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Pinched: last minute X-mas w(h)ine

 If you haven't shopped yet, you've left it to the last minute. It's OK! If you arm yourself with a detailed list and the right frame of mind, it doesn't have to be a painful and pricey experience.  You can also go with the "easy" gift of cheap wine. WHAT? Cheap wine as a gift? Really? Yes, really. If the taste is top notch, no one need  know the price tag.
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The consultants at House Wine gave me superb advise last Christmas for value and great taste. Here's this year's list of affordable pours to either gift or serve as you entertain. All are available at BC Liquor stores.


Sparkling Wine: n/v Bailly-Lapierre, Réserve Crémant de Bourgogne AOC, France $25 (SKU #657742)

 Inexpensive party wine:

White: 2010 Cono Sur, Viognier, Chile $11 (SKU #566836)

Red: 2010 Finca Los Primos, Syrah, San Rafael, Argentina $11 (SKU #749051)

Last minute gift:

2010 Bartier-Scholefield, White Table Wine, Okanagan Valley VQA $26*

2007 Tahbilk, Shiraz, Nagambie Lakes, Victoria, Australia $25 (SKU #171041)

2006 Gaja, 'Dagromis' Barolo DOCG, Italy $70 (SKU #161141)

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