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A Wine for “Downton Abbey” Fans
Stock up for the January season four premiere.

I could hardly believe my eyes upon entering Cost Plus World Market’s Brookfield store last weekend: a display of “Downton Abbey” wines. Although season four of this hit drama does not debut on PBS until early January, you can start stowing the companion wines in your cellar now. Naturally, as a nod to the PBS series’ vintage era, the wines – which include a Claret and Blanc – hail from an Old World region: Bordeaux, France’s Entre-Deux-Mers region. Dulong Grand Vins – a family-owned vineyard and winery with 130 years of experience – was tapped to make the wines. While I haven’t sipped these myself, one aspect sticks out: the price. Each bottle is $17, a rare low price for Bordeaux wines.


Head over to Tenuta’s in Bay View on a Wednesday night and the cozy factor is amped up even more with a wine deal. All night long bottles are reduced by $10 each. This meant my table scored a bottle of 2012 Citra Montepulciano (Italy) for $24, its complex layers of dark red fruit a solid match with a deep-dish pizza.


Palermo’s Pizza, which is headquartered in the Menomonee Valley, just started to host pizza-and-wine tastings at its West Canal Street factory. Nice idea, no? The next “Wine Friday” is this Friday (Dec. 6) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For the tasting, you get five different Italian wines and beers, plus varying slices of pizza, and you’re also treated to a factory tour. If, for some reason, you can’t swing Dec. 6, with a group of 10 people you can coordinate a private tasting on any other Friday night. The cost is $30 per person. Call 982-6060 to book a tasting.


This week and next I’ll be recommending wines for holiday brunch … or post-shopping relaxation. Or impromptu parties chez-toi. You get the idea. This time of year, it’s always nice to keep a bottle of bubbly chilling in the fridge because you never know when it might be needed (and chances are it will be needed). Segura Viudas Brut Cava (Penedes, Spain, $10) is a value-driven, high-quality sparkling wine that’s a good buy when purchasing by the half-case or case. Its off-dry, elegant palate is a crowd-pleaser and the lime/pineapple notes and balanced acidity are a good match with just about any food spread, including sweet and savory accents. A long finish leaves you craving more. (seguraviudasusa.com)

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