Pour Your Holiday in a Glass at Vine Wine


The selection at Vine Wine in Williamsburg reflects a few different passions. For one, they believe that you should always be able to find a delicious and affordable bottle, and keep a whole $15 and under section stocked with just that. Vine also carries more interesting California wines from young winemakers who are changing the West Coast wine scene, like Donkey and Goat, Massican and Forlorn Hope, than nearly anywhere else in the city. It’s a great place to pick up a large format bottle like a magnum, or even bigger, or a bottle of whiskey or hard-to-find spirit. And, Vine is home to more bubbles than you could ever imagine, and a staff that is passionately devoted to helping you find the right sparkler for the occasion. On Saturday, Dec. 14 they’re hosting their annual free champagne tasting with snacks and bottles of bubbly you’d be crazy not to want to try. Here are a few more gift ideas for the season.

New California Wine Gift Pack
California wine has changed significantly over the past several years and wine journalist Jon Bonne has written a book profiling the young winemakers who are making fascinating new wines that defy the big, heavily oaked, super fruity California image. This gift pack includes a copy of The New California Wine and a two-pack of bottles featured in the book. $68.95

Haut-Segottes 2006 Bordeaux
Vine’s philosophy is that there is a delicious bottle of wine to enjoy in any price range. However, sometimes you need a gift that will impress even the most old school of wine snobs. This Haut-Segottes 2006 from St. Emillion in Bordeaux is it. An herbaceous blend of Cab Franc and Merlot, it’s drinking well right now or can be stored for years to come. Give it to your boss, your girlfriend’s dad or your francophile friend. $39.95

Wine Bible Gift Pack
The Wine Bible is an indispensable tool for anyone who wants to learn more about wine–pros use it to look up obscure grape varieties and details about growing regions all the time. Combine that with a $25 Vine Gift card (which are available in any amount) and you have a great gift for enthusiastic newcomers to the world of wine. $40

Holiday Survival Six Pack
From office parties to friends’ competing Christmas parties to the New Year’s Eve question (what the hell are we going to do this year?), this is an intense time of year. Grab this six-pack and take one decision off your plate. Filled with Vine staffers’ favorites, it will get you through a long weekend with your insufferable brother-in-law, or work as your go-to for last minute hostess gifts. Peace of mind in a reusable wine tote. $120

Les Capriades Sparkling Rosé Magnum
Good guests bring wine, great guests bring magnums. This large format sparkling rosé is a lovely rose petal pink made from a lush but light blend of Gamay and Cab Franc. Bring this to a gathering of any kind and you will be the hero of the night. $49.95

R. H. Coutier Brut Millesime 2004
Forget Veueve Clicquot, Cristal or any sparkling wine (except maybe Carlos Santana DVX) you’ve heard mentioned in a song. Vine has an amazing selection of bubbles from classic champagnes to wild pet nats and the staff can explain the differences and help you find the perfect bottle.  The family that makes this champagne has lived in Ambonnay, one of the largest Grand Cru villages in the Champagne region, since 1614. It’s a beautiful blend of Pinot Noir (75%) and Chardonnay (25%), perfect for an elegant gift or special occasion. Try it at Vine’s annual champagne tasting on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 3-6pm. $69.95

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