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Nothing rings in the new year like a little bubbly

Quick! What is the first beverage you think of when celebrating around the holidays?
If you answered champagne or any other sort of sparkling wine, you are not alone. Though reports vary, each year an estimated two-thirds of the sparkling wine consumed in this country is done so in and around the holiday season.

Heck, the mere thought of a popping cork brings enthusiastic smiles to just about anyone who enjoys a little vino.

More quality choices of sparkling wines are waiting to be the focus of celebratory toasts than at any other time in history, so if you are interested in trying something different, it is highly likely you will end up with something special.

Wine, food fest laden with celebrities, entertainment

The sixth annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival returns downtown Nov. 18-22.

Austrian wine is gru-vee

Local musical artist Gary Seiler wrote a poetic song about San Diego after Labor Day, which includes the refrain: “Beaches are empty, yeah. It’s good to be back home!” He sings of vanishing tourists and how special our home is this time of year, including its having the best weather of the season.

Wine Guy: Educational wine books

Investing in texts pays off in the glass

Tourists are leaving, Del Mar racing season is waning and the sun is shining more than at any other time of the year. It must be back-to-school days.

Wine Guy: A new leader emerges in the value wine market

A new leader in affordable high-quality wine is emerging from a familiar value-oriented country, but from an excitingly unfamiliar region.

Wine Guy: Wine judges reward wineries and consumers

They share acute sensitivity, a grandfather’s patience and a spittoon the size of a 12-piece bucket from KFC.

Wine judges are a strange breed indeed. Who else would travel thousands of miles, usually for little or no money, just to sit in a fluorescent hotel conference room all day and spit out everything they put in their mouth?

Wine Guy: Organic and biodynamic wines take center stage

Kermit the Frog couldn’t have said it better when he sang the song “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

Wine Guy: Wine online: Web sites worth surfing

Web sites exist for just about everything wine, including a Web site appropriately named Anyone who enjoys a little time in the easy chair with their favorite glass of vino will find this list of wine-related Web sites an invaluable resource to help further their enjoyment of the world’s greatest beverage.

Camp Oliver to benefit from wine event

The San Diego-based Social Service Auxiliary is in final preparations for its 26th annual Wine and Roses Charity Wine Tasting, an event that continues its long run of supporting local charities.

Wine Guy: Now is a good time to love wine

In the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Bueller preached wisely to the audience when he turned to the camera and said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Amid the current economic turmoil, these words may have more meaning today than when the movie was released.