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Over the holiday season, like many of you, we drank many (maybe too many) wines. We highlighted four below which showcase the uniqueness of their respective wine region. They are all relatively affordable, at their prime drinking wine and ready for you to pop-and-drink. Great wines to enjoy during the winter season.

Guigal Hermitage Rouge 2000 - What a powerful and concentrated wine.

Guigal produces a wide array of wines, from the most affordable table wines to the most expensive “la-la-la”. Each label that it produces consistently delivers value above the price you pay.

For this wine, simply let it sit in glass for 45 minutes and enjoy it throughout the rest of the evening. Hermitage is the appellation producing some of the most sought after Rhone wines. This is a 100% Syrah from vines at ~30 years old. It spent 38 months in oak barrels, with 50% being new ones. This is a classic Hermitage – rich, full-bodied, structured and concentrated. It went very well with the red meat and cheese we had at the dinner.

Torbreck The Steading Red 1998 - Smooth, silky, soft and kind.

While there is some bias in the wine community against new world wines, most would agree that some producers do such a fabulous job that their wines are just so hard to resist. Torbreck is one of them.

Torbreck considers this the most important wine within its portfolio as it best exemplifies Torbreck’s philosophy. It is sourced from vines that survived the vine-pull scheme in the early 1980s, cultivated on their own roots that were unaffected by phylloxera. Some withered ancient vines are well over a century old and have been carefully nurtured back to life. This is probably the reason why you feel the kindness in the wine. A classic GSM with a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz and 20% Mourvedre.

Jean Boillot Puligny Montrachet les Perrieres 1er Cru 1999 - Elegant, floral, and pure.

Currently known as Domaine Henri Boillot, the Boillot family has been farming in Burgundy since 1885 and producing some of the most impressive Puligny Montrachet white wines.

Remember to let the wine breathe in bottle for 45 minutes and serve chilled. It was easily the favorite wine for all guests at our New Year ’s Eve dinner. It was medium-bodied with excellent depth and concentration. The floral aroma turned everybody into its fans immediately. Domaine Boillot holds some of the best premier crus in Puligny, and Les Perrieres is certainly a prime example -very close to grand cru quality but at a fraction of price.

Zind-Humbrecht Riesling "Brand" Grand Cru 1994 - Well-balanced, vibrant and intense.

While Burgundy uses Chardonnay to bring out the best of its terrior, winemakers in Alsace create something extraordinary wine with Riesling, and Zind-Humbrecht is certainly considered the best.

When you pull out the cork, you would notice many little and pretty crystals condensed at the bottom. While the wine has some residual sugar in it (11 gram / litre), this is a rather dry wine. It goes particularly well with fine cheeses. The fine acidity and its full-body help bring out the amazing honey and fruitiness. Pop-and-drink with no problem. This prestigious “Brand” Riesling Grand Cru vineyard is ideally situated and selected exclusively to only plant Riesling, a prime reason of this wine’s excellency.

Happy New Year everybody!

Written by Wine Monopole — January 19, 2015

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