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Wine Gift Ideas

Trust me… we have the selection to help you check off your entire list. But here’s just a few we wanted to mention…

Wine Gifts under $20

Alessandro Rivetto Dolcetto d’Alba DOC
On the nose, aromas of red fruit such as amarena and red cherries. Its flavor is powerful and persistent over time, and on the palate it is soft and balanced. In color, it is an intense and brilliant violet-ruby red, with extraordinarily rich extracts.

Bodegas Breca 2015
#29 of the Top 100 Wines of 2018
92 points Wine Spectator
Round, smooth and dense, this red shows harmony and balance. Plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black olive, toast and mineral notes, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity, leaving a lovely floral finish. Drink now through 2027.

Charles Krug Chardonnay
The cool and foggy Carneros region is known for producing grapes with a natural balance of acidity and ripeness. Fruit was hand-picked in the cool night to ensure it reached the winery in pristine condition. This elegantly balanced, medium-bodied wine is half barrel fermented and aged sur-lie. The wine displays inviting notes of tropical fruit and citrus blossom on the nose that give way to peach and pear flavors on the palette.

Primarius Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir, a blend of all of our vineyard sources throughout Oregon, is a bright and lively expression of the 2015 vintage. Bright red fruits, citrus blossom and honeycomb aromatics are underscored by hints of candied violets and jasmine. The palate is lively, with flavors of rhubarb, wild strawberry and pie cherries and rounds out to a lingering finish accented with notes of cocoa powder and silky tannins.

Kris Sparkling Cuvee
KRIS Winemakers have combined modern technology and traditional winemaking artistry to handcraft an exquisite modern Italian expression of a fresh, crisp sparkling wine.  The wine is characterized by delicate hints of citrus and pear and subtle floral undertones.

Domaine Houchart Provence Rose 2018
Wine Enthusiast top 100 Best Buy 2019
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
Always an attractive wine, this release remains as reliable in this vintage. The classic blend is full and ripe, with a touch of caramel as well as raspberry flavors. Lightly textured and full of fruit, it is ready to drink.

Protea Chenin Blanc
Lively and fresh entry to the palate with stonefruit, peach and apricot. Crisp and zesty with some citrus notes adding vibrancy. Rounded, fleshy mid-palate with ample fruit character balanced by acidity. Gently lingering light finish.

Francis Ford Coppola Directors Cut Chardonnay
Using only Russian River Valley fruit, we crush the grapes whole-cluster and ferment entirely in French oak barrels to produce a wine with a seductive, round texture and notes of sweet vanilla. This technique also serves to highlight the green apple, honeysuckle and citrus flavors, which are the hallmark of Russian River vineyards.

Wine Gifts for $20 and up

Hess Collection Lion Tamer Red Blend
92 Points Wine Spectator an Wine Enthusiast
“We affectionately call this wine ‘Tamer’ because blending Lion Tamer is both challenging and rewarding especially when you start with Malbec as the core. Malbec on its own brings heady, floral aromas of violets and can be what I call the wild child. Big, bold and juicy upon entry, Malbec is virtually loaded with flavor. When you layer in Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, you get complex layers of blackberries, milk chocolate, black plums and exotic perfume that carry throughout a plush texture and a ripe juicy core of black fruits. The signature of Lion Tamer is a generous palate of black raspberry and surprisingly lush tannins.” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking

Hess Collection Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon
92 Points Wine Spectator
“Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon is plush in texture with heady aromas of blackberries, black cherries and notes of freshly ground coffee. We integrate a touch of Malbec to develop a softness in the tannins, making this a wonderfully smooth and seamless wine. These mouthwatering tannins surround the palate, framing layered elements of bright blueberry, subtle smoke and deliciously rich mocha. I find this inaugural vintage of Lion Tamer Cabernet is perfectly balanced, with well-integrated sweet oak notes presenting on the lengthy, elegant finish.” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking

Sandeman Ruby Port
Descended from the fiery ruby Porto Wines originally shipped by George Sandeman in 1790, Sandeman Porto Fine Ruby is still made traditionally to be rich and robust yet with a special depth of flavour and the finesse, achieved by expertly blending wines from Sandeman´s large and varied stock

Holiday Cocktails

Sugar Cookie Martini

Ingredients:

For the martini:

  • 1/2 c. whole milk
  • 1/4 c. Baileys
  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 2 oz. amaretto
  • Ice

For the rim:

  • 1/2 c. vanilla frosting
  • 1/4 c. sprinkles, plus 1 tsp., divided
  • Pre-made sugar cookie dough

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll sugar cookie dough out to ¼” thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out desired shapes then place cookies on prepared baking sheet. Bake until just set and lightly golden around the edges, 12 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Using an offset spatula, spread a thin layer of frosting onto rim of two martini glasses. Pour ¼ cup sprinkles onto a small plate then dip rims in sprinkles to coat. Use an offset to frost cookies with frosting then decorate with remaining 2 tablespoons sprinkles.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine milk, Baileys, vodka, and amaretto. Add ice and shake until cold. Pour into glasses and garnish rim with a cookie.
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COCKTAILS FOR ONE…OR TWO…

Easy Holiday Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 part Sprite
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice
  • 1 part Orange Juice
  • 1 part Vodka
  • Ice
  • Sliced orange and/or fresh or sugared cranberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add ice to a cocktail glass.
  2. Pour equal parts Sprite, cranberry juice, orange juice, and vodka (optional) over ice.
  3. Add slice of orange for garnish and serve.

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COCKTAILS FOR A GROUP…

Christmas Punch

Ingredients

  • 1 large bag of ice
  • 5 cups 100% cranberry juice* — 40 ounces, NOT cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 bottles very dry sparkling wine — (750 ml bottles) , such as champagne, cava, or Prosecco
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups diet ginger ale — (12 ounces) (from 1 can or poured from a liter bottle)
  • 1 1/2 cups dark rum or brandy — (12 ounces)
  • 2 oranges — thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Instructions

  1. Make sure all of the ingredients are well chilled. Fill a large punch bowl with ice. Top with the cranberry juice, sparkling wine, apple cider, ginger ale, and rum. Stir gently to combine. Top with the orange slices and fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

Blackberry Ombre Sparkler

Ingredients

·  1 cup fresh blackberries

·  1 cup sugar

·  1 cup water

·  4 sprigs fresh rosemary

·  1 bottle champagne

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, combine blackberries, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil on high heat, and then reduce to a simmer and let cook for approximately 15-17 minutes. The blackberries will become soft and bright in color and a pinkish purple syrup will form. Making sure it cooks down enough is essential to keeping the ombre effect. Take off of the heat and drain the blackberries, keeping the syrup in a separate bowl. Set both aside and allow to cool.
  • Once blackberries and simple syrup are cooled, spoon about 4 tablespoons of syrup into the bottom of each champagne flute (this recipe makes 4 drinks)
  • Top with champagne.
  • Garnish with fresh blackberries or the cooked blackberries, and a sprig of rosemary.
  • Cheers!

Holiday Brews

Tröegs Mad Elf Ale
The Mad Elf is a cheerful creation to warm your heart and enlighten your tongue. The combination of cherries, honey, and chocolate malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast, this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the pleasant character of this intriguing yet delicious Ale. The Mad Elf is a jolly and delicious beer for the holidays. Eighty years after Prohibition Repeal, states across the country have greatly modernized their alcohol markets but some Prohibition legacies linger, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

Sierra Nevada Celebration
The long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter with Celebration Ale. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home.

Anchor Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Every year since 1975, Anchor has brewed its Christmas ale from a new recipe and put a different illustrated tree on the label. This year’s model has a nice ruby amber pour. The mixture of pine, cinnamon, and nutmeg sends a flurry of winter memories through your mind: sledding all day, warm Christmas cookies and the immediate warmth from a mug of hot chocolate.—GE

Corsendonk Christmas
The most Christmas-y of Christmas ales, this is the archetypal beer—just the right amount of spices, Belgian candi sugar and caramel malt. This is what we mean when we say “Christmas beer.”

St. Bernardus Christmas
Simply one of the best beers in the world, the St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is dark as the richest Belgian chocolate, malty without being too sweet, with a perfect frothy head. At 10% ABV, just one of these will make for a very merry Christmas season.

Domaine Bousquet Wines

Organic = delicious

Malbec

Made with organic grapes.
Domaine Bousquet’s premium varietal series comprises a blend of estate and purchased fruit from the Uco Valley. The grapes benefit from major diurnal temperature swings, achieving exuberant ripeness while retaining the juiciness that invites a second glass. The wines are vinified with a French sensibility. The wines are un-oaked – an on-trend sensibility of little or no oak to let the fruit shine through and make the wines extremely food-friendly.

It is a wine of dark violet color. In the nose, it presents intense aromas of blackberry with notes of red and blackcurrant and plum. The mouth highlights notes of ripe plums with soft and elegant tannins.

Virgen Red Blend

Virgen Organic Red Blend is not only made from organic fruit but has no sulfites added, thereby qualifying for fully organic USDA certification. A blend of 35% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc, it is vinified from 100% estate-grown fruit grown at a cool 4,000 feet in the foothills of the Andes. This purest expression of the local terroir, a mix sandy/gravel soils credited for Domaine Bousquet’s signature “Naturally Elegant Wines,” benefits from brilliant sunlight and 50F degree temperature swings between day and night, leading to super-flavorful, fresh-tasting grapes.

Deep Violet Color. In the nose, pure and intense blackberry and red berry fruit. On the palate is a refreshing interplay of vibrant fruit, leavened with a touch of herb, spice, and violets.

Reserve Pinot Noir

A step up from the premium varietal line, these blends of Domaine Bousquet estate-grown grapes from plots with low yields offer more of everything – more body, more tannin in the reds, and more flavor. The 4,000-foot elevation ensures that, with the right handling, the grapes for these wines lend an Old World elegance so prized by wine lovers

100% Pinot Noir. Burgundy Style, aged for 10 months in French oak.
Delicate Ruby red color. Red fruit aromas as strawberry and cherry with vanilla notes. On the palate, it´s elegant and balanced with medium body and acidity.

Reserve Malbec

A step up from the premium varietal line, these blends of Domaine Bousquet estate-grown grapes from plots with low yields offer more of everything – more body, more tannin in the reds, and more flavor. The 4,000-foot elevation ensures that, with the right handling, the grapes for these wines lend an Old World elegance so prized by wine lovers.

85% Malbec 5% Merlot 5% Syrah 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 10 months in French Oak. Deep Violet color. On the nose, ground-mushrooms and red berries aromas. Notes of violet prune and spices. Medium body with soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish.

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

A step up from the premium varietal line, these blends of Domaine Bousquet estate-grown grapes from plots with low yields offer more of everything – more body, more tannin in the reds, and more flavor. The 4,000-foot elevation ensures that, with the right handling, the grapes for these wines lend an Old World elegance so prized by wine lovers.

85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Malbec, aged for 10 months in French Oak. Violet Color with ruby tones. The nose shows Strawberries and flowers aromas with spicy and mineral notes. On the mouth is refined, stylish red, showing scented oak, fine, savory tannins and bright acidity.

Gaia Red Blend

Named for the Earth Mother goddess in Greek mythology, Gaia Red and White Blends are a multi-varietal cornucopia of estate-grown grapes. This Old World tradition of blending varieties is updated to highlight modern, non-classic New World pairings. The primary grape comprises around 50% of the mix.

Each vintage, the bounty from the estate is blended a bit differently to reflect what Mother Nature has offered. A new taste adventure every year — be it a wild berry Malbec, spicy Syrah, and polished Cabernet Sauvignon trio, or a white trio of delicate Chardonnay, white peach Pinot Gris and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.

50% Malbec 45% Syrah 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 10 months in French oak. Dark violet color. Blackcurrants and dark plums on the nose with spicy and dried herbs notes Medium to full body with bright acidity, juicy body, and a tannin backbone.

Opus One

Your one stop shopping for “Opus One, legendary Napa Valley Claret”. We have Opus vintages starting from the 1984 release to 2012. Twenty Four vintages . Quantities are limited. Stop in and inquire for pricing.

Gordon’s Selections

Amalaya

Salta, Argentina

2015 Malbec

Sustainably farmed vines, super rich fruit, delivering intense fruit flavor with a hint of spice, balanced with approachable tannins. Enjoy with a variety of bold dishes. Varietal makeup is Malbec 85% Tannat 10% and Syrah 5%.

MacRostie

Sonoma Coast

Pinot Noir 2013

Beautiful wine showing dark ruby color, this Pinot is juicy and ripe, yet soft and elegant. The nose is homemade cherry pie, with hints of toasted spice, and it’s very lush and rich in the mouth, with ripe black cherry and Dutch cocoa flavors. The finish is easy and long. Food pairings include grilled pork loin, cedar plank salmon and seared ahi tuna. $24.99

Northstar

Columbia valley


Merlot 2012

Epitomizing power and finesse, our Columbia Valley Merlot is crafted from the finest grapes grown throughout the Columbia Valley AVA of Eastern Washington State. The 2013 vintage has rich concentrated aromas of cherry, raspberry and vanilla that lead into flavors of spice and chocolate. It is subtle and soft with a lingering toasted oak finish. This wine was created to enjoy now, or will age gracefully for many years to come. Stunning 91pt. rated wine for $44.99.

( limited supply)

Craft Ciders

Citizen Cider Lake Hopper

Citizen Cider is proud to work with the good growers on both sides of mighty Lake Champlain, Vermont and New York. Made entirely with apples and cascade hops from the same landscape, and in some cases the same farms, this cider is a tribute to those things that connect us. Two States. One Landscape. One Cider. Get Connected. Drink the Lake Hopper.

Citizen Cider Unified Press

Citizen Cider Dirty Mayor

We offer this cider to the honorable and fully infamous mayor of the only non-town in America, Fort Ethan Allen, USA. The mayor likes his cider with a ginger nip, so in our current effort to ensure local harmony and diplomacy we offer this cider up to the mayor and his fellow citizens.

Cidergeist Bubbles

A cider made with peach and cranberry juice, for additional pink hue, tartness and juicy fruitiness.

Cidergeist Semi Dry

Cider fermented to amplify the fragrance and essence of the apples whilst achieving a delightful, lip-smacking dryness.

Champlain Orchards Original Cider

Our Original is crafted with a farmhouse blend of our favorite eating apples. Its crisp and bright apple finish is enjoyable any time of year.

Gordon’s Wine Picks

Pievalta 2015 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi hails from the Ancona province of the Italian coastal region of Marche. Clay and limestone soils amplify fresh minerality and freshness of fruit character. Hints of sweet almonds and a streak of citrus show in this lightly aromatic varietal wine. Because Verdicchio maintains high levels of tartaric acidity, the wine can be crisp, refreshing and highly age-worthy. Verdicchio excels when paired with all things seafood, such as ceviche, steamed mussels and fish tacos. Beautiful wine!

Thomsan & Scott Skinny Prosecco

A premium portfolio of Champagne and Prosecco for the new wave of wine lovers globally who want to enjoy top quality sparkling wine whilst cutting sugar and drinking better. Skinny Prosecco with just 67 calories per glass less than half of an egg! Contains 50% less of the usual sugar only 7g per liter – when you consider the average Prosecco contains on average 12-17g of sugar up to 32g. “ Quality in the bottle with transparency in our labeling”. Certified organic and certified vegan, Thomson & Scott Skinny Prosecco is produced from grapes grown on the south facing slopes of the foothills of the Dolomites, close to Soligo, North East Italy. Crisp, dry and delicious.

 

Gordon’s Wine Picks

Gentleman’s Collection

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

South Australia

Winemaker Notes:  Dark fruits, hints of dried herbs and mocha on the nose. The dense palate sees sour red fruits red fruits balance out the sweet with a chocolate tannin finish. A fine choice for a discerning palate. Rated 90 pts./ Pioppi’s Wine Manager

$15.99

 

La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru “ Cote de Lechet”

2012 Chablis- France

Plenty of smoky reduction to the citrus and floral- suffused nose that easily quaffes a focused sense of minerality on the nose. It offers an excellent intensity to the racy, strong and energetic flavors that are finer and more complex and this really shows on the finish. Great length, impeccable balance and gorgeous fruit are all hallmarks of this amazing value. Rated 90pts.

$25.99

 

Maxville Lake Estate Winery

2014 Cabernet Franc- Chiles Valley California

Maxville Lake wines are handcrafted by renowned Bordeaux- born winemaker Camille Benitah in a new, state-the -art winery on a 1,000 acre property. Garnet red in color this Cabernet Franc has a heady richness of black fruit, smoke, and wood. Warm nutmeg and ripe blueberry aromas, followed by hints of vanilla and a silky finish. Rated 90pts.

$69.99

Gordon’s Selections

Treana Blanc 2014 Central Coast

45% Viognier,  45% Marsanne, 10% Rousane
Treana Blanc is hailed from select vineyard sited along California’s Central Coast and has vibrant flavors of tropical and stone fruits with nuances of flowers and honey. Pair with crab cakes, lobster & mac & cheese and baked scallops.

 

Big Fire 2013 Oregon Pinot Noir

Dusty medium dark garnet color. Bright, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of dried cherries, olives, and smoked nuts. A soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length borscht nuances of citrus, and nutskin that finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A solid Pinot. Pair with cedar plank salmon, wild mushroom ragu and seared duck breasts.

 

Bucci Verdicchio Classico dei Castelli di Jesi DOC 2014

One of Italy’s top ten best white wines! Knockout nose combines peach, almond oil, white flowers and a light herbal nuance. Lush, tactile and deep yet fresh. Flavors of yellow apple, candied lemon peel, ginger and minty herbs. Finishes with an almost tannic impression and a touch of spicy apple butter and almond paste. Rating: 92 points