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Dec 11, 2018

It's the time of year when we're having people over last minute, meeting clients or friends for a drink, or connecting with old friends who have popped into town. We need wine gifts on hand, in our house! We discuss what to have in a "wine stash"(in all price ranges) so you can grab a bottle and go without going to the shop a million times! One trip to the shop should save you a ton of stress. 

Don't forget the bows or the wine bags!! 


Here is our list:

Expensive (US$30+)

  • Rhône: Châteauneuf-du-Pape (blanc and rouge), Gigondas, Côte Rôtie
  • Barbaresco
  • Champagne
  • Burgundy (whites): Grand Cru Chablis, Meursault
  • Bordeaux: 4th or 5th growths from the Left Bank, Pomerol or St-Emilion from the Right Bank
  • Sonoma Syrah or Santa Barbara Pinot Noir

Moderate (US$18 -$30)

  • Good sparkling Spanish/Cava (brands to look for: Gramona, Raventos i Blanc, Juves & Camps, Recaredo)
  • Other Spain: Priorat, Rioja
  • Chilean: Cabernet Sauvignon from Rapel Valley and Maipo Valley, Chilean Chardonnay or  
  • Off-dry: German Riesling from Mosel or Vouvray from Loire Valley
  • Late Bottled Vintage Port
  • Etna Rosso or Etna Bianco from Sicily
  • Fiano di Avellino from Campania, in Italy
  • Alsace, France whites 

Inexpensive (less than $18)

  • Beaujolais-Villages (France)
  • New Zealand Pinot Noir
  • Jumilla or Yecla (Spain, Mourvèdre-based)


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