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Affordable Holiday Wines

<br><font size=2> <P>It's time for turkey -- and if you're wondering which wine will partner well with thanksgiving dinner, Consumer Reports has some tasty advice...</P> <P>You'll be suprised with where you can find some fine wine this holiday season for a price that won't stuff your budget.</P></font>

Are you trying to celebrate the holidays on a budget this year? If that includes serving - or giving - a nice bottle of wine, Consumer Reports can help.

And wait till you hear where you can find some of the best bargains! Greg Parker has more.

Tastings at wineries allow you to try the wine before you buy it. That's not usually the case at the store, where the choices can be overwhelming.

Consumer Reports has some 'tasteful' advice. Wine experts tested more than one hundred bottles of red and white wine. The results are worth toasting.

"We found more than 20 wines we designated Best Buys. They're ideal for a holiday meal or a party. And you may even find some of them at Costco, Target or 7-Eleven.!"

In blind tastings, wine experts evaluated six varietals, which included two that are popular for the holidays - Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

"We found several good values in our tests of cabernet sauvignon, which pairs well with hearty food including red meats."

Among those that rated very good - the 2008 Columbia Crest Grand Estates for ten dollars and this eight-dollar bottle of Cherrywood Cellars from 7-Eleven!

"It has loads of fruit flavor, and it feels nice on your tongue."

Chardonnays can be served before your meal or paired with foods like fish. This 2009 Bogle Chardonnay for ten dollars also rated very good. And for even less, consider Costco's Kirkland Signature 2009 Sonoma County Chardonnay for just eight dollars!

"It has decent fruit and a bit of wood."

But don't despair when shopping for these wines if you can't find the exact year.

"We've found that wines in this price range are fairly consistent from year to year. So you'll probably be fine choosing the same wine from a recent year."

Zinfandel is another red wine that's popular at Thanksgiving because it pairs well with a traditional turkey dinner. Consumer Reports recommends the 2009 dancing bull as a best buy for 10 dollars.

For KFDX-3 News, I'm Greg Parker. Back to you.

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