Bottles Gift Ideas To Impress Any Host (& Get You on the Master List for Any Event)
Despite insisting that pie is inferior to red-velvet cake in a pie loving household and engaging in other questionable behavior, you’ve managed to snag an invitation to another party. Now, this is your time to correct your mistakes or show the hostess that you’re worthy of lifetime invitations. If you’re smart you will do so with a
wonderful bottle hostess gift. Don’t worry if you’re lost and don’t know where to start with we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 really impressive gifts to guarantee you’re on the permanent master list. So even if you chose to ignore the error of your ways, at least you came bearing gifts. After all, no red-velvet cake loving human…well you get the idea.
If you want to offer your hosts a unique spirit gift, look no further than Maker’s Mark Chef’s Gift Set (SRP: $49.95). It includes Maker’s Mark Coffee, Gourmet Sauce (delicious with beef, poultry, seafood and of course, BBQ) and Maker’s Mark Cherries (perfect complement to a Maker's Mark Manhattan). The set is rounded out with a fun Maker's Mark Bottle Apron to protect your festive attire with flair.
Luxe in a bottle. This holiday season, DISARONNO teamed up with Versace to create a special bottle that will delight both spirit lovers and fashion types. The bottle which retails $27.99, takes its inspiration from the Versace Home Collection print,Tresor de la Mer. Glamorous and decadent, this beautiful bottle is the most fashionable accessory to any bar-cart or cabinet, making it the perfect holiday gift. This partnership is not just fashionable but philanthropic too. Proceeds will support the charity ‘Fashion 4 Development,’ a global campaign sponsored by the United Nations, using fashion to tackle issues in Africa. The bottle is available through the holiday season and while supplies last at www.ReserveBar.com/DisaronnoWearsVersace. In addition, it will be available at high end retailers nationwide.
Going to a New Year's Eve Celebration? Impress your host with The Official Champagne of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, or a a Moët & Chandon holiday 2014 bottle. The "Golden Sleeve Limited Edition ($41)" bottle, decorated in a brilliant, sparkling wrap, will add elegance to New Year and holiday parties, bringing gold shimmer to the table to elevate any celebration. The Golden Sleeve Limited Edition is availabe thought the US, as well as ship nationwide via www.sherry-lehmann.com.
If your hosts loves whiskey, surprise them with this really fancy limited-edition bottle from DEWAR'S 15. The newly released bottle, which is aged for 15 years is a new marque for the brand and created by the brand's in house master blender, Stephanie Macleod. The DEWAR’S 15 ($45.00) blend tasting notes of honey, golden toffee, warm and complex, along with rich succulent exotic fruits with hints of coconut and vanilla aromas including citrus and green apple notes and lest we forget the delicate and exquisitely scented floral aromas with a smooth, well-round and long and warming finish. Pss... this blend is just one of a few 15 year aged blended whiskies available in the US. So, you will really score some points with your hosts.
For the expressive host, give them a bottle (or three) from the Chandon Holiday Limited Edition Set. The bottles with three whimsical sayings-- "The Party Starts Here," "Pour on the Fun" and "I am the After Party"--were created to celebrate the best you and make a statement. There's something so right with a winter white bottle featuring holiday confetti and etched with festive sayings. The bottles which retail for $24, are available nationwide and onnow through January 15.
Need a bottle your host will want to keep for special occasions? Try Maison Lillet newly released Jean de Lillet 2010 Reserve. The new offering was produced in very limited quantities. It blends a single vintage of Sauternes wine, only produced in Bordeaux’s best wine years, with their house-made citrus liqueur. The 2010 edition, like its is a stunning succession from the 2009 bottle which was loved by the experts, with a special balance and remarkable acidity, giving way to elegant fresh aromas. Available in select retailers nationwide and at www.astorwines.com at $39.99.
Visiting a soccer lover? Show them you care with this Special Edition Casillero del Diablo Manchester United Commemorative Bottle. The bottle house in a sweet gift box features the distinctive Man. Utd. Red Devils official team logo emblazoned above a fittingly crimson-red label signed by players Nemanja Vidic, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández and Ryan Giggs. As for the wine, it is a Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 aged for 14 months in a combination of medium-toast French and American oak barrels. The resulting flavor profile features plum, black cherry, chocolate and cassis.
If your hosts love tequila surprise them with Avión Reserva 44. It is the smoothest, most superior Extra Añejo tequila that the most demanding tequila connoisseurs and single malt scotch drinkers will fully appreciate. The Reserva 44 is aged for 43 months in an exclusive stone temperature controlled cave. The tequila is then aged an additional month in a specially selected barrel, which subtly refines the liquid and creates a deeper more complex flavor. The Reserva 44 is then hand poured into a beautiful crystal decanter and individually hand signed by Avión founder, Ken Austin. And there's more, this holiday season, if you log on Reservebar.com, you can customize any Avión varietal, including Reserva44, with a meaningful message, name or seasonal salutation.
Bubbles and more bubbles from Piper-Heidsieck. The Piper-Heidsieck Light Box with Brut Cuvee ($40) makes a great gift. It includes a lovely bottle of the company's signature brut housed in an equally Light Box. The memorizing red and gold box was inspired by famed architect Jacques Ferrier’s design of the brand’s headquarters in Reims, the box itself is a cooling container and the lid, a candle holder that adds sparkle to any room enhancing the champagne experience with a holiday glow.
The Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon Gift Set is pretty fancy. The house Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge created two special holiday gifts. We love this little gem. It includes a 750 ML bottle of Small Batch Bourbon and a premium flask. This blend marries four of Four Roses' ten bourbon recipes selected at the peak of maturation. The resulting aroma is rich, spicy and fruity with flavors of ripened red berries and a hint of spice.