With all the holiday hysteria, you missed a few deservings on your list (mailman, hairdresser, barista). We asked new wine shop proprietor Bob Bacco for five tasty bottles (along with ambrosial food pairings) to gift as belated good tidings.
NV Mumm Brut Rose, Napa Valley, California, $22
A festive sparkling wine, “This brut displays a wide range of black and red fruit tones, like wild strawberry, bing cherry, and dark plums.” Match it with a nutty, 3-year-old cow’s milk gouda ($19 for a pound) and slab ($10) of Scotland smoked salmon.
2009 Joel Gott Riesling, Columbia Valley, California, $13
Fight winter doldrums with a summery vintage with “flavors of honeysuckle, jasmine, lychee, orange blossom, lime, mango, and white peach, and a lingering clean finish.” Toss in a spicy Calabrese-style pork salami ($20 for a pound) and round of cow’s milk cheese ($26) from the Eastern France village of Époisses.
2008 Marc Bredif Chenin Blanc, Vouvray, France, $25
The golden-colored white has “a very intense and fruity nose with notes of white flowers and quince, a fresh structure, and an aromatic finish.” Pair it with a creamy Humboldt Fog ($30 for a pound) made from goat’s milk or a peppercorn mousse ($16 for a pound) of free-range, organic chicken and turkey livers.
2008 Querciabella Mongrana, Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot, $20
A medium-bodied red, the Italian blend has “dried strawberry and light cedar aromas and flavors.” Complement it with a salty Parmigiano-Reggiano ($20 for a pound) and terrine herbette ($16 for a pound), an intriguing amalgam of pheasant, pork, fennel, and pastis.
1998 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, California, $120
Reserved for Santa’s extra-nice list, the dense, supple splurge has decadent aromas of cassis, licorice, graphite, and game. Go whole hog with D’Artagnan’s award-winning, black-truffled duck foie gras ($26) and a spicy cow’s milk Bleu d’Auvergne ($15 for a pound).
Bacco’s Wine and Cheese, 31 Saint James Avenue, suite 175, Back Bay (617-574-1751 or baccoswineandcheese.com).
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