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Make a Holiday Toast with Ammunition Wines


We are officially knee deep in the holiday season. Holiday parties are happening almost every night where friends and families are making toasts in celebration of a fantastic year and with the excitement of all the goodness coming to everyone in the New Year. When hosting my friends in my home during the holiday season, I only want to serve them the highest quality wines, and I have recently fallen in love with Ammunition Wines.

Ammunition is the shared vision of two guys who had a dream and decided to make it happen. Andy and Bill partnered together to produce world-class wines from Sonoma County and bring them to their friends and family as a celebration of their shared American heritage. After some not-so-careful consideration, they pooled some money together with a few of their friends and started making wine.

In this way, the story of Ammunition isn’t their story at all, but rather a shared celebration of the values, work ethic and ingenuity upon which our nation was built. This is a story about the underdog. About being uncompromising on quality even when faced with the prospect of competing with wineries many times our size. About believing so much in what we’re doing, that we’re willing to swim upstream even in the swiftest of waters. Every drop of wine they produce represents their uncommon (and admittedly, at times, obsessive) pursuit of perfection. It’s the result of long hours, hard work and sleepless nights.

My favorite Ammunition Wines that I recommend pouring for your friends and family this holiday season are:

2016 Badgerhound Zinfandel $23
They set out to make a Zinfandel as tenacious as the Badgerhound. It was originally created as a pet project, but it has quickly gained a cult following in select markets nationwide. One pour, and you’ll see why. The 2016 vintage presents appealing aromas of crushed raspberries and blackberries are framed by vanilla and cigar box notes. This wine shows sweet concentrated fruit in the mouth with plenty of oak, tannins and acidity to balance the ripeness. The finish is long, rich and intense. This 2016 vintage should age well for the next 5 years. Pairs great with barbecue dishes such as St. Louis-style ribs, Memphis pulled-pork and Texas-style brisket.

2017 Ammunition Chardonnay $23
Light golden in color and fermented entirely in stainless steel, this wine shows aromas of honeysuckle and citrus rind with crisp flavors of green apples and citrus. The wine finishes clean and balanced with a delicate sense of elegance.Pairs great with a variety of meats such as chicken and pork. We particularly enjoy it with fresh salmon and brick chicken, as it can hold up to big flavors while not overwhelming the more delicate nuances of foods.

2017 Ammunition Pinot Noir $28
Ripe black cherry framed by a subtle oakiness dominate the aromas of this medium-to-full bodied Pinot Noir. Earthy cherry and strawberry flavors with subtle oak tones of vanilla spice that are embraced by smooth, silky tannins. This wine is enjoyable now and will continue to improve for years to come. Wonderfully versatile for pairing, we have particularly enjoyed this wine with pork tenderloin, mushroom risotto, ribs, aged cheese, venison and an afternoon BLT.

Ammunition Wines are currently available online. Once you have one sip of their delicious wine, I guarantee that you’ll want to sign-up for their wine club.

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