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)
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