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You don’t need to spend a fortune to pick up great bottles for upcoming fall dinner parties. Wine expert Leslie Sbrocco and Ray Isle, wine editor of Food & Wine, show Kathie Lee and Hoda wines that will please all palates and range between $8 and $15.
Bring bottles you like! One strategy is to introduce people to wines you personally love.
Leslie’a pick:Juvé y Camps Brut Rosé Cava, Spain $15
As Spain’s most famous bubbly producer, Juvé y Camps has been crafting wine since 1796 and this beauty, made with Pinot Noir grapes, is dry and decadently delicious. It’s a must-buy for the holiday season(one for gifting and one for drinking).
Whites: Bring the classics
Leslie’s pick: 2012 Jacob's Creek Chardonnay, Australia $8 ($15 for magnum)
As one of Australia’s most historic producers, Jacob’s Creek is an icon. This easy-drinking white shows why Chardonnay from Down Under is so exciting right now. Crisp and refreshing, it’s a wine for all seasons.
Ray’s pick: 2011 Hugel “Gentil” Alsace, France $13
This ancient, traditional blend of noble Alsace varieties—Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat and Sylvaner— is very supple and appealing, and it goes with everything on the dinner table.
Reds: Bring wine with a story
Leslie’s pick: 2012 Ravenswood “Besiged” blend, Sonoma County, California $15
A deeply-hued wine for lovers of big, bold reds, this winner is made by California’s Zinfandel king, Joel Peterson. A blend of heritage, old vine grapes including Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane to name a few, the label tells the story of a storm brewing and ravens circling as the winemaker launched his famous brand.
Ray’s pick:2012 Shoofly Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Australia $10
People don't realize that Australia makes all these wonderful wines besides Shiraz and this pretty, spicy, and elegant Pinot Noir from the cool area of Yarra in Victoria is a perfect example.
Bring a tasty dessert:
Ray’s pick: Graham's “Six Grapes” Porto, Portugal $14 (1/2 bottle) Classic and stylish, this dessertwine is one to discover. Dark berry fruit flavors and chocolaty aromas make it a perfect pairing for both sweet dishes and savory cheese platters.