During a weekend in which Memphis was hit by an ice storm (that proved to be far milder than in other parts of the nation), I received a sample of a Hickory Farms gift box that included a bottle of wine, with treats aimed at the wine lover. Let's talk about the wine first.
2012 La Crema Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast, California
$23, 13.8% abv.
On the palate it shows bright acidity while the nose shows hints of pineapple and tropical fruits. A brassy California Chard with a gentle finish that goes well with the salty starters of the box but would be a great pairing for smoked salmon and other savory goodies that tend to show up on the table during the holidays. Like honey-roasted ham. This would be divine with a few slices of that and a dollop of Dijon mustard on the side.
Hickory Farms "Toast the Traditions" Gift Box
- 2 Red D'Anjou Pears
- 1 Crown Comice Pears
- 2 Fuji Apples
- Our Signature Beef Summer Sausage 5 oz.
- Farmhouse Cheddar
- Smoked Cheddar Blend 4 oz.
- Mixed Nuts 4 oz.
- Roasted & Salted Pistachios 4 oz.
- Chocolate Covered Cashews 4 oz.
- Le Crema Chardonnay
- Net Weight 5.7 lbs.