Consumer Reports: Holiday wines for less

November 30, 2011 5:51:20 AM PST
Are you trying to celebrate the holidays on a budget this year? If that includes serving -- or giving -- a nice bottle of wine, Consumer Reports can help. Tastings at wineries allow you to try the wine before you buy it. That's not usually the case at the store, where the choices can be overwhelming. Consumer Reports has some 'tasteful' advice. Wine experts tested more than one hundred bottles of red and white wine. The results are worth toasting.

"We found more than 20 wines we designated Best Buys. They're ideal for a holiday meal or a party. And you may even find some of them at Costco, Target or 7-Eleven.!" said Paul Reynolds, Consumer Reports.

Among those that rated very good -- the 2008 Columbia Crest Grand Estates for ten dollars and this eight-dollar bottle of Cherrywood Cellars from 7-Eleven.

"It has loads of fruit flavor, and it feels nice on your tongue," said Erin Gudeux.

Chardonnays can be served before your meal or paired with foods like fish. This 2009 Bogle chardonnay for ten dollars also rated very good. And for even less, consider Costco's Kirkland Signature 2009 Sonoma County chardonnay for just eight dollars!

"It has decent fruit and a bit of wood," Gudeux said.

But don't despair when shopping for these wines if you can't find the exact year.

"We've found that wines in this price range are fairly consistent from year to year. So you'll probably be fine choosing the same wine from a recent year," Reynolds said.

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