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This Berry-Packed Beaujolais is Amazing With Spicy Tuna Burgers

Berry-Packed Beaujolais is Amazing With Spicy Tuna Burgers

The standard line on Beaujolais is to seek out wine from the region's <em>crus</em>—13 grape-growing areas that have proven themselves worthy. But some of the best-value bottlings are made elsewhere.

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A Beautiful, Balanced California Chardonnay

Like most great Sonoma wines, Hanzell's aren't cheap—but its Sebella bottling offers a satisfying taste of the producer's beautifully balanced, Burgundian style at around half the cost of the producer's flagship Chardonnay.

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How to Save on Champagne So You Can Splurge on Caviar

How to Save on Champagne So You Can Splurge on Caviar

Fleury's Fleur de L'Europe is an entry-level Champagne that tastes a lot like a lovingly-aged vintage bottling.

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Why You Should be Drinking Pinot Bianco

Why You Should be Drinking Pinot Bianco

This single-vineyard bottling is lushly textured, with the kind of salty-slatey mineral flavors that usually show up only in leaner wines.

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An Under-the-Radar Region That Makes Amazing Sauvignon Blanc

An Under-the-Radar Region That Makes Amazing Sauvignon Blanc

It's no secret that great Sauvignon Blanc comes from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, which means that those wines are usually pricey. Fortunately, nearby regions like Cheverny produce similar bottlings that can be had for much less money.

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A Brilliant, Berry-Rich Italian Red

A Brilliant, Berry-Rich Italian Red

Italy's Piedmont region is known for complex Nebbiolo and juicy Dolcetto, but this bottling makes a strong case for the obscure Ruché grape.

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A Vividly Delicious Italian White

2012 Romano Clelia Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino

If you're looking for an entry point to Italy's more-than-2,000 under-the-radar native grapes, Fiano is among the best.

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A Lemony, Spicy White Rhône for the New Year

A Gingery, Lemony White Rhône for the New Year

If your resolution is to find a delicious wine in a tricky category, consider this white from France’s Rhône Valley.

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Toast 2014 With Elegant Pink Cava

Toast 2014 With Elegant Pink Cava: Raventós i Blanc's Sparkling Rosé

Raventós i Blanc's sparkling rosé has a fresh raspberry nose and a floral palate that suggests a very well-made, strawberry-inflected rose soda.

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Sure-Fire Wine Gift: Aged Rioja

2001 R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja

Wine people disagree with each other on many things, but red Rioja from R. López de Heredia isn't one of them.

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