December has finally arrived. With the first snows of winter comes a celebratory gift giving season. Whether you are observing a December holiday or stocking up to ring in the New Year, we have the perfect line-up of wondrous wines to help you impress.

Holiday Wine Recommendations in a line

Ovum Love O’ Love Gewurztraminer 2022 | Rogue Valley, Oregon | $24.99

Ovum is a vineyard-first producer. All of their wines are produced in the same way so that any differences between wines can be chalked up to the terroir of their sustainably farmed vineyards. Gewurztraminer’s name comes from the German word for spice (Gewurz) and this is reflected in the floral, spicy character of the wine. With a bouquet that can come off as sweet, this wine drinks dry – savory even – making it the perfect white complement to your festive feasts. We poured some at Thanksgiving and it did not disappoint alongside turkey and root vegetables. Keep this one front and center for your fireside charcuterie board or the hearty dishes you’re sure to serve over the next month of frivolity.

 

Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rosé 2021 | Côtes de Provence, France | $42.99

Is December too cold to be pouring rosé? We say no! Clos Cibonne’s iconic Cuvée Tradition stands uniquely apart from other rosés as a classic, one-of-a-kind Côtes de Provence rosé featuring the tibouren grape in the lead role. Cuvée Tradition is legendary amongst experienced French wine collectors for its texture, substance, and ability to age gracefully for a decade or more. It is a limited wine made exclusively with estate-grown, organic tibouren grapes, and a bit of grenache to meet Côtes de Provence blending guidelines. This wine is pale pink with hints of cream, cherries, strawberries, a balanced acidity and dry finish. Whether uncorking now or waiting until summer to sip this delight, we know this wine will hit the spot.

 

Occhipinti SP68 Rosso 2022 | Sicily, Italy | $31.99

This cool and pleasant wine comes to you courtesy of the foremost biodynamic producer in Italy. Arianna Occhipinti has worked in the wine industry since age 16, starting her own label at the age of 22 and consistently recognized as a leader in a new age of winemaking. Her commitment to leaving the world a better place for future generations is matched only by the high quality of her wine. The name SP68 refers to the state road that passes near Arianna’s property in Sicily. A young blend of frappato and nero d’avola, there are intense fruit and spice aromas with a fresh, soft palette accompanied by sweet tannins and good length. This terroir driven, medium-bodied wine offers a Beaujolais-like break from some of the heavier reds you might be enjoying this winter.

 

St. Innocent Villages Cuvee Pinot Noir 2022 | Willamette Valley, Oregon | $36.99

From the same producer as the pinot blanc we wrote about last month. Pinot noir is the true calling of Mark Vlossak and his team at St. Innocent, regularly recognized for crafting world class wines. The Villages Cuvee sources fruit from Freedom Hill, Temperance Hill, and Shea Vineyards to create a wine that is expressive in its youth with room to grow. Beautifully balanced with soft tannins and fresh acidity, this wine was crafted for the Thanksgiving table. Fear not! You’re not too late to enjoy the treasure captured inside. This wine will continue to fill out through the winter and into the spring, and, if you’re like us, you will find a reason to pop open this bottle year round. Oh, and did we mention we got this wine at a hot price? We plan to keep this wine in stock as long as we can, but since it normally retails at over $10 more per bottle, we can’t guarantee that this deal will stick around forever!

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Champagne NV | Champagne, France | $284.99

If you are seeking the wine of a lifetime to give that special someone this year, look no further than this masterpiece from Laurent-Perrier. Vintage in Champagne is usually synonymous with excellence for Prestige Cuvées. Contrarily, Laurent?Perrier believes that only the art of assemblage can offer what nature can never provide, that is, the perfect year. 3 exceptional years are chosen from among rare vintages, prioritizing complementary characteristics. The wine features Chardonnay predominantly with some Pinot Noir for balance, sourced from a maximum of 11 Grand Crus. The wine is aged for 10 years on the lees before disgorgement. This wine has wonderful aging potential and over time develops depth, intensity, and aromatic complexity while retaining freshness and vibrancy. We’re able to get our hands a very select few of these bottles, so don’t miss your chance to score big this December.

Le Puy Bordeaux 1.5L bottle with present boxes

Chateau le Puy Emilien 2018 1.5L | Bordeaux, France | $129.99

Go big this holiday season with a large format red wine from Bordeaux. Le Puy’s main-production wine “Emilien” is comprised of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Carmenère. After spontaneous fermentation in cement vats, it is transferred to 50-hectoliter foudres for one year, then to old 225-liter barriques for an additional year, before being bottled without fining or filtering. There is a harmony of elements in the wines of Le Puy – a weaving together of acid, fruit, tannin, mineral and earth – that is spellbinding. The “Emilien” offers a succulence of sappy red fruit as well as a driving, tunneling palate of remarkable energy. A subtle but irresistible umami pervades the palate and grounds some of the wine’s higher tones with its savory pull. With a wine like this, a Magnum is the way to go to make sure you don’t run out too soon!

Holiday House Party Beer

 

Mast Landing Brewing Company Holiday House Party DIPA | Westbrook, Maine | $17.99

The special holiday brew to match that ugly Christmas sweater you are currently digging out of the dark recesses of your closet. This double IPA features flavors of orange and grapefruit with notes of pine and a pinch of brown sugar. Bring this 4-pack along to help spice up your next holiday party experience.

Underberg with stocking

STOCKING STUFFER ALERT!!!

Underberg Herbal Digestive Bitters | Rheinberg, Germany | $2.99

Still feeling overstuffed from Thanksgiving? To avoid similar feelings of overindulgence at family gatherings this month, pick up an Underberg or two to aid your digestion of all those sugar cookies and pies you’re sure to enjoy. Containing water, alcohol, and aromatic herbs from 43 countries, this secret recipe is the perfect tonic to help refresh after a large meal or to simply reset the system after a rough cross country flight to visit relatives.