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Specialty Top Five For the Holidays

Wine: La Riojana Pinot Noir Reserve

The key to pairing wine with the wide variety of foods on the holiday table is to find wines that are softer, fruity, bright and less tannic. This medium bodied Pinot Noir is packed with delicious strawberry, cherry and blueberry aromas, as well as spicy notes due to the aging in oak barrels. La Riojana has invested more than $11 million Argentinean pesos for various projects aimed at improve living conditions for its growers and workers in the Famatina Valley, a historically poor area of Argentina.

Sparkling Wine: Stellar Organics Extra Dry

Stellar Organics make some really fantastic Fair Trade wines that are certified organic and vegan friendly. This extra dry sparkling wine has grapefruit and lime on the nose. It is crisp and fresh tasting with a smooth nutty finish. Perfect for holiday gatherings as well as ringing in the New Year!

Beer: Sierra Nevada Celebration

Brewed especially for the holidays, Sierra Nevada Celebration is perfect for a festive gathering or for a cozy evening at home. Celebration is a dry-hopped, slightly strong ale that pours a beautiful rosy amber color with a nice full head. It features a big blast of Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops and a not-too-heavy mouthfeel. Supply is limited since this is a seasonal release so be sure to stock up while you can.

Cheese: Deer Creek the Fawn Mellow Cheddar!

This slightly sweet and mild traditional Cheddar is handcrafted from wholesome rBST-free milk from , Sheboygan Wisconsin. The Fawn has a sweet nuttiness, yet is full and complex with a rich lingering finish! This delicious cheese has won many awards including the International Cheese Awards 2017 Gold Winner for Best USA Mature Cheddar. Pair with Chardonnay, Rose, or a nice porter beer. Perfect for a holiday cheese tray!

Vegan Cheese: Miyoko’s Double Cream Garlic Herb Vegan Cheese Wheel

This vegan cheese is so good that a non-vegan like me loves it! Miyoko’s is made with nuts instead of milk, but it is a real cheese that is cultured just like dairy cheese. This vegan cheese wheel is creamy and savory with a buttery richness that makes it perfect on crackers or melted in your favorite holiday dishes. Put in you thanksgiving mashed potatoes for next level flavor!