine #5
Honig Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
This is the perfect wine to enjoy on a brisk evening. Pair this Cabernet with a nice juicy steak, smoked ribs, or hearty stew. Make sure to decant it so the flavors open up.
Tasting Note: This California Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red wine with ripe, dark fruit, full tannins, and a rich long finish. It’s a great value with a 92 rating.
Wine Survival Kit Wrap Up
As we all know, this strange time will pass. Hopefully, we will all come out on the other side with a gem of knowledge about life that we didn’t have before. In the meantime, let’s make sure to take care of ourselves and those sheltering with us. Peace, love, and health to you and yours! Slàinte!