December 2013 Wine Guy: Wine suggestions for dining out, gift-giving, entertaining

John Webster – The Wine Guy. Electronic image by Joan Yanchick of Joan Photo.

By JOHN WEBSTER | METRO MONTHLY WINE COLUMNIST

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Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay 2011

For dining out, gift ideas, or holiday entertaining, the following wines make great choices. These selections have been previously covered in The Wine Guy column, and the full columns are available at http://www.metromonthly.net if you’d like more information on a particular wine.

Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay 2011 – Tasty blend of Napa, Monterey and Sonoma County sourced fruit; apple-like flavors with no wood. From California. Under $18.

Domaine Des Valages Macon Prisse Chardonnay 2011 – Bright citrus fruit flavors and a razor-edge finish Burgundy. From France. Under $15.

Fess Parker Chardonnay 2011 – Bright cool climate mineral-laden fruit flavors and crisp yet round finish Santa Barbara, Calif. Under $18.

Wente Brothers Morning Fog Chardonnay 2011 – Crisp and clean Chardonnay fruit flavors with a hint of oak. From California. Under $16.

Castle Rock Chardonnay 2011 – Refreshing Chardonnay with crisp clean citrus fruit flavors. From Columbia Valley, Wash. Under $11.

Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2012 – Rich and creamy pear and citrus-tinged melon flavors. From Napa Valley, Calif. Under $15.

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Patz and Hall Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

Patz and Hall Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 – Lush peach and pear notes on the palate, finishing with layers of smoke and hazelnut Carnernos, From California. Under $50.

Joel Gott Pinot Gris 2012 – Very aromatic with juicy tropical fruit flavors. From Willamette Valley, Ore. Under $15.

Pine Ridge Winery Chenin Blanc-Viognier 2012 – Bright upfront citrus and stone fruit flavors and a long crisp finish. From California. Under $16.

A to Z Rose 2011 – Juicy red fruit and berry flavors with a finish marked with strawberries and spice. From Oregon. Under $18.

14 Hands Merlot 2010 – Cool-climate berry flavors with a spice-tinged finish. From Washington State. Under $15.

Maggio Family Vineyard Merlot 2009 – Textbook dark cherry flavors with soft supple tannins. From Lodi, Calif. Under $10.

Duckhorn Merlot 2010 – Lush flavors of plum and blackberry leading to a firm finish tinged with spice and vanilla. From Napa Valley, Calif. Under $60.

Cline’s Cool-Climate Pinot Noir 2011 – Bright red fruit flavors and a strawberry-tinged vanilla finish; tremendous bargain. From Sonoma Coast, Calif. Under $15.

Chalone Pinot Noir 2011 – Bright berry and herb-infused flavors with a crisp full finish. From Monterey County, Calif. Under $20.

Tamas Double Decker Red 2009

Tamas Double Decker Red 2009

Harmony Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Bold yet refined red fruit flavors and a textured smooth finish. From Paso Robles, Calif. Under $22.

Tamas Double Decker Red 2009 – Fresh berry and red fruit flavors with a round finish tinged with juicy berries. From California. Under $10.

Raymond R Collection Field Blend Red 2009-10 – Ripe berry and red currant flavors and a clean textured finish; great bargain. From California. Under $15.

Rotta Zinfandel Port 2009 (Giubbini Vineyards) – Lush creamy berry flavors leading to a long finish tinged with dark spices. From Paso Robles, Calif. Under $32.

Duval Leroy Paris Champagne 2006 – Crisp exotic fruit flavors and a long finish tinged with bread dough. From Champagne, France. Under $50.

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