Holiday Gift Packs are great - it's the no-brainer present. Some wise person at the winery has been up all night for weeks trying to devise the perfect selection of their wines (so that you don't have to).
Some gift packs are too big - like 6-8 or even 12 wines. That's a lot of liquid to give. (Okay, if it's someone in your own household, no problem - because you'll be there to share the load of drinking up all that wine. But for those you have to carry or ship the wine to...well...)
|Qupe/Verdad celebrated the third anniversary of its tasting room recently|
The wine packs from Qupe and Verdad seem very right-sized to me.
The husband and wife wineries of Qupe (his, as in Bob Lindquist) and Verdad (hers, as in Louisa Sawyer Lindquist) span vineyard sources from both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties and have some of the best wines in California. His Syrahs and her Albarino (both grown biodynamically) climb into the stratosphere in terms of style, transparency and complexity.
So it's worth a minute or two to review their gift pack offerings:
From the master of Syrah...
Hillside Syrah Vertical, $125
2005, 2006, 2007
Qupe, Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard 3-pack, $110
2009 Sonnie's Syrah
From the mistress of Spanish wines...
Verdad Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard 3-pack, $65
Verdad Santa Ynez Valley 2-pack, $30 ($6 savings)
And if you just can't decide, the wineries each offer Reserve Tasting gift certificates. These special tastings are for 4-6 people and take place in a private room (in the back of the tasting room in Los Olivos, a block from some of the famous Sideways scenes). Guests taste their way through 6 wines paired with cheeses.
4 Person, $75 (a $100 value)
6 Person, $115 (a $150 value)
For more info, call 805.686.4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Note: Qupe seems to be in the process of redoing it's web site, so if it doesn't work, don't fret. Just call.)