Val’s New Year’s Blog


Happy New Year! Many are extremely happy 2020 is over. I, as always, am cautious of what lies ahead. At the same time, I always approach things with positivity. I hope to see a lot more of that from everyone this year. Let’s make it a memorable one, let’s be kind to each other and let’s enjoy some nice wines and beers throughout it. I can certainly help with the latter. Today I will talk about some lesser popular grape varietals and style of beer that could be a new favorite for you.


Red Wine: This one is sure to get you warm and comfortable. Not only because of its 14.8% alcohol content. Pedroncelli’s Mother Clone Zinfandel comes from vines that are between 40 and 110 years old. That speaks quality right there. It is plump and rich, with jammy berry flavors and a touch of smoke and spice. An amazing Dry Creek Valley wine that has round tannins and a long finish. And I mean long! It will do great with a red meat dish. But I definitely suggest you have a glass on its own to really appreciate it. A fantastic value at only $18.99 on the shelf. You must try it!


White Wine: Not many people are familiar with white wines from Tuscany in Italy. Main grapes are Vernaccia, Vermentino and Trebbiano. The latter is our focus today. It is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. Known as Ugni Blanc in France where it is used in production of Cognac. In Felsina’s Pepestrino it is blended with a little bit of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The result is a wine with a pale yellow color, fresh and floral on the palate, with creamy texture and a soft, slightly fruity finish. An easy-drinker for sure and comes with a friendly price tag of only $13.99. It’s worth a shot!


If you know me or simply read my columns, you would know I am a big admirer of dark beers. Hence my pick today. Bristol Brewing is located in Colorado Springs. They brew a wide variety of beer styles. But this one is perfect for the cold January days and evenings. Winter Warlock is an Oatmeal Stout. It is smooth, rich and very comforting. “A winter elixir”, as they describe it themselves. Coming in at 6% abv, it is going to be the best part of your day. The only downside – it is seasonal. So come and get a 6pk bottles to try it, if you haven’t already. For the whole month it is at the amazing price of $7.99. Cheers!