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from the flood of Christmas wine books, some of the most interesting

Inevitably, a whole flood of wine-related books is timed to capture the lucrative Christmas market. Here's a run-down on half a dozen of some of the most interesting we've come across.

three delicious fortified wines for the festive season

Sherry, Port, Madeira and the rest - it's a once per year purchase for many, so here are three cracking examples at relatively modest prices

weekly wine round-up of newspaper columnists for Monday 15 December 2014

Weekly round-up of wine recommendations from all the major UK newspaper columists. Print out the page as you wine shopping list

wine of the week: two sparkling wines from Italy, perfect for Christmas

Prosecco continues to dominate sparkling wine sales, and we have a superior example, but also a fine traditional method fizz from bubbling Franciacorta.

It's back! A brand new and very tricky wine quiz

A festive favourite, it's another melting pot of 20 multiple choice questions designed to test your wine knowledge to the max. Enjoy!

wines of the month: four great wines from November's tastings

Tom chooses his favourite wines from last month, in four price brackets: Aldi Moscato, Sainsbury's PX, Kloof Street Red, Dom Perignon P2 1998

The 12 Wines of Christmas

We taste a dozen Christmas crackers in the shape of some sparkling, sweet and fortified wines, with something to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.

new competition: win a case of Paulliac, plus 15GBP off for all from Berry Bros!

One lucky person will win a superb 12-bottle case of Paulliac made by Chateau Lynch-Bages and worth 215 GBP, prize courtesy of Berry Bros. and Rudd. It's optional, but if you sign up for Berry Bros' mailing list we'll also send a 15 GBP voucher.

Romaneira, a great estate of the Douro Valley reborn

SA great estate of the Douro Valley reborn as a red wine terroir, and Tom Cannavan tastes 30 wines from its illustrious recent history

book of the month: Jane Parkinson's Wine and Food

Sub-titled Pick the Right Wine Every Time, Jane's book is both a thorough wine primer, and a go-to guide to food and wine matching

six wines from Berry Bros tasted and rated - buy them and save 40GBP!

This really is a superb deal: the case consists of the half dozen wines reviewed by Tom - two bottles of each wine - and has a retail price of 145GBP, on offer exclusively for wine-pages visitors at 105GBP

win a case of Torii Mor wines worth 300GBP from BidForWine

There's a free to enter competition bonanza on wine-pages this month: in this new competition there's a case of Pinot Noir from cult Oregon producer Torii Mor up for grabs.

Vine to Glass - a series of videos from McGuigan Wines

Australian wine producer McGuigan Wines has produced a series of videos capturing the making of a new, limited edition Hunter Valley Semillon.

Oxer Bastegieta is a new Rioja for the UK, and quality is high

Operating in the Basque country and producing both Txakoli and Rioja, the first three wines tasted by Tom Cannavan and about to go on sale in the UK are extremely impressive.

a massive update for the UK wine tastings and events diary

our listings of wine tastings, wine dinners and other consumer wine events across the UK extensively updated

Ribera del Duero in Spain - change is afoot in this boom region

From a handful of wineries in 1982 to almost 300 today, the red wines of Ribera del Duero have received huge acclaim. Tom visits and presents a profile of the region and three diverse estates.

monthly wine news for October

Haut-Brion collection, Lebanon on the road, Vinotherapy, Fat Duck in Melbourne, Keeping Up with the Jones's

excellent Arneis, Nebbiolo and Barbera from Ca'Rossa of Piedmont - plus save 10 per cent

The terrific and authentic Piedmontese wines of Ca'Rossa are really on song, and there's an exclusive money saving offer on their wines from importer Ten Acre Wines

A visit to Bordeaux with Christian Seely - Part II now added

Tom travels to Bordeaux to visit three famous Chateaux owned by AXA Millesimes. In part I he visited Pichon Baron, now he travels to Suduiraut in Sauternes and Petit Village in Pomerol.

new poll: does Chile deserve its reputation as good value but unexciting?

Chile's wines are deservedly popular, but many wine lovers express an opinion that the wines are often good, but rarely great or exciting. With new cool and coastal regions opening up, is this reputation deserved?

Massive update to the BYO list - our community-built BYO guide

Our guide to restaurants offering BYO for you to take along your own wine now has over 500 locations listed, with dozens of brand new entries in this update.

market report: Critics assess Bordeaux 2013, Sauternes excels, Champagne up

Update on the fine wine markets and wine investment courtesy of Liv-ex.

30 Second Wine Advisor: Bubbly trivia: Plaques!

Planning to pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly? Thinking about Champagne reminded me of two of my favorite truly obscure wine words: "muselage" and "plaque de muselet."

30 Second Wine Advisor: Wines We Love for the Holidays

Now the winter holiday season begins! This is a time to mark the season with something special, wines that we not only enjoy but that may have special meaning for us.

From Hugh Johnson's 2015 Pocket Wine Book

This year's Johnson mini- encyclopedia is so chock-full of information that you won't believe it all fits in a pocket. It's only a little larger than my iPhone 6+! Updated annually since the 1970s, it just keeps getting better and better.

30 Second Wine Advisor: Thanksgiving and good wine books

Even as a long time wine lover who writes about the stuff, I enjoyed paying more attention to the friends, the community and the holiday spirit than geeking out over fermented grape juice. Who's with me on this?

WebWineMan: Wines for the Turkey

No meal is more challenging to the wine lover than the holiday dinner. "You are not only confronted with a panoply of flavors but with people, young and old, who may or may not like wine, white or red."

Vino e Cucina d'Italia: Cantine Lonardo - Technology with Tradition

It's about an hour southeast of Naples, but you aren't looking for Cantine Lonardo you could easily miss it. It's worth finding, Neil Duarte reports: It has some truly excellent wines.

Taylor Eason: Rosés to write home about

Rosé wines are tasty all year round, but summer is high season for all things chilled and pink, writes Taylor. "Rosés are custom-made for thirst quenching. It only makes it better that they're affordable too." Here's her report on some good California dry rosés. - Wine of the Day

2013 Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay Stags Leap District

2013 Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay Stags Leap District
The estate’s biggest production cuvée is the 2013 Chardonnay Stags Leap District (25,000 cases produced). A very good value in Chardonnay, it sees no malolactic, is fermented and aged in a combination of 25% stainless steel, 25% new oak and 50% neutral wood, and represents a good California impersonation of a premier cru French Chablis. Notes of white corn, quince, pear and apple blossoms emerge from this medium-bodied, zesty, elegant 2013. Enjoy it over the next several years.
Rating: 89  Estimated Cost: $20-$25

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