This stylish Australian Cabernet shows a solid band of anise, smoke and cedar-scented blackberry and currant flavors, which linger and expand nicely on the finish. Best from 2003 through 2011. 7,900 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Here's a moderately priced Bordeaux value, from a château with ample case production. Pretty plum and berry character on the nose. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Delicious. Best after 2005. 20,830 cases made. —James Suckling
Here's a well-priced and amply made New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh and zingy, a lively mouthful of anise- and herb-scented apple and citrus flavors. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Smooth, elegant and flavorful, this white is a refined style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with pretty vanilla-scented lime, pear, cashew and floral flavors. Everything lingers enticingly on the juicy finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
What better way to jazz up the holiday dinner table than with a distinctly American wine — Zinfandel. This version, from one of the Gallo of Sonoma family of labels, has serious depth, weaving together ripe plum, raisin and espresso flavors that are acc —James Laube
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