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These wines should be available almost anywhere you shop

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We always try to send you to the greatest wines at the lowest prices. Sometimes it takes a little time to go shopping or on the phone, so for the New Year we will give you good wine and time. Because these wines should be available almost anywhere you shop.

You can get more distinctive wines, often with limited distribution, if you have a connection with a wine seller you know and trust. But the vast majority of wine drinkers just want to rush in, grab a bottle, and then go home. to drink it that night. If that describes you, here are some wines to brighten up your life without having to do a lot of shopping.

Taittinger Brut Reserve is a premium brand of Champagne. The Taittinger family has overseen the rise of this brand in both fame and quality for almost a century, and this wine offers a wonderful opportunity to taste what is so special about real Champagne. This year, it seems the family has decided to take market share by offering the wine at sale prices. You can find Brut Réserve between $42 and $57, so it may pay to call at least a few places. (At press time, HEB had the lowest price in the sale category, but that could change.)

America produces superb sparkling wines, and one of the best is J Vineyards and wine estate. It was founded by Judy Jordan from the famous Jordanian wine family. Six years ago Gallo bought it back and many of us feared a drop in quality. Fortunately, the wine has maintained its high standards and J Cuvée 20 Brut is still one of America’s best sparkling wines. It usually costs around $34.

For those of us aiming for the sub-$10 price range, just look for the ubiquitous black bottle of Freixenet (usually $9 to $10). New wine snobs usually only feel antipathy for this wine, but that’s their downfall. Instead, pay attention to the fruity, toasty aromas and smile while enjoying a delicious sip that costs about 15% of an average champagne.

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