‘Tis the season to stock up on thoughtful gifts for loved ones. Our staff has got you covered with their picks on the best things to gift this holiday year.
Read on for incredible wines and spirits to shower on your bibulous friends and family.
If you’re having trouble finding a bottle of the mythical Hibiki or Yamazaki for that special someone on your gift list, here is a great alternative. Rich, full bodied, and smooth without being condescending—an all around delightful single malt whiskey from Taiwan. – Josh Mizrahi, Wine & Spirits Consultant
As its name implies, this limited bottling expresses the clay and limestone-rich soil of the high-altitude vineyards that perfectly suit Rodez’s Pinot Noir. Layers of red fruit, earth, brioche, and savory salinity make for a truly complex experience. A special gift for the Champagne lover in your life. – Doug Yacka, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Washington state turns out world-class Cabernet Sauvignons that typically come with hefty price tag, but this one is an amazing value. Brothers Eric Christopher and Ryan Michael Harms make an easy drinking and approachable Cabernet that goes above and beyond for the price. – Laura Atbashian, Astor Wine Buyer
This is the gift to show a Sancerre drinker another style of Sauvignon Blanc: Menetou-Salon is a small region in the central part of the Loire Valley, due west of Sancerre. This wine is mineral-driven and structured and pairs beautifully with grilled halibut and poultry. – Laura Atbashian, Astor Wine Buyer
Barolo always makes an elegant gift. Using grapes from younger vines, this wine is a more accessible style that drinks beautifully today and also has the aging potential to be cellared for 10+ years. – Laura Atbashian, Astor Wine Buyer
BenRiach is on the rise and with one of the industry’s most lauded Master Blenders, Rachel Barrie, recently placed at the helm. For a glimpse into their past and future, there’s no better place to go than this vintage single cask. – Nima Ansari-Bahmani, Astor Spirits Buyer
Escubac Botanical Spirit $21.96
This is the best time of year to treat folks to something new and truly unique. You have friends who like gin & tonics? Appreciate Martinis? Love well-made, thoughtful spirits without fake additives and fake stories? In that case, this is the perfect surprise. – Nima Ansari-Bahmani, Astor Spirits Buyer
Blended exclusively from single malts aged a minimum of 19 years each, this whisky is made to satisfy any palate. What’s more, it’s offered here at a fraction of what old malts go for these days. This is an incredible deal and buying it is simply one of the easiest decisions of the season. – Nima Ansari-Bahmani, Astor Spirits Buyer