Give Good Cheer

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We’re stocking up on plenty of holiday cheer, and in between sipping “Santa’s Little Helper,” we’re crossing hard-to-shop-for friends off of our Nice List. We raided the wine room at Mazza Vineyards and made stops at the sister wineries — South Shore Wine Company and Mazza Chautauqua Cellars — as well as Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing for the bottles most deserving of a red bow. Here’s what we found:
 

For the Dinner-Party Person:

This bottle is so food-friendly that your place card-happy pal will immediately start dreaming of pairings — and invite you to friendly feasts for a year.

Mazza Vineyards Merlot
Berry aromas, complemented by subtle American oak
Price: $17.95
Where to find: Mazza Vineyardswine shop locations, select PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores
 

For the “Experience Date”:

Hang some mistletoe, and gift your sweetie this bottle. Date hack: Warm a bottle in a cockpot, and the whole house will smell like Holidays and Chill.

Mazza Vineyards Victorian Holiday
Concord-based wine spiced with cinnamon and cloves
Price: $10.95
Where to find: Mazza Vineyardswine shop locationsselect PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores
 

For your “Work Wife”:

You’re cubically committed, and she deserves a bottle with a bow at least once a year. Pour a little of this in her work mug, and you’ll be co-worker of the year.

Mazza Vineyards Ice Wine
Made from Vidal Blanc grapes frozen naturally on the vine and pressed while still frozen
Price: $44.95
Where to find: Mazza Vineyardswine shop locationsselect PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores

 

For the Chef:

Your culinary cohort appreciates a wine with which to cook! This bottle makes for great sauces — and is a stellar sipper, too.

South Shore Wine Company Cranberry
Made with real cranberries and blended with Concord
Price: $11.95
Where to find: South Shore Wine Company, wine shop locations, select PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores

 

For Your Hard-to-Please Friend:

Your buddy has been hard to drink with ever since he decided to try for his sommelier certification. —But even our most particular compadres love this Teroldego.

Mazza Vineyards Teroldego
Dry and elegant, yet powerful
Price: $19.95
Where to find: Mazza Vineyardswine shop locations
 

For Your Toaster with the Moster:

Voila! The gift for the gal who’s always ready to cheers! We all have that friend who is flute-ready with a toast, no matter the occasion. This sparkling rosé was bottled for the wordsmith.

South Shore Wine Company Sparkling Pinot Noir
A dry sparkling rosé with notes of strawberry and a crisp finish
Price: $19.95
Where to find: South Shore Wine Companywine shop locations
 

For Your Secret Santa:

The classically hard-to-shop-for giftee just needs a crowd-pleasing wine. Everyone loves this friendly white — and your anonymous ally will be so glad you wrapped this instead of assorted chocolates.

Bare Bones White
A fresh and simple blend of Vidal Blanc, Cayuga White, Traminette, and Riesling
Price: $10.95
Where to find: All winery and wine shop locationsselect PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores
 

For the Host or Hostess:

Of course, you’re not going to show up empty-handed. But make sure your bottle doesn’t get lost in the party pile by presenting this award-winner. 

South Shore Wine Company Grüner Veltliner
An easy white wine to pair with any cuisine
*Winner of Best in State at PA Sommelier Judgment Day 2018
Price: $14.95
Where to find: South Shore Wine Companywine shop locations, select PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores
 

For Your Boss:

Make a good impression with this festive warmer that’ll keep your higher up in good spirits all season long.

Five & 20 Rye Whiskey
Smoother and more approachable than most rye whiskeys
Price: $39.95
Where to find: Mazza Chautauqua Cellars / Five & 20 Spirits and Brewingselect PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores

For more gift ideas, visit enjoymazza.com/holiday