5 Perfect Staycation Wines

Posted August 13, 2015

Stacy Brody


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Plane tickets are expensive. You never sleep well in hotel beds. The pillows are too hard or too soft, and there are always too many. The only sitter that doesn’t kill your cat overfeeds it.

Vacations are over-rated.

Staycations, however, are much more relaxing. Consider how peaceful a wine-filled staycation could be. But what do you drink? While your answer might be EVERYTHING! I beg to differ.

Selecting staycation wines is an important part of planning. In fact, it may be the only part of planning. Don’t let it stress you out.   

Punset Barbaresco Campo Quadro 2004

Since first reading about this beautiful region of northwestern Italy, and its amazing wines and foods, I’ve had Piedmont on my list of must-go places.

Close your eyes. Imagine you are there, where rolling hills are covered with vineyards and white truffles grow wild.

Stock up on ciabatta bread, cheese, and white truffle oil. The Punset Barbaresco Campo Quadro 2004 is a beautiful expression of the Nebbiolo grape from Piedmont and is entering its drinking years now. You want to be ready.

Bonus: If you or your child has a stuffed animal pig, you may want to pretend it is truffle harvest season and send the pig hunting - who know what you’ll find under the couch!

Vina Aliaga Lagrima De Garnacha Rosado 2014

Crisp, intense, and dangerously refreshing, this Garnacha Rosado (Rose) is produced in the Navarra region of Spain. This is the land of fiestas and the running of the bulls. It is a region known not only for wines but also for market gardening. Weren’t you thinking that your garden was in need of some help these days? This is the perfect opportunity to spend a relaxing afternoon outside. If the neighbors say hello, simply explain that you are on vacation in Spain for the afternoon and are unable to talk. That should solve the neighbor problem for the day, if not longer.

Reap the rewards of your harvest. Whip up a garden-fresh meal (no one ever cooks as well as you do, anyway). Uncork a bottle of this Rosado. And don’t worry - if you finish the bottle, you don’t need to worry about getting home.

Sojourn Sangiacomo Chardonnay 2013


With tropical fruit notes jumping from the glass and a beach chair on the label, this crazy-good California Chardonnay is a no-brainer for your staycation. Simply repurpose the old sandpail as an ice bucket, put on the relaxing seascape soundtrack your aunt got you for the holidays 7 years ago, exhale, and pour yourself a glass. The only thing you’re missing is the beautiful resort bartender.

Dandelion Wishing Clock of the Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2014

“Wish you were here” is on the label of every wine from Dandelion Vineyards. While I may not wish to be in South Australia during their winter (though we have had some pretty brutal heat waves this summer), I do wish to be on the water, on a sailboat or a yacht, bobbing gently, sipping refreshing white wine, watching the sun set on the horizon. This wine, a pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc, with bright fruit and refreshing acidity, can bring you there.

Kelley Fox Pinot Noir Mirabai 2013

I’m saving on plane tickets, so I’m splurging on some yummy Oregon Pinot Noir. From the one-woman operation Kelley Fox wines, this Pinot Noir is an expression of a time and place, of a tranquil vineyard in Oregon, a season working amongst the vines, a winter of watching and waiting and guiding this wine in the cellar.

If you can’t imagine the vineyards and the winery, stare for a while at the moonlit mountainscape on the label. You’ll get there.

What will you be drinking on your staycation? Where will your imagination... and your wine selection take you?


Stacy comes to Wine Library from the production side of the industry. After studying agriculture in college, she found herself working at a local winery and, at harvest season, snacking on as many Pinot Noir grapes as she could take before the winemaker noticed. She enjoys reading, hiking, and scoping out what's in season at the local farmers' markets.

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Sojourn Sangiacomo Chardonnay

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