SOURCE: Wines of France

October 12, 2007 11:10 ET

French Holiday Wines: Light Ones and White Ones and Red Ones and Pink Ones -- Juicy Ones and Dry Ones and Bubbly Ones and Sweet Ones

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 12, 2007) - The chaos that surrounds the holidays is slowly creeping into our thoughts. Between the in-laws and the crazy uncle with the weird comb-over, it can be hard to stay on top of it all. Here's a way to reduce stress levels during these trying times: Sheri Sauter Morano, Wines of France spokesperson and Master of Wine presents her "Top 40 French Wine Picks," the ultimate holiday wine shopping guide. She has the right wine for grandma's sweet potato pie on Thanksgiving, for your sister's matzo ball soup on Hanukkah and a bubbly to "pop" off the New Year... and, just about every wine on the list is priced under $20.

Start by throwing out all those preconceived notions that wines for the holidays have to either be expensive or be Champagne. Lucien Albrecht, Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé ($18.99) from Alsace is delicious and makes the same popping sound when opened on New Year's as Champagne and costs a third of the price. Since we all end up eating a bit more than we should during the holidays, why not go all out and have a glass of Banyuls dessert wine from M. Chapoutier ($25) with some chocolate cake. A day at the gym might be required afterwards, but that's what New Year's resolutions are for anyway. For old friends and new friends this holiday season try Be Friends ($15), a spicy Pinot Noir from the Be Friends Village Vineyard in Burgundy. Two other "sure bets" that will carry you through from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah and Christmas are Marc Kreydenweiss, Domaine des Perrières, Costières de Nîmes ($13), a 100% biodynamic red from the Rhône and Domaine Fournier, Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc ($19.99), a sophisticated and elegant white from the Loire Valley that is both crisp and fruity.

For bigger parties that require multiple bottles or even cases of wine, relief is within reach: Maison Nicolas, Réserve, Chardonnay ($6.99). Don't be fooled by the price, this Chardonnay is light with a bit of citrus and vanilla -- an excellent choice when entertaining large groups. The Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Mouton Cadet, Bordeaux is also a steal at $8.99 a bottle. "These wines have enough oomph in them to satisfy die-hard wine lovers and the occasional wine drinker while leaving enough money leftover for the hors d'oeuvres," adds Sheri.

The holidays are meant to be enjoyed, so spend less time stressing and more time enjoying. With enough wines to carry over into the New Year, Sheri's list guarantees a happy holiday. For more wine ideas with tasting notes and food pairing suggestions check out Sheri's complete list of French Wine Picks at

Happy Holidays or as the French say... Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année!

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