Sure, you could show up en tote with just one more bottle of wine. But do not decide on a last-minute selection this Christmas season, but think about what you can give the wine, beer or spirits connoisseur in your closest circle with this first-class selection.
Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021, $ 13.99
Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (Courtesy of Villa Maria)
Say hello to the wonderful miracle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, straight from the winemakers who drove the madness. Here, a fruity wine highlights the flavors of the cool climate of the Awatere River such as lemongrass, jalapeño peppers, and fresh herbs, while the warmer Wairau Valley shows juicy citrus and tropical fruit notes. Pro tip: suggest pouring this wine at a party for the Seven Fish Festival or with a salad course. For another great Villa Maria purchase, watch enophiles faint for Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Pinot Noir 2018 ($ 45).
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Seghesio Family Vineyards 2019 Sonoma Zinfandel, $ 26
Seghesio Family Vineyards 2019 Sonoma Zinfandel (Source: Crimson Wine Group)
There is nothing like a Sonoma wine. For a festive holiday drink with cheese boards (especially aged cheddar or gouda), imagine a vineyard that was founded in 1895 when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in the Alexander Valley. With an excellent price-performance ratio, connoisseurs can expect a light, fruity, balanced tin with notes of mint, sarsaparilla and fresh plum as well as deeply layered tannins.
Pinot Grigio from Santa Margherita, $ 24.99
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (Image: Santa Margherita USA)
A bottle of Pinot Grigio is sure to be a hit. Especially when it has as much personality as this one. For more options from the Italian wine brand, visit Wine.com here; We especially love their Prosecco Superiore. When shopping in-store, check out selected liquor and wine sellers across the country for the limited-edition Christmas tins for Pinot Grigio, Sparkling Rosé, Prosecco Superiore or Chianti Classico Riserva. They’re a fun retro-inspired find that the gift recipient can use to keep after the vino is polished this holiday season.
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Pine Ridge Vineyards 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $ 65
Pine Ridge Vineyards 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Source: Crimson Wine Group)
Pamper Cab Sauv enthusiasts with this beautiful wine, which smells with hints of cherry, sweet vanilla cream and strawberry. The cola flavors and dusty tannins play well with this adult grilled cheese. Note, note to your friendly host of the Christmas party.
Mindless Kentucky 74, $ 34
Spiritless Kentucky 74 (Image: Amy Campbell Photography)
This Austin-made non-alcoholic (NA) liquor is a winner for bourbon sippers (just use it in your favorite old-fashioned or cocktail recipe mixed with the real deal for lower alcohol consumption) and teetotalers alike. It has the same caramel, vanilla and oak notes as bourbon thanks to an ingenious distillation process that removes the alcohol down to 0.5% or less, which is the same alcohol content as kombucha and the benchmark for a drink in the US is an NA Label.
Desert Door Texas Sotol, from $ 40
Desert Door Texas Sotol (Image credit: Desert Door, Allyson Campbell)
Opt for either Desert Door Original Texas Sotol ($ 40) or their Oak-Aged Texas Sotol ($ 50), a brand founded in 2017 by three Texans and former members of the U.S. military that is the only Sotol made in America . Sotol takes its namesake from the name of the desert plant from which this complex spirit is made, which is herbal, creamy, smooth and will impress the cocktail connoisseur on your Christmas shopping list.
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Rightside Brewing non-alcoholic citrus wheat beer$ 12.99 (six-pack)
Rightside Brewing non-alcoholic citrus wheat beer (Source: Rightside Brewing)
This classic wheat beer makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys NA beer. This classic wheat beer has a tropical aroma with waves of fresh mandarin juice, banana and spices, all washing down with a crisp finish. This medium-bodied brew goes well with Monday Night Football, and it’s a happy hour day. Note: Get a few extra six-packs of this NA beer and their NA IPA to stock up your Christmas bar cart.
Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye Whiskey, $ 66.99
Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye Whiskey (Source: Sagamore Spirit)
Rye whiskey how we love you. Sagamore Spirit’s Cask Strength Rye Whiskey, the gold winner at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, features dark chocolate, black pepper and brown sugar flavor and a 112-safe measurement. Fun Fact: This Maryland distillery adds a splash of limestone-filtered water from their spring house, built in 1909, to the production process.
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Lost Draw Cellars 2019 Sangiovese Alta Loma Vineyards, $ 47
Lost Draw Cellars 2019 Sangiovese Alta Loma Vineyards (Courtesy Lost Draw Cellars)
Do you have a Lone Star Vino lover in your life? This 100% Texas grown wine uses grapes grown in the area’s semi-arid climate. A recent 2021 Texas Vintners Cup winner, this Sangiovese has light cherry flavors that are offset by heady notes of leather and aniseed.
Pio Cesare Barolo “Pio” DOCG 2017, $ 85
Pio Cesare Barolo “Pio” DOCG 2017 (Courtesy of Pio Cesare)
This year, this family-run winery is celebrating its 140th anniversary in the wine industry. Here your friend or family member will enjoy a truly unforgettable Barolo with a delicate bouquet of flowers and a hint of red and dark fruits and spices, which is rounded off with sweet tannins and light acidity. Alla Nostra greetings!
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