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The Perfect Flutes
Serve sparkling wine (perfect with salty snacks) in tall flutes — they have narrower tops, which keep bubbles around longer.
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Broiled Scallops with Parmesan Cream Sauce
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Tenderloin with Polenta and Green Beans
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You don't need to spend a fortune to enjoy sparkling wines.Try: Domaine Ste. Michelle Cuvee Brut, $11, a light, refreshing option with an excellent price point.Gloria Ferrer Brut Sparkling Wine, $16, nice steady bubbles, a little more body, good on its own or with food.
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Look for big and bold options from California's Napa and Sonoma valleys and Santa Barbara region, as well as Australia.Our picks:2005 Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, $13, a rich yet crisp balance of butterscotch and pineapple.2005 Ghost Oak Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay, $12, a pleasing balance of fruit and oak, mellow and drinkable.
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This grape produces France's renowned Burgundies — but these two picks are available at much better prices.Try:2006 Gallo Family Vineyards Sonoma Reserve Pinot Noir, $13, good balance, gentle fruit yet interesting complexity.2006 Meridian Pinot Noir, $11, a great value, appealing pairing of cherry and plum flavors, also good for sipping.Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the December 2007 issue of Family Circle magazine.