Wow The Wine Lover on Your List - Beyond Wonderful Shows You How

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In his December column, Michael De Loach covers all the bubbly basics of Champagne, including suggestions for delectable Prosecco, Asti and other effervescent options.

At Barbara Adams' Beyond Wonderful, ( 'tis the season to sparkle. For resident wine expert Michael De Loach, that means - what else? - Champagne. In his December column, Michael covers all the bubbly basics, including suggestions for delectable Prosecco, Asti and other effervescent options.

For those with wine lovers on their list, De Loach brings a wealth of gift ideas that surpass the predictable bottle-with-a-bow. From books to movies to gadgets, his list is a terrific resource for time-starved shoppers in search of the perfect present. (

In addition to wine education, Beyond Wonderful offers a vast culinary library: hundreds of classic and seasonal dishes for everyday and special occasions. Each recipe is meticulously kitchen-tested and accompanied by tempting photographs. The site also offers an ever-growing collection of engaging feature stories and monthly columns on wine, produce, baking and cheese from a panel of culinary pros.

About Michael De Loach

Hook and Ladder Winery ( principal Michael De Loach grew up in the wine business: he started working in the family vineyard at age 11 and in the cellar at 15. De Loach has appeared throughout the country on radio, television and speaking engagements, and has been featured in many national publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Wine Spectator. He is the host of "Wine Country Live," ( a nationally syndicated radio show.

About Barbara Adams' Beyond Wonderful (

Beyond Wonderful launched in September 2004 from the San Francisco Bay Area; an internationally renowned center for culinary innovation. The brainchild of Barbara Adams, Beyond Wonderful delivers all the color, flavor, vitality and spice of this magnificent region in an ongoing culinary adventure from farms to markets to vineyards and beyond - culminating, of course, in the kitchen. For more information, contact via e-mail.


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