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On The Second Day of Christmas: Two Festive Wines

December 26, 2020

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me

The second day of Christmas is today, December 26, which is also St Stephen’s Day. St Stephen was the Christian who died for his faith, the first martyr, and the day when the Christmas Carol ‘Good King Wenceslas‘ takes place.

And it’s the day that my true love sent to me these two festive wines:

  • 2017 Flora Springs “Happy Holidays” Red Wine Blend
  • 2017 Rangeland “Mistletoe” Red Wine Blend

which we paired with fun festive finger foods:

  • Truffle brie in puff pastry
  • Sausage stuffed mushrooms
  • Mushroom stuffed mushrooms
  • Aged Cheddar with cabernet jam (in a kit!) and blackberries with fresh mint
  • Mozzarella with sun dried tomatoes (in a kit!) with fresh basil
  • Red wine salami
  • Mini quiches 
  • Cannoli stuffed with ricotta, blackberries, mint

festive wine spread

2017 Flora Springs “Happy Holidays” Red Wine Blend, Napa
ABV 14.2%
SRP $75
sample sent for my review; no other compensation; opinions are my own 
Each year, Flora Springs offers etched, one of a kind, hand-painted Holiday Bottles. This year’s cardinal design is inspired  by a vintage greeting card that Nat Komes found in his Grandmother Flora’s attic. This 2017 Holiday Red Blend combines Bordeaux varietals from estate vineyards in the Napa Valley AVAs of St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville. The grapes came in in early October, and show no sign of smoke taint.
  • Color: Very dense dark ruby
  • Nose: Nicely herbaceous, a bit musky, cherry, tart cherry
  • Palate: Very smooth, cherry, mint, chocolate mint, medium to light body, nicely oaked,

Rangeland Mistletoe with festive food

2017 Rangeland “Mistletoe” Red Wine Blend, Paso Robles
ABV 15.3% 
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Syrah, 14% Merlot, 10% Petite Sirah
SRP $25
my writing partner Sue Hill purchased this wine with her wine club discount 
Rangeland is a Paso Robles California region ranch with a vineyard and a winery. In addition to selling wines, they sell the meat they butcher.  
  • Color: Dark and dense, garnet, fushia rim.
  • Nose: Mint, cherry, eucalyptus, bramble berries
  • Palate: Mint and cherry, Eucalyptus, cherry snuff, cocoa powder, chocolate covered cherries, pipe tobacco, blueberry pie, bramble berry.  I thought this was a fantastic wine. The quality and the structure of the wine is so well crafted.

Read more about these festive wines and how they fared with our pairings on Wine Predator.

Fortunately, my true love knew better than to send these two wines! 

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