Wines of merit for 2021

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay (SRP: $17/bottle): While red wines are the typical suggestion for the colder months, America’s #1 selling chardonnay for 26 years and counting is the perfect full-bodied white wine to keep you warm on a chilly winter night with tropical notes of pineapple, mango and papaya and aromas of vanilla, honey and toasted oak. Known as the Meryl Streep of wine, Chardonnay is the most versatile grape and is an ideal accompaniment to winter produce like squash, creamy pasta dishes and pork loin.

La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana (SRP: $19.99/bottle): Made from 100% Vermentino grapes from vineyards located in the Maremma zone of Southern Tuscany, La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana features a rich bouquet of exotic fruit and spices typical of the Mediterranean coast. The taste is fresh and crisp with well-balanced acidity and a clean finish perfect for a Sauvignon alternative to pair with seafood, salads and vegetable dishes.

Principessa Gavia Gavi (SRP: $19.99/bottle): Encompassing the tale of a forbidden romance, this wine pays homage to Princess Gavia’s love story and the King’s journey to accepting her love with a guard. Made from grapes grown in a single vineyard located in the Gavi region of Novi Ligure, Principessa Gavia Gavi boasts an intense bouquet of pineapple and green apple aromatics with a gentle acidity and a delicate finish. This wine features a well-balanced flavor and can be served as an aperitif or with hors d’oeuvres and seafood.

Cameron Hughes Lot 704 2018 Pinot Noir, an ultra-premium wine and a steal at $12 a bottle. A smooth, outstanding old-vine Pinot from this well-regarded small family producer on the Napa side of Carneros. Discover more at

2017 Fathers + Daughters Cellars Pinot Noir, Ella’s Reserve, an elegant wine sourced from the iconic Ferrington Vineyard in the Anderson Valley and crafted in true Burgundian style by winemaker Philip Baxter.

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