It’s getting to be that time in the holiday season when your last minute shopping instincts kick in and you are jolted in to action. If the very thought of this stresses you out, look no further than our Boozy Holiday Gift Guide, which offers ideas at various price points. Whether you’re on a tight budget or looking for something extra special, we’ve got a few ideas that just might land you ‘Santa of the year’ status.
Less than $20
Iconic Wines Sidekick Chardonnay California 2014 ($18.99) - Have a little fun with your gift giving and pick up this 100% stainless steel Chardonnay for your favorite cohort, wingman, or super hero enthusiast. The label is comic book inspired and the juice is delicious.
Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2012 ($17.99) – Inspired by my recent trip to Paso Robles, this is a leaner, brighter style of Cabernet Sauvignon than I had previously associated with the region. Fun fact: the vineyards were planted by Robert Mondavi in 1999.
Bellwether Wine Cellars Sawmill Riesling Finger Lakes NY 2013 ($22.99) - For the foodie in your life, this wine is incredible with all types of dishes, from sushi, to spicy, to rich and creamy. If you're in New York and buying local, then choose this lush and mineral driven expression of Riesling from the Finger Lakes.
Palmina Barbera Santa Barbara County 2012 ($26.99) - The Palmina wines are inspired by the wines and the lifestyle of Italy, and who can argue with that? Give the traveler in your life a little trip to Italy via California, with this mouthwatering, savory Barbera.
Tyler Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2013 ($37.99) – You know there are still Chardonnay lovers out there, and more power to them given it is one of the world's great grapes. Deliver happiness with this rich, fresh, pretty Chardonnay from the top vineyards in Santa Barbara.
Waits Mast Pinot Noir Mendocino Ridge Mariah Vineyard 2012 ($39.99) – For the friend that likes to be in the know, this intensely flavored Pinot Noir from the "Wild West" of Mendocino really delivers. Waits Mast is starting to get the recognition they deserve (Top 100 Wine Brands SF Chronicle 2014) but you’re still ahead of the curve.
Lexington Cabernet Franc Gist Ranch Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 2011 ($49.99) – Cabernet Franc from California is something you need to try, so why not gift this to someone you know will share it with you? Very Bordeaux-like versus Loire-like, if we must compare, but suffice to say it’s impressive.
Lutum Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2012 ($56.99) – Winemaker Gavin Chanin focuses on single vineyard wines, and the Sanford & Benedict vineyard is distinctive for its soils and long growing season. The vines don’t produce a lot of fruit, but they do make for an exceptionally elegant wine.
Cobb Emmaline Ann Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012 ($72.99) – A personal favorite in the gorgeous lineup of Cobb Pinot Noirs, the Emmaline Ann is almost certainly the most graceful. If someone on your list is a fan of Red Burgundy, surprise them with this delicate California Pinot Noir.
NV Vilmart Grand Cellier Champagne France ($78.99) – This Champagne is a celebration in and of itself. I don’t generally get so poetic, but my latest note claims, “pillows of lemon meringue and clouds of quince”, and I meant every word. One of our favorite non-vintage Champagnes.
More than $100
Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012 ($124.99) – If you know someone special with a wine cellar, add this exceptional bottle of Napa Cabernet, made by winemaker Dan Petroski, to the mix. They’ll thank you later, when it’s ready to drink!
Saxum Vineyards Red Blend James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 2012 ($199.99) – If you’ve got a lover of scores and points on your gift list, Saxum is the king of 90-100 point scores from the Wine Advocate as far back as I can remember. This delicious red received 97+ points from the same. Winning!
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 12 Year Bourbon ($119.99) – There’s no question that Bourbon is ‘so hot right now’ and this one had the small batch distinction before the term was even a thing. The barrel proof is a limited release, made for thoughtful gift giving.
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