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Hi Natalie, December 17, 2010

I'm savouring the pinot noirs and rieslings we'll be drinking with turkey dinner next weekend. But what about affordable bubblies for New Years? Gotcha covered with the Wine Tip below that appeared in the Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun and other papers recently. You can also join me on CBC's Fresh Air radio program this weekend for a showdown between an Ontario bubbly and a French Champagne.

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In the recent Vintages release, I discovered some insanely well-priced wines for the holidays, including the zesty white wine Alamos Torrontes, Argentina, and a robust red, Vignerons Du Castelas Syrah from France, both just $13.95.

There are also pricier wines to put in your cellar or to give as a gift to a special wine lover in your life. I've highlighted my top value and top rated picks so you can grab your text-only shopping list. More »

Our featured recipe is a Chicken, Cheddar and Broccoli  Frittata: a simple, delicious dish to make over the holidays. I'd pair it with the Alamos wine I mention above, a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc or a Flat Rock Pinot Noir. Here's the quick and easy recipe ... More »

Are you looking for more affordable alternatives to Champagne to toast the new year? Consider sparkling wines from other regions, such as Canada, the U.S., Spain and Italy. They all offer incredible tasty bubblies often at half to one third the price.

Often these wines use the same method and grapes as Champagne. Look for ... More »

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