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Every holiday season one of the first things I do is head to the wine and spirits shop to pick up a mixed case for gifts. It’s easy to find something for everyone on my list who enjoys a holiday tipple. Picking up a mixed case and putting a bow on each bottle lets me quickly grab a gift on the way out the door. Here are my holiday bottle picks for everyone from your artist friend to your whisky-loving boss and more.
For Your Artsy Friend: Campari's limited edition art label $29.99
Campari is the iconic bitter, red- colored Italian liqueur best known for its role in the Negroni. It’s lower in alcohol, and it’s a great kick-off to any holiday soireé when simply mixed with club soda. This bottle in particular showcases the limited edition art label featuring a sketch of a Campari pavilion designed for an exposition in Milan in 1933 by the futurist artist Fortunato Depero. A collectible every art lover will adore.
For the Hipster: Amaro Montenegro $29
Amaro is an herbal category of liqueurs that make interesting new cocktails like the Monte Manhattan. This pour is gaining popularity in speakeasy’s and dive bars as well as staying strong in old school Italian eating establishments, making it perfect for that culturally adventurous hipster on your list.
For Your Boss: Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky, $65
If you’re looking to impress this year, splurge by putting a bow on this bottle. It’s got all the best parts of the world of whisky in one pour. From subtle smoky notes to sweet hints of vanilla, this sip is sure to win you favor from the boss.
For the Romantic: Schramsberg Brut Rose, $35
Show your romantic side with this pale pink bubbly and toast that someone special this season.
For the Philanthropist: Boulder Crest Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon, $25
Tackitt Family Vineyards has created this yummy cabernet to give back to those who have sacrificed for us. The BCR is a sanctuary for military and veteran wellness and this sip gives all net proceeds to support the Boulder Crest Retreat.
For the Foodie: Hoopes, Hoopla Chardonnay, $14.99
This crisp, un- oaked Napa chardonnay is perfect for pouring alongside a plethora of holiday foods. The foodie on your list will love to experiment pairing this fun wine with everything from grilled shrimp to a rich triple crème cheese.
For the Sweet Tooth: Not Your Father’s Root Beer, $10.99/six pack
If someone on your list prefers root beer to an IPA, this is the perfect pick. This adult version of the childhood fave will definitely bring a smile to their face.
For the Beer Lover: Ballast Point, The Commodore, $10.99/ six pack
This fuller-bodied, higher alcohol beer is perfect for any beer lover to sip fireside or along with friends this season.
For the Environmentalist: Frank Cornelissen, Contadino Natural Wine, $29
Natural wines are a perfect pick for any eco-conscious sipper on your list. This one is a great price and has intense aromatics ranging from sweet to earthy and a million layers in between. Natural wines are created with as little manipulation as possible including organic farming practices and use of natural or wild yeast strains resulting in some of the most unique wines available.
For the Always Busy Friend: Bottled Cocktail by Fluid Dynamics, The St. Nick, $64
We all know someone suffering from the modern day epidemic of being busy. This pour is ideal for that certain overextended someone on your list. Its seasonally apropos name will allow your friend to enjoy a perfectly pre- made winter warming cocktail of brandy and cranberry liqueur.
For the DIY-er: Homemade Gin Kit, $49.95
This pick is for your friend who made their own kitchen table and has kombucha fermenting in their basement. Give them the gift of making their own holiday spirit this year with the Homemade Gin Kit.
For the Hostess: Salton Intenso Brut, Brazil $15
A host or hostess gift is meant to be a token of gratitude so there’s no need to spend buckets on a fancy bottle. Instead go for this little sparkling conversation starter from Brazil. At an ideal price point, this interesting pour is perfect for the hostess with the mostest.