What better way to spread a little holiday joy than with some fantastic drinkable gifts?! Because baby, it’s cold outside and the best way to stay warm is to cozy up to a glass of one of these unique bottles of cheer. Below is a sampling of some of the boozy gifts we have available – stop by and ask us about other drinkable gift ideas, like Domaine d’Ognoas Armagnac (we’re the only store in the US selling it!), Hooker’s Bourbon from Sonoma, Scrappy’s Bitters Gift Packs, and more . . .
There’s nothing better on a cold and rainy San Francisco winter day than sipping a warming glass of exceptional bourbon. The Elijah Craig 12 Year is a small batch bourbon whiskey named after Rev. Elijah Craig, who is is credited with being the first to age his whiskey in oak barrels that had been charred in a fire, thus giving the bourbon its distinctive color and taste. It has rich and strong wood and spice notes followed by flavors of caramel, butterscotch, maple, and vanilla. It’s best served neat, but I’m sure it would make a killer Manhattan!
We are always excited to try new things from St. George distillery; if you haven’t had the chance to try their lineup of gins, this sample gift pack is your chance! Based in Alameda, St. George has made a name for itself in the Bay Area and beyond as a master distillery. They use a custom-made Carter head still for their gins, which helps to bring out an elegant expression of the juniper. This 3-pack comes with a small bottle of each of their gins, the Botanivore, Terroir, and Dry Rye.
Terroir is inspired by the woodsy aromas of Mt. Tam and features douglas fir, sage, and California bay laurel to create a real woodsy gin. A glass of this will make you feel like you’re hiking Mt. Tam without all the work.
Botanivore includes over 19 different botanicals such as cilantro, coriander, Seville orange, bergamot, and star anise. It’s intensely herbaceous and bright – perfect on its own or with an orange twist.
The Dry Rye is a base of 100% pot-distilled rye with twice the amount of juniper as the others. It’s well structured, warm, and spice-full, with notes of pepper and caraway. It’s sure to spice up your martini!
Who’s to say bigger isn’t better? We’re excited to be featuring a number of Magnum-sized (1.5 liter) bottles in our wine aisle just in time for the holidays. Frantz Saumon, our favorite Loire Valley negociant, has bottled this stunning Chenin Blanc sourced from vineyards around Montlouis planted on limestone, flint, and clay soils. Enticing stone fruit and citrus aromas are followed by a mouthwatering texture, and a touch of sweetness that is well balanced with crisp acidity and stony minerality, as the name of the wine suggests. There couldn’t be a better wine to pair with a decadent holiday meal like crab or caviar. Be sure to check out our selection of other bubbly and red wine magnums as well!