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Do you have any suggestions for giving wine as gifts?

N O Do you have any suggestions for giving wine as gifts? With wine, generally you

With wine, generally you will get a higher quality as you pay more, but the jump in price has to be significant, say, more than 20%. Prices differences within 20% of each other will probably not make noticeable differences in quality. If you know little or nothing about the gift recipient’s specific wine preferences, try choosing a wine based on his or her personality or lifestyle. Here are some ideas:

Champagne and Sparkling Wines: Safe as a gift at any time. They symbolize celebration, happiness, good times and also serve as a pre- dinner beverage. The original sparkling wine, French Champagne, tends to be the most expensive sparkling wine (major brands start at around $25) while American sparkling wines made in the French traditional method are more affordable—and many are just as good. If you prefer to give an imported sparkling wine, they usually come at lower prices than French Champagne; look for Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava. Pinot Noir: An extremely nuanced wine, but also a versatile wine that is appreciated by devotees of both red and white wines. Pinot Noir tends to cost a little more, on average, than other varietal wines, so expect to spend more than $25 if you want something of quality and true varietal character. Choose a wine from a small AVA in either California or Oregon, or from New Zealand. Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot: Two classic, medium- to full- bodied, single-varietal wines appropriate for someone who tends to be more traditional in their food selections—perfect for the meat-eater. Choose a sub-appellation of either Napa or Sonoma Valley in California, from the Columbia Valley in Washington, or the Coonwarra region of Australia. American Meritage blends are also good options. Expect to pay $20 and up for Meritage or single-varietal wines.

to pay $20 and up for Meritage or single-varietal wines. Bordeaux or Burgundy, white or red:
to pay $20 and up for Meritage or single-varietal wines. Bordeaux or Burgundy, white or red:
to pay $20 and up for Meritage or single-varietal wines. Bordeaux or Burgundy, white or red:
to pay $20 and up for Meritage or single-varietal wines. Bordeaux or Burgundy, white or red:

Bordeaux or Burgundy, white or red: A good choice for for the scholar of world history, or lover of European culture. Also, for someone who frequents fine restaurants in big cities, entertains guests or clients, or dabbles in gourmet cooking. (These are not wines to use in cooking!). Pricing, on average, will be higher than domestic wines from comparable varietals, but that won’t go unnoticed by the recipient. Prepare yourself to pay at least $30 for a bottle. Chianti Classico Riserva: Nothing says “amore” better than an Italian red wine from the heart of Tuscany. Furthermore, if you upgrade your selection to the category of Chianti Classico (a small, sub-appellation of Chianti) the gift says you pay attention to detail. For the very special person, however, look for the Reserva term on the label—it indicates the wine was aged in barrel longer than non- Reserva wine, adding to its harmonious taste and romantic symbolism. Always a great gift for anyone who loves Italy and Italian food. Another gift-giving approach is to choose a wine that has some personal meaning to you. Because today, remarkably, every American lives in a wine-producing state, you can give a wine from your state if your recipient is from out of state. And, because most of these wineries are small, they typically won’t have nationwide distribution, which reduces the chance the recipient will already have the same wine. Or, give a wine from producers you’ve personally visited. The wine has more meaning if a story about your personal experience is behind it.

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Len Napolitano is the author of Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine Like The Back of Your Hand, a quick and easy guide for the wine beginner. The book is available at bookstores, online and at wineology.com.

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Ever been handed a random glass of “sparkling wine” at an event or someone’s house, from which you eagerly sipped, expecting creaminess and length, but which instead gave nothing but disappoitment in the insipid, sweet, bubbled white or pink grape juice actually in the glass? No, it wasn’t you, and no, all bubbles are not created equal or equally. Blame soda for ever making you think otherwise since that’s essentially how that “wine” was made. There may be a lot of wine with bubbles out there, but not all are “sparkling wines” in the way we usually assume. Inexpensive sparkling wine tastes “cheap” not necessarily because of inexpensive grapes (though they don’t help) but because of an inexpensive production process, called the Charmat or “bulk” process, which accelerates the fermentation and thus the carbonation, creating an artificially-tasting mouthfeel on the tongue. Through the use of glass-lined pressure tanks, carbon dioxide can also be “injected” into the wine, giving it carbonation ala soda water. The result of either process looks like sparkling wine, but it sure doesn’t give the same pleasures since with wine the time taken in production is reflected in the mouthfeel of the finished wine itself. It is literally a case of tongue beware! Indeed, without considerable time on the lees, the spent yeast and other fermentation by-products, the creaminess we associate with a sparkling wine won’t be present, which is why the bubbles don’t have the same mouthfeel. This latter, “methode traditionelle,” process produces the bubbles as part of a long, slow fermentation on the yeast in individual bottles and is what creates the luxuriously creamy yet fruity essence of proper sparkling wine or its various pseudonyms around the world (cava, prosecco, Asti, Champagne, etc.). It’s no joke that patience is rewarded in sparkling wines. The

timeframe is completely different for each methodology, and that has the impact on the finished product. Equally, because the pressure tanks are proportionally so much larger than a sparkling wine bottle, the liquid-to-solids ratio is far different. What produces the creaminess of the mouthfeel in aged sparkling wines is precisely the length of time in contact with the fine lees – that’s what forms the modern day frozen “bolt” that each bottle releases during disgorgement before final bottling. Producers will sometimes move sparkling wines into other glass sizes before bottling in the finished glass for this reason: the right ratio really matters to the aging. In fact, all of the packaging for these wines has to be specially designed because sparkling wine is under pressure as this natural carbonation slowly builds, hence the

familiar wire cage to make sure the cork cannot shoot out of the bottle. Thus, unlike a lot of other things in the world today, you really do get what you pay for with fine sparkling wines and their “natural” bubbles produced the “low and slow” way first recognized by winemasters Francesco Scacchi and Dom Pérignon all those centuries ago in Europe. Any sparkling wine made the traditional way will indicate as such on the label because the imposters legally cannot, and given the time, expense and headaches involved, those who can want credit where it’s due! At your next event, ask to see the bottle before you imbibe that random glass handed to you – and if anyone gives you a funny look, now you’ve got a conversation starter for those awkward event beginnings when no one knows what to talk about. Enjoy!

Josh Stein has been in the Napa wine business for more than a dozen years, and, in addition to being owner/winemaker of the Stein Family Wine Group, which produces a nationally and internationally distributed portfolio of wine brands and donates a percentage of its sales, he regularly consults for wineries and organizations throughout the North Bay and Coast via their subsidiaries, Discrete Wine Support Services and Napa Valley Writing Services.

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ONGOING Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater Yountville, www.lincolntheater.org, 707-944-9900

• Dec 5: USAF Band of the Golden West Holiday Concert

• Dec 11: Symphony Napa Valley, Holidays in Vienna

• Dec 17-18: The Nutcracker

• Apr 8: Symphony Napa Valley Gala & Concert

• June 25: Symphony Napa Valley, Mostly Mozart

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ONGOING Napa Valley Museum Yountville, www.NapaValleyMuseum.org

 
 

707-944-0500

 

• Through Jan 8: Down the Rabbit Hole Exhibition of Innovative Independent Video Games

 

• Through Jan 8: Iconic Labels:

 
 

Anchor Brewing Illustrator James Stitt

 
 

• Dec 9: Retro Game Night

 

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ONGOING

 
 

NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN

 

Napa, www.winetrain.com, 800-427-4124

 

• Dec 7-10, 14-17: Santa Train

 

• Dec 3, 17 Murder Mystery

 

• Dec 31: Midnight in Paris

 

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ONGOING Live at Uptown Theatre

Napa, www.uptowntheatrenapa.com, 707-259-0123

• Dec 8: Lewis Black

• Dec 16: Jonny Lang

• Dec 17: Citizen Cope

• Jan 28: Tom Papa

• Feb 4: Rufus Wainwright

• Mar 4: The Irish Rovers

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ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

 
 

CA’MOMI OSTERIA

 

Latin Nights

 

Napa, 10pm-1am, free www.camomi.com, 707-224-6664

 

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ONGOING SUNDAYS Live Music for Sunday Brunch Carneros Resort & Spa, Napa, 10am-2pm www.carnerosresort.com, 707-299-4880

 

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ONGOING THROUGH DECEMBER 24 Holiday Trolley Downtown Napa, 3-6pm www.donapa.com, complimentary

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ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 5

WINTER IN THE WINERIES

Passport series at Calistoga wineries.

Passport holders will delight in swirls and sips in

celebration of Winter in the Wineries, the leading upvalley event in the storybook city of Calistoga. Participating wineries include Chateau Montelena,

featured in the 2008 Hollywood film, “Bottle Shock.” Another well-known stop to take on the trail is Castello

di Amorosa, the authentically-styled 13th-century

Tuscan castle, an attraction sure to entice aficionados

eager to taste wines rated 90-plus points in Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Check website for details, www.visitcalistoga.com

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DECEMBER 9, 16, 21, 29

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The History of Napa Valley in 8 Glasses

CIA at Copia, Napa, 6pm, $60

www.ciaatcopia.com

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DECEMBER 10

 
 

ETUDE WINES Holiday Open House

 

Napa, www.etudewines.com, 877-586-9361

 

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