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Hi Natalie, December 9, 2010

Thank-you for your warm response to the new newsletter! Just let me know if you have any suggestions for more improvements. Please also share this newsletter on Facebook and/or Twitter by clicking the burgundy rectangle buttons below. (I've scripted a little note to make it fast for you, though you can change it.)

I'll be giving away 25 signed copies of my book Red, White and Drunk All Over between now and December 25 to those who do share this newsletter on social media, so I hope to see you there! It makes a great holiday gift, as does a subscription to my wine reviews. (With a subscription for yourself and a friend, you get a free signed book as well.)

Have you figured out what to get your hairdresser, pyschiatrist, or mechanic for Christmas? You'll find some fun suggestions to pair wines with the people on your holiday gift list this year.

The Vintages release Saturday features some aromatic white wines from Argentina and Australia to spice up your life (unless you live a racy existence), full-bodied reds from Chile and the Rhone Valley that are mercifully less than $15 for your holiday parties, and a rich, I'm-in-for-the-night vintage port (thank-you, it was lovely having you visit, but please see yourself out).

You can get your text-only shopping list, with my top picks. There are plenty of other regions and styles in this release, plus some bargains worth stocking up on for holiday entertaining. More »

Melanie Seccani, who teaches Tuscan, Thai and Indian cooking classes, provides us with a savoury recipe for warm caprese tart with tomato gelato. What a festive appetizer! The aromatic whites I mentioned above would work beautifully with this mouth-watering starter. More »

Are you still puzzling over what to give your boss, the mailman or your child's teacher for Christmas? There's a wine for everyone. Here are some tongue-in-cheek tips on pairing wines with the personalities on your holiday shopping list. More »

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