Wine Wednesday: Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Wednesday: Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Welcome to Wine Wednesday! What better way to get over the hump of a busy work week! Let’s explore and learn about a great wine! From Chardonnay sipped on a casual evening to a rare Cabernet for special occasions, each week we feature a wine available in our gifts. We’ll speak to the history of the makers behind the bottle, and we’ll tell you all about the flavors to be had inside.

 

This Week’s #WineWednesday – 2013 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

 

About This Wine: 

Silver Oak’s production began over a handshake between two friends – Raymond Twomey Duncan, a Colorado entrepreneur who invested in California vineyards, and a winemaker named Justin Meyer. The duo had a bold vision: to focus only on the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal, age it exclusively in American oak barrels, and make it cellar-worthy for decades to come. They converted an old dairy barn into a winery in Napa Valley and produced their first vintage of only 1,100 cases in 1972.

Over the next three decades, Silver Oak’s popularity skyrocketed as it consistently collected rave reviews. Their Alexander Valley and Napa Valley cabernets sold as quickly as they were released from the winery and became quite a hot commodity on restaurant wine lists across the US. Eventually, Justin Meyer retired and sold his stake in the winery to the Duncan family, who owns and operates Silver Oak to this day.

In 2006, a sweeping fire destroyed the historic winery in Oakville, Napa Valley. It was an emotional, difficult time for the entire Silver Oak family, but they were determined to rebuild, and the sense of loss was soon replaced with the excitement of an innovative new state-of-the-art winery. Today, Silver Oak grows on over 400 acres in Napa and Alexander Valleys. In 2015, Silver Oak became the first North American winery to own and operate an American oak cooperage (a cooperage is a barrel factory), giving them full control over the quality of their aging barrels.

 

Tasting Notes: 

The 2013 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with the potential to be the winery’s best ever, is seamless, rewarding, and a standout. At first sniff, this wine shows black fruit and cedar notes. With aeration, its aromatics blossom and springs forth with a delightful array of savory spices. Invite a few wine friends and pair this wine with a thick, rare slice of prime rib and enjoy the wine and food synergy.

 

Blend: 

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

 

Cellar Suggestions: 

Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2038.

 

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Have you had a chance to taste Silver Oak Napa Cabernet? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below. If not, tell us about your favorite Pinot Noir and why you enjoy it!

 

How to Gift Wrap a Wine Bottle

How to Gift Wrap a Wine Bottle

Now that the holidays are quickly approaching, here at WineBaskets.com we thought we would talk a little bit about presentation. After all, presentation matters! The way a gift looks when it is given is what can really make it feel like a grand gesture or just an afterthought. We know when we give a great bottle of wine as a gift, we’d like there to be a little fanfare to go along with it, right? So when you give a bottle of wine as a gift, there are many options in the way that you can choose to present the bottle of wine. Let’s take a look at a few different ideas on how to gift wrap a wine bottle.

 

How to Gift Wrap a Wine Bottle: Four Fun and Unique Options

 

Option # 1: Gift Bags

Gift bags probably the most common way to present a bottle of wine as a gift, and very simple way at that. You can find wine gift bags almost anywhere, from your big box stores such as Target or Wal-Mart, to specialty wine shops. If you are buying your bottle of wine from a specialty wine shop, the chances are good that they will even have a gift bag for you. Wine gift bags can come in the form of fabric sacks with drawstrings, thick decorative paper with handles and more. Even if it is a simple brown paper bag with rope handles, there are lots of ways to dress it up! Here are a few ideas for sprucing up a brown paper wine bag:

  • Ribbon tied around the handles or attached to the bag. If you can find out what their favorite color is, use that ribbon to tie a beautiful bow around the handles! Sometimes, wire ribbon is the easiest to craft into a very decorative bow, and there are tons of YouTube videos that will show you how to tie some really amazing-looking bows! Here is a video from Michael’s that is easy to follow and a great start.

 

  • Colored Tissue Paper. The same goes here – see if you can find out what their favorite color is and have fun! Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, patterns, textures and so much more. When you use tissue paper inside a gift, the “look” really comes from bring all about the arrangement of the tissue paper, and the mixture of colors or patterns.

 

  • Holiday-appropriate embellishments. Your local craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby will carry lots of little embellishments and adornments that you can add to your wine gift bag. If it is Christmas, you can use anything from pinecones and faux holly berries, to real sprigs of pine or spruce, to ornaments and beyond! If it is a different holiday, maybe Valentine’s Day or their birthday, try multi-colored ornament balls, paper flowers and so much more.

 

 

Option # 2: Fabric or Wrapping Paper

There truly are virtually limitless possibilities when it comes to presenting a wrapped bottle of wine! Wrapping your wine bottle gift up with paper is a lot easier than it sounds. All you need is a little bit of double-sided tape, some ribbon, a couple of gift tags and you’re ready to go! You’ll need a pair of scissors, too, of course! This video from our friends at Wine Spectator is absolutely perfect and so easy to follow along:

We actually love to use the dinner napkin method with burlap fabric, rolled up with beautiful ribbon. White ribbon looks amazing, and red ribbon looks very festive.  No matter what you choose, you are sure to make a bottle of great Chardonnay look like a million bucks.

 

Option # 3: Pine Crates or Lacquered Gift Boxes

Wood crates and wine caddies are getting more and more popular and commonplace every day, and here at WineBaskets.com we think it has a lot to do with the grand reveal of opening that crate or gift box. WineBaskets.com is proud to offer many of our gifts in gorgeous wine crates or even our luxury lacquered burl wood boxes, crafted by hand by world class wood workers.

What is burl wood, you ask? We’ll tell you! Burl wood, or burr, as it is known in the United Kingdom, is a growth on a tree, a knot that grows in to a rounded shape. Inside this knot is what is known as the burl: the grain of the wood. This grain grows and forms in to a unique pattern. When these knots are cut off from the tree (don’t worry – this is actually good for the tree!) and they are cut open, gorgeous patterns of grain are revealed. These are completely unique to that particular knot itself! It is then that the wood is shaved and shaped. Then the carpenter will carve it in to a beautiful wine box, line the box with velvet and lacquer the wood with many layers of crystal clear resin that over time, gives the burl wood that a beautiful shine. The most amazing thing to keep in mind about burl wood is that there is never an instance where two boxes will be identical. Knowing that no two pieces are ever the same – just the same as a fingerprint or a snowflake – isn’t that cool? That is why WineBaskets offers these incredible burl wood boxes, because they are such a unique and interesting addition to an already impressive bottle of wine.

 

Option # 4: Wine Caddies & Totes 

Another option for presenting a bottle of wine as a gift is to give it in a tailored wine caddy. Here at WineBaskets.com we have a few to choose from. One of the most popular best sellers is the Catalina Wine Tote. This wine tote carries two bottles, which it opens to reveal by a clasp on the side of the vegan suede and leather box. The reason we love this wine caddy so much as a way to present a wine gift is because it’s enduring – a way that your recipient will remember the gift you gave them, as they carry this wine caddy to future events, such as parties, concerts in the park, picnics, and many more outings in which wine can be transported.

 

 

Click HERE to Explore Even More Wine Gift Giving Options on WineBaskets.com Today!

 

 

Pour on the Cheer Gift Card Giveaway

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Wine Wednesday: Bridlemile Willamette Valley Noir

Wine Wednesday: Bridlemile Willamette Valley Noir

Welcome to Wine Wednesday! What better way to get over the hump of a busy work week! Let’s explore and learn about a great wine! From Chardonnay sipped on a casual evening to a rare Cabernet for special occasions, each week we feature a wine available in our gifts. We’ll speak to the history of the makers behind the bottle, and we’ll tell you all about the flavors to be had inside.

 

This Week’s #WineWednesday – Bridlemile Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

 

About This Wine: Fed by cool winds from the Columbia River Gorge, Dundee Hills AVA is the perfect climate for this limited-release premium Cuvée, produced in collaboration with renowned Pinot Noir-maker Archery Summit. Expansive and expressive, this Dundee Hills Pinot Noir shows completeness – a stylish comfort in its own skin.

Tasting Notes: Aged in new French oak, Bridlemile opens with aromas of wood violet, black raspberries and cocoa. The medium body and polished texture uncover flavors of black cherry and baking spices and a lingering finish.

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Food Pairing & Cellar Suggestions: Framed by chewy tannins and lingering impressively, Bridlemile Pinot Noir pairs exceptionally well with grilled vegetables, herb roasted pork tenderloin, blackened chicken or oven baked salmon filets. Enjoy Bridlemile now or cellar through 2035.

 

Bridlemile Willamette Valley Pinot Noir makes a wonderful gift. We personally love it in our Wine Steward Luxury Caddy – delivered in a tailored case with all the tools for an amazing wine experience.

 

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Have you had a chance to taste Bridlemile? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below. If not, tell us about your favorite Chardonnay and why you enjoy it!

 

Winery of the Month: Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Winery of the Month: Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Welcome to the Winery of the Month! From esteemed Napa Valley estates to iconic wineries in Bordeaux and beyond, WineBaskets.com is proud to carry on the stories of the world’s finest wines. Read more to find out about September’s winery of the month!

September’s Winery: Joseph Phelps

September’s Winery of the Month is Joseph Phelps – a Napa Valley-based winery that has expanded to vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, as well. While running his father’s construction business, Joe pursued his interest in winemaking, a hobby he’d picked up in college. A trip to Italy in 1970 inspired him to look for acreage to grow grape in Napa. And so, in March of 1973, Joe Phelps purchased 600 acres on the east side of St. Helena.

But what began as a hobby soon became a full time pursuit! At first, the property he bought was a blank slate. So Joe planted everything from Cabernet to Gewurztraminer, Zinfandel to Riesling. It was a lofty goal, but by the October 1974 harvest, he had finished building the winery.

Over the next 40 years with the help of his family, the Joseph Phelps winery flourished with much success. Achievements include the first-ever California varietally-labeled Syrah. Joe was also one of the first winemakers to test Rhone-style wines, like Viognier and Mourvedre.

But perhaps the most important contribution from Joe Phelps is California’s first ever proprietary Bordeaux blend. It is known by its famous singular name, Insignia. This coveted, sought-after wine is in hot demand. It receives 95-plus point ratings, vintage after vintage. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, awarded the 2016 Insignia a perfect 100 Point Score!

WineBaskets.com is honored to offer Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon, the first estate Napa Cabernet from Joseph Phelps. The blend contains five of their estate vineyards:

  • Home Ranch in St. Helena
  • Suscol in South Napa
  • Yountville in the Oak Knoll District
  • Banca Dorada in Rutherford
  • Las Rocas in the Stags Leap District.

This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon with aromatics of blackberry, plum and black cherries. It’s intertwined with characteristics of chocolate covered espresso beans and licorice. The wine covers the palate with balanced tannins and a long, silky finish.

Wine Wednesday – Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Wine Wednesday – Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Welcome to Wine Wednesday! What better way to get over the hump of a busy work week than to explore and learn about a great wine, and celebrate with a glass (or two)? From wines quaffable on a casual Saturday evening to rare and unique finds to be cellared and enjoyed on the most special of occasions, each week we’ll highlight a wine available in our gifts and speak to the history of the vintners behind the bottle, along with the delicious flavors to be had inside of it.

This Week’s #WineWednesday – Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

FarNiente_12One of California’s oldest wineries, Far Niente was founded in 1885 by world traveler and entrepreneur, John Benson. The winery flourished until Prohibition, at which time it was abandoned and fell into complete disrepair. The stately stone shell of a winery was purchased in 1979 by Gil Nickel, as part of his quest to create a world class wine estate in the Napa Valley. During restoration, the original name, Far Niente, romantically translated to “without a care,” was found carved in stone on the front of the building, where it remains to this day.

Acclaim: Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate calls Far Niente’s 2012 Cabernet “A great effort from a truly magnificent vintage. With similarities to the 2002 Vintage, the Far Niente 2012 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense purple color, plenty of structure and aging potential, and an impressive inner core of sweet creme de cassis fruit, licorice and background vanilla.

Tasting Notes: The 2012 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of mixed berry fruit, boysenberry, chocolate covered cherries, layered with hints of graphite and toasted oak. On the palate, a smooth entry is followed by intense, ripe berry notes. This wine is focused and silky through the mid-palate, building to a finish with broad tannins and notes of cedar and toasted oak.

Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.

Pairing: Far Niente’s berry-rich aromas and toasted oak notes pair best with grilled cuts of red meat such as sirloin steak, double-cut lamb or braised beef short ribs.

Cellaring: This wine is best enjoyed through 2035.

WineBaskets.com proudly offers Far Niente’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon in a number of different presentations, but we like to keep it simple with our lustrous Double Walled Wine Chiller. It’s chic, minimalistic and just the right amount of luxury to elevate a special occasion into a monumental affair.

 

Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Double Walled Wine Chiller

Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Private Cellar Gift Set

Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Handcrafted Burlwood Box

 

 

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Have you had a chance to try Far Niente Estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon vintages? What did you think? Did you pair it with dinner or sip it on its own?