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thousand wines in my search for the recommendable, hunting the world’s best in chilly cellars, historic chateaux, at noisy tastings and the tables of generous friends.

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2009 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti ($14,000 to $18,000) Auction prices for the best vintages from Burgundy star Domaine de la Romanee-Conti continue to rocket out of sight. So I eagerly anticipated the DRC’s annual release tasting in New York for the much-touted 2009s. The silken texture, complexity, and seductiveness of DRC’s Romanee-Conti is everything I want in a great wine — except affordability. I swallowed every drop.

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2010 Gaba do Xil Mencia Valdeorras ($14) To make a wine with authentic character that costs less than 15 bucks is not easy, but Spanish wine whiz Telmo Rodriguez is noted for devoting as much passion to his cheap wines as his expensive ones. He uses native Spanish grape mencia, hand-picked from an ancient vineyard, for this lively red with floral aromas and an almost meaty character.

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File this one under "unintentional oversight." "Wine Buzz" mentioned last week some big accolades for Terre Rouge & Easton Wines of Amador County, which earned a spot on Wine Spectator's list of 100 outstanding values of 2012 for its Easton 2010 Zinfandel Amador County ($18).

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Bogle Vineyards of Clarksburg didn't just make the list, it pulled a hat trick. Three of its wines made the cut for Wine Spectator's list of outstanding values of 2012. They are: Bogle 2009 Merlot California ($10), Bogle 2010 Chardonnay California ($10) and the Bogle 2009 Sauvignon Blanc California ($10).

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That's quite a score for the family-run winery in the Sacramento Delta, and good for locals since Bogle wines are so easy to find at local supermarkets and bottle shops. It may take a little searching to find the exact Bogle wines that were listed in Wine Spectator. Bogle has since released newer vintages of all these wines, but some stray bottles from past vintages might still be out in the marketplace.

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Who knows what it is, exactly, about sparkling wine that entices us so. But go to any wine region around the world, and you're bound to find someone making sparkling wine there (for better or worse). Most, even the best contenders, have a hard time holding a candle to the benchmarks of Champagne. There are a select few regions and producers outside of France, however, that manage to make sparkling wines that are truly exceptional. Two of them (at least) are in Italy, and this is the story of one of them.

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At the turn of the 20th century, Champagne was definitely the center of the universe for sparkling wine, as it had been for at least two centuries before that. So when an enterprising young Italian winemaker wanted to learn about making sparkling wines, there was really only one place for him to go.

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Giulio Ferrari completed his winemaking degree in Italy, and then moved to Epernay, France, in the heart of the Champagne region to work and learn all he could about how the French were making their sparkling wines. In 1902 he returned to Trentino, in Italy's Alto Adige, bringing with him cuttings of what would be the very first Chardonnay grown in the country, and the passion to make sparkling wine that could rival Champagne.

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Merry Christmas from the vine! The Holiday Season brings forward the best in foods and wines. Today I share delicious vintage selections that will accompany traditional Holiday meals plus unique gift giving ideas for the wine enthusiasts on your gift list. I hope you find our picks enjoyable.

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Reception and Appetizer Wines La Marca, Prosecco Grown in Italy, the Glera grape is cherished for its expressiveness. La Marca Prosecco is a fresh sparkling wine with a vibrant bouquet of apple, white peach and honeysuckle. The soft, harmonious fruity notes highlighted by pleasant acidity make this wine ideal for any occasion. $13.99 at Pacific Wine Merchants Upland.

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Roederer, Brut A delicious California sparkling wine with rich and toasty aromas up front, and a follow-up that features focused and complex. Lemon, grapefruit, herb, green apple and pear flavors. It's bright and clean on the finish. Quite refreshing. $21.99 at Pacific Wine Merchants Upland.

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For Israeli wines, it has been an uphill battle to gain recognition in the world wine community. But a recent announcement gave it a big leg up. Wine Enthusiast, the leading wine magazine, named Golan Heights Winery as the New World Winery of the Year.

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In the late 1970’s a young, ambitious winemaker, Victor Schoenfeld, moved from California to Israel. Schoenfeld received his degree in viticulture from the University of California Davis and worked at the Robert Mondavi Winery and Chateau St. Jean in France before moving to the Golan Heights. Once he arrived, he realized the potential for grapes to grow in the rich soil. He worked with local kibbutzs to plant his first vines for classic varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. In 1983, Schoenfeld was part of the team that founded the Golan Heights Winery.

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Today he is still the Chief Winemaker and is one of the most influential leaders in the Israeli wine industry. We chatted with him about his inspiration and his favorite wines.

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