Naked Grape Wine Bar, located at 2039 Wilton Drive, offers the perfect ambience to really enjoy the art of savoring wine. Everything, from the way your host, Naked Grape’s owner Caleb Ben-Avram, greets you, to the relaxing leather sofas, soft lighting, cleanliness, and beautiful bar – everything is designed to make your evening or afternoon a pleasant one.

The look is decidedly more contemporary than wine-country chic. At Naked Grape Wine Bar Ben-Avram wants people to come in and not feel intimidated by a sommelier. His mission is to offer only small-batched wines, that ensure not only being “something different,” but mark a high level of craftsmanship.

To celebrate wine, and some of his favorite pinot selections for the holiday table he is hosting Pinot Envy on Sunday, November 14, at his Wilton Drive location, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will be catered, and features several favorites in addition to what he describes as a few surprises. He shared a few selections from the pinot family with SFGN recently.

“Pinot is just the perfect wine to bring to the holiday table,” said Ben-Avram.
We started with a crémant a sparkling wine not to be confused with champagne but – is certainly a refreshing, unique alternative. He wants his clients to know you can get some excellent bubbles without the exuberant cost of champagne.

Lucien Albrecht
Crémant Brut
Nose – big, explosive, flowers – this wine could be used in aromatherapy.
Dry, but “creamy” palate. Clean aftertaste. A bit of citrus on the back palate.
Beautiful bottle – would make a lovely gift to any dinner party.

Lucien Albrecht
Brut Rosé (from Pinot Noir)
Nose – Strawberry, flowers, welcoming, lovely.
Delicate pink color.
Palate is dry, but strawberry is prominent, though always elegant. Clean finish.
Gorgeous bottle. This would be a very elegant gift to take to a dinner party and would look very beautiful on the dinner table. Interesting note, the Albrecht family ahs been producing wine in their native Alsace, France for 20 generation.

Dag Johan
Vin Gris (rosé from Pinot Noir)
Willamette 12.5% alc. Oregon
Nose – complex and wonderful
Color – gorgeous darker rosé
Enjoyably dry, but not as a dry as the famed Tavel rosés,= from Provence, yet not at all sweet or fruity, offering a very dry finish. Malolactic fermentation.
This is a good wine for Thanksgiving or any holiday. A coiffing rosé that will stand up to food, especially ham.

Chamisal Vineyards
2009 Central Coast
Beautiful yellow color
Nose: spice
Light, peppery, spicy palate, very dry finish, and surely a wonderful white for holidays. Ben-Avram described this as a red drinker’s white wine.

Forefront 2008
Pine Ridge
Lovely claret color
Excellent nose: liquorish, and a hint of coal
Changes as you drink
Definitely a food wine, great for Thanksgiving.

Sonoma Perennial
Pinot Noir, Syrah, Pinot Meunier, 4% Chardonnay.
Very dark red, almost opaque color
Cedar nose. Reminds me of my childhood.
Ideal elegance and structure for Thanksgiving, meaning it’s a great coiffing wine and will also stand up to traditional dishes.
Slightest hint of eucalyptus, but mostly berries.
All of the wines were delightful, but to get the full effect of the pinot family for the upcoming holiday season – be sure to stop by for Pinot Envy this Sunday!

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