New Releases Coming Soon Lists Top Ten Somm Recommended Wines for the Holidays Lists Top Ten Somm Recommended Wines for the Holidays asks sommeliers across the country for their holiday wine recommendations. We’re honored to have the 2013 Bien Nacido Chardonnay recommend by Cappie Peete of McCrady’s in Charleston, SC.


10) Cappie Peete, McCrady’s, Charleston

Wine: Chanin, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, California, 2013


Peete: “To a holiday dinner I would bring Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, California. The 2013 has a beautiful balance of bright acidity and viscosity. This wine appeals to those looking for a crisp, citrus-driven wine, as well as to those that enjoy a rich, full-bodied style of Chardonnay. The palate is driven primarily by citrus and a touch of stone fruit as well as a distinct mineral tone that is specific to the old vines of this vineyard. I love the idea of pairing a well-made California wine with American holiday comfort food as it seems to add to the homey feel of the occasion. The winemaker, Gavin Chanin, is also one of California’s most exciting producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at the moment.”