Winter nights go better with these Soirée-approved wines and accessories.
Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2014
With a rich, opaque purple color, this wine offers up aromas of ripe blackberry, black currant, pie spice and vanilla, revealing notes of bittersweet chocolate on the palate. It is very well-balanced with a long, decadent finish.
Four Wines Curated by Clark Trim of Colonial Wines & Spirits
Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, 2014A wine for lovers, Wine & Spirits magazine gave this bottle a 95 out of 100.
A glass of this sassy vino flaunts tart, red cherry and raspberry flavors.
Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Télégramme Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, 2014This beautiful blend is dominated by grenache, which confers very singular suppleness and roundness, and is best savored young.
Palmaz Amalia Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2014Uniquely expressive, this vino features ripe apple and lemon peel with a subtle overlay of walnut and vanilla bean.
The palate celebrates a lush, round sensation without tipping the scales into rich or cloying characteristics.
Henri Goutorbe Cuvee Prestige Champagne, France NVA creamy mousse and juicy acidity support flavors of peach pie, toasted almond, crème de cassis and candied ginger in this bright, lively Champagne.
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Champagne GlassesWhether you’re enjoying Champagne, prosecco or any other type of sparkling wine, a Champagne flute brings a festive touch to each celebration. These cauliflower blue flutes rimmed in gold create the perfect pop.
Available at Anthropologie at The Promenade at Chenal
Coravin Model 2Sometimes you only want to taste a wine. When you don’t want to open the full bottle, this gadget gives you the freedom to pour any amount of wine without removing the cork. Two Coravin capsules, which contain pure argon gas to protect the remaining wine from oxidation, are included and allow you to pour up to 30 glasses.
Available at Eggshells Kitchen Co.
Wine CoasterA radiant bottle coaster elevates the style of any gathering. Protecting your furniture surfaces from condensation and drips is a plus.
Available at The Full Moon
Ice BucketA traditional silver ice bucket becomes something more when it’s wrapped in leather. When the fire is roaring, keep the champagne cool by filling the bucket with ice and halfway with water, then drop in the bottle and chill.
Available at The Everyday Chef
Corkcicle CanteenPacking for a picnic or headed to your favorite campsite? This canteen holds a full bottle of wine, keeping it chilled for up to 12 hours without freezing or sweating. For extra shimmer, pick up this shade called Unicorn Magic for a glossy, opalescent finish that is out of this world.
Available at The Full Moon and Belle & Blush
Viski DecanterNot every wine needs decanted, but when it does, do so in style. Decanting wine opens the aromas and flavors of young wines, and this faceted decanter by Viski sends prismatic light through your wine that will make your tabletop sparkle.
Available at Colonial Wines & Spirits
Drink your Dessert: Curated by Jonathan Looney of O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor
Forego the box of chocolates just this once and sip on something sweet instead.
Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, 2014
Kopke Colheita Port, 1975What makes it special: 1975 was a superb vintage year that developed well for Colheita ports. And when is the last time you sipped a 1975 vintage?
Tasting notes: Macaroon, almond and cherry highlights along a deep, smooth caramel backbone deliver a long, creamy and toasty finish.
Food Pairings: Sip alone or pair with caramel desserts or dried fruits.
Le Tertre du Lys d’Or Cuvée d’Exception Sauternes, 2014What makes it special: This wine comes from Sauternes, a village 40 miles south of Bordeaux that is famous for its high-quality, sweet wines.
Tasting notes: On the nose, you’ll encounter pears, melons and honey, perfectly matching its brilliant, gold color. The full palate is medium-bodied with a sweet and apricot-filled long finish.
Food Pairings: Sip alone or alongside fruity desserts and blue cheeses.
Taylor Fladgate 40-Year-Old Tawny PortoWhat makes it special: A 40-year-old tawny is among the oldest and rarest aged tawnies available. This tawny porto is made from selected grapes from the best vineyards of Portugal’s Cima Corgo and Douro Superior regions.
Tasting notes: The wine has voluptuous, spicy, tangy marmalade and nutty aromas with raisiny notes and toast from the long aging in cask. The full palate is very rich with concentrated flavor and has a long, mellow finish.
Food Pairings: Chill slightly and sip alone or pair with figs, almonds and caramel.