A look at what some of the rest of the wine world is recommending that we drink this holiday season:
• Port for dessert: The great Dave McIntyre reminds us not to overlook port as a gift: "Champagne comes to mind, but a less obvious and equally impressive choice is Port." Best yet, four of his five choices are around $20 or less -- a huge value for port.
• Eric Asimov likes sparkling wine: The New York Times wine columnist, in his holiday rundown, notes that "Unless the object of your largesse is seriously misanthropic, Champagne is always — I repeat, always — welcome. ..." His choices? Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve and Camille Savès Carte Blanche. Asimov, as always, has impeccable taste (and the wines aren't ridiculously expensive.)
• Sommelier wine: Even wine experts in Los Angeles are in search of value, reports the Los Angeles Times. Their choices include Alsace's Albert Mann, sparkling from the Loire, and Spanish bubbly. I know the first two -- very nice wines.