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Holiday Parties and how to get the most bang for your wine buck

A good friend of mine in the wine world always talks about the ABC’s of wine and for this season and I tend to agree.

ABC stands for "Anything But Chardonnay / Cabernet"

Now don’t get me wrong, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon have their place and time, but they are rarely considered great  values.

Looking at our options, there are nine "Noble Varietals":

 WHITE VARIETALS
Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
Semillon
Chenin Blanc
Riesling

 RED VARIETALS
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Merlot
Syrah

Try searching out some of the other varietal gems I've listed and I’m sure you’ll be surprised at how incredible these other wines can be. Many of these wines will be surprisingly undervalued and may even leave a little money in your wallet.

More next week...

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Dustin Jones
Director of Wine Education, VinVillage
Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers
Wine Director, La Valencia Hotel