Briar Hill untangles the choices in wine buying

Briar Hill wines pay homage to the briar-covered hillsides of chaparral that frame the vineyards of Santa Barbara County. The resulting wines are flavorful, complex, and terroir driven capturing the subtle zest of salty, sage-scented winds that sweep across the county. Sourced from two of the most famous vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, these wines capture the true essence of this growing region.

To expand your wine tasting prowess and try something new, consider these varietals:

Briar Hill Pinot Noir

This big Pinot carries notes of ripe plum, black cherry, and bittersweet chocolate that enliven the senses, finishing with silky tannins to complete this balanced and layered wine. Enjoy it with a grilled salmon or a mushroom pizza.

Briar Hill Chardonnay

This Santa Barbara Chardonnay displays fresh, bright flavors of apple, white peach, melon, and guava layered over subtle oak notes to create a well-rounded and moreish wine. Treat yourself to pairing it with shrimp scampi or crab cakes or a honeyed milky cheese like Wensleydale.

As Coloradans continue to entertain themselves more in-home, you can find Briar Hill, and many other excellent wines, at larger, local, family-owned liquor stores, like Wyatt’s, that offer you a superior selection from around the globe with a knowledgeable staff who will help you find the perfect bottle every time.

Wakefield Wines will perk you up

Wakefield Estate wines are a quality choice from Australia, nurtured by three generations of family enterprise and know-how coupled with respectful sustainability. Ideal for any occasion, try one of these options:

Wakefield Estate Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep red with a vibrant purple hue, this wine has an aroma of rich black currant, subtle spice, tomato leaf, and a touch of eucalyptus. French oak maturation is also evident with subtle aromas of cedar and dark chocolate.

Wakefield Estate Clare Valley Riesling

This Riesling displays fresh, vibrant aromas of Kaffir lime and lemon, followed by layers of subtle blossom and enticing floral nuances. It has intense citrus fruit characters of fresh lemon and lime with hints of orange blossom. The finish is crisp and resonates with citrus fruit, the hallmarks of a great Clare Valley Riesling.

Wakefield Clare Valley Shiraz

Deep red with purple hues, this classic Australian Shiraz has vibrant aromas of red currant and plum with a touch of spice. It is a well-balanced medium-bodied wine with a lively palate of juicy red berry fruits, fine gentle tannins, and a soft silky finish.

As Coloradans entertain themselves and their intimates more in-home, you can find Wakefield Estate wines at Wyatt’s Wet Goods, Boulder County’s destination liquor store.

Cellar No. 8 Cabernet is a ten!

Cellar No. 8 produces robust, full-flavored red wines steeped in a rich heritage going back to when Italian immigrants founded the Asti Winery in Sonoma County in 1881. Applying methods and expertise from the old country, they created impressive red wines and formed an entire community around which winemaking was the soul.

Today, Cellar No. 8 pays tribute to the same original location where these pioneers cellared their wines more than 100 years ago. Their flavorful reds reflect the lively character and hearty spirit they embodied.

The flagship of Cellar No. 8 is their Cabernet Sauvignon. This grape blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc is aged 13 months in American and French oak barrels to produce a leggy Cabernet Sauvignon chock full of flavor.

On the nose, Cellar No 8 Cabernet Sauvignon is complex and very aromatic with deep fruit accented by hints of cinnamon, black licorice, and coffee.

In the mouth, juicy flavors of black cherry and light plum lead to playful tannins and a silky mouthfeel with a medium, lingering jammy finish.

You can get your bottle at Wyatt’s Wet Goods, where our knowledgeable, friendly staff always take the intimidation out of wine buying.

Welkin Napa Cabernet is perfect for the grill

Welkin Selections traverses California’s terroir in search of premium, small lot wines that never fail to please.

Their Welkins Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception.

This classic Cabernet carries aromas of boysenberry, anise, and blackberry which intermingle with hints of pipe tobacco and exotic spices. Dark fruit flavors of ripe, rounded raspberry, black currant, dried black cherry, and blood plum are accented with oak-derived notes of caramel, toasted coconut, and briarwood. Its tight tannins create a texture with a delicate thread of acidity that helps maintains flavors well into the finish.

Its grape composition is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 7% Petite Verdot with an alcohol by volume of 13.5%, so it will stand up to big, juicy fare like a charcoal grilled steak or a slow smoked barbecue pork shoulder. Try adding a splash to the pan while sautéing some baby bella mushrooms.

You can get your hands on the Welkin Selections Napa Valley Cab at Wyatt’s Wet Goods in Longmont, your local adult beverage destination.