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Drinks: Last-minute gifts of wine, spirits

Very last-minute gift recommendations.

Good prices - For $11: Chile's plummy, soft Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere. About $7: the 2008 Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay, full of tropical fruit; $17: 2008 Feudo Principi di Butera Insolia from Sicily; $15: fruity 2008 Rocca di Montemassi Vermentino; $20: versatile, flavorful 2007 Jadot Pinot Noir.

Fine whites - Creamy, minerally, intense 2007 Chalk Hill Estate Bottled Chardonnay ($48); soft, subtle 2008 Livon Braide Grande Vineyard Pinot Grigio ($25); and the excellent, fruity, complex 2007 Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet ($40).

Big reds - Continue in Burgundy with the robust, soulful 2006 Jadot Pommard ($45). The concentrated, exceptional, blackberry-driven 2006 Hall "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon ($75) is a highlight of the vintage.

More big reds - Opulent, aromatic, velvety 2005 Trefethen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($100); elegant, stirring 2007 Will Jarvis' "Science Project" red blend ($105); near-brooding 2005 Stewart Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($150), full of black fruit, still-maturing; vivid, balanced and full-bodied 2006 Volpaiole Classico ($65); and a New Zealand star, the vibrant, garnet-hued 2007 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Hawke's Bay "Sophia" ($50), mostly merlot and very polished. The 2007 Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard, Bliss Block Pinot Noir and Hawk Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (both $70) are ageworthy, velvety and intense, subtle and pure.

For bourbon fans - Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($37), a peppery, minty, lighter style.

For vodkanians - Grey Goose "La Poire" ($30), smooth, with a hint of fruit.

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