As this years Pumpkin displays turn to harvest motifs with cider, our in-store Halloween candy has changed over to chocolate turkeys and candy canes.
Celebrations are in the air and I have come to realize that the end of the year will soon be upon us. Of course celebrating with libations shouldn’t only occur once or twice a year. I like to think I celebrate it all whether they be small accomplishments or BIG holidays.
For example just last week Whine and Cheers for Wine passed the 20,000+ visitor mark. This week the well-known California winemaker Michael Martini was nice enough to contact me after being directed to my review of his Louis M. Martini Napa Cabernet. Yes it’s been a good few weeks and all good reasons to celebrate.
As I went back and reviewed last years holiday post, HARK! The Holidays Approacheth!! I came to realize how much has changed. 2012: I was a Wine Steward spreading my time between a grocery store wine department and their liquor store. 2013: I became a Wine Buyer or better yet a Specialty Beverage Buyer for Whole Foods Market. Regularly teaching classes and planning wine events. I’ve had opportunities to meet wine makers face to face and the good fortune to have my writings shared by wine companies and news agencies on their social media sites. Yes it’s been a good couple of years; all good reasons to celebrate.
This year I’ve decided to let “the people” pick our top 10 wines for 2013 and the holiday season. These are the wines that have garnered the most visits and searches at Whine and Cheers. We already know how I feel about these wines. Now you’ll know the wines the public is researching, buying and hopefully celebrating with.
Here you go in no particular order. The Whine and Cheers For Wine Top 10 of 2013 picked by the general wine public. I’ve averaged the top vote getters for the month, quarter and year. Giving a chance to recent reviews that have not had time to garner as many visits as a review posted 9 months ago. Drum-roll please!!!
Dr Loosen Riesling Just what the Doctor ordered!
Kirkland Signature Bordeaux: I guess there is something to be said about Costco wine…..
19 Crimes: GUILTY! Great marketing and tasty wine.
Dreaming Tree Crush: The Luck of the Blends. Steve Reeder and Dave Matthews ROCK!
Joel Gott Zinfandel: The 2011 vs. 2009 battle
Chateau Lafitte Marcellin: 2009 Cotes de Bordeaux. 2009 great vintage for Bordeaux.
Winking Owl Vineyards Shiraz: something to be said about Aldi and Trader Joe wines?
Pinot Noir Smackdown: Concannon 2010 Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir
Chateau de Macard Bordeaux Perfect holiday gift wine per the NBC Today Show
Louis M. Martini: 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Go Mike! Martini that is.
A baker’s dozen or runners-up would add these to the list:
Innovacion Torrontes Pinot Grigio Blend: by Argentina’s Santa Julia
HANDS Cabernet Sauvignon: Robertson Valley South Africa
Gran Valle de Niebla Reserve Pinot Noir: Chile
I am glad to see many countries represented on our list; Chile, Argentina, South Africa, USA, France, Australia and Germany!
Speaking of countries, these stats always amaze me, below are the TOP 12 traveling over to this here site for wine information, minus my own USA:
So with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day and New Years Eve around the corner, I wish and hope, that we not only are able to celebrate these obvious big events in our lives but also appreciate and recognize the day-to-day happenings. Events also meant to be shared and noted. All good reasons to celebrate!
¡SALUD! and Happy Holidays!
- Wine Review: The Cabs of Louis M. Martini (vine2vino.wordpress.com)
- Holiday cheer! How to shop for wine during the giving season (sacbee.com)
- Celebrate the season with the tastiest cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc wines (consumerreports.org)