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E16 Winery

Kari Jensen
December 19, 2017 | Kari Jensen

This New Year, Go Beyond the Bubbles

Here are our top 3 wines to help you ring in the New Year that aren’t sparkling.

New Year’s doesn’t have to be all about the bubbles. Popping a bottle of Champagne during times of celebration, such as birthdays, weddings, and, of course, New Year’s Eve has simply become a tradition. A tradition marking a special occasion; Champagne with its rich history, elegant taste, and hefty price tag became the staple. When choosing the beverage that’s going to be in your glass at midnight, it should adhere to the tradition of being something special but not necessarily sparkling. With that in mind, here are three wines sure to please a variety of palates and pair perfectly with your New Year’s Eve dinner.

Pinot Noir

Featuring a light-skinned grape, which produces a lighter opacity red wine, and medium-to-low tannins, Pinot Noir is always a good go-to bottle. Pleasing red wine drinkers, as well as some white wine drinkers venturing toward a ‘warmer’ varietal during the colder months, Pinot Noir is known for its refinement and pairing capabilities.  

With notes of black cherry, toasted oak, vanilla cream, and balanced acidity, we warmly recommend our 2014 Pinot Noir from Bennett Valley. A beautiful blend of three distinct blocks of the Pommard clone, romancing the French region; the results represent the character of the diverse terrain.

Pinot Noir food pairings: Broiled lobster, Duck Confit, Gruyère cheese, wild mushroom risotto, roasted vegetable polenta


Perhaps one of the most diverse white wine grapes in the world, from rich and buttery to light and zesty, there is a Chardonnay for you. Our 2015 Chardonnay from Russian River Valley is nothing short of perfection. Bright, silky smooth, and impeccably crafted with flavors of golden apple, honey, and spice—it will give Champagne a run for its money when it comes to toasting the New Year.

Chardonnay food pairings: Oysters, grilled Halibut, oven roasted turkey, semi-soft cheeses, fresh Black Truffles

Grenache Blanc

A full-bodied white wine with medium acidity and intense flavors, Grenache Blanc, is well-balanced from start to finish. A luxurious Rhone varietal, our 2014 Grenache Blanc from El Dorado’s Baby Rattlesnake Vineyard expresses a sense of place and distinction in a bottle. Rich with notes of stone fruit, pear, and a wisp of smoke, it’s hard not to savor every sip.

Grenache Blanc food pairings: Braised Short rib, Chicken Satay, Raclette, Brie cheese, roasted harvest vegetables

New Year’s resolution: Be adventurous!



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8085 Perry Creek Road
Somerset, CA 95684
p 530.620.6200
Open Friday – Sunday 11am – 5pm


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