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Holiday Wine Gift Suggestions

Wine Gift

by Fred McMillin


What wine should I give as a holiday gift?

Wine aficionados are always delighted to receive a free bottle of wine. So, decide on the price that fits your budget, and find below a very good wine in that price range.

On Wine: Gift Suggestions
Whites, Pinks, Sparklers and Desserts
Price Wine
$6 Chardonnay, Forestville Vineyards (Bronco), California, 2008
$8 Sauvignon Blanc, VINI Wines, Bulgarian Master Vintners, 2008
$8 Brut Sparkling Wine, Crane Lake, California NV
$10 Chardonnay, Firestone Vineyards, California, 2008
$10 (Pink) Rose of Zinfandel, Pedroncelli Vineyards, 2008
$12 Pinot Gris, Acrobat, King Estate, Oregon, 2008
$12 (Dessert) White Port-ReZerve, Shenandoah Vineyards, 2002
$13 Sauvignon Blanc, Kenwood Vineyards, Sonoma County, 2008
$14 Riesling, Shooting Star (Steele), Lake County, 2008
$15 (Pink) Vin Gris de Cigare, Bonny Doon Vineyards, 2008
$15 (Sparkler) Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Tiamo, Italy-Veneto, NV
$16 Pinot Gris, King Estate, Oregon, 2008
$18 Chardonnay, Steele Wines, California, 2008
$19 Riesling-Limited, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Monterey, 2009
$26 (Dessert) Zinfandel Port, Deaver Vineyards,Sierra Foothills, NV (375ml)
$28 (Dessert) Deviation, Quady Winery, California, NV (375ml)
$32 Sauvignon Blanc, J.Phelps Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2008
$70 Chardonnay, Hanzell Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, 2006
$100 Sparkling Wine, J. Schram, Schramsberg Vineyards, Napa County
$10 Zinfandel, Vintner's Blend, Ravenswood, California, 2007
$11 Pinot Noir, Forest Glen Wines (Bronco), California, 2008
$12 Merlot, Frick Winery, Sonoma County, 2005
$12 Petite Sirah, Napa Ridge Winery, Napa Valley, 2007
$14 Syrah, Hahn Estate, Central Coast, 2003
$18 Pinot Noir, Sebastiani Vineyards, Sonoma County, 2007
$18 (Dessert) Petite Sirah Port, Bogle Vineyards, California, 2007
$18 Zinfandel, Bargetto Winery, Lodi, 2007
$24 Cabernet Sauvignon, Nobos Wines, Dry Creek Valley, 2005
$24 Merlot, Ballentine Vineyards, Calistoga, 2006
$24 Syrah, Fess Parker Winery, Santa Barbara County, 2006
$27 Pinot Noir, Fess Parker Winery, Santa Barbara County, 2007
$30 Petite Sirah, Capt. Joe's Concannon Vineyards, Livermore Valley, 2006
$30 Zinfandel, Ballentine Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2007
$35 Cabernet Sauvignon, NxNW Wine, Wash, Walla Walla Valley, 2005
$36 Cabernet Sauvignon/Private Reserve, Chateau Julien, Monterey, 2005
$42 Merlot-Amour, Williamson Wines, Dry Creek Valley, 2002
$70 Cabernet Sauvignon, Corison Winery, Napa Valley, 2005
$105 Lake William Blend, Jarvis Wines, Napa Valley, 2004
$200 Insignia-Bordeaux Blend, J. Phelps Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2006

And a Final Wine Smile

In 1910, a California vintner delivers wine to retailers by a horse-drawn cart. His horse has a problem, so he talks to a veterinarian. "Doc, my horse is fine for awhile, then he limps for several weeks. What should I do?" The vet:

"The next time the horse is not limping, sell it!"


Tastings: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ophie Mercado


Fred McMillin

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for over 30 years on three continents. He was voted one of the U.S.A's 22 Best wine writers by the Academy of Wine Communications. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.

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