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Great Gifts: Wine

Magazine article Sunset

Great Gifts: Wine

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The question was put this way: If you were to recommend goodvalue wines for Christmas giving, which ones would they be? Taking my interlocutor to mean this Christmas, here you are:

Less than $15: Collio Sauvignon 1995, Marco Felluga; Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 1994; Navarro Anderson Valley Gewurztraminer 1994. $15 to $20: Domaine Chandon Napa Valley Brut Reserve, nonvintage; Chianti Classico 1991 "Petrignano" from Dievole; Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Reserve.

*$20 to $25: Chablis Premier Cru 1990 "Beauroy" from La Chablisienne; Chianti Classico Riserva 1991 Castello della Paneretta; Chianti Classico Riserva 1991 Castello di Verrazzano; Clos du Val Napa Valley-Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 1991; Columbia Winery Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 "Red Willow."

*$25 to $35: Champagne Brut Premier nonvintage, Louis Roederer; Chablis Premier Cru 1991 (or 1995) "Vaillons," Moreau et Fils; Chablis Premier Cru 1995 "Vaudevey," Domaine Laroche; Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 "Sycamore Vineyard"; Chianti Classico Riserva 1991 or, better yet, 1990 "Tenute Marchese," Antinori (open it when there are no more than two at table-this is the only wine in the list I treasure that much); St. …

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