December’s Featured Wines – Hanukkah With Layer Cake Shiraz

Dreidels, Latkes and Layer Cake

Layer Cake Shiraz is the perfect accompaniment to a Hanukkah dinner of brisket, latkes and challah.

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season thus far.  It’s been a rather balmy one down here in Florida, which I’m loving personally.  Sunshiny 80-degree weather gets me into the holiday spirit, and this year’s Hanukkah celebration was enjoyed with family, friends and Layer Cake Shiraz.  I opened and decanted the bottle about an hour before dinner to let it breathe.  Normally, it’s just my father and I drinking wine at dinner, but tonight it seemed everyone wanted a taste.  As people sampled the wine, I could see eyebrows go up and smiles spread across faces…. And then arms reach out for a bigger pour.  While I did try to selfishly sell them on the merits of gin and vodka, I wasn’t winning the battle.  But ’tis the season and we all shared a great Shiraz that really had the complexities of a much more expensive bottle of wine.  I could really taste the cherries and chocolate notes, which I loved.  It was the perfect match with the hearty brisket and fried potato latkes.  I look forward to breaking open another bottle when I head to the “New Jersey Office” of the Two Winey Bitches for the rest of my holiday celebrations.

Layer Cake Shiraz

2009 Layer Cake Shiraz

What They Say:  Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, Bing cherry, blackberry and pepper merge with licorice, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark, super ripe, wild blackberry, with a touch of cigar box finishing with a mélange of exotic spices. A pure fruit bomb…complete from attack through a long, lingering finish. Chefs will save this cake for themselves…

Food Suggestions:  Clearly, I think it’s a great accompaniment to brisket, but it would be delicious with any cut of beef, lamb or barbecue… and perhaps a piece of layer cake?  Yes, we went there.

Blend Information:  100% Shiraz

Price Point: $ 13.79 at Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL

Click here for the Layer Cake website


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