Holiday wine tip 5 & final, two by 

Jolie-Laide Winery

I'd REALLY like you to know about Jolie-Laide wines. Maybe you already do. If you've read my wine stuff and bought from me over the years, there's a good chance. I've been a fan since its first vintage in 2010. 
My greatest sales and promotional successes have revolved around wines that offer total and immediate gratification - pop it and pour, if you will. The early years of The Prisoner and T-Vine Cellars come to mind. My two featured wines from Jolie-Laide Winery are different. The wines reflect the character of their vineyards (both is the Sierra Foothills) and co-owner/winemaker Scott Schultz's respect for the land from which they come. They need time to fully appreciate their goodness - I wrote my tasting notes the day after I opened them. It depends on your mood and what you're into, but for me these are more vital wines than the "pop and pour" style.   
Jolie-Laide Gamay "Barsotti" 2019 ($30)

Jolie-Laide Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre 
"Shake Ridge" 2018

Shipping is included on 12 bottle purchase.
Shipping rates are very fair on less than 12.
Free delivery offered in Napa and Sonoma Counties.
Order by this weekend for delivery by Christmas. 

 Buy from Jolie-Laide HERE
Online registration required to place an order. 

Buy at least two bottles of each wine. Try one of each soon then decide for yourself when to open the others. If you want to build a case for included shipping, buy the Melon de Bourgogne, a racy white sourced from the Chalone AVA. Jolie-Laide has a little bit left.

Jolie Laide Gamay "Barsotti Vineyard" El Dorado 2019 ($30) is an aromatic, ethereal, crunchy, athletic wine that smells wonderful (wild strawberries, wild herbs, watermelon, blood orange) as it breathes, stretches and unwinds. Have with roast chicken and a hearty bowl of lentils & roasted vegetables.  Read my full review Jolie-Laide notes

Jolie Laide Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre (and a little Viognier) "Shake Ridge Vineyard" Amador 2018 ($38) is a deep, complex, provocative wine that will blossom over the next five years. The grapes were co-fermented whole cluster (i.e. bunches of grapes were mixed together and then fermented) which partially explains this wine's crazy number of flavors. The specialness of "Shake Ridge Vineyard" explains the rest. If you cellar wines for drinking in 3-5-10+ years, buy this. It'll probably be one of the least expensive wines in your collection.  Read my full review Jolie-Laide notes

 Buy from Jolie-Laide HERE
Online registration required to place an order. 
Today's Jolie Laide tasting video is 3 1/2 minutes. I feel 20 years younger sportin' my tie-dye hoodie. I'm tasting these wines 48 hours after opening them and they still shine! 
It's Elf On A Shelf! 
Our elf (Mandela is her name) apparently perused our cookbook collection last night. She cozied up to an (empty) bottle of Becheur Sauvignon Blanc. She's on duty, you know. Have a safe, sane, peaceful holiday season. And drink a lot of good wine!
Thanks for reading.
Dan Dawson
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