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What We're Drinking at Home - Our Somms Share Their Dinner Table Picks
March 19, 2020

What We're Drinking at Home - Our Somms Share Their Dinner Table Picks


Gathering around the dinner table with wine and family is a wonderful way to create memories. Choosing the perfect bottle, clinking the glasses and sharing a toast is all part of the magic. Let us help you find comfort in the small pleasures at home with these hand-selected bottles from Wally’s.

We tapped our Sommelier team to find what they are drinking at home. We know these delicious wines will provide you with comfort and enjoyment in the days ahead.

2017 Robert Biale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel

Wally's Price: $49

"Zinfandel has long thrived in Northern Californian producing unique, delicious nectars that are one of the wine world's purest hedonistic pleasures. A good Zinfandel is the ideal accompaniment to a joyful conversation, an entertaining movie, or a sizzling slab of baby back ribs! Robert Biale is one of the stars of Napa Valley Zinfandel and their Black Chicken label, named for a code used in Prohibition days to secretly order wine, is one of the best expressions on the market. It simply bursts with mounds of ripe, juicy raspberry and flavors of cranberry sauce dusted with clove and cinnamon. Bold, spicy and irresistible, each sip makes you anticipate the next so be advised that bottles run empty in the blink of an eye!"

-Robert Vardanian, Wally’s Santa Monica Wine Director

"From Oak Knoll sites near the winery, this bold red is tight in focused tannins and a firm texture. Lifted red fruit dominates—a mix of cherry and raspberry—dipped in dried herb, baking spice and vanilla oak."

-Wine Enthusiast

91 points, Wine Enthusiast

2012 Pontet Canet

Wally's Price: $125

"93 points across the board. James Suckling, Robert Parker. A biodynamic estate out Paulliac. The wines have soft tannins and drink very well now, but look to cellar until 2030 and beyond!"

-Elias Cuevas, Wally’s Santa Monica Sommelier

"This impeccably run, biodynamically farmed estate of Alfred Tesseron goes from strength to strength. The 2012 triumphs once again with its notes of dark plum, blackcurrant, licorice and almost a hint of truffle, its full-bodied, supple tannins, and beautiful, expensive mouthfeel. Complex and deep, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine may not be at the level of the 2009 or 2010, but it is a successful wine in this vintage, and a significant wine in 2012. "

-Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

93 points, Robert Parker

2014 Marques de Murrieta Capellania

Wally's Price: $22

"More often than not, Spanish wines represent great value for quality. This wine is not an exception. It is a single-vineyard Rioja Blanco from one of the legendary producers of the region. Unlike its famous red sibling, the grape here is Viura (also known as Macabeo as a blending component of Cava) which makes fresh, floral white ready to drink young, or honeyed and nutty number when aged in oak that can improve in bottle for many years to come. This particular example is aged in new French barrels for a year and a half followed by an additional year in bottle. I don’t know how they can keep the price this low, but it is a serious white Rioja that will reward your palate. It’s sumptuous and complex. Don’t miss this."

-Sunhee Park, Wally’s Beverly Hills Sommelier

"The Viura that's used for Capellanía comes from the high part of the estate at 485 metres and was planted in 1945. The oak has been all French since 2004, moving away from American barrels, and this is increasingly Burgundian in style with citrus and crème fraîche notes, subtle wood notes and a lively, palate-cleansing finish."

-Tim Atkin

94 points, Tim Atkin

2012 Aleksander Red Blend

Wally's Price: $70

"I love this Merlot led right bank style Bordeaux blend. It is incredibly blanaced. It has ripe fruit on the palate but has a dry finish with notes of cocoa and cedar . With 7 years of age it is ready to drink now. This is my go to red wine for grilling season. The balance of fruit, earth, aroma, and length make it a must try for new world and old world wine drinkers alike. "

-Dustin Cassidy, Wally’s Beverly Hills Sommelier

"There is plenty of bottle age on this release, made by the family of former NBA pro Sasha Vujacic, but it’s quite delicious now. Aromas of caramelized blackberry and liquified oak lead into a palate full of cedar, cassis and a hint of black olive."

91 points, Wine Enthusiast

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