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If I want body I drink reds.

I'll probably get through a few Varner Chardonnays, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blancs and various bubblies over the next couple of months.

I drank an excellent caseworthy Chaine d'Or Chardonnay on Thanksgiving with a butternut squash soup - I'll probably get more of that if finances permit.

Other than that it's high octane reds for me, and a magnum of Pinot Noir with the turkey on the 25th.
Whereas my palate is definitely Euro-tuned and I find my New World red wine intake limited to tasting, during the winter I find pleasure in the big, rich whites from California.

In particular, I really like the Rhone varieties as in Spencer Roloson Grenache Blanc, Treana white, and the roussannes from Austin Hope and Consilience.

The oaky chards work for me this time of year too; Miner and Pride are both favorites, but there are so many in this category it's hard to quibble.

I've just taken hold of some Paras Vineyard Pinot Blanc (Mt. Veeder area)that's smashing and I've been enjoying my new, '06 Palazzone Viognier "L'Ultima Spiaggia" lately, too, which is from Umbria, Italy (most unexpectedly).

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