First, thank you to all those Palate customers who supported us by selecting our wines for your Thanksgiving tables. We appreciate your business.

We've entered December, time to gear up for this month's holidays. As we all prepare we would like to suggest two great white wines to help you celebrate. New to our shelves are a New Zealand Glazebrook 2016 Sauvignon Blanc ($16) and a South African Simonsig 2015 Chenin Blanc ($16). 

The Glazebrook Sauvignon Blanc is from Marlborough on the northern tip of the South Island where the cool climate and ocean breezes help the grapes produce a wine that is extremely refreshing, perfect to drink young. Glazebrook offers the palate a stunning crisp, dry wine with high acidity combined with complex layers of tropical fruit and a limey edge with a lingering finish. 

From the other side of the globe, South Africa also offers the wine enthusiast some remarkably good red and white wines. This new arrival, the Simonsig Chenin Blanc comes from the hillsides outside Stellenbosch. The Chenin Blanc grape originated in France's Loire Valley but South Africa has also had great success in cultivating its vines in the Cape area. This Chenin Blanc has striking floral notes with ripe pear and just a hint of honey. Ideal with light fare- a turkey sandwich, shrimp, glazed chicken or seared tuna.

And what festive occasion would be complete without raising a glass of chilled bubbly, namely our Gabriel Cremant de Loire ($20) that many of you already know well. Buy a case for New Year's Eve and get 10 percent off the case. What may be left can be consumed on Valentine's Day. So jingle your bells and pop those corks. Come in and share a sip with us and find out about the surprise in the bag.......and remember to share your food and drink in a spirit of good cheer!