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Glass of Good Cheer: Our wine columnist presents his annual holiday guide.

At this time of year, the mailbox seems to fill with catalogs.

Glossy pages of gift ideas catch the eye with everything from baskets of food to warm flannel clothing. I was wondering if I would see a wine catalog. Then I attended a Chairman’s Selection Tasting and decided to make my own.

I hope you enjoy what I’ve created. The thought is to share my notes to make it easy for wine lovers to find the perfect gift or even match a bottle with a holiday meal.

Keep sipping,



White Wine

Maison Jean Hauteville Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2016, code #78789, $19.99
Tasty, unoaked Chard from French Burgundy. Green apples and citrus on a clean palate. For seafood.

Nielson by Byron Chardonnay 2015, code #78909, $9.99
Easy-drinking white wine from Santa Barbara County. Nice combo of buttery oak and lemon at a bargain price.


Rosè Wine

Chateau Ferry Lacombe Haedus Rose Cotes de Provence 2017, code #78900, $12.99
Unoaked blend of four grapes from southern France. Great palate scrubber.


Red Wine

Solena Estate Grande Cuvee Pinot Noir 2015, code #78905, $17.99
Savory, minerally pinot with notes of clove and spice.

Carden Pinot Noir 2012, code #78903, $29.99
Spicy Oregon pinot with good fruit and finish. Matches up with turkey.

Cellier Terres Blanches Intuition Cotes du Rhone 2017, code #78883, $9.99
Well-balanced bargain red. Classic southern Rhone blend.

Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 2015, code #78892, $11.99
Fruity Aussie red with sweet mid-palate and soft balanced finish. A unique shiraz to drink now.

Matetic Vineyards Corralillo Syrah 2014, code #78878, $14.99
Smooth Chilean syrah with good fruit, nuance and balance. My choice for red meat or turkey.

El Esteco Don David Reserve Malbec 2016, code #78904, $9.99
Unique fruity malbec from Argentina. Spicy with tannins in check.

Duca di Saragnano Rosso di Montepulciano 2016, code #78887, $10.99
Nice Italian red from Tuscany to match pasta with red sauces.

Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Reserva 2013, code # 78913, $13.99
Good solid Tuscan blend with deep fruit and great balance.

Gabarda Seleccion 2015, code #78911, $10.99
Unique Spanish blend, fruity with well-balanced tannins and a silky finish.

Contino Rioja Reserva 2014, code #78895, $29.99
Classic Spanish blend with cherry, strawberry and vanilla flavors. Dry, clean finish.

Los Frailes Sinergia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, code #78888, $16.99
Noble Bordeaux grape done in uncommon Spanish style. Ripe and ready to drink.

Cafaggio Basilica del Cortaccio Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, code #78939, $24.99
Noble Bordeaux grape from Tuscany. Velvety fruit, well structured. French roots, Italian style.

Carden Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, code #78902, $24.99
Classic cab from Washington state. Cola nose and cassis mid-palate with smooth and easy drinking.

Mark Herold Wines Collide 2014, code #78886, $16.99
Crazy-quilt Cali blend that hits the high notes. Dark and supple, controlled heat even at 15.4-percent alcohol.

Havens Winery Bourriquot Red Wine 2015, code #78908, $19.99
Right-bank blend from Napa Valley. Dark berries lead to long finish with amazing balance and long fruit finish.

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