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Want This, Get This: 2009 Chateau Petrus or 2011 Leonetti Merlot

You know the pinnacle of wine-making remains in France. Well, so do all those newly minted Chinese millionaires, and they’ve driven the price of Old World red wines sky high. This is especially true for top-end Bordeaux, which carry the highest cache among French wines. Those of us without a state-sponsored fortune, trust fund, or impending Wall Street bonus, however, have to look elsewhere for quality wine. Here are two splurge-caliber choices, made in the same style, of the same grape — merlot — though one comes without the inflation of appellation.

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If Anyone Orders Merlot...

Ancient Peaks Wines

As a man always looking for ways to stretch his dollar, trying to find a good wine on the cheap is certainly never a simple task. After all, there’s no better than for having a few bottles of red stocked, than when you’re throwing down a batch of Gear Burgers or Steak-Au-Poivre. It’s times like…

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Your Reward for Less Waste? How About More Wine.

French rabbit Wines

I love wine. I love to drink it, to discuss its complex flavors, and, most of all, to enjoy the time shared with friends over a good bottle. Well, if the folks at French rabbit wines have their way, I’ll be enjoying my vino from a carton from here on out. What’s that you say?…