Mary Ewing Mulligan & Ed McCarthy - authors of Wine for Dummies - make the following recommendations for the Holiday Season:

  • Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne (non-vintage), about $20-$24

  • Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Champagne (non-vintage), about $20-$24

  • 1996 Beaujolais Nouveau, George Duboeuf, about $6 (French red wine)

  • 1995 Eyrie (pronounced eye-ree) Pinot Gris, about $14-$15 (Oregon white wine)

  • 1994 Vietti Barbera, Scarrone Vineyard, about $14-$15 (red wine from Piedmont, Italy)

  • 1992 Chablis Premier Cru, Montée de Tonnère, Louis Michele, prop., about $28-$30 (French white wine)

And a couple of alternates:

  • Napa Ridge Pinot Noir (current vintage), about $8-$10 (California red wine)

  • Green & Red Vineyard, Red Zinfandel, Chiles Mill Vnyd., about $15 (California red wine)