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In the Wine Aisle

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

2004 Bishop's Peak Edna Valley Syrah

California, $16

Flavors: cherries and plums, with peppery and smoky notes well balanced by tannin

Alcohol: 14.5 percent

Pair with: Thanksgiving dinner, beef, lamb

Distributor: District, Maryland and Virginia: the Country Vintner, 877-946-3620

2004 Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot

California, $22

Flavors: blackberries and tart cherries, with a light touch of tannin

Alcohol: 14.1 percent

Pair with: Thanksgiving dinner, beef, salmon

Distributors: District: Capitol Beverage Group, 410-439-1601; Maryland: F.P. Winner, 410-646-5500; Virginia: Republic National, 804-226-4362

Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut

California, $20

Flavors: abundant tiny bubbles carrying forward honeyed lemon fruitiness, with a creamy finish

Alcohol: 12.5 percent

Pair with: Thanksgiving dinner, lighter hors d'oeuvres

Distributors: District and Maryland: Bacchus Imports, 410-633-0400

Rumball Sparkling Shiraz Coonawarra Cuvee "SB17"

Australia, $28

Flavors: elegant fruitiness of black cherries and plums with exuberant bubbles

Alcohol: 12.5 percent

Pair with: Thanksgiving dinner, brunch, chocolate desserts

Distributors: District, Maryland, Virginia: the Country Vintner, 877-946-3620

2006 St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtr¿pfchen Riesling Kabinett

Germany, $20

Flavors: elegant, bright green apple; sweet-tartness balanced; nice minerality and a long finish

Alcohol: 8.5 percent

Pair with: Thanksgiving dinner, salty hors d'oeuvres, pad Thai

Distributors: District: Chesapeake Beverage Group, 202-529-0527; Maryland: Chesapeake Beverage Group, 410-439-1602; Virginia: Hop & Wine, 703-421-2337

Note: Prices are approximate. Call distributors to verify availability, or ask a wine store to order through the distributor. Other resources for finding wines at retail include Winesearcher.com and Wineaccess.com.

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