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Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs. You can also follow me on Twitter: @AskDrVinny.

Dear Dr. Vinny,

What type of wine goes with broiled lobster, well-done filet mignon, king crab legs and seared ahi tuna steak? I need one bottle of wine. Butter is used as dipping for the seafood. Thanks for your help! This is very confusing for me!

—Nicole, Colorado

Dear Nicole,

No wonder it’s confusing—it’s a pretty tall order to pick just one wine that will go well with all those different flavors. But what popped into my head immediately was Champagne, or another similar sparkling wine. Bubbles are refreshing, and they go with just about anything, from popcorn to Chinese food and everything in between. Plus, it’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’ve got a glass of bubbly in your hand.

If you’d like some recommendations, check out our New Year’s Eve entertaining guide, and if you’re a member, you can also take advantage of our list of Top Values in Sparkling Wine.

—Dr. Vinny

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