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Poker Night Wines

Tuesday - 1/18/2011, 11:51am  ET

It's a good bet that your guests will like the big floral nose of the 2009 Yangarra Roussanne from the McLaren Vale region of Australia ($21). It's got scents of bee's wax, melon and honey suckle and flavors of apricot and peach. If you're looking to up the ante, for $20 try the 2007 Peppoli Chianti Classico from Antinori. It has floral, red berry aromas with a hint of cocoa. It goes well with salami and cheese. For $30, the 2005 Dry Creek Vineyards Old Vines Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, California is a sure-fire way to raise the stakes. It's got notes of smoky vanilla, black fruit and pepper and flavors of black cherry, dark raspberry and cardamom. It pairs well with ribs or chili.