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If you are looking to ring in the new year with some bubbles, you need to look no further. Kate and Eric have nailed a selection of fun fizz that will please even the most decerning of palates. These bottles span the globe and come in at various modest price points from $11 and up. Perfect to hoist a flute while you toast the start of a wonderful 2020. Cheers!



Charles de Fere Reserve Blanc de Blancs Brut $14.99

Crafted in Burgundy at the Boisset family’s state-of-the-art sparkling wine facility this Brut is rue to its roots. Charles de Fère’s grapes continue to come from diverse terroirs throughout France, ensuring the best possible fruit for consistently excellent sparkling wines at a great value. A traditional method wine production with a second fermentation in the bottle, then aged in riddling racks for at least 12 months. This pale and brilliant gold wine has white fruit and floral aromas with a lively and crisp bubble attack. The palate is elegant, long-lasting and well balanced between freshness and fruit.


AD47 Prosecco $10.99

This has become a staff favorite for its taste, versatility and wallet-friendly price. Meant to be drunk young, this is great for sipping or mixing excellent mimosas or a refreshing Aperol spritz. It features a characteristic straw-yellow color with a bouquet of apple. This pleasant prosecco is delicate, fruity and dry with a velvety-fresh, vibrant full-bodied finish. Excellent acidity and alcohol and long-lasting flavor. 


Curatoria Emiliana Lambrusco Salamini di Santa Croce $12.99

Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce is one of the Lambrusco DOCs situated in Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy. The wine is known for its deep ruby color, its exceptional fragrance, and refreshing fruitiness. It offers the most structure in comparison to other Lambruscos and is made to match the northern Italian cuisine, such as cotechino (a slow-cooked sausage) with beans or lentils and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Perfect for pizza!


Champagne Moutard Grand Cuvee Brut $39.99

This sparkling French wine gem carries a historic family tradition of Champagne growers/winemakers dating back to 1642. The families of Champagne Moutard Diligent have been living in the village of Buxeuil since the mid 17th century, and have a long tradition of both grape growing and wine production. 

Located in the Côte des Bar, the vineyard soils are made up of clays and limestones, lending to rich, fruity aromas and good minerality. Cellar-aged for at least three years, this beautiful Champagne of 100% Pinot Noir received outstanding scores of 91 points from Wine Spectator and Tanzer, 90 from Wine Advocate, and other 90+ accolades.

Complex and nuanced with fine, intense bubbles on the tongue, yellow-gold in color, a bouquet of fresh pears, almonds, apple and minerals followed by rich flavors of honey and ripe stone fruits. This Champagne has a remarkably long, delicate finish. Pairs well with just about anything especially sweet desserts. 


Encontro Vinho Espumante Bruto $10.99

Winemaker Osvaldo Amado has been making wines since 1986, he is a great connoisseur of the Portuguese viticulture. Dão, Alentejo, Douro, Vinhos Verdes, Lisbon, and Bairrada are the regions where he presently vinifies. He already vinified in Spain, Italy, and South Africa and presently in Brazil. In Portugal, he is responsible for producing about 15 million bottles a year. Osvaldo Amado’s wines have been awarded consecutively and received more than 600 medals between Gold and Silver. The Encontro is a citrine color with fine bubbles and a persistent aroma fruit, citrus, hazelnut, and biscuit. Fruity, fresh, smooth crisp and elegant persistence.


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5 Great Wines To Gift

What is better than giving a great bottle of wine? Some say receiving but around here…we all love both. Certainly fans of enjoying great wines, Kate and Eric have selected these 5 quick picks as sure-to-please winners for giving as gifts this busy season.

Grab, go and delight. Done! Next…



Chateau Lanessan Haut-Medoc $29.99

We love wines from Bordeaux for the holidays!  This is a timeless gem that we are excited to promote as a great wine for gifting! From the right bank of Bordeaux comes this fantastic red wine that is sure to please your friends and family!  What’s great about this bottle, is that you can choose to lay it down to rest or drink now!  A lovely bold, blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a bit of Petit Verdot with distinct flavors of dark currants, forest floor, violets, cedar, and a hint of black pepper.


Chateau Moutard Brut Champagne $39.99

This is such a wonderful Champagne that you absolutely need for your Holiday table!  Also, this baby is a few dollars less than it’s classic rival with the orange label, take the challenge, buy them both, do you think it’s better?  We think so!  Impress your guests with this baby tonight!


St Francis Cabernet Sauvignon $21.99

St. Francis has been on the map for over 40 years and their wine keeps getting better and better!  Now they are completely Certified Sustainable, which we love supporting!  A lush, but not too goopy, Cab with refined notes of tart cherries, raspberries, and vanilla.  Sure makes a great gift for all the ‘Cab’ lovers out there!


Bichot Macon Villages $14.99

This is a new wine that proves once again that excellent wine does not have to be expensive!  This affordable white wine from Burgundy is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, and is one of those unoaked styles.  This is a light and dainty wine that has flavors of crunchy Anjou pear and tart apple that finishes with a refreshing bite of lemon to keep it light on it’s feet! For sure a crowd-pleaser, feel safe knowing this makes a sensational, casual gift for the holidays!


Justin Isoceles Red Blend $84.99

Everyone loves the Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, so we are featuring their next level blend, the Isoceles! This is a rich, opulent red with a deep, dark red fruit core and decadent dark chocolate on the finish! We can’t think of a better gift this Holiday season.  Go ahead, spoil your loved ones 😊


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2019 Gift Guide Part 2

As promised last week, here is another batch of excellent gifts that are sure to please. Most will not break the bank while delivering delight. There are some featured gift packs and a fresh crop of seasonally appropriate spirits. All of the selections are available in-store while supplies last.

Gift baskets are ideal for any friend, family member or host gift. We can custom create whatever basket may tickle your fancy (or the recipients really). Any variety of wines, beers, bubbles or spirits at any budget. Click Here for some inspiration. Not sure what to get? How about some Private Barrel Whiskey or Gift cards are always perfect. For gifts that keep on giving Wine and Beer of the Month clubs with highly allocated and limited quantity selections are always a great idea. We can even help you to have them shipped or delivered door to door. Get something engraved with a personalized message and create a gift that will be lasting memories.

‘Tis better to give than receive!


Barr Hill Gin Gift Set   $59.99

A gift set made for all the gin lovers out there! Coming from our friends over at Caledonia Spirits, this set includes a 375ml of both their classic Barr Hill Gin as well as their Tom Cat Gin. As if that weren’t enough to make us wish it were cocktail time, there is also a jar of their creamy dreamy raw honey. Something for your morning tea as well as your evening G&T! The best of both worlds!


Taconic Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup   $24.99

Hailing from Stanfordville, New York; Taconic Distillery produces small-batch bourbon and rye whiskies. They take organic Grade A maple syrup and age it in their Dutchess Private Reserve bourbon barrels. Such a perfectly delicate sweetness balanced by the vanilla kiss of bourbon oak. This wants to be on just about anything you can get your hands on. Treat yourself to this luxurious maple syrup and you will not be disappointed discovering its many uses!


St. George Vodka Gift Set   $24.99

From one of our favorites St. George; this vodka set includes their all-purpose, citrus, and green Chile vodka.  Their all-purpose vodka is distilled from pears, which does not lend any flavor but rather a nice body and light floral notes. Their citrus vodka is the same base but with the addition of California grown Valencia, Seville oranges, and bergamot. Last but not least their chile vodka is made with jalapeno, Serrano, habanero, red, and yellow bell peppers (try in a bloody mary!) The perfect way to sample outstanding vodkas!


St. George Gin Gift Set   $24.99

First up is Terroir, which is made with Douglas fir spruce tips, California Bay Laurel, and coastal sage. Heady and chock full of herbaceous notes this is a very pretty gin. Botanivore, is the nod to a traditional London Dry. Made with juniper berries, angelica, dill, and fennel, this gin is crisp and the ideal for a perfect G&T. The Dry Rye is made with juniper, caraway, black peppercorns, and coriander which lend a fantastic spice and rich mouthfeel. Each one wonderful in its own way, this set lets you appreciate those differences side by side!


Grind Espresso Liqueur   $19.99

This is what happens when a barista befriends a bartender! A base of Caribbean rum is blended with medium roasted Arabica coffee beans. The resulting liqueur is sweet yet balanced and rich with roasted coffee notes. Outstanding quality for a great price point!

St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur   $34.99

An ode to the city this is named for, NOLA is made with Ethiopian Arabica beans, French roasted chicory root, Madagascar vanilla bean, and organic demerara sugar. Easy to enjoy on its own, it is smooth and full of dark roasted flavor. This is an indulgent sipper for after dinner or perfect for splashing in a cup of coffee!


Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish whiskey And New Harvest Coffee Gift Set   $39.99

Collaboration between New Harvest Coffee Roasters and Kilbeggans Distilling Company, this gift set is a delicious take on the classic tipple: Irish coffee. The perfect way to warm your bones during these cold winter months, this is a definite step up in quality. Kilbeggans single grain is a sweet and easy to drink whiskey with flavors of vanilla wafers, hazelnuts, and candied fruit. The Steam Roller blend is a darker roast of Guatemalan and Colombian beans. A perfect accompaniment to the smooth Irish whiskey!


RumChata Horchata Cream Liqueur   $21.99

Horchata is a refreshing spiced almond and rice beverage from Mexico. RumChata is rum based and has a luxuriously nog-like texture with notes of almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A sweet dessert style liqueur that is easy to enjoy on its own it also a very fun addition to any cocktail where you would use cream liqueur. Fun Fact: Equal parts RumChata and Fireball make a ‘Cinnamon Toast Crunch!’


Five Farms Irish Single Batch Irish Cream Liqueur   $36.99

Proving yet again that good quality Irish dairy produces a better product. Five Farms starts with a base of cream blended with Irish whiskey; flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, and Belgian waffles greet you with the first sips. Packaged with much case so as to represent what a unique and special liqueur this is. Sip chilled with dessert or try in a cup of coffee!


Godiva Chocolate Liqueur   $34.99

You can’t mention chocolate and not think of Godiva, the famed chocolatier from Belgium. This liqueur is creamy and rich with balanced milk chocolate sweetness. Your guests will have a hard time turning down this after dinner sipper. While delicious on its own, it is delicious on top of ice cream and other desserts!


Mad River Mad Apple   $44.99

Mad River Distillers are based in Burlington, Vermont. In honor of both their love of European apple brandies and the bounty of New England apples, they created Mad Apple. Crafted from heirloom varieties as well as locally pressed ciders, this brandy reflects the care that has been put into it. The palate strikes a perfect balance between oak spice, vanilla, and the taste of crisp apples. Perfect to use in place of any calvados!


Germain-Robin Old Havana   $114.99

This bottling is the result of three forgotten barrels that had been aging at Germain-Robin. A quarter of a century-old now, this cognac is comprised of twenty different base brandies. The palate is lush and mouth coating, with notes of candied orange peel, and delicate oak. Crafted by Germain-Robin to be best enjoyed with a fine cigar, this is for all the aficionados!


Claque Pepin Calvados Reserve   $42.99

The first certified organic calvados to have been available in the US! Traditional in style with a smooth and inviting taste it has deep flavors of poached apple, pear, cinnamon, and baked pineapple. The finish is lengthy with hints of dark brown sugar, and caramel. An absolute classic with the added bonus of being organic!


Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula   $44.99

This expression from Pierre Ferrand is modeled after an extremely rare and well-maintained bottle of 1840 Pinet-Castillon Cognac. Wanting to try and capture that same sort of magic, ferrand blended with the goal of producing a cognac that while could be enjoyed on its own would hold its own in a cocktail as well! While it was bottled at a slightly higher ABV the palate is filled with notes of vanilla, caramel, and butter.

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale $13.99/750ml   $24.99/4pk

What would the holidays be without this yearly classic from St. Bernadus? A Belgian Quad, this one is traditionally made and perfect for warming up on those cold winter nights. The palate is smooth and rich with a strong malty backbone. Flavors of stewed fruits, sticky toffee, Christmas bakes, and baking spices strike a lovely balance against the heavy body. Bundle up and enjoy this heavenly liquid fruit cake!

Whew! That’s a ton of easy gifting. Happy Holidays y’all!


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2019 Gift Guide Part 1

There is so much good to gift and enjoy with others this year that we will break it down into categories and create multiple posts. For Part 1 we’ll focus on high rolling gems and unique spirits. Part 2 will feature gift packs and seasonally appropriate spirits. All of the selections are available in-store while supplies last.

Let’s not forget that the staff at Bottles is here to go the extra mile. Most bottles across the store are engravable for additional personalization and creating gifts that will be lasting memories. We can easily assist you with creating gift baskets of any variety of wines, beers, bubbles or spirits at any budget. We can even help you to have them shipped or delivered door to door. Easy!


Remy Martin Louis XIII    $2,699.99

‘It’s one century in a glass.’ – Cellar Master, Pierrette Trichet. The basis for this cognac begins with grapes from Grand Champagne vineyards. First, nearly 1,200 Eaux-di-vies are blended and aged. Cellar Masters then spend their life’s work selecting the oldest and grandest expressions for their successors to then use to produce this outstanding cognac. Louis XII, as a product truly reflects the time that has been put into creating it. As if the contents of this precious bottle were not enough, each decanter is hand-blown from crystal and individually numbered.


Macallan 25 year Sherry Oak Single Malt $1,399.99

Macallan as a distillery has always had a well-regarded reputation; this single malt proves to be no exception. The whisky is aged for a quarter of a century in Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain. The resulting whisky is deep mahogany in color, with notes of citrus, sherry, cherries, and campfire smoke. One of the rare things to have ever received a perfect 100 point score from the Beverage Tasting institute!

Springbank 25 year Single Malt   $824.99

Some of Campbeltown’s finest! Their 25 year old single malt scotch is first aged in both Sherry and Bourbon casks before being married in a refill Port cask. A bright bouquet of citrus peel, tropical fruit, and dark cassis lead into flavors of orange peel, fresh honeycomb, brandy snaps, black pepper, and tobacco. The 25 Springbank is an excellent gift for those that cherish well-made scotch.

Whistle Pig ‘The Boss Hog V: The Spirit of Mauve’   $549.99

The spirit of mauve is a 13 year old straight rye whiskey aged in French Calvados barrels. Master Distiller Dave Pickerell (Rest in Peace) lovingly named this whiskey for his dearly departed pet pig, Mauve. This rye has aromas of cooked apples, cinnamon, ginger, nilla wafers, and hay. It wouldn’t be Whistle Pig if it weren’t overproof! The aromas of spice carry over to the palate tasting of baking spice, fennel, and maple syrup. To fully appreciate, enjoy with a dropper of water.

Wild Turkey Revival   $149.99

Comprised of a blend of bourbons which range in age from 12-15 years, the results of which then go on to be finished in a 20-year-old Oloroso Sherry cask. Despite still coming in at 101 proof this Kentucky Straight Bourbon still maintains a soft and creamy palate. Initial notes of cherry pie, raisins, and citrus fruits fade as the warming spice-laden finish sets in. Dangerously drinkable, this wants nothing more than to be served neat with a couple of drops of water to open up.


Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Single Barrel   $134.99

Seventh generation master distiller, Fred Noe, wanted to capture the ‘true expression of knob Creek’s iconic flavor’ as an homage to the whiskey making style of his father Booker Noe. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Knob Creek, he created this special bourbon which is cask strength, unfiltered, and coming from barrels ranging in age between 12-15 years. An exemplary bottle of cask strength bourbon!


Glenmorangie 18 year ‘Extremely Rare’   $115.99

This bottling is a part of the prestige lineup from Glenmorangie. Initially aged for the first 15 years in American oak casks, 30% is then transferred to Oloroso sherry casks for the remaining three. Perfecting for gifting this scotch has a delightful dessert-like quality to it with flavors of yogurt, mandarin oranges, creamed honey, and delicate oak. A bottle meant to be shared!



Chartreuse Green   $59.99

The recipe was initially created by Carthusian Monks; its namesake color comes from being steeped with the nearly 130 botanical ingredients used to make it. Chartreuse Green has flavors of mint, caraway, basil, and a soothing note of spearmint that rounds out the palate. A must-have for many cocktails or simply enjoy on its own.


Chartreuse Yellow V.E.P.  $164.99

Perfectly different to the Green V.E.P the Yellow is decidedly softer with notes of fennel, licorice, sage, saffron, thyme, and elderberry. Gentler in style with a subtle sweetness that shines through, the more elegant and subdued of the pair where the green is the more bold and traditional!


Chartreuse Green V.E.P.   $164.99

The phrase ‘gilding the lily’ comes to mind when thinking of this prestigious elixir. It starts with the same base Chartreuse recipe which is then aged for an additional 8 years. Full of finesse and power, this liqueur is mysteriously woodsy and herbal with notes of peppermint, citrus peel, and sage. Best enjoyed chilled or on the rocks.


Chartreuse Yellow   $59.99

This is perfect for those who are just starting to find their way in the mysterious world of bitter and herbal concoctions. Chartreuse Yellow is a little easier going than its counterpart. Mellower all around it comes in at a lower 80 proof (The Green is 110!) it has notes of saffron, honey, violets, and citrus peel.

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The Engraved Bottle at Bottles Fine Wine

We engrave! Actually, our sister company The Engraved Bottle does. Check out their shiny new website for gift giving inspiration, and brand new bottles of whiskey, wine and Champagne that we can customize with your message.

Order online and pick up in-store at Bottles or ship across the country (as permitted by local laws).

Glassware and barware will be added to the site soon, though stop by the store or contact our master engraver if you want a personalized rocks glass to go with that custom bottle of whiskey you’re getting pops this Father’s Day!


The Beer & Spirits Lover’s Gift Guide

There’s only so many times you can get them the same old, same old. Surprise and delight the beer and spirits lovers on your list this year with a variation on their favorite theme. 

Insta Hot Toddy Kit 

Because everyone needs a warm pick-me-up this time of year. Kit contains a glass mug engraved in-house at Bottles, 50ml each of Bulleit and Maker’s Mark bourbons, local & raw Aquidneck Honey Straws, a bag of Bigelow’s English Teatime, and a chocolate-dipped pretzel, because who doesn’t like a chocolate-dipped pretzel. Shop in-store or call to have one set-aside for pick-up or delivery statewide. $19.99  

Beer Me! Gift Set 

A hearty beer with sweet ‘n savory fixins: contains a bottle of Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, a beer mug engraved in-house at Bottles, a chocolate-dipped oreo and locally-made Sweet Twist trail mix. Shop in-store or call to have one set-aside for pick-up or delivery statewide. $19.99 

Engraved Bottle of Bourbon (or Scotch, or Rye, or Gin…you get the drift) 

Give us your message and we’ll engrave it onto their favorite bottle. Say something sweet or something salty (we don’t judge) for a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Ask a team member for details or visit LINK Starts at $39.99 

3-Month Beer Of The Month Club Membership 

It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Beer newbies and long-time aficionados alike will be thrilled with each month’s package of 3 unique beers accompanied by detailed tasting notes, pairing recommendations and a recipe. Visit here to find out more. 3-Month membership starts at $88+tax. 

A Bottle of Private Barrel Bourbon  

You can’t buy them anywhere other than at Bottles, which means you really can get the bourbon-lover-who-has-everything something they’ve never had before.  And you can do so without breaking the bank: our Private Barrel Selection starts at $34.99. Call or visit for current inventory. Maker’s Mark as shown, $74.99.  

Tastings of Over 300 Whiskeys  

Give them the ultimate gift – the gift of choice. Our sister bar The East End on Wickenden Street in Providence has over 300 whiskeys, all available by dram and pour. A gift certificate in any denomination you choose means they can select the bottles they want to taste – all paired to the restaurant’s award-winning cuisine. Call (401) 433-9770 or visit The East End online. 

And if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, come on in or give us a jingle and our team of passionate, in-the-know beer & spirits buyers will help you select the perfect, tasty gift. 

 Happy Holidays!  

Our Top 7 Bottles For Father’s Day

Ties are great, as are fancy socks and “Best Dad Ever” plaques. But if your dad partakes in a quality drink now and again, why not get him something he’ll really enjoy? Like, say, a bottle of artisanal mezcal, or a special Irish Gin, or a fancy ready-to-drink cocktail. Here are the seven unique bottles that we think would make terrific gifts this Father’s Day, some paired with tasty cigars by our resident stogie expert, Don.

Happy Father’s Day to Don and all you Pops out there!

Gunpowder Irish Gin
So this is interesting – it’s an Irish gin with a wonderful mix of citrus and botanicals. It’s great for the G&T-drinking dad who’s looking for something new for the summer.  $34.99, 750ml

Hazelburn 10yr Scotch
This great bottle hails from the great Campbeltown region in Scotland.  Scotches from here tend to have a unique character and style that appeal to a broad range of scotch drinkers.  It is for this reason that it makes the quintessential Scotch Gift For Dad, as it is sure to fall somewhere on his own personal spectrum of tastiness! $79.99, 750ml

Old Forester Mint Julep
The Derby may be long over, and we even have a new Triple Crown winner, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a new excuse to give a delicious treat!  This premade cocktail comes in a liter bottle and only needs a bit of ice and a hammock to make for Dad’s perfect lazy afternoon. $24.99, 1 liter

Rough Rider Straight Bourbon
If Dad is a bourbon drinker, he may love this new release that has a bit of muscle too it, along with a pleasantly smooth finish.  And Dad can even wax poetic about his favorite random Teddy Roosevelt story after reading about this whisky’s connection to the original Rough Rider. $
34.99, 750ml

Don recommends the Montecristo #2 Pepe Mendes as a perfect pairing with this bottle. It’s full-bodied, from the Dominican Republic. $16.99

Marca Negra Mezcal
If you’re looking to give Dad something other than brown liquor this year, give a quality mezcal a chance!  Smooth and smoky, Marca Negra is a show stopper. If Dad is a cocktail fan try substituting this for whisky or gin! $74.99 750ml

Don recommends the Sam Cristobal Revelation as a terrific partner for the mezcal. It’s $9.99.

Santa Teresa 1796
A true work of time and art, this Solera Rum is a blend of many aged barrels, including some that are 30 years old. Though this is a common way that Sherry is made, it’s relatively new to the rum game. The result is a perfectly smooth and pleasantly sweet rum that is just what should be in Dad’s glass as he sips an after dinner toast! $44.99, 750ml

Peerless Rye
Possibly one of the best ryes we’ve every tried, this one is definitely tailored for the Dad who is a ‘Rye-Guy.’  It’s an investment for sure, but let’s be honest with ourselves… we’ve all cost Pop waaaay more aggravation than it’s worth over the years – maybe you should by two? $
124.99, 750ml

Don recommends the Oliva Serie O’Perfecto from Nicaragua with this rye. It’s $7.99.


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Our Holiday Picks

Out of the thousands of wines and spirits our team tastes over the course of a year, here are the bottles that we think are worthy of serving and giving to our nearest and dearest – and to ourselves – this holiday season. We’re sure you’ll find something for everyone on your gift list, as well as a treat or two for yourself. Go ahead. You. Deserve. It.
Borsci San Marzano Liqueur
This is Jagermeister’s cool older-sister and is only a couple bucks more. The Borsci truly smells like Christmas to me – it’s all bittersweet cocoa, cloves, allspice and peppercorns. After working long holiday hours all I want to do is curl up with my dogs and sip this warming spirit! Isn’t there someone on your list who’d do the same?
$24.99, 750ml
St. Reginald Parish ‘The Marigny’ Pinot Gris, Oregon
Funky, off-the-beaten-path wines like this one have been blowing up for us recently. By ‘us’ I not only mean Bottles, but also my group of friends. Each bottle is a fun surprise, and this Willamette Pinot Gris is no exception. The French term ‘Marigny’ translates to ‘the neighborhood’ so it’s perfect for gifting to friends, family and whoever else decides to stop by for the holidays.
Old Forester ‘Bottles Selection’ Single Barrel
This holiday season I will be gifting my bourbon-loving friends the Old Forester “Bottles Private Barrel.” This is a totally unique whiskey that was hand-picked by our team during their trip to Kentucky in early 2017. With notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak, it hits every flavor that I love in a classic bourbon. I can only hope I get to enjoy some of the bottles that I’m gifting away!
$44.99, 750ml
Turasan Red Blend, Selda, Turkey
For every holiday dinner, I like to bring my family a bottle of wine that they won’t be very familiar with – I think it makes the dinner more special. This year it will be the Turasan red blend from Turkey. It’s full of blackberry and thyme notes at the beginning, and refreshing fruit flavors follow at the finish. This wine will pair beautifully with your dinner, and will absolutely impress your family and friends.
Kings County Chocolate Whiskey
Kings County makes their Chocolate Whiskey by steeping artisan cacao husks sourced from Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory into their award-winning Moonshine Corn Whiskey. The mellow sweetness of the un-aged whiskey harmonizes beautifully with the rich, bitter chocolate giving way to a remarkably smooth finish. ‘Fancify’ your espresso martini or, you know, stick a straw in it and call it a day. It’s a great gift for the gourmand on your list!
$39.99, 375ml
Meinklang Juhfark “J13,” Hungary
Certified biodynamic, this wine makes the perfect gift for that friend who geeks out over “natural wine.” Somló, a tiny wine region in Hungary, is home to an extinct volcano that provides unique mineral-rich soil ideal for growing grapes. Juhfark is a rare grape variety exclusive to this region, which produces savory wines that are remarkably aromatic and unlike anything else. Meinklang’s expression undoubtedly lives up to that name.
Prichard’s Rye
My personal quest in whiskey has been to find the best value for the dollar, especially when it’s my own dollar!  Prichard’s has become my house-pour-favorite for just that reason.  It’s not overly aggressive, and at just 86 proof it is incredibly pleasant to drink just on the rocks.  It’s also not so dauntingly expensive that I cringe if someone wants to mix it (gasp!) it in a Manhattan. The only downside is there just isn’t a ton of it to go around. Get ’em while we have ’em! It deserves a place on your home bar this holiday season!
$54.99, 750ml
Steininger Sparkling Rosé Sekt, Austria
This is one of the all-time great holiday wines. It’s an off-the-beaten-path soft sparkler that is just a touch sweet with beautiful structure. It’s an unreal accompaniment to roasts and also works great as a starter to get the evening rolling. Though it’s not outrageously priced for what it is, it is indeed worth every penny.
Germain-Robin XO Brandy
This domestic brandy is a lovely treat to share with your guests during the holidays.  Definitely not your Grandpa Joe’s harsh brandy, this is a whole different animal with a round, warm finish of toasty oak and butterscotch toffee.  Enjoy this with pecan pie, Hamantaschen or your best stinky cheese platter! 
$59.99. 375ml (note: the bottle Kate is holding is the size we are offering at this price)
Mastrojanni Rosso di Montalcino, Italy
What a great gift for the Italian Wine Lover! It’s perfect for all Italian holiday fare, but shows especially well with lasagna and braciole. It has elegant tannins and fruity aromas of ripe Bing cherries and red currants robed in flavors of cedar, balsamic, fresh tobacco leaf, bitter orange peel, and hints of bay leaf. Yes please!
The Real McCoy 12-Year-Old Madeira Cask Rum
This is a bourbon drinker’s rum! 90% of it spends 12 years aging in a bourbon barrel, while the remaining 10% sleeps nicely in a Madeira cask. It’s smooth and soft with a nose that hints to the Madeira, and finishes with a sweet bourbon vanilla mouthfeel. It’s a wonderful gift for the bourbon drinker in your life who has everything; it’s a terrific substitution for bourbon in a Manhattan!
$49.99, 750ml

2015 Occhipinti Il Frappato, Sicily
The 2015 is the second vintage of famed wine-maker Arianna Occipinti’s wines to see fermentation in concrete versus stainless steel; as a result, the wines are showing depth and a velvety finish that is not typical of Frappato. This one in particular is brilliant in color and finishes with finesse and delicate fruit. It’s a very special wine, worthy of a celebratory meal or an extra-special person on your gift list this year.

Compass Box Flaming Heart, 2015 Edition
This edition of Compass Box’s Flaming Heart is the fourth in its line-up of unique, limited release blended Scotch whiskies – and is totally worth the splurge. It’s a mix of selections aged in French oak, bourbon, and sherry casks, which makes for a  wonderful peaty, fruity, spicy blend. A sip of this treat is full of the baking spices, dried fruits, and smokiness that any cozy Christmas night by the fire should include. It’s a great, great gift.
$89.99, 750ml
Chappellet Cabernet Franc, California
Need an impressive gift? Look no further. This Chappellet offering, grown on the distinctive Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley, is aged in French oak for a thoughtful finish to an American-grown Bordeaux-style blend. With cedar, spice, and plum on the palate, the wine is complex and satisfying all the way through its velvety, earthy finish. It may just be my gift to myself this year.
Town Branch Rye 
This is a great gift for a whiskey drinker looking to try something new. Fans of bourbon, Highland scotch, and even Irish whiskey find something new to love in rye. Light pepper spice and heat quickly soften to a rich, earthy vanilla flavor—a unique duality that made me want it with dessert, or maybe as a dessert replacement, instead.
$54.99, 750ml 
Conte Guicciardini ‘Gui’ Rosso di Toscana, Italy
This is my go-to dinner wine for the cold months, and it is an absolute standout for this season. Medium-dry, with flavors of soft cherries and sweet spice, this is ideal for hearty meats and vegetarian dishes alike. My family often plans things last-minute, myself included, but it looks like I know what I’m doing when I put a bottle (or two – look at that price!) of this on the table.
$14.99  (note: wine photo not available)
Balcones Texas Single Malt
Balcones Distilling is located not too far from where I was born in Texas, and it makes me happy to have a little piece of home here in New England. This overproof grain whiskey is truly unique: It’s a bit like Scotch on the nose, but with an identifiably American flavor profile. It’s a perfect gift for the serious, adventurous whiskey fan on your list.
$69.99, 750ml
COS “Nero di Lupo,” Sicily

“The Black Wolf” is 100% Nero D’Avola, fermented in cement with wild, indigenous yeast. It’s the exact kind of zesty, bright, herbaceous wine I want on my holiday table this (or any other) year, and makes a terrific gift for the choosy, hard-to-please wine-lover on your list: COS is arguably Italy’s top “cult” winery of the moment, and with good reason.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Bottles!

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Why the Pros Buy Magnums for Holiday Entertaining

Planning a holiday party for more than just a few guests? Do what the pros do, and buy magnums. It’ll save you dough, and the larger size can add drama to your festivities.

A magnum of wine is 1.5 liters, which equates to two standard bottles’ worth of juice. And in most instances, one magnum costs less than if you purchased the two-bottles separately.

Magnums of Bottles’ house wine, Vino di Tavola, are particularly ideal for large gatherings: they’re well made, crowd-pleasers, very food-friendly and highly-drinkable. How do we know? They’re top-sellers here in store, and at our sister bar, The East End.

Both are made in Italy, in the small Piedmontese commune of Castellinaldo. Our Vino di Tavola Rosso is a blend of barbera and dolcetto, the Bianco is a mix of the arneis and favorita grapes.

And while pouring from larger-than-normal bottles can certainly add excitement to your festivities, there are a few folks who find the heavier bottles a bit unwieldy. For them, we suggest simply decanting the magnums into carafes ahead of time, for an easier at-table pour. 

This holiday season we’re offering special pricing on case purchases of our house wine magnums. Regularly $79, we’re offering the 6-magnum case for just $75, and will include a free engraved Bormioli glass carafe.* 

Now if you follow our party math, six magnums will be enough to serve wine all evening for a dinner party of 12. All for just $75. 

That’s something to toast to!

Happy Holidays – and Happy Entertaining!

*while supplies last. additional discounts do not apply. prices subject to change.  

Our Top Picks For Dad … and they’re not all whiskey!

It couldn’t be easier. Come in store, tell us a bit about your dad and we’ll help you find the
bottle he’ll love this Father’s Day. Heck we’ll even wrap it for you. It’s that simple. Here are our top picks, a mix of hard-to-find, new-in-store, and just plain delicious.

For The Dad Who Takes Any Chance He Can To Talk About His Whiskey Collection
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Highland Park Valkyrie

The newest offering from Highland Park is the first in a three-bottle series showcasing “Viking Legends.” Don’t let this bottle’s lack of an age designation fool you. It has wonderful fruit and spice flavors and is remarkably smooth at 92 proof. It’s brand-spanking new and is already racking up the awards. Let your father know he’s as important to you as Odin!  $79.99 (750ml)

Glenfiddich Experimental Series #1: India Pale Ale Cask

This brand new whiskey is the first single malt scotch ever aged in IPA casks. It has a totally unique finish with a subtle fruit & hoppy character and is delicious. Very limited availability on this one, so scoop it up for your Dad’s collection before it goes away.  $69.99 (750ml)

For The Classic Dad Who Keeps It Real 
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The Singleton of Glendullan Classic 12yr

A beautiful scotch that won’t break the bank. It was unavailable in Little ‘Rhody for a spell, but now it’s back. It’s delicate and light with a soft finish. It’s a classic malt for a classic Dad.       $36.99 (750ml)

Gordon & Macphail Scapa 10yr

From independent bottlers Gordan & MacPhail this is a classic Orkney malt that will surprise with its unique, subtle peat character and light tropical notes. Not as aggressive as most island whiskies, the Scapa has just the right amount of peat & fruit for summer evenings under the stars. $69.99 (750ml)

For The Dad Who Doesn’t Like Whiskey (They Do Exist!)
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Bumbu Rum

Dad doesn’t like whiskey? We have you covered! One of the best new rums on the market is the Bumbu, out of Barbados. It’s a craft rum made with all-natural native spices and no artificial flavors or colors. It’s distilled in small batches and blended by hand. It has wonderful hints of spice and fruit. We like it best neat, or with a cube or two. $34.99 (750ml)

Grand Mayan Ultra Aged Tequila

Looking for something totally special this Father’s Day? How about a tequila that finishes like a brandy! The Grand Mayan Ultra Aged is simply one of the most unique and delicious spirits we’ve tasted in a long while. It has very little “bite” and appeals to tequila drinks as much as those who favor dark spirits. It’s a terrific gift.  $89.99 (750ml)

For The Dad Who Deserves A Little Extra Special Love This Year
Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary

A special bottle for the collector’s shelf. This celebratory release commemorates “The Master Distiller’s Master Distiller” Jimmy Russell’s 60 years with wild Turkey. It’s a blend of bourbons ranging in age from 13-16 years old, and will be sought after for decades. A true treat for bourbon lovers. $114.99 (750ml)

Happy Father’s Day!
(Prices subject to change.)