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Wine Time - Surprise a hostess this holiday season with one of these fine bottles of red

Smart Wine Recommendations for Your Holiday Hostess by Winfield Flynn Wines & Spirits

Guarantee and invitation back when you bring one of these red wines as a hostess gift this holiday season.

  1. 2010 Domaine Thenard Cellier aux Moines, Givry Premier Cru, France: The world's greatest Pinot Noir comes from Burgundy, and tasting this you soon see why. Such a value! From some of the most hallowed vines in the Cote Chalonnaise of Burgundy, this Givry is from the heaven-sent 2010 vintage and is earthy, lean and refreshing. Try it with a roast chicken or pork tenderloin this winter. You could age it 5-10 years and watch it unfurl its wonders, which made it King Henry IV's favorite ($33, winfieldflynn.com)!

  2. 2011 Ca'd Carussin Barbera d'Asti Lia Vi: Instead of coming across as a fruity club, as some other less well-crafted Barbera can, this has a charmer fruity character kept in check by an earthy grip that makes it a perfect partner for pastas and roast meats. And, most importantly, it has the acidity to balance all the flavor elements, and compel you to drink more! Try it with a mushroom pasta or roast chicken ($25, winfieldflynn.com).

  3. 2010 Mas d'Alezon Faugeres Le Presbytere: The sprawling southern French Languedoc region is chock-full of undiscovered gems and values, and this is no exception. A red with a hefty dose of stoney earth that speaks of the earth it grew from, and a meatiness that screams winter braised meats or even lamb chops. 80% Grenache with the remainder a blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre ($25, winfieldflynn.com).

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