January 14: 2010 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel; Dry Creek Valley, California; $35 from 52 Wines for 2013 (Plus Holiday Picks) Slideshow

52 Wines for 2013 (Plus Holiday Picks) Slideshow

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January 7: 2008 Alpha Estate “Axia” Syrah; Florina, Greece; $18

"As winter hits full swing, you will need a wine to go with all of the hearty meats, soups, and stews of the season. Axia is a blend of syrah and local varietal xinomavro, which has a lot of taste similarities to grenache. This wine is a perfect transition from Côtes du Rhône, as it has a luscious combination of rich fruit with a slight black and crushed red pepper finish."

— Jon McDaniel, sommelier, The Purple Pig