The Modern Wine Rack

The Modern Wine Rack

We’ve assembled our criteria for each coveted spot in a six-bottle wine rack. So here’s our take on “the modern wine rack.”

Sparkling Wines Shared at Other Iconic Celebrations
Save a space for some bubbly, because there will always be something to celebrate – even during Shelter in Place.

Hospitality Wine
Another space in this rack needs to be home to your ‘house wine’. You never know when you might be having someone to dinner, or even when that next virtual happy hour is.

It’s Always Rosé Season
No longer a fleeting style only seen and enjoyed during a few months of the year, rosé wine should now command a permanent space in your collection. We recommend an easy-going and approachable rosé.

Put Your Money Where Your Values Are
What really resonates with you about a wine is its story, not just its age ability. When looking at what to buy, we recommend stocking up on wines that are giving back to their communities or are produced in a way that aligns with your own values. There are also ways to support the #BLM movement by stocking up on wines from black owned wineries or winemakers.

Travel Through the Power of Your Glass
Everyone needs an escape now and then and if we can’t do it physically, do it through a wine glass. Stock up on wines from a place you’ve been to and truly love, or even some place you haven’t been, but have always wanted to explore.

Whatever Wine You Are Curious to Learn More About
There’s always something new to learn about wine, but you can also always go more in depth with the familiar. So, keep a slot in your wine rack dedicated to wines that represent something you want to learn more about.

Let us know if you need help finding a wine in any of these categories. Our clients have an array of wine that is sure to hit the spot! Contact monty@bensonmarketing.com to connect with wines to fill your rack.

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

Thanksgiving 2020: What Wine Will You Drink?

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Whether it’s virtual or not, Thanksgiving (and Friendsgiving) is going to be different this year. We’re here to help answer the annual question, “what do we drink with all of this food?”

Monterey’s “SLH” Vibes: Once featured on HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” here’s your chance to taste the small, but mighty Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Perfect complements to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the world grows in the SLH AVA, a narrow, 18-mile-long coastal region tucked along the western hills of Monterey’s Salinas Valley. Our two favorites come from Hahn Family Wines, a 2nd generation, family-owned winery celebrating their 40th anniversary this year!  Hahn SLH Chardonnay 2018 SRP: $25, Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2018 SRP: $30

The agency works with a number of exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers. Ask us about our picks, including Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay ($28) and Balletto Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($29). Or head up to Oregon with Angela Vineyards Pinot Noir from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA (SRP $38).

Thanksgiving Wines

Unconventional Picks: For two varietals typically grown abroad, Grüner Veltliner and Malbec, these two American wineries have stellar choices that will get your Thanksgiving palate whet (or get your guests talking). Sip and savor the food friendly Zocker Grüner Veltliner 2017, Edna Valley SRP: $20, or a for those who prefer red, try Biltmore Estate Limited Release Malbec 2018, North Carolina SRP: $24. One of Biltmore’s most popular wines, it pairs well with turkey. George Vanderbilt, the founder of Biltmore Estate, was known for legendary hospitality and roast turkey was one of his favorite dishes.

Canned Wine – no corkscrew or glass needed:. Tangent 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Canned Wine, Edna Valley is a cool-climate wine is bright, lively and bursting with flavors of zesty citrus, guava and passionfruit with a chalky minerality and a hint of salinity. 6-Pack Tangent Sauvignon Blanc Cans $47.94 Tangent Rosé, Edna Valley This rosé is a blend of Albariño, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Grenache. The Pinot Noir brings a salmon shade while the hints of Grenache adds a cherry hue to the Rosé. Albariño delivers rose petal, banana, apple and pear, while the Viognier contributes floral and subtle notes of tropical fruits. 6-Pack Tangent Rosé Cans $47.94

For more information on wines for Thanksgiving and holidays, reach out to Marie Christina Batich at batich@bensonmarketing.com

 

Sparkling Wines for Anytime

Sparkling Wine for Any Time Not Just the Holidays

Sparkling wines are great for any occasion and as the holidays begin, your readers will want to have sparkling wines on hand for the season.

These wines will transform mundane couch days into celebratory occasions. They are also great for holiday gifting and celebrations.

Sunday Funday Sparkling Rosé: Made to suit afternoons on the couch, porch or pool, this delicate and charming sparkling rosé has freshness and (international) style for days. Sit back and watch the world with rosé colored glasses. This brand-new wine is as delicious as its packaging is adorable.  SRP $12

Chronic Cellars Spritz & Giggles: Open this one just because, you know, giggles. We love it paired with Asian food. SRP $15

2014 Balletto Brut Rosé: No need to save this for a special occasion.  This sparkling Brut Rosé from family-owned Russian River Valley producer is delicate, pretty, and delicious. Perfect for creating that coral focused Instagram page. SRP $42

Graham Beck Brut NV and Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV, South Africa Both these lively wines are made of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - the two seminal varietals of Graham Beck’s prestigious Méthode Cap Classique wines. Fun fact: The Brut NV was served at both Nelson Mandela’s inauguration and to celebrate Barack Obama’s presidential nomination.  SRP: $20

2017 Biltmore Estate Brut: Fit for a sunny afternoon on the porch, this bright and sparkling dry wine is refreshing and tantalizing. Made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes, you can up your hospitality game to “Vanderbilt” level by sharing this with your close circle. SRP $30

Let us know if you need help finding a wine in any of these categories as we have an array of wine that is sure to hit the spot! Contact parker@bensonmarketing.com to connect with sparkling wines that will upgrade your hospitality game!