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Culpeper Times • December 13-19, 2018
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The holiday countdown is on and the season of giving is taking center stage. The lists are coming out and everyone’s creative “juices” are flowing – maybe with a little help from a glass or two of wine. Whether you’re seeking something for that special someone in your life, a hostess gift or a Secret Santa under $20, the gift of wine is a beautiful thing. There are plenty of options to please all palates, you never have to stress about whether it’s the right size, maybe the right color, but overall, there’s a very good chance it will be well received. Here are few ideas to get you started. Hostess gifts are always appreciated and fun to put together. Theme it out and make it an Italian Adventure. Start with a bag of Taralli Con Semi Di Finocchio (traditional fennel crackers from Puglia) these addictive “biscuit” are made with whole wheat flour, white wine, EVOO, salt and fennel seeds. Add a stick of Creminelli Sopressata, nitrate and antibiotic free uncured Italian Salami, seasoned with garlic, spices and wine. Both are spectacular served with red wine, especially a Tuscan blend like Avignonesi Cantaloro, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Perfection. Not sure about your Secret Santa person? A versatile dry German Riesling will pleasantly surprise someone with wine knowledge or none at all. You can find a great bottle under $20 that will leave them hoping you get their name again next year. Beyond Riesling, a bottle of sparkling wine is always a sure bet. It gives your recipient a great excuse to make Sunday brunch and maybe even score you an invitation. Suppose you want to splurge on a super special person, a bottle of Vintage Port is at the top of the list. Vintage Port in particular is very limited
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because it isn’t just automatically produced every year. In the world of Port, a vintage is declared through a formal process with approval from the Porto Wine Institute. The producer must submit a sample of the wine for evaluation by the Institute and the approval is given only if an expert panel, tasting blind, agrees that the port is superlative. It is up to each individual producer or house to decide if they want to request a review and declare a vintage year. Once declared, the wine is aged for two years in barrel and bottled unfiltered. Once in bottle, it requires quite a bit of bottle aging, as much as 20 years, to achieve its full potential. Vintage Port represents a mere 2% of total production. In fact, 2016 was just declared this year, the first since 2011. Add a box of dark chocolates and this is a truly a magical gift. Happy Holidays!
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