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Last-Minute Gifts That Will Make the Wine Lover Swoon

Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2016
By Michael Austin

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Wine people never really get tired of receiving good wine gifts — even when you pick them up at the last minute, which these suggestions can help you with. It's not like these people thoughtfully taste and read about wine all year only to shut it down in December and think: "Please, no great wine gifts — come onnnn, sweaters!"

Just give them something really good (naturally) but also something they don't have or wouldn't get on their own. Let them know you put some thought into the gift, and it will be doubly enjoyable — not just for them but for you too.

The "OGV" on the label of the 2012 Inman Family OGV Estate Pinot Noir ($73) stands for Olivet Grange Vineyard in the famed Russian River Valley of Sonoma County — a mecca of pinot noir. This wine is floral with ripe, sweet bing cherry, strawberry, a savory element and a touch of cola and clove. It's drinkable, heady and age-worthy.