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Posted on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 : 9:20 a.m.

Keep your eyes peeled for great wine bargains in December

By Rebecca Bawkon

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December is a great month for wine deals.

Rebecca Bawkon | Contributor

December is always a great time of year to shop for wine. Suppliers anticipate the money consumers will spend entertaining and will aggressively compete for those sales by offering very competitive prices. I have been excited this year to taste some excellent wines at what I consider bargain prices.

Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz from Australia is a full liter in size and is rich and full without being overly fruity. And if you’re into wine reviewers more renowned than me, Robert Parker gave it 90 points. The wine is a steal at $9.99.

Normally I don’t drink much Merlot, but the heartier style J. Lohr Merlot has lush dark blackberry fruit, chocolate nuances with a velvety mouth feel. I think it is well worth just over $10.

Pinot Noir is always a favorite this time of year and the Castle Rock Pinot Noir Cuvee is fresh, fruity, friendly and reminds me of a good Beaujolais. It’s great for sight sipping or as a good match for a wide variety of holiday foods.

The 2006 Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon is a well-made classic Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers black cherry, currant and spicy flavors that blend together beautifully. This wine received an Editor’s Choice Award and a 90-point rating from the Wine Enthusiast and tastes like more than the under-$15 price tag.

These are just a few wines that I have tasted lately and consider notable for quality and price. It’s a good time to go out and find your own or talk to your wine professional about their ideas.

Salut!

Rebecca Bawkon is the wine steward at the Busch’s on Main Street. Her biggest pleasure is getting to know people and their palates to help them navigate the world of wine.