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BY THE GLASS

The wine writer’s holiday wine wish list

Despite the annual cycle of vintages and stately chateaux that project an air of calm permanence, the world of wine is really a tumultuous place. As in any other industry, fashions and trends drive sales; regions fall in and out of favor; varieties are darlings one moment, duds the next. No wonder consumers find the process of buying wine mystifying, and a bit overwhelming - especially at the holidays.

If you’re eager to fill out some wine lover’s stocking with a special bottle this year, we suggest cutting out the tumult by focusing on guidelines rather than specifics.

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