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What wine should I bring to a holiday gathering?

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What's the best style of wine to bring to a holiday gathering?

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The safest bet is Champagne or another good sparkling wine (especially if you're coming to my holiday gathering).

A wine gift should flatter the host, and bubbly is always welcome, especially with New Year's Eve approaching.

If it's a dinner and you expect the wine will be served with the meal, ask if you can bring something to match the food. If, on the other hand, it's more of a cocktail gathering and you are talking specifically about a gift to be consumed later, in addition to Champagne I'd suggest a European red, such as good Côtes du Rhône or Chianti. These tend to be affordable (mainly in the $15 to $30 zone, though some are more expensive) and would please most people.

E-mail your wine and spirits questions to Beppi Crosariol. Look for answers to select questions to appear in the Wine & Spirits newsletter and on The Globe and Mail website.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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