On deadline for that perfect gift of wine? Here's a case of winners any grape nut should enjoy, with bottles priced from $20 to $135.
Nonvintage Mumm Napa Brut Prestige ($20) - a crisp, fruity, creamy sparkler to celebrate any holiday.
Nonvintage Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore ($20) - dry, refreshing, festive, first-class bubbly from Italy.
2008 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay ($35) - balanced, delightful, with hints of apple and spice, citrus and ginger.
2008 Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch-Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($39) - vivid and vibrant, with tropical fruit, fine acidity.
2006 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot ($52) - bright, accessible, meticulous varietal, with generous red fruit.
2007 Trefethen Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($55) - lively, intense, loaded with black fruit.
2006 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($70) - lush, full, heady with cassis, to mature for a decade-plus.
2005 Mount Veeder Reserve ($80) - a big, potent red blend, mostly cabernet sauvignon, defined by blackberry.
2007 Goldeneye Ten Degrees ($100) - a knockout, three-vineyard, Anderson Valley pinot noir, ripe and rich, complex and concentrated.
2007 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($115) - classic, extracted, ample blackberry, with a trace of mint.
2007 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ($135) - sensational, deep, typically smooth cab from a terrific vintage.