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Expert Picks: Grattamacco and Billecart Salmon

Posted on | January 7, 2014 | Written by Perry Porricelli | No Comments

1972I enjoyed many a good wine has been had over the holiday season, and I wanted to share two that stood out in particular. The first is a Champagne that I seem to open up almost all of my occasions, the Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé. The second is one of my “go-to” wines that is so good it always gets me in trouble—Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore. Happy New Year!

Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé $79.99

This wine is so delicious that I always have it on hand to start the festivities on the right note. The fresh, bright fruit along with the refreshing acidity with just the right amount of sparkle makes for a truly enticing glass of bubbly. It so good that we usually go through an extra bottle before we feel like we can move on to the following set of wines. This Champagne should be a staple of everyone’s occasions!

Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2009 $89.00

This is such a beautifully balanced wine that it drinks well even at the youngest stages,  yet it really begs for a few more years in the cellar in order to show off its best stuff. That’s the problem! Most people love drinking this Grattamacco Super Tuscan as soon as they get it in their hands on it, forgetting that this wine will grow in complexity over the next five, ten or fifteen years. You should grab a case or two enjoy help alleviate the problem by drinking a few bottles now but having plenty of bottles hidden in your cellar for future enjoyment.


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