You’ll Win with these Holiday Gift Wine & Spirits
At Astor Wines & Spirits, we’re making it easier to have a stress-free holiday gift season with impressive bottles. Whether you’re bringing a crowd-pleasing bottle to a Thanksgiving meal or saying “thank you” to a cherished colleague with a holiday gift, our curated selection has something for everyone: stellar Cognacs, bold Barolos, gorgeous Burgundies, and more holiday gifts.
Spread the cheer with these go-to holiday gifts or treat yourself. For the very best holiday gift options, we asked for a list of fail-proof items from sales associates Josh Mizrahi, and Marcarthur Baralla, as well as spirits buyer Nima Ansari-Bahmani, assistant spirits buyer Cristina Nichols, and assistant wine buyer Laura Mooney.
Rozelieures Rare Single Malt Whisky $44.96
For the bourbon or Scotch whisky drinker on your list comes this “Rare” find—a French single malt whiskey that’s distilled, barrel aged, and bottled in Lorraine near the German border. From malted barley grown on the estate, this is a deeper and more decadent style than their entry level offering. Aged in both sherry and cognac casks, this is a fine addition to the whiskey canon and holiday gift from a family that has been distilling spirits for 150 years. – JM
Pommard 1er Cru “Grand Clos de Epenots”, Courcel – 2010 $124.96
From a four-centuries-old domaine run by the same family, De Coucel. It is a unique experience to drink a Pommard. This wine offers a good amount of red and black fruit typical of this appellation as well as a lot of tannins that are well integrated into the aromatics. Drink this great holiday gift now and keep it for more complexity. – MB
Francois Giboin Vintage Borderies Cognac – 2001 $69.96
The Giboin estate dates back to the French Revolution and for over seven generations the family has been making classic cognacs from their tiny 12-hectare farm. From the smallest and perhaps most distinctive cognac cru, this 2001 vintage single cask release offers up a tremendous amount of character from one of the regions most historic producers. A great holiday gift. – NAB’
Mount Gay Black Barrel Astor Blended Rum $31.96
This is a versatile rum at an excellent value from a historic producer. And it makes a wonderful holiday gift. The funky, tropical, brown sugar notes are lip-smackingly good alone and they also shine through in cocktails. The use of pot still rums and American whiskey barrels create a complex flavor profile to appreciate. – CN
Barolo “Cannubi,” Barale – 2006 $99.96
It doesn’t get much better than Barolo from Barale at the table. Spending some 10 years in the bottle has led to beautiful floral aromas and softening of tannins into a rich, velvety texture. A classic holiday gift that can be enjoyed now (with truffle dishes) or aged for another 10+ years. – LM