White Wines to Give (or to Keep!)

White Wines to Give (or to Keep!)

Light to full-bodied whites that don’t break the bank

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Wines for the holidays can be easy to choose if you know your preferences. Lighter-bodied wines are still good in the winter for greeting guests in style. This listing has diverse wines ranging from lightest to fullest bodied. From Sicily to the Sonoma Coast, these whites will be delicious for you or for fault-free gifting.
2017 Dos Almas Sauvignon Blanc Reserva $15 srp 
    Pale, almost clear in color. A strong whiff of citrus and pineapple fills the sinuses. Nicely rounded bouquet and not harsh. The palate shows pear with lime peel accents. It speaks in delicious simplicity – a really nice wine to serve with mixed nuts and varied hors d’oeuvres. (Drink now) 88/100 points
2017 Pecorino Ferzo Abruzzo Superiore, Terre di Chieti $26
    Bright straw-yellow in color. Elegant nose of nectarine and melon with distinctive ocean salinity and mineral cut. Elements of jasmine and anise emerge as it warms in the glass. Flavors are medium-bodied and loaded with peach fruit, excellent acidity and a touch of chalkiness on the finish. Juicy, complex and a bit toasty, this would be heaven with antipasti, poultry or a mushroom-based soup. Famed oenologist Riccardo Cotarella consults. (Drink now-2020) 90/100 points
 2017 Grillo Tenuta Whitaker $22
    A golden color. From the island of Mozia off the western tip of Sicily, this exhibits dried flowers, plum, orange peel and freshly cut grass on the bouquet. White pepper and a salty tang are evident with aeration. Flavors are substantial with peach, apple, and almonds on the creamy texture. Buttery with a touch of honey, this is beautifully structured wine and would be ideal with an Alfredo pasta, scallops or poultry. (Drink now-2021.) 91/100 points
2017 Chardonnay, Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast $24
     Deep yellow in color. Shows a big nose of lemon curd, apple, honeysuckle, butterscotch and allspice. A voluptuous, oily mouth texture follows with apple, apricot and tangerine. Well-balanced with nice oak underpinning. A definite crowd pleaser on a cold night – try with poultry, salmon or thinly sliced beef. (Drink now-2022.) 91/100 points
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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.