Part one of our holiday gift guide is so full of gift ideas for food and wine lovers it wouldn’t all fit. Here’s part two.
Assassin’s Creed is an insanely popular game and movie franchise, having sold more than 125 million units and spawning comic books, novels and a feature-length film. There are six Assassin’s Creed wines, and I have sampled both the 2017 Aveline de Grandpré Appellation Côtes du Rhône Contrôlée and the 2015 Ezio Auditore Super Tuscan Red Blend. The white Rhône blend is extremely food-friendly and versatile. The Super Tuscan fruit forward with cherry and red plum on the palate. All six wines sell for $20 and can be ordered here.
I recently attended a luncheon in Los Angeles featuring the wines of Sella & Mosca from Sardinia. I had the good fortune to visit Sardinia a few years ago and fell in love with the wine and food there. Sella & Mosca was founded more than a century ago and they continue to produce incredible wines under the direction of winemaker Giovanni Pinna. Their 2016 Monteoro Vermentino, $26.99, is fermented in stainless steel and spends four months on the lees. Cannonau is a grape native to Sardinia and the 2015 Cannonau Riserva is bold red that spends two years in large Slavonian oak barrels and several months in bottle before release. It also sells for $26.99. The 2014 Tanca Farra is a 50/50 blend of Cannonau and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both grapes compliment each other brilliantly and it sells for $17.99.
I want to wish you the merriest of Christmases and a very happy new year. Cheers!
Tom Plant launched WINEormous in 2009 and is a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. Based in Temecula, California, he offers intimate winery tours for no more than seven people. Tour details and pricing are available at www.temecula-tours.com. WINEormous is the recipient of the Luxury Travel Guide’s Wine Tour Operator of the Year award for Temecula 2015, 2016 and 2017 and the Lux Life Mag Best Customised Wine Tour Operator Temecula for 2019. Call now to book your Temecula Winery Tour at (951) 907-9701. Ask about special discounts.