Looking for the best wines and spirits to enjoy this holiday season? Want to create a celebration that is festive, enchanting, magical and also delicious! This holiday wine and spirit guide offers an amazing selection of personally curated selections to enjoy with friends and family.
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And to set the holiday season off in the perfect and spirited way (see what I did there?!), serve up one of these delicious cocktails:
- Gingerbread Martini
- Pistachio Coquito or the traditional Coquito Recipe
- Espresso Martini (with Baileys! Super Creamy) or the delightful Godiva Chocolate Martini
- Smoked Old Fashioned with Bourbon Cherries
- The Ultimate Baileys Cocktail
- Homemade White Chocolate Liqueur (Perfect for Gifting!)
To serve alongside your glass of wine or favorite spirit, you will love these delicious holiday recipes:
- Holiday Charcuterie Board or classic Trader Joe’s Charcuterie Board
- Christmas Cake Popsicles, Coconut Rum Balls and Cherry Brownies.
- Reverse Sear Tomahawk Steak with a side of Roasted Bone Marrow
Best Holiday Wines
If you are looking for one of our absolute favorite holiday wines to enjoy, go no further than Dutcher Crossing. We fell in LOVE with these wines and want to share our love as far and as fast as we can!
Dutcher Crossing Winery represents an authentic and enjoyable experience for wine-lovers who visit the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. The perfect blend of award-winning wines, gorgeous wine country views and warm hospitality await. Some of our favorites include:
- 2014 Port Zinfandel: The flavors are of ripe sweet fruits and raisins, accented by smooth, silky tannins and a pop of acidity that brings a liveliness to the wine.
- 2019 Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir: Warm raspberry pie, macerated strawberries, black tea, savory dried flowers, and herbs all coincide to create an inviting and fruity nose for the 2019 Terra de Promissio Pinot.
- Sparkling Posterity Blanc de Blancs: Dutcher Crossing is proud to release “Posterity Reserve,” a sparkling non-vintage Blanc de Blancs made from our estate Chardonnay in Dry Creek Valley.
Looking for an exciting and nuanced wine for the holidays? You will love Josh Cellars Bourbon Barrel Aged Duo! Aged in charred bourbon barrels for two months, these Reserve wines offer a bolder, richer take on Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon: Aged in charred bourbon barrels to impart notes of cedar, caramel, and a subtle hint of bourbon. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and sweet burnt toffee blend harmoniously with flavors of baked black fruits and hints of barbequed meats.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel Classically rich and spicy California Zinfandel, which is then aged in charred bourbon barrels to impart flavors of blackberry and vanilla complemented by cracked black pepper and licorice. The palate is full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, smooth finish.
Embark on an exciting wine journey with YourWineStore’s Holiday Sampler Gift Set. This six-bottle ensemble promises a delightful exploration of unique and distinct terroirs, featuring a harmonious mix of red, white, and sparkling wines. Ideal for festive gatherings, thoughtful gifting, at-home wine tastings, or simply savoring a different wine each night of the week, this set is a must-have for both seasoned wine lovers and the wine-curious alike. Cheers to a holiday season filled with diverse and delightful sips!
If you are looking for a unique and exquisite wine this holiday season, let Inter Rhône guide you to the perfect pick! Inter Rhône supports France’s Rhône Valley Vineyards which yields some of the very best wines in the world!
Located in Southern France, the Rhône Valley is a privileged passage between the Mediterranean world and Northern Europe that has been cultivating vineyards for wine production for over 2,000 years. Over centuries, the region has developed a rich winemaking tradition that continues today, passed down through generations. Some of our favorite selections from this region include the following:
Chateau Mourgues du Gres Costieres de Nimes Terre d’Argence: This organically grown, old-vine Syrah (accented by a touch of Grenache) highlights sun-drenched cassis and black-plum flavors against inflections of salty, stony mineral.
Xavier Vins AOC Beaumes de Venise Rouge: Full-bodied and lush, with waves of black cherries, hints of stone fruit and nuances of allspice, pepper and licorice on the long finish.
MARRENON AOC Luberon Rouge Inventa Les Combes: The nose is bright, expressive with red fruits and scrubland charming notes and some subtle spices appear. On the palate, this wine is defined by black and red berries which gives fleshy aromas.
Clif Family Vineyard
Clif Family Winery’s organically farmed 2019 Cold Springs Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain is one of our favorite wines for the holiday season. It pairs with everything from a charcuterie board to a holiday meal and it make a beautiful host gift with aromas of tobacco, cedar, bing cherry, ripe plum and earth.
Klinker Brick Winery
Klinker Brick Winery was created by Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s. One of the most famed vintages from this exquisite winner is Klinker Brick Old Vine Zindanfel. The perfect holiday wine for the holidays and beyond!
Baldacci Family Vineyards
2021 Fraternity Red Wine Blend is the perfect wine to ring in the holiday season! Boasting aromas of blackberry, cherry, blueberry, vanilla, baking spices, and flavors of dark berry, toffee, dark cherry and black tea, it celebrates complexity in Napa Valley.
Joseph Phelps 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: A wine of great energy, length, and finesse, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with floral notes, cedar and pencil shavings followed by ripe blackberry, cassis and red currant jam.
Eleven Eleven Wines
Fill up your glass with Eleven Eleven 2020 XI Cabernet Sauvignon to elevate your holiday spirit. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based red blend has a medium-plus body that is well-balanced with a smooth texture, structured tannins, and rich expressive red fruit. Notes of cherry, plum, and blackberry entice the palate with a long, lingering finish.
2018 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (2018) cabernet sauvignon’s dark fruit aromas of black plum and cassis are tight yet bright with hints of vanillin and toasted barrel, with a note of licorice and ground pepper.
Big juicy blackberry flavors are evenly textured, structured and carry with length. The wine is ripe and opulent with an appealing note of dark chocolate and dusty cocoa feel. A serious cabernet sauvignon that has integrity; built to reward with time in the cellar.
Cozy Whiskey and Bourbon
Kings County Distillery
Looking for the perfect bourbon or whiskey to gift!? King’s County Distillery offers the perfect gift pack! The Core Whiskey Gift set highlights three core whiskeys: Straight Bourbon, Blended Bourbon, & Coffee Whiskey. Often buyers don’t know the taste preferences of the person they are gifting. These handmade whiskeys are the perfect selection in an elegant, giftable set that highlights the best of artisan distilling. Gift a complete experience to the one you love with this beautiful tasting box.
Penelope Toasted Bourbon Whiskey
Searching for the perfect holiday hit!? Penelope Toasted Bourbon brings all the comfort to this holiday season! After full maturation in charred new American oak barrels, Penelope Bourbon is finished in a new, freshly toasted barrel resulting in deep notes of vanilla imbued by the toasting process for an outstanding signature flavor profile.
Old Potrero 6 Year Rye Whiskey
The cool crisp weather of fall is just around the corner which means it’s time to re-stock your bar cart with your favorite Old Potrero comforting whiskeys and bourbons. Whether you’re enjoying a cozy night in, hosting a dinner party with friends, or enjoying the fall foliage after a day of pumpkin picking, there is a spirit to sip and savor for every occasion with and one of our favorites is Old Potrero 6 Year Rye Whiskey. Matured in new, charred, 24 month air dried, extra-fine grain, American white oak barrels for a minimum of 6 years and distilled in copper pot stills in San Francisco from 100% malted rye mash bill, this whiskey is truly special for the holidays!
Garrison Brothers HoneyDew Bourbon
This award-winning Small Batch HoneyDew Bourbon Whiskey by Garrison Brothers, infused with Burleson’s Texas Wildflower Honey is perfect for the holiday season!
A smooth, light bourbon with a sweet honey finish is transformed used bourbon barrels into small, wooden cubes that were immersed in honey. After fully absorbing, they are placed in the belly of a stainless-steel tank, letting the bourbon soak up those delicious honey flavors every single day for seven months.
Hard Truth Harvest Rye Mellencamp Collaboration
This limited series of collectible sweet mash whiskeys supports America’s heartland farmers and boasts notes of spiced pear, toffee, and rich caramel with a finish that is warm and lingering with hints of dark chocolate, oak, and spiced honey that fade to toffee and subtle, smoked vanilla.
Enchanting Rum, Gin and Mezcal
Ron del Barrilito Rum
Every single bottle of Ron del Barrilito holds premium rum that has been crafted by hand, in small batches, using the same methods since 1880 making it the oldest rum in Puerto Rico. It is aged to perfection in vintage, Spanish white oak sherry barrels.
Wildwood Spirits Kur Gin
Need a festive Gin this holiday season? Wildwood Spirits Kur Gin is made in the London Dry Gin style and produced with Washington heirloom variety red winter wheat. A backbone of classic juniper aromas and flavors are emphasized with the subtle citrus of Seville oranges, as well as Douglas Fir and Braeburn apples from co-founder Erik Liedholm’s backyard.
Palomo Mezcal is a 4th generation, family-owned brand traditionally made and of the highest quality. Lighter in smoke than others and higher in proof (92%) than most, Palomo Mezcal Artisanal Espadin, packs a flavor punch of cooked agave with citrusy notes that is delicious neat, and holds up to any cocktail.
The product is made from select agaves, harvested at maturity, and baked in an underground earthen pit with volcanic stones and oak, rather than pine, in a wood fire for four days.
Exciting Cannabis Cocktails, Liqueurs and Artisan Cocktail Garnishes
Nowadays Craft Cannabis Cocktail
Looking for the perfect spirit to enjoy this holiday season while still staying merry and bright? You will absolutely adore, Nowadays, a bright, buzzy and balanced cannabis cocktail with a crisp finish and a 2MG or 6MG dose of THC.
Mix it, sip it, or serve it on the rocks. Whether you’re drinking or not drinking, this light and lively spirit provides an uplifting experience for any occasion, especially this holiday season!
Enjoy the unique and spicy this holiday season with Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur! This traditional chile liqueur elevates drinks and cocktails with a sweet and spicy Mexican touch, balanced, pleasantly sweet and smoky aftertaste. Fabulous to sip neat or chilled and perfect to prepare the most complex and original cocktails.
Tempus Fugit Cocktail Cherries
If you are looking for the perfect garnish for your favorite holiday cocktail, you will adore Tempus Fugit Spirits artisan cocktail cherries!
Tempus Fugit cherries are prepared according to a classic recipe using dense cherries candied in a Kirsch-based syrup for added complexity and flavor.
The use of wild Amarena cherries in the recipe imparts a crunch and a chewy texture that provides substance to the garnish, and allows it to hold up to even the most intimidating cocktail pick.
Festive Ready-to-Drink Spirits and Beer
Delola is Jennifer Lopez’s line of cocktail spritzes, made with premium alcohol, and natural botanicals and are gluten-free.
Delola Cocktails are pre-made, ready-to-enjoy cocktail that can be best enjoyed by opening the bottle and pouring it over ice. Enjoy Paloma Rosa, made with premium tequila, luscious grapefruit, and elderflower, Bella Berry, made with premium vodka, fresh berry, and citrus, and L’Orange, our take on the classic Italian Spritz made with premium amaro and orange.
Delola is the perfect cocktail to enjoy this holiday season whether you are hosting friends and family and don’t want to mix and squeeze for all your guests or if you are looking for a delicious bottle to pair with your favorite holiday eats.
Graham + Fisk 12 Cans of Christmas
Indulge in the holiday spirit with Graham + Fisk’s highly sought-after 12 Cans of Christmas gift pack, showcasing their award-winning wines in convenient cans. Crafted by lifelong friends passionate about creating exceptional California wines, this limited edition set is a perennial favorite, selling out every year. From classic White and Red blends to Rosé, Moscato, and White with Bubbles, the 12 Cans of Christmas collection offers a festive variety for every wine lover.
Looking for a fun ready-to-drink canned cocktail to enjoy this holiday season? You will LOVE Funkin Cocktails!
Funkin Cocktails is a unique nitro infused cans made with real fruit and real spirits serve up a velvety smooth texture that’s usually reserved for a shaken, bar-served cocktail, with the simple crack of a can.
Stone Brewery Xocoveza Imperial Stout
Feeling spicy this holiday season? Check out this Stone Xocoveza, an Imperial Stout inspired by Mexican Hot Chocolate, perfect for the holidays. The amazing flavor profile is evocative of Mexican hot chocolate, featuring coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and a generous amount of chocolate. Stone Brewing just re-released it in celebration of the holidays and the winter season.