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Giftable Wines and Spirits that Spread the Holiday Cheer

In terms of fail-proof gifts, a good bottle of alcohol is about as safe as you can get (assuming the recipient enjoys a drink). Want to show your party host how much you appreciate them? Pick up a nice, full-bodied red. Looking to impress your fancy cousin? Bring them a fine scotch whiskey. Sending warm wishes for a happy holiday and new year? Put a bow on a bottle of champagne. It’s hard to go wrong with liquid cheer, especially when it’s something nice the recipient wouldn’t normally treat themselves to.

If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift, you’ll find selections for every taste at our wine and spirits stores. Need a recommendation? Check out the top picks from Angelo Martelli, Fairway’s director of wine—each of these would be a delight to find under the Christmas tree.

Bubbles

encry+millesimeEncry Millesime Champagne, 2009

Grand gru champagne made with 100% chardonnay. Elegant and full in the mouth with a clean mineral finish.

 
 
 

dom-perignon-brut-champagne-france-10981909Dom Perignon Champagne, 2009

A brilliant and unique vintage from one of the most prestigious producers of champagne. Save this one for someone truly special.
 
 
 

Red Wine

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Bolgheri Sassicaia Super Tuscan, 2012

From a legendary producer of super Tuscans (wines made in Tuscany with French grapes). Lots of lavender, minerals and black currants on the nose that turn to blackberries.
 
 
 

Bertani-Amarone-della-Valpolicella-Valpantena-DOCG-Vini-per-tuttiBertani Amarone Della Valpolicella

Amarone is one of Italy’s great wines—made with dried grapes, it has an intense, vibrant flavor with powerful character. Bertani is one of the iconic producers of this unique and under-appreciated style.
 
 
 

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Chateau Mamin Graves Bordeaux 2009

This merlot-cabernet blend is from Bordeaux, a region in France that produces some of the world’s most highly-esteemed (and pricey) wines. Chateau Mamin is a Bordeaux that dazzles at a more moderate price and is rich with notes of vanilla and smoke.
 
 
 

Spirits

Patron GrPatron-Gran-Platinum-Tequilaan Platinum Tequila

An incredibly smooth, triple distilled tequila presented in a hand-numbered crystal bottle. Great in a cocktail, but even better sipped on the rocks.
 
 
 

johnnie-walker-blue-label-gift-box-275Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whiskey

Perhaps the most famous premium whiskey, made with a blend of rare malts and grains. Any scotch lover would be overjoyed to receive this exquisite masterpiece.
 
 
 

Whistle-Pig-Old-World-Cask-RyeWhistle Pig Old World Cask Rye

A marriage of whiskeys aged in new American oak and finished in European wine casks, which gives this rye a distinctive and bold character. Perfect for whiskey geeks.
 
 
 

Looking to round out your gift?

One way to upgrade your gift is to add in a few food items or cocktail mixers that will make the sipping experience complete. Head to our stores to find cheeses to pair with a red wine or caviar that will make the luxury champagne experience complete. Or throw in a few mixers for making cocktails—ginger beer, margarita mix, or something new like our latest obsession: Caskai Sparkling Cascara infusions, made with refreshing coffee cherries.

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