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Quarterly Wine Newsletter
Winter 2004
Vol. II No.4

A Toast to the Holidays!



- Wining and Dining Near the Vine
Top 10 Sparkling Wines
Top 10 Spirits
- Top 10 Holiday Wines
- Holiday Cheers!

Christmas New Orleans Style
Winemaker Dinners, Tastings...

Top 10 Gifts for Wine Lovers
Bordeaux Chateaux
- Test Your WineSmarts!
- Napa Valley Bargain Wines
- The Best Wine Shops

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Wining and Dining Near the Vine
by John Mariani

It is easy enough to tour just about any wine country in the world—Bordeaux, Napa, Tuscany, Mendoza—and find splendid places to stay and dine. But it is a rarer thing to find fine restaurants attached to or run by top wineries.

Top 10 Sparkling Wines
by Amy Reiley

What would the holiday season be without a Champagne toast? But the price of a toast-worthy Champagne is enough to make even the most generous host grumble a bah humbug. This year, why not turn to the world of sparkling wine? Check out our top picks!


Top 10 Spirits
by Chris Rubin

Wine may be best enjoyed with food, but there are times that call for just a real drink—from a shot to a good, stiff cocktail. Here is a list of spirits and fortified wines that all represent high quality and good value, whether for you or someone on your holiday list.



Top 10 Holiday Wines
by Louis Charles

The holiday season is a time to toast to family, friends, health and prosperity. This year, we've gathered vintages in all price ranges and compiled a list of wines worthy of any holiday celebration. Raise your glass and enjoy the season's cheer.


Holiday Cheers!
by Natalie MacLean

Our most memorable holiday celebrations were not the extravagant affairs with grand cru wines and caviar canapés. They were the get-togethers where the host had invested thought into small touches for our pleasure. If you’re hosting a holiday soiree, here are some entertaining tips for a fabulous bash.


Experience the magic of the season with the food, music and good times that make New Orleans famous at Christmas New Orleans Style. Throughout December, hundreds of events take place all over the city, including tours of decorated 19th-century homes, Chanukah and Kwanzaa activities, bonfire and riverboat cruises and a Christmas Day concert. Get the scoop on this premier event and others.

From New York to Honolulu and everywhere in-between: Here are the top winemaker dinners, tastings and events for wine aficionados in the country! These events are perfect to learn about wine and meet savvy people to steer you in the right direction.


Top 10 Gifts for Wine Lovers

Whether your oenophile friends and family members were naughty or nice, give them something thoughtful. Here are some items we've been eyeing for ourselves.

Bordeaux Chateaux

Learn all about
the 1855 classification of the top Médoc wineries in Bordeaux with “Bordeaux Chateaux: A History of the Grands Crus Classés 1855-2005.” This visual pleasure makes memorizing the Grands Crus Classés a beautiful journey through the region's chateaux.

Test Your WineSmarts!

Ah, these trivial pursuits. Opening a bottle and setting it aside allows a wine to breathe.  True or false? Test your vocabulary and wine savvy on grapes and regions with this fun game. Spin a bottle or stuff a stocking!

Napa Valley Bargain Wines
by Bob Ecker

Does it seem as if there are simply too many wines at your local wine retailer, specialty outlet, grocery store and favorite on-line site? Narrowing the field down to currently available Napa Valley Red Wines, we take a brief selection of wines that exhibit the region's typical character, deliver excellent price-to-quality value and will certainly make your friends and loved ones stand up and notice.

The Best Wine Shops

We traveled coast to coast to round up the best places nationwide to buy wine. Undecided about what to purchase? Many of these locations have special tasting counters and resident experts to guide you in making your final decisions.

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