Today I'm turning the tables. Instead of just writing stuff for you all to read, how about a little reciprocity?

For starters, I doubt that you noticed, but resolution #5 on my list of New Year's resolutions reads as follows:

I'm Not Buying any Wine for My Cellar in 2013*

Yes, there are some exceptions, hence the * but I'm testing myself to see how far I can take this. One benefit to my audience is that I will be posting on some of the great deals that I might have taken advantage of had it not been for this possibly ill-advised moratorium on cellar expansion.

Wine I Did Not Buy Today will feature all those Burgundies, Barolos, freak wines and classic Cabs that I filled my cellar with in 2012. If you have a great deal, send it my way and I'll see if it might be a Wine I Did Not Buy Today!

On a related note, I also published a list of four wines that I expect will be hot in 2013. This is the year for Chianti, Rioja, affordable Bordeaux, and some of the better California Cabs to take off. Combining value, quality and availability, they're wines that can satisfy a connoisseur, yet are perfect for just about anybody getting into wine.

So another question for you, do you agree? And if so, what are your picks in each or any of the categories that you think consumers should be aware of? There are only so many wines I can try each year, and I don't profess to be some sort of vinous guru, so your help in shining a light on the best and the brightest is always appreciated!

In truth, my list started out with 5 wines, but I had to trim the article for length, and also because wine #5, St. Joseph, may not meet the availability criteria for really taking off this year. But in light of both stylistic changes among producers in the Northern Rhone, as well as some significant jumps in pricing and the rather limited nature of many of the wines, I expect that I'll be getting my Northern Rhone Syrah fix mostly from St. Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage once I start buying wine again! Although I still hold out hope that several great producers in Cote Rotie will not yet be discovered.

I know it's in bad taste, but how about sharing one or two of your gems out there. What wines should savvy shoppers be looking for today? Here are the last three wines I bought, all great values and worth stocking up on. Putting my money where my mouth is!

2010 Domaine Vincent Paris St. Joseph $27

2010 Saint Cosme Saint Joseph $36

2009 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale $30

No matter what, this is going to be an exciting year, filled with discoveries and frustrations as it were. Here's looking forward to sharing some of it with you.

Good luck and wishing you all a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2013!


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