At Wally’s, we are a family first and foremost. Therefore, we always have deep respect and admiration for family wineries that not only work together, but tell their family’s story through the incredible wines they produce. We have rounded up 10 top wines from family-owned and operated wineries paired with 10 delicious dishes from our take-out menu. There is nothing better right now than enjoying great food and wine with loved ones.
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2014 The Mascot Napa Valley Red
Wally's Price: $140
The Mascot comes from the family that produces Napa Valley superstars Harlan, BOND, and Promontory. Managed and operated by Will Harlan, the winery is an extraordinary representation of all that the Harlan family has built and has allowed Will to explore a unique blend of his own. The 2014 The Mascot Napa Valley Red is an expressive, silky red blend balanced by structure and tannin. Notes of dark cherry, cedar, and spice make for an elite drinking experience.
Food Pairing: Whole Braised Shortrib: nantes carrots, sorrel gnocchi, horseradish, bone marrow persillade
2012 Aleksander Red
Wally's Price: $70
Aleksander Estate is the newest Paso Robles star. The winery is rooted on a belief that a family’s bond is the strongest bond of all. Originally from Slovenia, Sasha Vujajic and his family found the perfect piece of land for their family winery in California. With soil like Bordeaux and sunshine like Napa, they found S&G Estate in Paso Robles. Aleksander Estate’s wines are far more than world-class Bordeaux blends- they are the result of a family’s promise to make something truly spectacular. These wines are not-to-be missed.
Food Pairing: Grass Fed Prime Ribeye with Cipollini onion, béarnaise sauce, pommes frites
2018 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon
Wally's Price: $25
Located in the heart of Paso Robles’ Adelaida District, brothers Georges and Daniel Daou founded their eponymous vineyard in 2007 with the goal of producing world class Cabernet Sauvignon. A decade later the Daou family is rewriting the rule book on what can be achieved in Paso Robles, regularly producing Cabernet that can go toe to toe with Napa Valley’s biggest names.
Food Pairing: Wally Burger: Wagyu beef, Old Amsterdam gouda, heirloom tomato, caramelized onions, Wally’s sauce, organic greens, pommes frites
2017 Occidental Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental
Wally's Price: $65
Steve Kistler, founder and winemaker of Kistler Vineyards for 37 years, has established a new pinot noir brand "Occidental" which is owned and operated by the Kistler family. Occidental is dedicated to the production of world-class pinot noir from the Freestone-Occidental area on the famous Sonoma Coast.
Food Pairing: King Salmon: grilled king salmon, coconut rice, vadouvan sauce brunoise, arrow leaf spinach, tahitian squash
2013 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille
Wally's Price: $175
The Gajas are known as the first family of Italian wine. The Gaja family settled in the Piedmont region back in the 17th century. The winery was named for founder Giovanni Gaja, who started it with only five acres (two hectares). Today, Gaia Gaja is at the helm, marking the 5th generation of family members involved in winery operations. Gaja wines are revered around the world for their power, beauty, and grace.
Food Pairing: Truffle Pizzetta: porcini truffle puree, truffle oil, buffalo mozzarella, arugula
2016 Biondi Santi Rosso di Montalcino
Wally's Price: $120
It is a rare phenomenon that a wine can trace its origins to a single man. Brunello di Montalcino, however, owes its existence to Ferrucio Biondi-Santi and its fame to his family. Now on the seventh generation of winemakers, the Biondi-Santi family continues to produce wines renowned for their elegance and extraordinary longevity.
Food Pairing: Salami Picante Pizzetta: dry cured spicy salami, pamplona chorizo, castelvetrano olives, buffalo mozzarella, tomato sauce
NV Taittinger Brut La Francaise
Wally's price: $50
Champagne Taittinger was established in 1931 by Pierre Taittinger It is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beloved Champagne houses and for good reason. The distinct champagnes are elegant, bright, and complex in flavor and texture. Today, the family owns and operates the winery under the direction of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger.
Food Pairing: Wood Oven Baked Brie: french baguette, fermier brie, truffle honey, truffle butter, shaved truffle
2010 Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza
Wally's Price: $28
Since its founding in 1877, Bodega R. Lopez de Heredia has produced the benchmark wines of the Rioja region. For the past 142 years, the estate's wines have represented Rioja's unique style and terroir to the world. Unlike the vast majority of estates and cooperatives in the region, the estate has remained continuously family-owned, and only ever produced wines from grapes within the Rioja DOC. These wines are well suited to cellaring, but approachable and exciting to drink now.
Food Pairing: Lamb Chop: caramelized double chop, purple fingerling potatoes, sugar snap & spring peas, morel mushroom jus
2014 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge
Wally's Price: $89
In 1990, Daniel and Florence Cathiard fell under the spell of this beautiful Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte estate. The perfect elegance, excellent balance and fine structure of Smith Haut Lafitte's red and white wines are the ultimate reflection of the family’s total commitment to quality.
Food Pairing: New York dry age 18 oz NY Strip, spinach, and artichoke gratin, red wine braised carrots, sauce au poivre
2017 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin
Wally's Price: $75
Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that reflect their individual terroir, vintage, and a family’s commitment to producing exceptional Burgundies. Faithfully preserving the individuality of terroir, the Drouhin family continues to make wines that have the utmost character, finesse, and elegance.
Food Pairing: Roasted Bone-In Whole Chicken: smashed fingerling potatoes, broccoli, truffle chicken jus, shaved truffle