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Sonoma County, California, United States $21

Rupert Symington, a joint managing director of Symington Family Symington Estates, is pouring Graham's 2007 Vintage Port $106. A classic offering from an exceptional year in the Douro, Graham's has produced a stunning wine with power, weight, complexity and balance that will age forever. Bargain pick: Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2005, Douro Valley, Portugal $28

Winemaker David Patterson will pour the Tantalus Vineyards Riesling 2009 $25 to showcase the unique terroir of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. Expect a juicy, refreshing style riesling loaded with zesty melon, apple and guava fruit. Bargain pick: Tantalus Juveniles Pinot Noir 2008, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia $18

Last, but hardly least, is Telmo Rodriguez, winemaker and proprietor and a modern day Spanish wine evangelist. Rodriguez will present his Matallana 2006, Ribero del Duero $145 . Matallana is made from a bunch of individual vineyard plots, all on different types of soils, planted to old vines. Maceration is by foot and fermentation in open wooden vats. Crazy good. Bargain pick: Telmo Rodriguez Basa Rueda Blanco 2009, Castilla-Leon, Spain $19.

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Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto .


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