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Deck the halls with fine wines, warming beers and spirits and everything that sparkles this holiday season!

Vol IX, No. 4

From the finest Champagne money can buy to budget bottles for small wallet sizes, we've tasted, rated and reviewed sparklers from all over the world


'Tis the season for bubbly! We've compiled guides for all tastes and price ranges, from ultra luxe to ultra affordable.

Top 10 Prestige Cuvées
Top 10 Rosé Champagnes
Top 10 Mid-Range Champagnes
Top 10 Value Champagnes
Top 10 Budget Champagnes
Top 10 Cheap Champagnes
Top 10 Sparkling Wines

Top 10 American Sparkling Wines

Learn how Champagne is made and more with our various guides


Which sparkler does Kim Kardashian favor? Become a connoisseur of Champagne trivia as well as important facts from the world of sparkling wines:

The Origin of Champagne
Champagne 101: The Basics
How Sparkling Wine is Made
Prestige Cuvées: A Guide to Champagne
Celebrities' Favorite Champagnes
Pairing Food & Champagne
Guide to Spending 72 Hours in Champagne, France

Recommended Champagne Books

Wine lovers are a picky bunch! Check out our Top 10 Wine Gifts guide for innovative accessories, luxurious gift sets, and fun party games


Still not sure what to give to oodles of oenophiles in your life? We've done the legwork for you with our handy guide featuring the Top 10 Wine Gifts

For more ideas, check out our reviews of wine products and accessories such as decanters, corkscrews and stemware.

With prices starting as low as $9, the selections on our list of Top 10 Holiday Wines won't break the bank


Bring a little festive cheer to the season's celebrations with one of our Top 10 Holiday Wines, including an earthy Cab and a sweet Almond Champagne.

Holiday Wine Pairing
Botrytis: Noble Rot
Top Rated Dessert & Sweet Wines


Warm up with our Top 10 Winter Beers


While few would think to warm up with a cold one, these hearty brews are ideal for the chilly season. Check out our Top 10 Winter Beers to discover our favorite Christmas ales, stouts, and even a fruit beer served hot!

For those looking to avoid the hum-drum, we recommend hum, an elegant, 70-proof American botanical spirit


Paint the town red with hum, a claret-colored liqueur instilled with hibiscus, ginger, cardamom and kaffir lime. We enjoyed the elegant rum-based spirit straight up, but it's also stellar in a Hum & Soda!

Sake Reviews

Port Reviews

Rum Reviews

Coming in March 2012: Top 10 Irish Beers, Brunch Wines and More!

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