VOLUME 10
Featured in this issue

The Personal Wine Curator on NBC’s Today Show

Wine impresario Joe Bastianich personally selected The Personal Wine Curator as a gift idea for wine lovers in a segment on NBC’s The Today Show this week that featured various wine gift items for the holidays! Why not take Joe’s advice and share it with your friends and family?

Mondo Vino

From East to West and North to South, from Old World to New World, from Down Under to Upper Goulburn (come to think of it, Upper Goulburn is Down Under), good wine is everywhere these days and good wine values are cropping up in more far flung places than ever. The Wine Spectator recently reported in their Top 100 Wines issue that thirteen countries were represented in their best-of list, tying last year for the most diverse group of wines since they began compiling their roll call of passions back in 1988. Even Greece, the article mentioned somewhat obtusely, finally debuted in the Top 100 (Shocking news indeed that Greeks make good wine, considering they’ve only been at it since the 7th Century, B.C.). Global interest and yes, even global warming have increased production to the northernmost and conversely southernmost reaches of the wine growing areas on the planet. Consumption overall is up and in an interesting trend, the per capita consumption of those European countries with traditionally the highest rates is going down while other countries increase theirs, particularly the U.S., Britain and Germany (Wine Gardens anyone?). You may have to travel to Japan, Peru or Algeria to get the opportunity to taste the local wine, but you certainly have more and more options at your local shop to sample wines that you never would have even a few years ago. It’s a small world after all.

The Blend’s Monthly Featured Producer: VALUE CHAMPIONS

Things are a little different in The Blend this month, as we decided to compile a list of wines that impressed for less during the past year. Below are wines that received great reviews, captured our imagination, and still managed to be had for the price of a premium ticket (or less!) to the movies. Look for them to enjoy during the holidays. We made sure that more than a few countries were represented.

Recommended Wines:

wine label From France:
Georges Duboeuf Morgon Domaine de Montchavy 2005
R. Gassier Syrah Costières de Nîmes Les Piliers 2004
Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone les Deux Albions 2006

From Italy:
Falesco Sangiovese Umbria 2006
Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte Briccotondo 2006
Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobiaddene Rustico NV

From Australia:
Henry's Drive Pillar Box Red Padthaway 2006
Leasingham Riesling Clare Valley Magnus 2006
Trevor Jones Chardonnay South Australia Virgin 2006

From Spain:
Borasao Garnacha Campo de Borja Tres Picos 2005

From US/California:
Chateau St. Jean Fumé Blanc Sonoma County 2005

From US/Washington:
Ryan Patrick Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2005

From New Zealand:
Staete Landt Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006

From Chile:
Cousiño-Macul Chardonnay Maipo Valley Antiguas Reservas 2006

From South Africa:
Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2006

PWC Tips and Tricks

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Did you know: you can buy Personal Wine Curator gift certificates?

Beginning this week, The Personal Wine Curator can be purchased as a gift certificate and printed immediately right from your computer. Giving somebody the software as a gift has never been easier. It’s just the thing for last minute gifts. Once the recipient gets the certificate, all he or she has to do is go to our website, type in the certificate number and download the software! It’s that simple. No shipping costs or time constraints. And a gift certificate takes up a lot less space in a stocking than a box of Altoids, so there might even be room left over for a half bottle of Chateau d’Yquem! Happy Holidays!

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