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Labor Day Barbeque?

Happy Labor Day! If you are spending this last hurrah of summer by hosting a backyard or picnic, you might be having good old burgers on the grill. So what to serve besides beer and soda? How about some reasonably-priced American Cabernet Sauvignon? Here are some of my favorites:

* Chateau St. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley: This beauty from Washington State is done in the Bordeaux style--refined and elegant, with the classic Cab characteristics of black cherries and a bit of cedar, along with sturdy tannins.

* Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley: cherries, plum and cedar, and smooth tannins, make this a great choice.

* J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Seven Oaks: A steal at the price, this Cab offers tons of cherries and currants, and a slightly oaky finish. A real winner.

Enjoy your holiday!