Holiday Gift Guide: Spirits, Wine & Food

December 11, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Food, Wine & Spirits, Holiday

Come on you know I had to go there! No fashionista worth her Louboutins can’t say she is a foodie, even if she doesn’t eat. And cocktails? Forget about it! It’s always 5pm somewhere right? So here are our picks for a few of our edible and drinkable things this holiday season.

1. Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1998, now $239

Perfection is all I can say about this bubbly. If Wine Spectator loves it…so do I.

2. Henri Bendel NYC Trash Mix, $36

Let’s talk trash shall we? You’ve got your sweet, you’ve got your salty and you’ve got white chocolate. What more do you need?

3. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Arcadia Chardonnay 2009, now $44.99

I was raised on Chardonnay. Let’s just say it’s like mother’s milk to me (literally) so I know Chardonnay and this is one of my favorites.

4. Château Canon La Gaffelière St. Emilion 2009, now $119

You can’t go wrong with this amazing French red blend and Wine Spectator ranked it as one of the top 100 wines of 2012. Impress your guests with this one.

5. Williams-Sonoma Maraschino Cherries, $10.95

An old high school friend turned me on to these. Yes, they costs more than the gross ones you can buy at the supermarket, but if you are a Manhattan lover like me, then you will want to try these! Spectacular.

6. Purity Vodka,  $41.99

I can attest this new Swedish made vodka is awesome. It’screated from a base of estate grown winter wheat and barley. I know vodka usually doesn’t have any flavor, but this one has a hint of  a touch of nuts, lemon and vanilla. Yum.

7. C by Courvoisier®, $34.99

You don’t have to date a Ladies Man to love this cognac. This particular blend was realeased just this year and is made with an intense blend of small-batch-produced cognac and double-barreled for a strong character and smooth finish.

8. Dean & Deluca Fête Francais, $85

I should just give this to my husband. He would LOVE it all. French gooey cheese, dry-cured Saucisson Sec, Pâtée with Black Pepper, Picandine Pico Affine, Sardines in Extra Virgin olive Oil, Pork Rillettes, Olives with Red Peppers, Crackers les Aristocades Roquefort, and Cornichons in Vinegar. Um, yes!

9. Achával-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Finca Bella Vista 2010, $94.99

Love Malbecs? Well this one rates #10 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 2012.

10. Jack From Brooklyn “Sorel” Liqueur (750ml), $26.99

This small batch liquer tastes like Christmas! OK, like cloves, which tastes very seasonal. It’s very yummy.

11. Wine Country Gift Baskets Opus One 2009 Gift Basket, $350

This gift basket will blow anyone’s socks off! Opus One is the BEST Bordeaux-style red wine produced by Robert Mondavi in partnership with Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. It’s covetable and completely sublime.

12. Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Rosé 2010 (Organic), $18.99

If the receiver loves rose this one will impress and it’s organic to boot!

13. Williams-Sonoma Taqueria Salsa, $14.95 – $50.00

Forget Old El Paso and Pace! That stuff is crap. With flavors likePineapple Jalapeño Salsa and Mango Key Lime Salsa with medium heat, you may actually want to stay planted for the entire football game!

14. Clos du Bois Rouge 2009, Under $20

If you are looking for a great bottle of red under $20 I strongly suggest you try this wine. My husband and I have very different tastes in reds and we both loved it! If you are looking for a red blend that’s a crowd pleaser, this is it.

15. Thorny Rose,Under $10

Granted I tried the Chardonnay, but that’s always my first choice. However, the Red Blend is the one everyone talks about and it’s usually under $10!

16. Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, $23.99

Opened in 1757, the Old Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest operating whiskey distillery in the world. So after 250 years they should know what they are doing. It’s an easy-to-drink whiskey and you can’t go wrong with it’s vanilla and caramel aroma and soft finish.

- Lauren Dimet Waters

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