Holiday Wines 11/21/11

Published On: Nov 22 2011 10:52:11 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 25 2011 03:42:34 PM CST

Tastings at wineries allow you to try the wine before you buy it. That's not usually the case at the store, where the choices can be overwhelming. Consumer Reports has some 'tasteful' advice. Wine experts tested more than one hundred bottles of red and white wine. The results are worth toasting. "We found more than 20 wines we designated Best Buys. They're ideal for a holiday meal or a party. And you may even find some of them at Costco, Target or 7-Eleven.!" In blind tastings, wine experts evaluated six varietals, which included two that are popular for the holidays - chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon.

Paul Reynolds "We found several good values in our tests of cabernet sauvignon, which pairs well with hearty food including red meats." Among those that rated very good - the 2008 Columbia Crest Grand Estates for ten dollars and this eight-dollar bottle of Cherrywood Cellars from 7-Eleven! "It has loads of fruit flavor, and it feels nice on your tongue." ."
Chardonnays can be served before your meal or paired with foods like fish. This 2009 Bogle chardonnay for ten dollars also rated very good. And for even less, consider Costco's Kirkland Signature 2009 Sonoma County chardonnay for just eight dollars! Partially covered Erin Gudeux) "It has decent fruit and a bit of wood." But don't despair when shopping for these wines if you can't find the exact year. Paul Reynolds "We've found that wines in this price range are fairly consistent from year to year. So you'll probably be fine choosing the same wine from a recent year."