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From chablis to zinfandel our wine critic has selected something for everyone at your holiday table.

Holiday Wine Guide


White Wines

2000 Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio, $14. Pale straw in color, with tropical notes in the nose, this Italian white is medium-bodied and nicely balanced. Try it with simple first-course soups or throughout the holiday meal.

2000 Christian Moreau PŠre et Fils Chablis, Premiere Cru, $30. This lush, elegant wine has aromas of ripe peach. Not as steely as some Chablis can be, this special-occasion white has some softness and fullness on the palate. It can be served as an aperitif with freshly shucked oysters or mini-crabcakes.

2000 King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris, $15. This Northwest wine is pale straw in color with hints of pear and honey in the nose. It's medium-bodied, crisp and clean, but not so dry that you can't pour it as an aperitif. (It's good with the bird, too.)

Light and Medium Red wines

2001 Beringer Nouveau, $8. The California version of Beaujolais Nouveau, this newly made wine has vibrant flavors of strawberry and cranberry. Serve it cool.

2000 Erath Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir, $13.99. A lean, elegant red — with flavors of cherry and ripe plum — that can be served with anything.

1999 Barboursville Sangiovese Reserve, $19.99. Made right in our own backyard (well, almost), this Virginia red is medium-bodied with fresh cassis flavors on the palate, followed by a dry finish. (After Thanksgiving, try it with grilled salmon or pasta dishes.)

2000 Georges du Boeuf Domaine de la Tout du Bief Moulin-au-Vent, $13.50. Redolent of ripe berries, this medium-bodied wine is lush and mouth-filling. It's ready to drink now, but will age well, too.

Big Reds

2000 Michel Torino Don David Cabernet Sauvignon, $13.99. Made in Argentina, this reasonably priced red has some toasty notes mixed with hints of blackberry. It's lush and velvety — terrific with steaks and chops as well as the Thanksgiving meal.

2000 Vi¤a Carmen Merlot, $7.99. If you're having a large crowd and you're on a budget, this Chilean red is easy on the wallet and — because of its bright fruit flavors and soft tannins — marries well with the flavors of the feast.

1999 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, $13. Zinfandel is considered to be the all-American grape, so what better time to enjoy it than at an all-American feast? Dry Creek's Zin has notes of ripe cherry and blackberry with just a hint of black pepper. It's great with spicy stuffings.

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