William Chris Vineyards has Some Holiday Wines and Gift Ideas Just for You
‘Tis the season and we’re happy to share with you this year’s gift guide from the winemaker and owner of William Chris Vineyards, Chris Brundrett! For those looking to find unique gifts from stocking stuffers to ideas on what to bring to holiday parties, the answer is a bottle of wine. Simple, right?! Below is the lineup of the perfect reds, sparkling, and blends for the holiday season along with a special pairing tip from Brundrett. WCV has set the bar high for other area wineries, being a trend-setter instead of simply following the crowd. This year has been an amazing year for William Chris Vineyards, from a major expansion of the winery with a brand new tasting room to continuing to put Texas wines on the map by promoting and taking pride in producing 100% Real Texas Wines – from the vine to the wine their varietals are the perfect representation of Texas terroir and they are thrilled to share it with the world!
The following wines are perfect for the holiday season:
Skeleton Key V ($30): In 2010, a skeleton key found on the vineyard estate became the inspiration behind this label, and this wine unlocks the flavors of William Chris Vineyards and Texas. Stylistically, this wine showcases a different approach to the traditional William Chris wine. Skeleton Key gives the winemakers the chance to express themselves creatively using more blending techniques and oak aging, thus defining an approachable introduction to Texas wine. In addition, the variety of grapes used in this blend translates to greater production capacity and allows William Chris to further support Texas farmers.
Pairing tip: This blend is essential for holiday dinners and parties. It pairs greatly with steaks, spicy and tangy sauces, aged cheeses, and walnuts! Guaranteed crowd-pleaser!
2018 Petillant Naturel ($25): By the time the holiday season rolls around, most folks have forgotten about the hot summer days, swimming at the pool, and drinking rose by the gallon. But, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you leave rose off of the dinner table! It’s one of the most versatile styles of wine and belongs on a table with the largest assortment of foods you’ll see all year. And let’s not forget, holidays are filled with two things that go great with sparkling wine: food and celebration. So if you can score a sparkling rose for the holiday table, you’ll be guaranteed crowd favorite!
Pairing tip: It really goes with anything on the holiday dinner table from appetizers including salty snacks and charcuteries, oysters, to the main course, to a variety of desserts.
2017 Mourvedre High Plains ($34): A soft burgundy tone evokes cranberry and red plum that gives way to fresh aromas of dried red raspberry leaves and fresh red currant. Vibrant on the palate with youthful freshness unfolding as macerated blackberries, raspberries, black cherries and all their respective green leafy shoots. Fruit and green leafy tones transition to bold notes of fennel seed, green walnuts, oil cured black olive on the finish.
Pairing tip: Mourvedre tends to have a savory characteristics due to the high plains terroir that compliments game such as venison, quail, or lamb.
2017 Hunter ($42): When the fireplace starts up again, so does full-bodied red wine enjoyment. Usually a little much during the peak temperatures of summer, the richness (and higher alcohol content) of these wines provide the pleasure and warmth we all crave during the colder months. Red blends, and specifically ones with a significant amount of Merlot (like those from the Right Bank of Bordeaux), provide the body, spicy oak character, and rich fruit profile that make them a holiday roast’s best friend. This wine pair nicely with rich meat dishes and sauces that might overpower lighter style wines. It also pairs perfectly with cozy blankets and fireplaces.
2018 Roussanne ($30): With the arrival of the cooler season, we see the ubiquitous arrival of root vegetables, soups, and roasted meats. And while the colder weather ushers in red wine season, many people still prefer white in their glass. Enter Roussanne, an often-forgotten white grape originally from the Southern Rhone, which grows beautifully in Texas, and whose fuller body and rich texture make it a great fit as a Winter white.
Pairing tip: Pour a glass with mashed potatoes, roasted turnips, or yams. Better yet, serve it on the table with your honey-baked ham or roasted turkey, and feel the wine sing on your palate. This is a white wine meant for the holiday table!
In addition to the fall favorites, William Chris Vineyards offers bundles of wine for holiday gifting, such as the 2019 Holiday Red (4-pack) that includes the four best-selling reds this year, 2016 Tannat, 2017 Enchanté, 2017 Sangiovese, and the 2017 Hunter for $150; the 2019 Holiday Mix (4-pack) for $100, guaranteed to please ANY wine lover with a variety that includes the 2017 Mourvedre, 2018 Roussanne, 2018 Malbec Rosé, and the Skeleton Key V; and the 2019 Holiday Red (2-pack) for $75 that includes the 2017 Hunter and the 2017 Enchaté, perfect for the red wine lover and wine enthusiast!
ABOUT WILLIAM CHRIS VINEYARDS
William Chris Vineyards creates Old World-style Texas-grown wines. Since 2008, winegrowers William “Bill” Blackmon and Chris Brundrett have expanded the estate vineyards and partner with family-owned farms to source only the highest quality fruit. At William Chris, they pride themselves on sharing the genuine taste of Texas terroir while delivering a one-of-a-kind experience. The Old World method integrates farming, tradition, and local culture, and Bill and Chris kept this in mind as they sought out a property to build their winery. Deciding on a pioneer farm settlement in the historic town of Hye, Texas, they began the project to restore the 1905 Deike farmhouse, the future William Chris Tasting Room. William Chris Vineyards is pleased to share a piece of their world and cannot wait to share it with you. For more information, please visit www.williamchriswines.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram @WilliamChrisVineyards.