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Upgrade Your Dinner Party Rotation with Our Winemakers' Favorite Winter Wines


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Round out your dinner party rotation, gather your friends and pull some corks …

Whether dressing up a date night table or adding a cozy note to a loungy night at home, these three Napa Valley Cabernets will warm your table – and palate – all winter long. From Nicole's wine pick for weekend Tahoe getaways to Joe Harden’s top pairing for slow-braised ribs (and a slow-simmering side of Hitchcock), three of our Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards winemakers share their favorite winter wine recommendations.

The Epitome of Winter Elegance and Nicole’s Après-Everything Wine: 2019 Far Niente Oakville Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon.

How it Tastes: Rich and satiny, with fragrant blackberry, cocoa and spice and a finish that lingers long after your last sip.

“We love to enjoy Far Niente Cabernet up in the mountains at Lake Tahoe. With wine in hand, a toasty fire going, a nice piece of dark chocolate and good friends to laugh with, I can’t imagine a better winter evening. Or, a better way to warm up after a day of fun in the snow!” – Nicole Marchesi, Far Niente Winemaker

The Small-Batch Calistoga Cabernet that Radiates Power, Finesse and a Sense of Place: 2018 Nickel & Nickel Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

How it Tastes: Concentrated dark fruit flavors, with notes of tobacco and spice framed by broad, coating tannins.

Pair this single-vineyard Cabernet with hearty braised short ribs – or a wood-burning fire while streaming a classic thriller – and let me know what you think!” – Joe Harden, Nickel & Nickel Winemaker

The Artfully Crafted Cabernet You’ll Pour for Date Nights Out and Game Nights In (and book club, that last-minute dinner party, and more): 2018 Bella Union Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

How it Tastes: Lush dark berry fruit and dusty-cocoa accents on a full, velvety palate.

“This is artfully crafted Cabernet that embodies the Napa Valley in a glass, and it's my favorite fireside wine, not to mention a delicious way to transform an ordinary Tuesday night into something special. – Brooke Price, Bella Union Winemaker

Looking for more masterfully crafted Cabernets to warm up your collection? You'll love adding these bottles to your winter wine rotation.

Or get your winter (spring, summer and more) wines delivered, with Hosted at Home. For $200 with shipping included each month, we’ll deliver 2-3 wines from our portfolio directly to your doorstep. You'll enjoy an average wine savings of $50 each shipment, along with flexibility and easy cancellation. Plus, each month, you'll meet up with winemakers, chefs, tastemakers and more for a virtual happy hour unlike any other. Learn more, then join the fun!

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