Whether you find it agony or more fun than Christmas morning itself—the season of endless searching for holiday gifts is upon us. Our solution? Bypass the hunt with a bottle of booze, handpicked for every person on your list. We’ve selected a few of the year’s most special, surprising, and delicious bottles—and with labels this nice, you won’t have to wrap a thing. Tie a ribbon on that sucker, tuck it under your arm, and get ready to spread some good cheer.
THE BOTTLE TO MAKE THEIR CHRISTMAS MORNING
Angel’s Envy Finished Rye
The “angel’s share” is the whiskey that evaporates during the aging process. When Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson (the same man who created Woodford Reserve) tasted this incredibly smooth whiskey, he suspected the angels might want a bigger cut. The limited production rye is finished in barrels that once housed Caribbean rum, which adds deep, complex flavors. You’ve never had a rye quite like this one. $125, Poinsett Beverage, 2616 Poinsett Hwy.
THE BOTTLE THAT’S JUST RIGHT FOR EVERY HOLIDAY DINNER PARTY Arnot-Roberts 2016 El Dorado Vineyard Gamay Noir
Gamay is a bit of a trending grape varietal these days, and for good reason. Made by two visionary California vintners, this light-bodied red is delicate and jubilant, with notes of red fruit and a soft finish. It’s very food-friendly, so pack this one along for all your host gifts: if they decide to open it immediately, it will pair with almost anything. $30, The Community Tap, 217 Wade Hampton Blvd.
THE BOTTLE TO MAKE A COCKTAIL FIEND SMILE
Yes, this amaro will look impossibly cool on their bar cart, but the silky, herbal, Italian digestif really delivers on the drink game, too. Made by an Italian family famous for their grappa, Amaro Nonino is a bit lighter, but no less complex, than some amari, and plays a starring role in popular cocktails. $43, Bouharoun’s Fine Wines & Spirits, 301 Falls St.
THE BOTTLE FOR EVERY IMPOSSIBLE-TO-BUY-FOR BRO IN YOUR LIFE Blackberry Farm Brewery Classic Saison
If he geeks out over craft beer, he’ll like this Belgian-style farmhouse ale. If he’s a Miller-from-a-can kind of guy, he’ll like this beer, too. It’s rare that a beer can appeal to such different crowds, but that’s the beauty of saisons—crisp, easy-drinking with faint citrus notes and a clean finish. $15, Greenville Beer Exchange, 7 S Laurens St.
THE BOTTLE TO IMPRESS YOUR IN-LAWS WHO LOVE TO TALK ABOUT THEIR TRIP TO WINE COUNTRY Smith-Madrone 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
This estate-grown, terroir-defined Cabernet is made by a producer who has been quietly, humbly making wine high up a mountain in Napa Valley for decades. No hype or marketing glitz here—just an elegant, balanced wine that will be lovely now or down the road if they choose to cellar it. $54, Northampton Wine + Dine, 211 E Broad St.