We all know someone who is tough to shop for. Whether it’s because they “have it all” or “don’t need anything,” our gift-giving instincts can still be strong! Maybe it’s how we show them we love them, or maybe we’re using this time of year to thank them for being in our lives.
Gifting wine is both practical and thoughtful. Most people – at some point – will have a need for a nice bottle of wine, and if you make your decision wisely, they could hold on to that bottle for as long as they need (or would like) to. Or perhaps you know someone who is looking for great wines to serve at a holiday dinner or party.
We have three different Holiday Packs this year, all strategically created to suit different price points and audiences.
This due features the two most representative varieties of the Finger Lakes region: Dry Riesling and Cabernet Franc. 2021 was a wet, overcast year, so the Silver Thread wines turned out to be freshly aromatic with lower alcohol, making them perfect to pair with a variety of foods! In fact, they’re the official wines of our annual Virtual Holiday Party, and when you order them, you’ll also get two festive appetizer recipes to try at home. The Party Pack is $42, plus $10 flat-rate shipping.
This trio includes a red, a white, and a rose! You *should* be able to get five glasses of wine from a bottle, so this pack is great for someone who is going to host a holiday dinner for a dozen or so people. Our Good Earth blends (Red and White) are both approachably dry and smooth, and the Dry Rose of Pinot Noir is a savory rose made with 100% estate-grown grapes. In fact, the Silver Thread Pinot Noir vines are some of the oldest on Seneca Lake! At $65 with $10 flat-rate shipping, this pack is perfectly priced.
Our most festive of the group: four unique wines from different vintages, all made with 100% estate-grown grapes!
- 2016 Chardonnay
- 2019 Blanc de blancs
- 2020 Blackbird Red
- 2021 Riesling Estate
As you can see, we’ve taken the liberty of aging the ’16 Chardonnay for you, but the other three bottles are certainly suitable for sitting in the cellar a bit longer. Older Silver Thread Rieslings and Blackbird red blends (Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, and Merlot) are known for their complexity.
That being said, all four of these wines are delicious as they currently stand. The Blackbird is truly red with 0% residual sugar, and has the reputation as being one of the smoothest reds in the region. This is the second disgorgement of our 2019 Blanc de blancs, which means it’s an extra brut (aka, extra dry) style: nice and toasty with very fine bubbles. The 2021 Riesling Estate is a medium-dry wine with lots of stone fruit and minerality. The older Chardonnay has been a hit here in the tasting room! It was aged in older oak, so it has a round mouthfeel and a touch of creaminess on the finish but no oakiness whatsoever. This pack is available for $124 with $10 flat-rate shipping.
We offer four different wine clubs, based mostly on how much wine is received per year. If you’ve got a wine-lover in your life, gifting them a membership is a great idea! The most popular option is our VIP Club, which features four shipments a year of six bottles each. What makes it our number one? It’s fully customizable! If your bestie is a Riesling fanatic, we offer a Riesling Club. For newer wine lovers, the Winter Club or Sampler Club could be better fits. Whatever option is chosen, all memberships come with free tastings at the winery, early access to limited wine releases, and discounts on all purchases (whether online or in-person).
What’s even better than wine? Interacting with it! We offer a variety of experiences, from Premium Flights to Vineyard Tours to Private Library Tastings… and we’re happy to customize (to the best of our ability) if your friend is a fan of something specific. So hopefully we’ll get to see you – and your fellow wine lovers – soon!