We Asked Our Wine Experts: What Bottles Are You Gifting for the Holidays

 Everything about the Holidays should be holly and jolly, but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it, at least when it comes to buying presents; Can you relate?

We know it can be overwhelming when trying to shop for the boss, a friend, or even the loved one. This year, Big Hammer Wines wants to avoid the Holiday-shopping panic and help you get it right, so we asked OUR Wine Experts which wines they would gift or even drink themselves for the Holidays.

Let this year be all about Rockin' around the Christmas tree and let the Christmas spirit ring with these curated wine picks to gift for the Holidays. Don’t forget to take advantage of 6+ bottles shipping!

The Go-To Gift

Gifting Sparkling wine is always a win-win. Whether it is Cava, Prosecco or Crémant, you just can’t go wrong with bubbles! These two sparkling wines are perfect to suit any pocket:

De Saint Gall 'Le Selection' Champagne NV

Its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are cultivated on Grand Cru and Premier Cru terroirs stretching from the Cotes des Blancs to Montagne de Reims in some of Champagnes loveliest villages. At a price like this, this wine will be sure to outperform your expectations.

2009 Louis Dousset Assemblage Grand Cru Brut

With meticulous care in the vineyard, biodynamic and sustainable methods, a traditional winemaking process with modern and innovative technology, and a lot of patience during the aging process, the Dousset family keeps crushing it!

“Lively, youthful, and peach-scented wine with crisp red apple, strawberry, honey, and tangerine flavors, a supple mouse, and appley finish.” ~90 Points, Decanter. 

For the Wine-Nerd in the Family

We all have that wine freak in the family or close circle, and if you don’t have one, then its probably you! But not to worry, we can guarantee that with these wines, you will impress the hell out of any wine lover:

2010 Simonnet-Febvre 'Vaillons' 1er Cru Chablis

It is an excellent example of the characteristics of a Chablis wine: freshness, acidity, minerality, and notes of flowers and fruit. Well-rounded and charming, this wine has a final note of minerality on the palate and is a good compromise between the acidity and fruit. It is generous, has a good length, and is very typical of Chablis.

2018 Chateau Meyney Saint-Estephe

Neighboring wineries are Chateau Montrose (2nd growth) and Calon-Segur (3rd growth) which sell for over $150/bottle! Meyney is an amazing value in St.Estephe that must be experienced. 

“Focused, chewy, and layered. Fantastic effort here.” ~95 Points, James Suckling.

2017 Salentein Single Vineyard Malbec 'Los Jabalies' Uco Valley Argentina

With an emphasis on single-vineyard expressions of grapes, this producer is a great case study on the terroir of Argentina. This wine is dense and concentrated ready to impress!

“Deep nose of dark fruit, ink and spice.Full-bodied with firm, tight tannins. The palate is flavorful and structured. Nice acidity supports the long, savory finish.” ~94 James Suckling

Ho-Ho-Ho Bordeaux

Ah! Bordeaux. A region we are all familiar with. Big Hammer Wines is your perfect ally when talking about Bordeaux, we are wine experts, and we taste too many Bordeaux wines so you don't have to worry about it. So rest assured that these wines will please any palate, even the most demanding ones:

2014 Chateau Rollan de By Medoc

2014 Chateau Rollan de By Medoc is the result of the excellence and perseverance of Jean Guyon. This wine is made with the best fruit from the vineyards of By, which is managed with sustainable farming practices. The result is simply magnificent: An elegant, subtle, and well-polished wine!

“The savory and earthy notes give this a lot of personality." ~91 Points, James Suckling.

2018 Chateau Lafont Fourcat A Nos Amours Bordeaux

A Nos Amours (which means "To Our Loves" is a special cuvée from Château Lafont Fourcat. Château Lafont-Fourcat is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, near Castillon la Bataille village and not far from Saint-Émilion. The Chateau owner is Paul-Marie Morillon, who is also a consultant for Châteaux Ausone, Mondotte and Yquem.

“It’s medium-bodied with firm, fine tannins. Creamy layers of ripe fruit and spice. Already delicious. Drink or hold. ~90 Points, James Suckling.

Don’t Want to Spend the Big Bucks?

Whoever said that you have to spend an arm and a leg for good wine, was completely mistaken. These are the perfect example that a beautiful wine can be affordable:

2018 Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva

Mazzei's Ser Lapo Chianti Classico has received 95 points from James Suckling for three years running. Based almost entirely off of Sangiovese with just a splash of Merlot, to bolster the body, this wine is elegant now but will continue to age beautifully over the next decade.

“It’s full-bodied with very soft tannins and a juicy, savory finish. Wet-earth and forest-floor character comes through nicely at the finish.” ~94 Points, James Suckling.

2019 Luciano Arduini Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Classico Superiore

"Our philosophy consists in obtaining a product which is the source of joy, happiness,and friendship;those are the most important principles in our lives."~ Owner and winemaker, Andrea Arduini.

~ 98 Points, The Best Italian Wines Luca Maroni 2021 

2014 Louis Latour Mercurey Cote Chalonnaise

Louis Latour stands out among its competitors as it controls every aspect of production from grape to bottle. Maison Latour operates 25 family-owned and managed companies around the world and they produces wine from 140 appellations.

“Austere yet pure. A light smoky note adds sweetness to the cherry and strawberry fruit in this lean red. Reveals a chalky feel as this plays out on the finish” ~90 Points, Wine Spectator.

Ready to Impress

Looking to impress a certain someone? You name it: The boss, the hubby or wife, the girlfriend’s parents; You can calm now, these wines will make you look GOOD:

2014 Martellotto "Il Capoccia" Reserve Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Red Blend

From the up-and-coming new AVA of Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, this region is the place for lovers of French Bordeaux to find their companion wines in California. This wine is delicious now and will drink through 2030.

2016 Lazzeretti Brunello di Montalcino

“A juicy red with sour-cherry and citrus aromas, as well as some tile and wet earth, following through to a full body with a pretty core of fruit, chewy tannins, and a long, fresh finish.” ~ 94 Points, James Suckling. 

We Asked Our Wine Experts: What Bottles Are You Gifting for the Holidays

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