When it comes to gift giving, I have a favorite choice that everyone loves: wine. Of course – how nice! Whether it’s in a decorative bag, in a basket surrounded by snacks and goodies, or in a large box delivered to the front door, every wine lover appreciates a carefully chosen bottle (or bottles!) intended to please. This year, I discovered three wines from The Hess Collection, all sent as samples, that you’ll deem thoughtful gifts exuding quality and taste. But the naughty part? You’ll want to keep them for yourself…
Though just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley is home to diverse microclimates and soils uniquely suited to wine grape growing. It is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world and for our Napa Valley wines we look to our estate vineyards and select growers throughout the valley to source the very best wine grapes. The Hess Collection wines are family owned, sustainably farmed and dedicated to reflecting a true sense of place. Our wines are recognizable for their elegant, rich and complex flavors and a tradition of excellence. The Hess Collection
Elegant? Rich? Complex? Who wouldn’t want wines that boast those descriptors? We all do!
Chardonnay lovers will crave each sip of the Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015 ($22). On the nose, I discovered juicy citrus, apples, pears, gentle oak, and warm butter. The rich, flavorful palate showed hints of tropical fruit, ripe apples, and yellow flowers cloaked in refreshing acidity and a creamy mouthfeel, all elements leading to a clean, buttery finish. Chardonnay grapes were cultivated in the Su’skol vineyard that was painstakingly farmed to “emphasize fruit with wonderful acidity and balance”. Only a small portion of the juice was fermented in new French Oak with just 20% undergoing secondary fermentation. A glass or two of this exceptional Chardonnay will pair beautifully with Pan Roasted Wild King Salmon with Charred Tomato Horseradish Sauce and Crispy Vegetables, a recipe from Chad Hendrickson, Executive Chef at The Hess Collection.
In the meantime, I’ll be “nice” and gift some worthy wine lovers with these three bottles from The Hess Collection. But, shhhhh! I plan to keep some for myself… It’s just fine to be “naughty” every now and then!
For more memorable wine and food gift giving ideas, check out the following posts from my food and wine writing colleagues.
Jade from The Tasting Pour – “How to Choose a Wine Gift”
Jeff from foodwineclick – “Holiday Wine Gift Ideas: Not Just Any Champagne”
David from Cooking Chat – “Christmas Wine Gifts: Tips and Bottles To Give”
Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm – “Spreading Christmas Cheer”
Michelle from Rockin Red Blog – “How to Give the Gift of Wine”
Gwendolyn from Wine Predator – “Good Gifts Have Good Stories: 4 Wineries from Napa”
Culinary Adventures with Camilla – “Sips Worth Sharing”
Jennifer from Vino Travels – “Holiday Wines with a Sicilian Flair”
Lauren from The Swirling Dervish – “Family, Food, and Wine: The Gift of Memories”
Jill from L’Occasion – “Wine Wrapped Up: The L’occasion Gift Guide”