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5 Smart Tips for Holiday Wine Buying

Holiday shopping is stressful enough, so pick your wines with these simple, smart tips.

1. Buy By The Case

Buy By The Case

Finding good wine and then socking away a case of it (typically 12 bottles) saves money, as many wine shops offer case discounts of around 10 to 15 percent. It also saves trips to the store. »

2. Look For Wine Screw Caps

Look For Screw Caps

More and more excellent wines are being sealed with screw caps to prevent corkiness (a problem with natural corks that produces a wet cardboard–like smell in a small percentage of wines). Screw-capped wines are especially handy for large parties, because they’re easy to open quickly. »

3. Select Food-Friendly Wines

Select Food-Friendly Wines

Big holiday meals tend to involve multiple side dishes, which puts a lot of competing flavors on the table. Well-balanced wines that aren’t too extreme (not wildly sweet, not wildly tannic, etc.) are the most versatile when it comes to pairing. Good choices include Pinot Noir, American Rhône-style blends, Austrian Grüner Veltliner and dry Rieslings from Germany. »

4. Pick Affordable Sparkling Wines

Pick Affordable Sparkling Wines

Celebratory alternatives to pricey Champagne include cava from Spain and Prosecco from Italy, among others. »

5. Use Terrific $12-and-Under Wines for Punch

Use Terrific $12-and-Under Wines for Punch

Seek out inexpensive wines that would be equally delicious in a bowl of punch or on their own. There are wonderful $12-and-under bottles available these days, particularly from Spain and South America. »

Published November 2008
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