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I know when the holidays are nearing because of the massive number of pitches, press releases and (a small amount) of wine start coming in. I've been getting these since before Halloween, just like the department stores putting out Christmas decorations super early. Much of the wine is Pinot Noir. I certainly understand that. It's a safe and expected choice.

Indian Rosé

Not knocking Pinot here, but I like to introduce my guests to interesting wines, wines that you might not otherwise try with a holiday dinner. One year my pick was a Pinot Meunier, a wine that is mostly blended into Champagne. It was a big hit. So no Pinot Noir or Chardonnay here, just my top 10 recommendations to try along with the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. All the wines, except for a big splurge on a Sauternes from Chateau Coutet (hey, it's the holidays), sell for $25 and less.

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Start the holiday on a festive note with a pink sparkler.  Seguras Viudas makes some of the best value bubbles around.  This brut rosé is made from Trepat and Garnacha grapes (no Pinot Noir here!) in the Cava region of Spain.

Indian Chenin Blanc



GEYSERVILLE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Sbragia Family Vineyards, the winery founded by renowned Winemaster Ed Sbragia, and owned by the Sbragia family and Bacchus Capital Management, LLC, a San Francisco-based wine investment firm, announced today the appointment of Steve Cousins to the position of General Manager of Sbragia Family Vineyards. Cousins will be responsible for all business operations of the winery including the development and implementation of the company's sales, marketing and strategic plans. He will work closely with Ed Sbragia and his son, Winemaker Adam Sbragia.

Indian Cabernet Shiraz

Cousins has 30 years of wine industry experience with expertise in general management, branding, marketing and sales. He has a successful track record of accelerating growth at family owned and operated wine companies.

Indian Rosé

Most recently, Cousins owned and operated Cousins Consulting which provided strategic and business planning for several California wineries. Previously, Cousins was COO of Freemark Abbey, CEO of WineQuest (Delicato's brand company - Delicato, Monterra), CEO and President of RACKE USA (Buena Vista, Robert Stemmler, Haywood) and VP Operations of KIMCO Restaurant Group.

Indian Sauvignon Blanc



The Star-Ledger - NJ.com John Foy At Thanksgiving, it is better to have more delicate wines, especially when there is an array of palates at the table.

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Some wine collectors like to pour their biggest, boldest, most alcohol-laden cabernet sauvignon, syrah, or Meritage wines on Thanksgiving. I always think that’s overkill for turkey, stuffing and the traditional side dishes.

Indian Cabernet Shiraz

Better to have more delicate wines, especially when there is an array of palates at the table, and I have two suggestions that will not overwhelm the food and have moderate alcohol content.

Indian Rosé



At Holesinsky Organic Vineyard and Winery, owner and winemakerJames Holesinsky stirs this year’s batch of fermenting merlotgrapes. The mixture must be stirred several times a day forweeks.

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• As guests arrive, surprise them with a champagne or sparklingwhite wine, served chilled in a flute. “This will create acelebratory atmosphere.” • For pairing wines throughout the meal, Melone suggestseasy-drinking red and white wines. A sauvignon blanc has herbaceousflavors that mix well with traditional turkey dishes. Looking for agood red? Try a pinot noir, which complements turkey breast.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India

• Most importantly, don’t worry about breaking a rule, Melonesaid. Simply enjoy the day with family and friends.

Indian Cabernet Shiraz



Pairing wines and food for the holidays Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times wine writer, offers this selection of wines for holiday entertaining.

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To pick wine for holiday meals, relax, follow your instincts and focus on the preparation of dishes.

Chenin Blanc India

When planning your holiday entertaining, the addition of wine to the table is sure to liven up any occasion. Matching wine to food need not be a chore or a challenge. Ignore the complex formulas and books on the subject; they offer too much information and over-complicate matters.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India



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