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Screen Shot 2014-12-27 at 5.21.37 PMNothing, to me, is better than a real tree with that fresh pine smell in the house. I know people like the fake trees with the fragrance that you can spray on the tree but for me it is not the same. Each tree every year has it’s own personality and adventure. One of our traditions is to get our tree near Prince Michel Winery and wine taste after picking out the tree. What are your traditions around Christmas?

Now I can tell you one tradition that we have is, of course, drinking wine while decorating the tree. I am not sure how much you can count this as a tradition if we would be drinking wine on the couch watching Netflix if it wasn’t Christmas. This year’s Christmas tree decorating wine was the 2010 Alta Vineyards Co. Nonno’s Rosso by Seghesio.

From their website, this wine is a blend of 33% Zinfandel, 23% Alicante Bouschet, 23% Syrah, and 21% Mourvedre. There were not tasting notes but here is the rest of the information on this wine:

The Seghesio family purchased the historic Alta Vineyard Co. (Bonded Winery No. 56) in 1949, as they looked to grow their business. It is the site of our current winery. In its heyday, Alta was a purchaser of high-quality “claret” grapes farmed locally. While most of our vineyards are estate grown, we covet certain lots from independent growers. That was the case for the sources that provided the grapes for this bottling, a turn-of-the-century heritage blend.

It is showing a price of $40. So how was it?

Color – Super deep red.

Nose – Black cherry and lots of dark fruit.

Taste – Black cherry jam and plum.

Finish – Long with medium to high acid and very bold but rounded tannins.

Overall, this was a pretty decent wine. It is medium to full bodied and very smooth. It is your classic Californian fruit forward wine but it is not very complex. You can definitely get the Zinfandel in this blend. I would say good but not great and really not sure if it is worth $40.

Rating: B