Holiday Top 12

Special meals deserve special wines and these beautiful bottles are guaranteed to shine at your Holiday table.  This mixed case of 8 reds, 1 sparkler, 2 whites and 1 Rose are sure to have your family and friends grinning from ear to ear.  So stop in today and fill your sleigh at Midway!

1. Chateau de Segries Cotes du Rhone Red 2015 ⎢S. Rhone, France

Pairing: Roast Chicken - Cheese: Jarlsberg or Swiss

This outstanding old-school producer in Lirac makes tremendous dense wines with deep flavors and earthy complexity. We love the aromas of stewed cherries, bramble liqueur and a touch of pepper. The quintessential french bistro wine.
50% Grenache, 30% Syrah
10% Cinsault, 10% Carignan

2. Fafide Douro White 2016 | Douro, Portugal

Pairing: Seabass w/ Pernod Sauce - Cheese: Camembert

Minerality and creaminess are rarely seen together in a white wine; usually it is one or the other. When they come together harmoniously, they make for some of the greatest wines in the world (think White Burgundy and Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc). Intense aromas of citrus and tropical fruit, fresh and full-bodied on the palate, buttery texture and complexity provided by fermentation and ageing in barrels.
50% Codega do Larinho, 30% Rabigato
20% Viosinho.
6-8 months French and American Oak.

3. Essay Syrah 2015| South Africa

Pairing: Popcorn and Beef Jerky - Cheese: Cheddar cubes

For Monday night couch-cruising, we recommend this medium-bodied red with an expressive nose and a soft, lush mouthfeel. Ripe plum cherry fruit on the palate with a touch of pepper spice. Great with a range foods or just by itself (or a friend).

4. Locations WA Red Blend | NV

Pairing: Grilled Leg of Lamb - Cheese: Stilton

The Locations series is all about breaking the rules. Totally unconventional winemaking has yielded some pretty special wines, including this full bodied dynamo red blend. Aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry pie, and slate. On the palate it is silky and chewy. Great wine to go with grilled steaks and roasted meats.
Syrah, Merlot and Petite Sirah

5. Villa des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 | Languedoc, France

Pairing: Hamburgers! - Cheese: American on Burgers!

Good and cheap is the way we like em’!  When they over deliver and start bordering on great, it’s even better.  We love this true to form Cab Sauv style, full bodied and packed with dark fruit.  Enjoy with burgers or beef stew on a cold tuesday night.

6. Willm Brut NV | Alsace, France

Pairing: Oysters Rockefeller - Cheese: Triple Cream

We adore this wine for its pronounced aromatics, delicate balance of acidity and pinpoint bubbles.  It shows nuance of flavor just like real champagne.  We also love that it is SO DAMN CHEAP!  30% Pinot Blanc, 30% Pinot Gris, 30% Riesling and 10% Gewurztraminer

 

7. Lapostolle “Cuvee Alexandre” Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 | Colchagua Valley, Chile

Pairing: grilled steaks with Chimichurri - Cheese: Aged Gouda

California Cab this good will cost you an arm and a leg!  The Cuvee Alexandre is dense in color and rich aromatically, with notes of sweet dark berries, tobacco, smoky oak and baking chocolate.  On the palate it is silky and rich and delivers that sweet and decadent finish that Napa Cabs are known for.

8. Bertani “Bertarose” 2016 | Veneto, Italy

Pairing: appetizers and snacks - Cheese: Mozzarella w/ EVOO

Elegant, aromatic and just plain chuggable!  Our favorite rose of the spring and summer has made it to the Top 12…and we lowered the price.  This is a great bottle for starting a party, or just enjoying after a hard day of work.  Goes with everything from potato chips to pizza! Dry and crisp.

9. The Whole Shebang! Red Blend 10th Cuvee| California

Pairing: Quesadillas, Turkey - Cheese: Queso and Chips

NY TImes Top 20 under $20
The informing impulse behind Shebang! is to create a wine that is long on deliciousness and low on pretense.  They did this by vinifying the wines with the same care and love as the higher end Bedrock wines- picking at respectable sugar levels (not too high!), using only native yeast fermentations, and a trace of good French oak to round things out.  Blend: 55% Zinfandel blended with Carignane, Syrah, Mourvedre, Alicante Bouchet, Grenache, Syrah, Barbera and a touch of whites for aromatics much of which comes from old vines.

10. Palacio de Arganza Cabernet Sauvignon/Mencia 2012 | Castilla y Leon, Spain

Pairing: roast pork shoulder - Cheese: Manchego

The magic of spain is in the wines like this, when you ask yourself…why is this so cheap??  We love this soft blend of spicy Cabernet (50%) and lush red fruited Mencia (50%).  Hints of toasted blueberry, racy cherry and a touch of oak.  Round and lush on the palate.

11. La Playa Sauvignon Blanc 2015 | Chile

Pairing: Sweet and Sour Shrimp - Cheese: queso fresco

This is some downright DELICIOUS dry and crisp Sauvignon Blanc.  Fruit forward with aromas of pineapple, citrus zest and melon.  Perfect at the start of a meal or with salads and seafood.

12. Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2016| Mendoza, Argentina

Pairing: Steak Tacos - Cheese: Young Gouda

This bottle always surprises and delights us for the price.  Every vintage seems to get better.  It has that hands off style that we really enjoy.  Very little oak reveals bright fruit aromas with its roasted strawberry and flint notes.  Almost french is style with terrific juicy mouthfeel and a zippy finish.  Great with all sorts of cuisines.