How to Give the Gift of Wine Without Really Trying


The holidays are around the corner. If you haven’t bought your wine-loving friend a gift yet, you're likely searching for solutions. Here are some ideas so you can start thinking about other things - paying that parking ticket, cleaning out your fridge, scheduling a check-up, etc. Use your brain's capacity wisely. Here are three favorite Napa Cabs that can't go wrong.

Bennett Lane Maximus Feasting Red

The Bennett Lane Maximus Feasting Red (2012) is actually a blend that combines a bit of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malbec and Merlot with Cabernet. It's a Meritage-ish blend that works. There is plenty of bold fruit here in a silky style that is wonderfully fresh and yet has the depth and spice of a bigger wine. Break this out for your crowd of hungry friends and relatives

Frank Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet

Frank Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet (2016) outperforms its price point and delivers a thrilling experience. While this was a bit tight (read: young) it offers wonderful complexity in a balanced, elegant package. It will benefit from a year or so in the cellar but is classic Napa Cabernet even today.

Dry Creek Vineyards Endeavor Cabernet

Now if you are in the mood for a big powerful bold Cabernet keep you eyes peeled for the 2015 Dry Creek Vineyards Endeavor Cabernet. Offering a brilliant combination of amazing aromatic complexity and a depth of fruit that borders on over-the-top but pulls back just in time. It is the rare California Cabernet of this size that combines incredible richness with a suppleness that belies its power. Really a great wine for today though it should cellar well for at least a decade. Once word gets out about this wine it will be virtually impossible to find.

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