After a hectic holiday season, January’s more relaxed pace comes as a welcome relief.  Our Winter 2018 Cellar Circle selections were chosen to enjoy while partaking in any one of our favorite winter activities:  après ski, an intimate dinner with friends or curled up on the couch binge-watching Game of Thrones.

Both Classic and Red only members will take home the 2015 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot from the winery’s estate vineyard, a perennial favorite with consumers and critics alike, consistently rated 90+.  With its ripe cherry and dark mocha aromas and flavors, the wine is a perfect complement to Chef Seth Fernald’s recipe for Delicata Squash with Chevre and Coco Nibs, included with your shipment.

Classic members will also enjoy the newly released 2016 Januik Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, produced following traditional Burgundian techniques.  Mike made his first Cold Creek Vineyard Chard in 1990, and it has remained his favorite Washington Chardonnay vineyard since then.  Red only members will receive the 2015 Januik Champoux Vineyard Malbec from another one of Mike’s favorite Washington vineyards.  Located in the Horse Heaven Hills, Champoux is renowned for its red Bordeaux grapes.

May you savor these wines in good health and good company in 2018 and beyond.  Wishing you and your family all the best in the new year.