An old friend recently asked me to provide him with some wine selections as he’s a relative novice and wanted to step up his game. Below are some not-necessarily-life-changing-wines but ones that have the potential to change your entire perspective on wine if you haven’t ‘dug deep’ for a bottle in the $80 – $200 range. All red, no two quite alike, representing California, France, Australia, Italy, Spain, and Chile.

  • 1991 Dominus
  • 2001 Paul Jaboulet Aine “La Chapelle”
  • 1997 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
  • 1999 Bovio Barolo Riserva Parussi
  • 1996 Lynch Bages
  • 1999 Hosanna
  • 1998 La Fleur Petrus
  • 1998 Trotanoy
  • 2003 Torbreck Run Rig
  • 2002 Torbreck The Struie
  • 1996 Dunn
  • 2001 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta
  • 2003 Kilikanoon ‘Oracle’ Shiraz
  • 2001 Elderton Command Shiraz
  • 2001 Beringer ‘Private Reserve’
  • 2001 Stag’s Leap ‘Cask 23’
  • 1993 Ridge, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains
  • 1985 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja
  • 1998 Clarendon Hills Shiraz, Piggott Range Vineyard
  • 1998 Talenti Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna del Paretaio

To treat yourself this holiday season, what are some of your favorites?

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