Just because your hosts have come to expect little more than a six-pack doesn’t let you off the hook. A quick trip to (or same-day delivery from) Silverlake Wine and you’ll land yourself a toast.
Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs NV Brut Cuvée de Réserve Grand Cru, $55
Serious bubbly drinkers and brown-baggers alike will be impressed by the opulent champagne. Mention the posh Le Mesnil Sur Oger subregion to raise eyebrows in a totally rewarding way.
Tintero Moscato d’Asti 2009, $11
Go for the unexpected with a sweet but not syrupy dessert wine from Northern Italy. The straw yellow sparkler is refreshing before or after dinner.
Lemorton Calvados Domfrontais Reserve, $53
’Tis the season for brandy notes — in this case, a pear/apple blend. Or nip rich Chateau de Briat Hors d’Age Bas-Armagnac ($68) from a sixteenth-century vacation castle of Henry VI.
Para Silverlake 2007, $14
The easy-drinking cab-merlot blend marks the first wine made exclusively for the store. Label art by Eastside artist Phil Lumbang makes it an especially good-looking hostess gift.
Sine Qua Non the Raven Grenache 2006, $297
Try this for anyone whose ears perk up at the words wait list. Critical acclaim and small, hands-on production make the Ventura region one of the most sought after. (Bottles of The Inaugural, kept in back, go for about a grand.)
Silverlake Wine, 2395 Glendale Boulevard, between Silver Lake Boulevard and Earl Street, Silver Lake (323-662-9024 or silverlakewine.com).
Photo: Beata Bernina / Courtesy of Silverlake Wine
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