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'Tis no longer the season for Santa, but as far as I'm concerned, 'tis always the season for Sauvignon Blanc. Not to mention Cabernet Sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, and zinfandel. One of the best wine shops in the region, Gordon's (21214 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-338-0675), offers good vintages at great prices. If you don't know much about wine, don't worry; the shop also sells the latest edition of the Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide, and the staff is extremely helpful. What I like most about the place, though, is the cheese section, which carries Egg Farm Dairy cheeses from New York. The dairy is partially owned by restaurateur Charlie Palmer and produces unique artisan cheeses like creamy Amram, aged Amawalk, and stringy Peekskill Pyramid. For a final treat, purchase the cultured sweet butter, a one-pound brick churned from clabbered cream. You'll never skip breakfast again.

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Jen Karetnick is an award-winning dining critic, food-travel writer, and author of the books Ice Cube Tray Recipes, Mango, and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami.
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