Bottoms Up — December 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm

8 Boozy Beverages to Gift Wrap This Holiday Season

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Sometimes the easiest gift of all is the simplest. Alcohol. Almost everybody drinks it and it’s a quick and easy thing to grab on your way to a party. Plus, it’s practical because parties always inevitably run out of booze. We have put together some of our favorite options for this holiday season, so get to your nearest liquor store and stock up. Those party invites are gunna start rolling in!

champagne-palmer

Champagne Palmer recently became available in the United States and we couldn’t be more excited about it. While the company has been extremely successful in Europe, it just debuted in the states this October. Their Blanc des Blancs ($71.99) is incredible. Comprised of chardonnay grapes, this champagne produces notes of white flowers and honeysuckle and tastes fresh, crisp and delicious. Their Rosé Reserve ($44) is also a nice choice for the holidays, with notes of red currants, vanilla, and a bit of cinnamon. It is a great alternative to your typical rosé.

 

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For the friend or host that likes to get the party started, tequila is an easy crowd pleaser. 1800 Tequila recently introduced their Essential Artist series and this year pays homage to legendary artist Keith Haring, with seven limited edition bottles ($29.99). So not only are you giving the gift of tequila, but also a beautiful piece of art, as well.

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Chandon never fails to impress, especially around the holidays. Their current Limited Edition bottle ($24), now in its third year, features winter white and shimmering gold lettering, bringing fun and joy to your holiday season. The Blanc de Noirs cuvee is the perfect gift for your bestie, so pick up and bottle and pop the cork this holiday season.

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For something a bit nicer, Blade and Bow’s 22 year old Limited Release ($150) is something you should get your hands on. The new whiskey has already won both “Best Straight Bourbon” and a Double Gold medal at the 2015 San Francisco Spirits Competition and has notes of oak, smoke, vanilla and a touch of spice. (Read all about our special Blade and Bow tasting!)

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Taittinger, one of the last remaining major marque champagne houses, boasts chardonnay dominant champagnes, giving them delicious flavor. Nocturne ($69) would make for a wonderful holiday gift — not only is the shimmering bottle holiday ready, but the blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier makes it an exciting and different option than your standard bubbly. Plus, Taittinger’s holiday wrapping is gorgeous.
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If any of your friends or family are notorious adventurers, bring them a taste of Greece with newly launched FOS Mastiha ($28.99). Made from the indigenous mastiha tree, this spirit gives drinkers a taste of herbal delight. The versatile spirit can be consumed as either an aperitif or digestif, as well as on ice or in cocktails.
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Chloe Wine just released it’s latest varietal, Chloe Prosecco DOC ($17). Made from 100% Glera grapes, this sparkling wine displays notes of peach, green apples, citrus and white flowers, with just the perfect balance of minerality and acidity. For a company that has been around for such a short time, they sure are making their name known impressively quickly!
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Bodegas Emilio Moro has produced one of its best vintages ever this its Malleolus 2011 ($44.99). Matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, this Tempranillo is one of the most sought out wines of the region. Notes of oak, balsamic, spices and tobacco are apparent at first sip, as well as black fruits. Anyone with a soft spot for Spanish wines will love this vino.
Twisted Talk: What’s your go to gift during the holidays? Have you tried any of these alcohols before? Discuss below!

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