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I'm often asked what is my favorite wine. And when pressed say a Red Burgundy from a Grand Cru vineyard, except in December when my thoughts and heart go directly to Champagne and Sparkling wines... and then to Burgundy. Okay, I'm a wine snob and at least I admit it. This is the time of year when many people break out their best wines to share with family and friends.

Holiday celebrations and parties, personal or business, wine is my gift of choice when going to a friend's house for dinner or a party. I try to bring something that both my hosts and I will enjoy. If I don't know the hosts or what's being served for the meal, my default choice is sparkling. This time of year, many wine shops bring in more choices then usually stocked and with some great deals, too. While there is some debate, it is generally conceded that the first intentionally made sparkling wine came from Limoux in the Languedoc regions in Southeast France around 1530 CE. Dom Perignon didn't “discover” Champagne until many years later and that was by accident. Since then, winemakers from all over the world are producing excellent bubbles for our enjoyment. Even England is now producing some delicious sparkling wine.

No matter your price comfort zone, there are seemingly unlimited choices. From the very best like Krug Clos du Mesnil in Champagne at $700 a bottle, to under $15 for a wonderful sparkling wine from Domaine J Laurens in Limoux. There's a wine for just about everyone.

My featured wine shop this month, The Wine House on Cotner Ave. in West Los Angeles (winehouse.com), has one of the largest selections anywhere of Champagne and Sparkling winesfrom all over the world. The Knight family has owned the store for over 35 years. As you can see from the photos, this is a large, warehouse-like store with an incredibly deep selection of wine, beers, and spirits. You can find just about anything there and, if you need some assistance, their staff is extremely knowledgable and helpful. Prices are very reasonable and they're open every day. This is truly a one stop wine store.

Jim Knight, along with his brother Glenn, do most of the buying for the store. This year, Jim highly recommends a Champagne, 2009 Ruelle-Pertois Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs (all Chardonnay) for an unbelievable $39.99 and a non vintage Bernard Gaucher Brut Champagne for only $29.95. Another great choice is a non vintage, Champagne Colin, 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs, for only $35.99. Go check them out, you'll love the place!

I wish for you and yours a very happy and joyous holiday season and that you enjoy celebrating with great friends, good food, and delicious wines.

Cheers 

CONTAC MICHAEL HERE



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