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By Stef Schwalb

Decisions, decisions…they are never easy, especially when it comes to gifts, and of course, wine. Buying for yourself might be a breeze because you know what you like, but when it’s for someone else, that’s a whole different story. Here’s where Chef Emeril Lagasse and come in handy this season.

With the introduction of a new series of celebrity chef wine samplers, the joined forces with the “Bam Bam Man” to develop a curated collection of some of his favorite wines from around the country. The boxed gift set of six different selections also provides customized tasting notes and food pairing suggestions that work well with all of your favorite delicious seasonal dishes.

The Emeril’s Holiday Party Sampler contains a variety of reds and whites, including Schug ’10 Chardonnay (Carneros); Patz & Hall ’10 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast); Patz & Hall ’10 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast); Jake-Ryan ’07 Zinfandel, Bald Mountain Vineyard (Napa Valley); Gundlach Bundschu ’09 Merlot, Estate Vineyard (Sonoma Valley); and Clayhouse ’09 Show Pony Petite Sirah, Red Cedar Vineyard (Paso Robles).

The best part? Priced at just $39.99 per wine sampler, this selection is a steal – even by Santa’s standards. So whether it’s for yourself or someone else, whether naughty or nice, this little gem guarantees all a good night! The new collection of samplers, including the Emeril’s Holiday Party and Emeril’s Everyday (which also includes six selections from around the U.S., for just $32.95), can be purchased online at

Originally published December 2012
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