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December 20, 2008 WineCountry.com 

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WINE: Champagne for the Holidays

GIFT GUIDE: Giving Wine as a Gift

GIFT GUIDE: Wine Gadgets

RECIPES: What's for Holiday Dinner?

December 20, 2008 Newsletter

WINE

Champagne for the Holidays!

It never fails: the holidays arrive yet again and you still have no idea how to tell your Prosecco from your Cava. When to serve vintage versus non-vintage Champagne? You're clueless. With all the stress that comes with the holidays, worrying about your sparkling wine selection seems like an unnecessary burden.
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Giving Wine As a Gift

Whether given as a show of hospitality for a dinner party, or just as a sign of affection during the holidays, wine is a unique and thoughtful token of appreciation. . .If you are giving wine to someone who is an experienced wine consumer, you should put a bit of thought what exactly you select. If they normally drink $75 bottles of French wine, you should obviously try to avoid the $8 grocery aisle California table wine . . .
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Wine Gadgets

It's not too late. You still have a couple more days for holiday shopping and here's a couple of recommendations for the wine novice or connoisseur on your list. Wine gifts range from $5 to $200 and there are stylish wine gifts of all stripes including an electric wine opener for only $20, a wine cooler for $30 or the impressive Golden Rabbit, Titatinum for $200. Order online or look for them in your favorite store!
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RECIPES

What's for Holiday Dinner?

One holiday dinner down, one more to go! Next week, families will be gathering around the table for one more holiday dinner. Do you know what you're having? Most likely a couple of favorites and maybe something new. If you're cooking the holiday dinner this year for the first time or want a slight twist on the tried and true, peruse some of the fabulous recipes we found! . . .
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