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Now that the wine cellar is almost empty after the Thanksgiving celebration, we thought we would introduce you to a few gems that will provide plenty of pleasure for the next holiday gathering. These wines represent outstanding values and should not be missed!

Domaine Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy 2013 -Here’s a lovely white Burgundy for drinking now at a very, very, nice price.  You’ve probably never heard of the little village of Macon-Uchizy, but it’s well known in Burgundy itself. Sallet is relatively unknown in this country, and you won’t find much about him in the wine press either.  That’s because he’s widely respected for quality and value within France and has never had to bother to cultivate a reputation in the US. Although the wine is raised entirely in stainless steel, it opens with deep aromas of smoke, peach skin, wet limestone, and a mélange of tangerine, apple, and pineapple fruit.  In the mouth, it’s loaded with stoney, smokey, fruit – peach,  apricot – and wonderful lemon/lime acidity.  The wine finishes very bright and clean with a mineral note lingering on the pretty finish.  Outstanding value. $14.99

Chateau Michel de Montaigne 2010 – This Chateau is owned by the Mahler-Besse family, owners of Chateau Palmer in Margaux and many other first class wine making properties in Bordeaux and around the world. In 1964 they rebuilt this historic Bergerac property which lies less than six miles from the village of St. Emilion. The terroir is identical to right bank Bordeaux and so the vineyards hold 60 % Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon on clay and marl soils and the vines average 20 years of age. From the outstanding 2010 vintage this wine continues to over-deliver and offer value that is practically unmatched in the world of French wine. Don’t miss it. $9.99

Chateau la Caminade Cahors Mission La Caminade 2011 – A blend of mainly Malbec with a dash of Merlot,  this wine marries classic Cahors character with an easy-to-drink sensibility. Aromas of black cherry, plum, violets and earth waft from the glass. In the mouth, it’s a trim wine – only 12.5% alcohol – that starts with a burst of juicy black cherry/berry and red plum fruit and then gains complexity from notes of baking spice and purple flowers.It’s very easy to enjoy, but remains in firm contact with the terroir of Cahors – you’ll find a lovely earthy element and a fine mineral streak that speaks to Cahors’ limestone soils. This is an honest, genuine wine that shows just how refreshing and vibrant Malbec can be even at this low price. $13.99

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