Holiday Spirits & Festive Wines For The Season

Three cheers to the holidays (Photo credit: Dobbes Family Estate)

It’s the season where spirits are high, there’s a sense of cheeriness, and plenty of delicious food and libations. We compiled a list of potent libations to set the tone of the holidays.

If you’re a teetotaler or taking a break from booze—we’ve got some delicious drinks for you too. Here are a couple of options if you want to hold the liquor…

The magical mavens at Smith Teamaker’s Tea Lab have created the Merry Maker’s Puncha jewel-red invigorating hibiscus tea with notes of honey and baking spice. You can enjoy it hot or iced, and even infuse cocktails with it. It’s as festive as it gets—with flavors built around hibiscus, ginger, cassia, sarsaparilla, and clove, with additional floral botanicals such as rose petals and elderflower.

The house of Brew Dr., best known for its stunning kombuchas, also offers Uplift—a Yerba Mate, fruit juice  and green tea based range. It comes in four flavors—mango passionfruit, sweet mint, blueberry raspberry and blood-orange lemon. The Sweet Mint seems to be made for the holly-jolly season, with zingy flavors of peppermint and floral sweet jasmine. 

Here are some festive (alcoholic) spirits for the celebrations…

Straightaway Cocktails

Want to host a holiday soiree with professional-level cocktails, without any of the hard work? Or want to sip a smashing Negroni without stepping out to a crowded bar? We feel you, and so does Straightaway Cocktails. They do bottled cocktails—margaritas, Negronis and even a specialty Maple Old Fashioned (Tennessee Bourbon, Vermont Maple Syrup, house-made Oregon Apple Caraway Bitters). They also make great canned spritzers with sparkling Willamette Valley wine. 

​​Whiskeysmith Chocolate 

Chocolate and whiskey are two of our favorite things, which is why we’re so sold on this velvety oak-aged whiskey with lots of chocolate essence, vanilla and mellow spice. It’s great on its own, but you can also try spiking your Mexican hot chocolate with this. 

Waterford Whisky Organic Gaia 

A deep, smoky whisky is just what the doctor ordered for the holidays. All it needs is a few cubes of ice and great company, really. It is lovely for cocktails as well—think a zesty old-fashioned or a bracing whiskey sour. Cheers! 

Here are some spirited wines as well…

Archery Summit  2019 Summit Chardonnay 

Fresh, mineral-ly and insanely food-friendly—this is a great wine to have in your arsenal for the holiday season (and beyond). Lean and crisp, it has delicious notes of honeydew melon, hazelnuts and jasmine. It is fantastic for a brunch party!

2018 Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon

Silk and structure. Tension and poise. Fruit and spice. At just $18.99, this delicious, complex  Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolute steal of a deal!

Dobbes 2019 A Blooming Hill Vineyard Riesling

This bottling is Dobbes’ first vintage of this grape variety and it delivers on all counts. Lush pineapple and bosco pear flavors are anchored by lively acidity. It would get along like a house on fire with tacos! On a lazy night in – order in some grub from Marination for an easy, scrumptious meal.

Goose Ridge 2019 Reserve Roussanne “Camellia” 

This is one of the latest cellar select artist series by Goose Ridge Vineyards. Local artist, Katie Small created a beautiful flowery label for the wine. The intense wine delivers plenty of citrus, almonds and vanilla and will go well with appetizers. 

 Aperture 2018 Bordeaux Red Blend

The cold, rainy weather demands a bold, textured red blend like this one. Notes of ripe berries, chocolate and mint are complemented by a strong mineral character. Save this special bottle for the big dinner with your loved ones. 

Landmark 2019 Overlook Pinot Noir

A stellar Pinot Noir from California, the 2019 Overlook Pinot Noir is fragrant, supple and earthy. With warm flavors of coffee, cinnamon and berry jam—this bottling will be a great match for traditional holiday pot roasts. 

House Wine’s Limited Edition Rainbow Rosé Bubbles

Seattle-based House Wine, in support of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has a limited-edition Rainbow Rosé Bubbles can which celebrates and supports LGBTQ+ equality and love in all its forms. House Wine donates $2 to the HRC for every case sold with the goal of working towards equity for the LGBTQ+ community.