Your Wine Personality Is: Classic Luxury

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You love to invest in quality items that never go out of style...

beautifully crafted treasures that are timeless. Simplicity and elegance are your calling cards. Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel are your style icons. You're known across your friend group for your exceptional taste and you adore curating a lifestyle that's effortlessly chic!

Your wine choices reflect your elegant, classic taste- you gravitate towards old-world wines for their refinement and ease of pairing with food.

Here are 10 totally customized, sommelier-curated recommendations sure to please your luxurious, elegant palate--- shop them at the links:

Sparkling Wine:  Vilmart Grand Cellier 1er Cru Brut Champagne, $65

This premier-cru Champagne is luxurious and fresh: with white flower aromas like honeysuckle and lilac, citrus notes, as well as fresh butter and cream.  On the palate, it’s lively with a delicate effervescence, and the wine reveals spicy notes of ginger and lemongrass

Light-Bodied White Wine: Domaine Bailly-Reverdy, Sancerre Chavignol 2016

This Sauvignon Blanc from the Sancerre appellation of France's Loire Valley is vibrant and thirst-quenching with notes of coriander, white peach, grapefruit, and fresh pear, all highlighted among notes of chalky minerals.  The vineyards have been in the family since the turn of the century, and Domaine Bailly-Reverdy produces classic, letter-perfect Sancerre.

Full-Bodied White Wine:  Domaine Faiveley, Montagny Blanc 2014, $28.99

This Chardonnay from Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise subregion presents the classic features of a Burgundian Chardonnay: pale gold color with aromas of acacia, mayflower, honeysuckle, lemon-balm and gun-flint. In the mouth, the wine is always fresh, frisky, and young at heart. Its acidity and concentration come together well, to give this wine good balance.

Aromatic White Wine:  Trimbach Riesling 2014, $16.99

Riesling is the most emblematic of Alsace grape varieties. With a delicate bouquet, it’s perfectly balanced between its dry personality, its distinguished fruitiness, and its exceptional richness. Vinified dry, it’s full of spring blossoms, white peach, and apricot notes.

Rosé Wine:  Miraval Rose 2017, $21.99

This rosé is gorgeous: pretty pale petal pink, with elegant and beautiful aromatic expression of fresh fruit and spring flowers. In the mouth, the acidity is refreshing; a great elegance and a nice balance dominate, with a saline finish. Peach, citrus, and raspberry notes all leap from the glass, and it's juicy, vibrant, and crisp on the palate.

Orange Wine:  Ryme Vare Vineyard Ribolla Gialla 2014, $44.99

This skin-fermented white is particularly aromatic with juicy yellow pear, ginger and chamomile and an oceanic minerality. This is like biting into a perfect pear, complete with a fleshy, broadly textured palate, chin-dribbling juiciness, and the refreshing grit of fine grained tannins.

Light-Bodied Red Wine:  Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015, $26.99

Aromas of fresh cherries, wild strawberry, cranberry and red plum give way to earthy, heady notes of mushroom, fresh turned soil and dried red currants. On the palate, the wine has a luxurious long, fruity, lush finish with complex and earthy secondary flavors of truffle, shitakes and cherry compote.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine: La Fiorita Riserva Brunello di Montalcino 2007, $64

Fattoria La Fiorita was established by one of the world’s top winemakers, Roberto Cipresso. The wine has a deep ruby red colour, aroma with notes of red fruit, spices and tobacco; velvety and complex on the palate with flavors of rose, cherry, and balsamic, with fragrant tannins and a long, persistent finish.

Full-Bodied Red Wine: Château Canon, Croix Canon Saint-Émilion 2011, $55

Croix Canon, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, is crafted with precision and care. The nose is fresh, delicate and fruity; the palate is silky with an intense aromatic expression and firm tannin structure. Founded in 1760, Château Canon’s remarkable walled vineyard borders the entrance to the village of Saint-Emilion, and is located in the center of town. When CHANEL bought Chateau Canon in 1996, it decided to invest heavily in the property to enable its wines to attain the full magnitude of a Saint-Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé once again. The vineyards, winery and facilities are as they are today thanks to a true concern to preserve the heritage of the past.

Dessert Wine:  Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2011, $39.99

This wine has exceptional clarity, balance and freshness, a full body, and a medium-sweet crisp finish. It’s racy and refined, with seamlessly layered notes of almond cream, apricot, ginger, mango, piecrust, papaya and toasted hazelnut. The long, spice-infused finish shows beautiful depth, echoing with a note of enticing tarte Tatin.

 

 

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About Your Sommelier...

Before we go any further, let me introduce myself: I'm Sarah, the founder of The Lush Life, and I'm a sommelier, wine educator, and event consultant based in Brooklyn. I’m almost always in the mood for Beyoncé and almost always in the mood for Champagne. I believe that opening a bottle of wine is the cheapest and quickest way to travel the world without leaving your sofa, and that life is way too short not to drink wines that you absolutely love!

If you ever wished you had a cool sommelier friend to help you navigate the complex world of wine, you’re in the right place.

I’m here to help you discover your own palate and totally own it; plus give you the tools to know your way around a wine list or retail shop like a pro. I’ll encourage you to try wines you’ve never heard of, play with spirits and creative cocktail making, pair food and wine like a boss, and just generally upgrade your life with bottles that are delicious, sustainable, stylish and affordable. You'll also find features dedicated to gorgeous glassware, covetable bar cart style, wine travel guides, and wine-inspired fashion and beauty brands. 

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