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wines-for-new-years-eveI'll give you a list of the perfect wines for NYE.

Still and sparkling wines top the list for New Year’s Eve festivities. Whether you and your friends prefer red, white, or sparkling wine, the choices below offers some old favorites and some new releases, perfect for New Year's Eve parties. You'll find a variety in both both price and style.

The still wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Zinfandel, Meritage, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.

Ziata Wines

Sauvignon Blanc ($28), Pinot Noir, Carneros ($45), and Cabernet Franc, Oakville ($60).  The grapes are gown in the Napa Valley under the direction of winemakers Karen Cakebread and Anne Vawter. This up-and-coming winery is one to watch.

You can learn more at ziatawines.com/.

Darms Lane                  

2009 Bon Passe Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($60): This 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the three wines bottled by Napa Valley’s Darms Lane. The other two are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

For information darmslanewine.com/.

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi 

2011 Moscato ($7.99): This slightly effervescent white wine pairs well with fruit, cheese and desserts. Moscato offers lightly sweet flavors filled with hints of lemon sorbet and should be served well chilled.

You can reach them at robertmondavi.com/woodbridge/.

Wild Horse 

2010 Unbridled Chardonnay ($23.99): Wild Horse is located south of Paso Robles in the Santa Maria Valley on the Central Coast of California. Their chardonnay tastes of apple, pear, and hints of pineapple plus rich tastes of lemon and caramel. 

These can be found on wildhorsewinery.com.

Franciscan Estate

2010 Cuvee Sauvage Chardonnay ($40): Carneros, Napa Valley is the appellation for this delicate lemon yellow chardonnay.  It is made of 100% wild yeast fermented chardonnay grapes.

You can find more at franciscan.com/Wines/Cuve-Sauvage-Chardonnay.


America’s House of Sparkling Wine 2008 Blanc de Noirs ($39): Blanc de Noirs, or white from black, is made from the red Pinot Noir grape. This top sparkling wine producer in Napa Valley has been growing grapes and bottling sparkling wines for 47 years. 

Enjoy many examples at schramsberg.com.

Clarksburg Wine Company

Remenance ($32): Remenance is grown in northern California near the Sacramento River in the Clarksburg appellation. Their signature wine is Chenin Blanc, but the Remenance is 50% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot.  

Check out clarksburgwineco.com.

Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards is 125 years old and the oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery in the U.S. Located in Livermore, California, east of San Francisco, Wente is a 5th generation winery.

  • Murrieta’s Well The Spur 2010 ($25)
  • Double Decker Red Blend 2010 ($11.99)
  • Wente Vineyards Sandstone Merlot 2010 (14.99)
  • Wente Vineyards Reliz Creek Pinot Noir 2009 ($21.99)
  • Wente Vineyards Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($24.99)

You can learn more at wentevineyards.com.


Jackson Family Wines

These are 2 wineries that are part of the Jackson Family Wines, which was founded by Jess Jackson in 1982.

Cambria Winery

  • 2010 Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay ($22)
  • 2010 Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir ($25)

You can find more at cambriawine.com.

Byron Winery

  • 2010 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay ($27)
  • 2010 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir ($29)

For information, click here: byronwines.com/.

Cakebread Cellars

Here are just a few of the excellent Cakebread Cellars wines from Rutherford, California.  

  • 2010 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley ($49.50): These pinot grapes are harvested during the early morning hours, as that is when their flavors are fresh and intense.
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60): This wine has black fruit flavors and can be cellared for 5-7 years.
  • 2009 Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon ($110): This cabernet captures the intense mountain character of the fruit whose nose is ripe dark cherry, boysenberry, blackberry and plum.

You can find more at cakebread.com.

Hess Select

Hess Select Central Coast Pinot Noir ($20) and Hess Select Treo Red Winemaker’s Blend ($17), which features Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malbec and Mourvedre. Perfect wines for hostess gifts and a special gift for you.

For information, hesscollection.com

Tres Sabores

From the Napa Valley in California (Rutherford) comes a winery that grows certified organic grapes.   You'll find Petit Verdot, Cabernet, Zinfandel and Petite Syrah.

  • 2010 Tres Sabores Rutherford Estate Zinfandel ($35)
  • 2009 Tres Sabores ¿Por qué no? Red Wine Blend, Napa Valley ($25)
  • 2011 Tres Sabores Sauvignon Blanc, Farina Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain ($24)
  • 2011 Tres Sabores Napa Valley Rosé ($20)

Check out tressabores.com.


2010 Malbec ($45): This malbec from Mendoza, Argentine has a vibrant ruby color with fruits of plum, cranberry, blueberry, followed by blackberry with a touch of cedar.

You can reach them at nanduwines.com.

Stinson Vineyards

010 Meritage ($31.99): Near Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is where you'll find this small batch winery. Father/daughter winemaking team Scott and Rachel Stinson make the wines in a repurposed garage.  You'll find a variety of whites and reds and a 2010 Meritage, which has a complex blend of grapes.

You can learn more at stinsonvineyards.com/.

For more on holiday wines, check out Sally Bernstein!

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