A good article by Patrick Comiskey about wine gifts in today's LA Times got me thinking about the fact that there are some remarkable deals out there right now, largely thanks to this year's economy. At the high end, I've seen recently that you can pick up a benchmark Napa Valley Cabernet, the 2007 Caymus Special Selection, for just under $100 in a lot of places—still expensive, but down substantially from its stated release price over the past couple of vintages. Comiskey points out that LA's Wine House picked up a broad selection of wines from Napa's Havens Vineyard when it was shuttered earlier this year, and is selling them for half of what they used to cost. That puts the 2006 Havens Bourriquot Red at just under $18, a steal for this wine. On the east coast, NY's Crush Wine Co. was—and may still be—selling biodynamic high priest Nicolas Joly's 2005 Clos de la Coulee de Serrant for $29.95 a bottle (case purchase only), essentially an absurdly low price for this wine. There seem to be similar specials popping up at wine stores around the country; it takes a little web-hunting and some patience, but if you're looking for pricey wine gifts, now's the time to buy.
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