Grape sense: Slightly more expensive wine makes for content palate

The holidays are a time when most of us splurge on something special. And while Grape Sense has focused on value wine that costs less than $20 for the past five years, here are some suggestions that cost $10 to $20 higher than the wines normally mentioned here.

One of the great adventures in a wine education is discovering price-point differences relative to quality. There are many differences of opinion. My experience is that when you break about $15, there is a jump in quality.

Here are some wines for a special occasion that should deliver a real bang on the palate for just $10 to $20 more than the usual $12 to $15 bottle. It might take a wine shop to find them, but all should be available in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

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