The Hostess Pack
PERFECT for ENTERTAINING!
Instead of picking up the same old wines you always do for your next soiree, do something special — order this hand-curated selection of imported bottles that will delight and impress your guests (or, if you’re the guest, bring these for the host!). There’s a wine for every dish, every palate, and every character in your family and friend-o-sphere.
About the wines
REGION: Argentina | Mendoza | Uco Valley GRAPES: 100% Malbec
- TASTING NOTE: Pearly pink with plenty of small bubbles. On the nose, it smells like springtime with floral notes that perfectly match a soft cherry flavor. On the palate is has a citrus profile and is full-bodied, a perfect combination between softness and low tannins.
- FOOD PAIRING: An ideal match for shrimp cocktail, ceviche, pigs in a blanket, and fried appetizers. It is also a perfect aperitif or mixed with fruity cocktails.
92 Points – Sommelier Journal (March/April 2021)
88 Points – Wine Spectator (June 2021)
88 Points –Vinous (June 2021)
REGION: Italy | Campania | Sannio Beneventano
GRAPES: 100% Falanghina
TASTING NOTE: Intense floral and fruity aromas with hints of banana, tropical fruits, and white peach. This is a delicious Falanghina, pleasantly fresh, crisp, and light-bodied.
FOOD PAIRING: Pairs perfectly with fish dishes, such as prawns and spaghetti or gnocchi with mussels and clams. It combines very well with fresh pasta and tomato sauces or vegetable soup. For the Thanksgiving table, it’s great with pasta salads, raw veggies, and has enough structure to stand up to turkey breast as well as other white meats.
88 Points – Vinous (January, 2022)
REGION: Italy | Emilia-Romagna| Reggio Emilia GRAPES: Salamino Lambrusco, Marani LambruscoTASTING NOTE: Bright ruby red wine with persistent bubbles, the wine shows delicate floral notes of violet leading to a luxuriously sweet, fresh, vivacious palate that is pleasantly harmonious. FOOD PAIRING: This wine’s slight sweetness and fizziness makes it great with salty and spicy foods. Enjoy it with hot poppers, spicy salami, jalapeno cornbread, and pepperoni pizza. It also matches well with cranberry sauce, fruits, and desserts.
91 Points – Tasting Panel (March 2019)
89 Points – James Suckling (November 2019)
REGION: Italy | Piedmont
GRAPES: 100% Barbera
TASTING NOTE: Medium-bodied red wine that is robust with rich, ripe red fruit on the nose and an elegant palate.
FOOD PAIRING: Pairs well with turkey, chicken, mushrooms, pork and grilled or roasted red meats. This is the red you want for traditional roast turkey with gravy, turducken, and leftover sandwiches.
REGION: Italy | Veneto
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Grigio
NOTE: Delicate aromas and a dry, crisp, vibrant texture featuring apple, pear, and stone fruit with hints of white flowers and almonds.
FOOD PAIRING: Fresh and crisp, impeccable with seafood, poultry, classic basil pesto, and delicate cheeses. Hey, it’s Pinot Grigio — it goes with everything!
REGION: Italy | Emilia-Romagna | Reggio Emilia
GRAPES: 51% Ancellotta, 49% Lambrusco Salamino
TASTING NOTE: A vivid, brilliant ruby red sparkling wine. The wine shows classic red fruit aromas. Though dry, the palate is fruity, round, and exuberant with fine and persistent bubbles.
FOOD PAIRING: Doing a charcuterie board? This’ll be perfect. If you’re putting out a plate of Italian cured meats and array of cheeses, this wine is a no-brainer. Its sparkling dryness is deceptively delicious with gamey meats such as turkey, and it also is perfect with pasta dishes such as tortellini or lasagna.
91 Points – Vinous (December, 2021)