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Finding the perfect Christmas gift can be a challenge, but if you’re buying for a wine lover you need look only for a bottle that suits their taste. These tips could help:

Don’t be hesitant to discuss your ideas and price range with your wine retailer. This is key, considering that a “nice bottle of cabernet sauvignon” can range from $10 to $600. Tell the retailer the price range you would like to spend. Higher price does not always equal a better quality wine.

Many stores offer special prices during the Christmas holidays, which makes finding a wine bargain easy.

Look for in-store wine sets — wine glasses, books and even cheeses — that are specially priced during the season.

If you are not sure of the person’s wine preference, go with a wine that is easy to drink and has a crowd-pleasing taste. Mouth-puckering reds or ultra-sweet whites are not the best choices. Consider a chardonnay, pinot grigio, pinot noir or merlot.

Wine-pairing with special gifts always offers an individual touch. You might want to consider the following.


  • Value — Chevre goat cheese with 2007 Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (about $14, retail)
  • Splurge — Stilton cheese with NV Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Tawny Port, Portugal (about $62, retail)


  • Value — NV Brut Roederer Estate Sparkling Wine, California (about $22, retail)
  • Splurge — NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, France, (about $62, retail)


  • Value — 2006 Cavit Vineyards Pinot Grigio, Italy (about $10, retail)
  • Splurge — 2006 Santa Margherita Valdadige Pinot Grigio, Italy (about $28, retail)


  • Value — 2006 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz/ Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia (about $12, retail)
  • Splurge — 2005 Hall Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (about $30, retail)