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Holiday Champagnes

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This holiday season, even in tough economic times, many of us will delightfully splurge on celebratory champagne. We love this video clip from Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, authors of the Wall Street Journal’s “Tastings” column, which discusses prestigious champagnes for special occasions. They review the absurdity of over the top champagne packaging, the proper way to uncork a bottle, and the best glasses for bubbly serving. Suprisingly, their favorite champagne pick cost less than $100, a Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires Blanc de Blancs from 1995. Read the written article here at the WSJ.

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Hosting a party or event during this busy holiday season? Seasoned chefs and sommeliers have no difficulty with food and wine pairing, but for many of us, the issue can be a perplexing challenge. We have discovered this sinfully easy cheat sheet to assist you, a simple interactive wine pairing wheel. Simply click the image, choose a wine, and receive suggestions for the appropriate meat or poultry, fish, sauces, and desserts. Thanksgiving party planners take note: this guide recommends Sauvignon Blanc as a suitable white wine for turkey, and Pinot Noir as a complimentary red wine. For smoked turkey, the guide suggests a white Riesling.

We brought up the subject of turkey to our friend Joe from Another Wine Blog, and he recommended a 2007 Cono Sur Pinot Noir, with an attractive price point of under $10. provides a list of suggested wines for thanksgiving here, and you may also find helpful this Thanksgiving wine pairing article written by Joanie from Lafond Vineyards in Santa Barbara.