Today we have a gift pick from Kristyn, a wish list item from TJ, and a couple fun bottles from me that are perfect for sipping by the fire. Enjoy today’s gift guide – we hope we’re inspiring you to think outside of the box this holiday season!
Kristyn’s Gift Pick: Fruit Lab Organic Ginger Liqueur – $35
Ever since I tasted the Fruit Lab Organic Ginger Liqueur with TJ, I have been waiting for the weather to turn so that I can nab a bottle for myself and my tea mug. It’s that perfect ingredient to add to a steaming cup of tea or cider for a winter warmer or combined with some bubbly and a few candied cranberries for a sparkly and seasonal Ginger Royale! Fruit Lab has a great silky texture, sweet up front with subtle citrus notes that keep it bright, and best of all the perfect amount of spice on the finish without the feeling like you’ve just eaten the ginger version of a Red Hot. Throw in some cognac and lemon for a modified Sidecar and the perfect nightcap to help you digest that “I only eat this kind of food on Christmas” dinner!
TJ’s Wish List: 2007 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley,CA) – $1333
The mission of Harlan Estate is simple – their purpose in winemaking is to create a “first growth” of California. It took years of trial and error for the vines themselves to produce grapes that were worthy of this goal, and then years for the winemakers to produce a wine that they felt comfortable enough to release. But once Harlan found its groove, they never looked back. The 2007 vintage was marked by a nearly perfect growing season that allowed for slow and deliberate ripening. Bottled in 2010, this wine immediately took the world by storm. It earned 100 Points from Parker, and is incredibly rare and highly sought-after. This three-bottle case has been perfectly cared for and just came to market. It’s the ultimate collector’s gift, and one we’re excited to be able to offer this season. Sorry, TJ, it won’t be under our Christmas tree – but it can be under yours!
Hadley’s Fun Pick: Contratto White and Red Vermouth – $28
Some of you may know that I keep a boyfriend on the side by the name of Giorgio Rivetti. If you’ve ever met Giorgio you understand why. He’s the brilliant winemaker behind La Spinetta, my favorite Italian wines, and the man drapes a cashmere sweater over his shoulders like no one else can. He’s dreamy (even TJ thinks so!). I love Giorgio even more now because he has revived the iconic Contratto brand. Their sparkling wine is fantastic, but even more, I am in love with the red and white vermouths. Which is strange, because vermouth is sort of gross, but under my boyfriend’s tutelage it is delicious. The Contrattto recipe for vermouth dates back to the late 1800s when sugar, spices and herbs were used to disguise the off flavors of oxidized wine. The height of Contratto vermouth production was in the 1930, but waned completely after World War II. Well, now it’s back in a big way. Both are delicious on their own (like a more palatable Fernet) as a digestif, or mix beautifully into cocktails (head for brown spirits with the red vermouth, pour the white over rocks with some sparkling wine). The bottles are gorgeous and the taste intriguing – and I will not rest until the world falls back in love with Contratto vermouth. A very fun bottle to gift!!