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Nov 28, 2006 03:12 PM

Wine Xmas Present

My boyfriend is a rather new wine lover, and I would like to get him 3 or 4 bottles of wine for Christmas... kind of a nice variety. He usually goes for reds and likes something sweeter. I don't know that he's tried many whites, so I would like to incorporate 1 or 2 bottles of white in there. Can someone make some recommendations? He's definitely not into the more dry and acidic... would prefer sweeter and fruity. Oh.. and I'd like to spend in the $50-$60 range total. Thanks for the help!

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  1. Akulaji, Often with wine questions like yours, it's difficult to fine the actual wines that people recommend on line. I suggest asking friends to recommend a wine shop they trust. Then talk with the owner about mixing and matching wines from various countries. Your boyfriend will love comparing an Italian Red with an Oregon varietal, etc. Also, acquire a wine ledger so your boyfriend can keep track of the wines he liked and you can then build a collection. (Making buying for him even easier next year.)

    1. Make up a gift of one each of :

      2003 Chateau Ste. Michelle-Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica

      2003 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County Sonoma

      Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs Carneros Cuvée 397

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      1. re: dinwiddie

        I love love love Seghesio zinfandel. The version that's around $17 is so good that I never bother to buy their $30 reserve anymore. Definitely get a bottle of that. It's a fantastic example of Sonoma county zinfandel. I've asked at many wine shops what other zinfandels I can buy for under $20, and I've always been told not to bother with other zinfandels unless I'm going to pay well over $30.

        A nice white might be St. Supery sauvignon blanc. It's light, zippy, has fruity aromas but is not actually fruity/sugary on the tongue.

      2. allan scott sauvignon blanc is another great sb...
        for zin, try one of four vines' appellation based offerings. the maverick especially would be right up his alley. also maybe a valpolicella... esp. ripassa-method.

        1. Agree on the Seghesio. It is one of the few wines under $20 that you can really look forward to pulling the cork on. To me, those are the best wines: great value and enjoyment combined. Columbia Crest makes a Shiraz for under $10 that is a solid value and widely available. Just over $20 I would suggest Owen Roe Abbot's Table, a great blend that will certainly impress (not available in all states). Bogle Old Vine Zin and Petite Syrah are good values around $10. Have your local wine merchant suggest a Vouvray for a nice white option.

          1. She said she wanted something sweeter so I figured that a white, red, and sparkley that met the requirements would be a nice gift.