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Firstleaf’s 2018 Holiday Wine Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us which means one very important thing: Presents!  We know that the tastes of your friends and family can be as different as Chardonnay and Aglianico, so this year Firstleaf wanted to make your holiday shopping a little easier.  With this in mind, we took the liberty of picking out the perfect bottles for each unique wine lover in your life. Don't forget to use promo code HOLIDAY2018 for 20% off in the store for 6 bottles or more!
The Sweet Tooth There is always someone in every group of friends who can’t leave a restaurant without taking a peek at the dessert menu.  These wines will most certainly delight those with a bit of a sweet tooth.
2017 Floratrix Malvasia Bianca Boasting a lovely bouquet, the 2017 Floratrix Malvasia Bianca layers savory herbs against sweet stone and tropical fruit tones.  As the wine develops on the palate, soft florals begin to emerge, adding subtle, complex tertiary flavors.
2017 Open Secret Malvasia Bianca A little sweetness goes a long way, and the 2017 Open Secret has the perfect amount of residual sugar to make an incredibly rich, complex wine.  The warm summer days of Paso Robles result in a mélange of tropical fruit notes.  The wine saw no time in oak, exposing the nuance of the unique grape.
The Cuddle up and wait for Spring Friend Every year there is always somebody who refuses to leave the house for five months until temperatures get back above freezing.  While they gorge themselves on canned tuna and chicken to get through the winter (as they are unable to escape the house to make it to the grocery store) they deserve nothing more than a special bottle to keep them warm on the cold nights.
2016 Isolde’s Rapture Red Blend Nothing warms the blood like a full-bodied red wine.  With its firm, well-structured tannins, bold, dark fruit notes, an extended finish, Isolde’s Rapture is the perfect wine for hearty beef stew.
2014 Marbleize Red Blend Another red blend with a bit of structure behind it, the 2014 Marbleize is slightly more subtle, making it better for drinking in the absence of food.  A blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, Petit Sirah, Barbera, and Mourvèdre, the spicy, peppery nature of the blend is perfect for keeping anyone warm on cold winter nights.
The Seafood Lover There are some people who just can’t get enough seafood in their lives.  Whether it’s scallops, fish, shrimp, or mussels, there is no limit to the amount of saline goodness that they love.
2017 Alavez Airén With a fresh texture and bright profile, this Spanish white has the perfect weight and balance for flakey fish dishes.  A slight kiss of citrus harmonizes perfectly with the wine’s mouthwatering acidity.  The finish is clean with a restrained touch of minerality.
2017 Literaria ‘42 Sauvignon Blanc With hundreds of miles of coastline, the wines of Chile are meant to be paired with the cuisine of the sea.  Light with tropical fruit tones, the Literaria Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect wine for any lover of seafood.
The Meat Lover Just as there is a friend who has sworn off meat forever, there too is always the one who mounds bacon on everything.  Predictable in their preferences, the Meat Lover tends to crave bold red wines to pair with their salumi towers and piles of prosciutto.
2016 Disorderly Conduct Red Blend Dark, bold, and lush, the Disorderly Conduct is the perfect companion to hearty, red meat dishes.  Spicy red fruits harmonize with well-integrated tannins as the wine unfolds throughout its lingering finish.
2016 Burele Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot Blend Nothing screams bacon-blue cheese burger like a bold Cabernet blend.  This wine is powerful, perfect for pairing with robust, strong flavored dishes.  Earthy undertones accent cherry and black currants, while a slight touch of pine emerges leading into the finish.
There is a perfect bottle for every member of your life, and Firstleaf is here to help you find it.  For guaranteed shipping by Christmas, be sure to order by December 16th.  Cheers to a lovely holiday season and may everyone at your celebrations enjoy their libations as much as we love crafting them.

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