Need a quick present? You can never go wrong with wine. Here are master sommelier Andrea Robinson's favorites to give (and get!) at different price points.
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Brancott Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2007 ($11) is a gift that keeps on giving. One sip, and your giftee will make it their go-to brand for its food-friendliness and value. This bottle bursts with gooseberry and passion fruit flavors, with a hint of grassiness and key lime acidity.
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The handsome packaging on the Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2006 ($35) from Tuscany connotes “serious wine”and this wine is. It’s what pros call a Super Tuscan, a red made outside the traditional rules governing classic Tuscan wines like Chianti. A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, it has wonderful notes of aged balsamic vinegar and fresh strawberries.
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When you want to really treat someone, a velvety Napa red like Franciscan Magnificat 2005 ($50) is just the bottle. The Meritage distinction means it’s blended from the grapes used in famous French Bordeaux red wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. It’s spicy and rich, with cedar, blackberry, and licorice notes—amazing with a holiday roast.
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