Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaudevey 2009
It’s funny, buying Premier Cru Chablis always seems like a big indulgence even when it’s not much more expensive than a lot of California or B.C chardonnays. This Laroche is just lovely—vibrant and zippy with just a hair of oak aging to lend the hint of heft. Make someone’s Christmas with this bottle, or better yet, three.
Road 13 Jackpot Viognier Roussanne Marsanne 2011
$30 isn’t chump change, and there are definitely great B.C. wines that are cheaper, but this bottle gives you both the reliably exciting Road 13 team and some wonderful Rhone varietals we don’t get to see much grown locally. A fragrant, honeyed and rich white that will convince your New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc drinking cousin to expand his horizons.
Quinta do Ameal NV
So $17 is not really a splurge, but when you consider that this is Vinho Verde, the Portuguese wine where $10 and below is the norm, you see where I’m coming from. This is the Porsche of Vinho Verde: racy, sexy, and very drinkable due to its low alcohol. It 100% Loureiro (ah the Portugeuse and there crazy grapes!), and you can be pretty sure you’ll be the only guest who shows up with a bottle of it.