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Louis Roederer Cristal, Champagne, 2005
Champagne & More, John Turi - Wine

Louis Roederer Cristal, Champagne, 2005

Wine Rating: 95

Every night with dinner, I drink an average of two glasses of red wine. This is done for a variety of reasons, but the two primary reasons are these: First, red wine is healthy for the body (I read that in Cosmo). Second, in an effort to continually enhance my knowledge and appreciation and to expand my palate and experience, I must always be sampling various wines, and there is no shortage of options. The array of choices is vast. So with any luck, I’ll be at this awhile. And because my wife, Shawn-Marie, deems these reasons to be completely valid, along with championing my desire to consistently heighten my wisdom, I get to enjoy my vino at the price tag of collecting, with no questions asked.

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Fonesca, Vintage Porto, 1977
Champagne & More, John Turi - Wine

Fonesca, Vintage Porto, 1977

Wine Rating: 99

The English writer Evelyn Waugh said it best regarding this month’s wine selection: “Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.”

As my knowledge of wine has grown over the years, I have slowly become fonder of port and have often looked forward to drinking it, with a nice meal and good friends, sitting around the table talking about one thing or another. Cigars would be lit, dessert trays would be brought out and displayed, and then the port would be served. The fortified grapes would be balanced by the combination of the chocolate desserts and tobacco leaves, making the flavors deep and flawless.

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Château d'Yquem, 2003
Champagne & More, John Turi - Wine

Château d’Yquem, 2003

Wine Rating: 97

Well, another December has found us and the merry feeling that grabs me during this month is nothing short of nostalgic. Even though the chill that we get living in Southern California is modest, I find it very welcoming. If I need a fix of some real winter weather, I just drive two hours up to the mountains and feel like a kid again, playing outside in the snow like I did growing up in New Jersey.

At this time of year I really start to revel in the delights of the season: the enjoyment of family and friends, the blended moments of pleasantries, the gift giving. And the foods and beverages as well—hors d’oeuvres, hot chocolate, and, of course, really great wines, which are never lost on me.

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