I’m one of those people that believes holiday music on the radio shouldn’t start until at least the day after Thanksgiving. In fact, this expansion of the Christmas season into October (and September) purely for marketing reasons is really starting to bring me down. It takes the punch out of Halloween and Thanksgiving.
But once the stuffing is put away and Uncle Ralph is sleeping on the coach, I’m good to go with the holiday decorations and a few carols in the background.
This overall approach to the season is also how I do my shopping for gifts. The golden period of shopping in terms of my stress to perfect gift ratio is about three weeks before Christmas Day. Any later than that, and my stress level increases exponentially each day. (And I refuse to do my last minute shopping at the AM/PM.)
It’s with this in mind that we’ve put together a selection of interesting holiday specials here at the winery. There’s really something for every wine lover here, and you’ll be able to hit that perfect Zen-inspired (or Zin-inspired) period of shopping where the planets align and you know you’ve found the perfect gift. (Please note that we’ve made a couple of changes since the email last week! The Cab Franc Collection got cooler (but only 18 collections exist), and the Holiday Stock-up has its real price (instead of the one I listed while in France!))
Of course we have the wines in the tasting room from which to choose, but here are the unique offerings we have from December 1st through the 24th.
The Holiday Stock-up – This section is purely to help you prepare for all the holiday days (or is it “daze”?) The Holiday Stock-up is 4 bottles of the 2015 Hillside Zinfandel and 4 bottles of the 2016 Hillside Shiraz/Cabernet and 4 bottles of the El Tinto Lot 38 at just $140* ($130* for Club Members). (Regularly $200) The concept is that you need to have a selection of great wines for both friends and family during the holidays. Or maybe the wine is just for you and Santa. It’s your call!
The Cabernet Franc Collection – This is truly a unique opportunity to purchase something special for that someone special. This selection is only available as a quartet, and contains one bottle each of four selected vintages aged in our own cellar. The wines are the 2013 Signature Cabernet Franc, 2014 Signature Cabernet Franc, 2015 Signature Cabernet Franc, and the 2016 Rucksack Cellars Cabernet Franc. This vertical of Cabernet Franc is for those adventurous souls who live life. But as mentioned above, there are only 18 of these collections available. Get yours soon!
$100* ($95* for Club Members).
The Californian – One bottle of the 2015 Hillside Zinfandel and one bottle of the 2015 Signature Zinfandel. At $40* ($35* for Club Members), this is a steal for expressive Zins that represent not only our area, but California as a whole. Both wines are tasting amazing, with dark briary palates and a softer texture. These are great as a gift or a little something for yourself!
The Santa Special – One 375ml bottle of the 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with its sultry rich texture to relax before dinner, and one bottle of the Non-Vintage Port, Lot 21 for sharing with Santa! $28* This might even get you off the Naughty list and on to the Nice!
The Stocking Stuffer – For a stocking stuff, you know it has to be small, amazing and thoughtful. And you really can’t do any better than the 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in a half bottle (375ml). It fits perfectly in a stocking and will surprise even the most snotty wine connoisseur out there. Just $18* per bottle for this perfectly cellared wine!
*Yep, you got it. Plus Tax!
So come to the tasting room or order the wines to be shipped. But most importantly, get your shopping done easily and timely for those perfect people in your life. And then you can enjoy the holiday season in a stress-free and happy state of mind (the way it used to be before starting the holiday season in June!).