8 Made-in-NY Wines & Spirits That Make the Perfect Gift

By Tricia Carr | December 12, 2017 | Food & Drink Jan12018_PostCleaning

New York state boasts an abundance of distilleries and vineyards churning out high-quality pours. These eight unique bottles are the best excuse to shop local this holiday season.

Perry's Tot Navy Strength Gin by New York Distilling Company

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Some love it, some hate it, but everyone knows a gin drinker who can knock back a few gin and tonics like they’re water. Those people need something a little more adventurous this holiday: Perry's Tot Navy Strength Gin crafted at Williamsburg’s New York Distilling Company. The bottle is named for Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, who commanded the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the nineteenth century. It doesn’t get any better—or stronger—than this modern, Brooklyn-made spirit. $32. Available in stores or online at astorwines.com

Industry Standard Vodka by Industry City Distillery

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Vodka is one of those spirits you buy without giving much consideration—grab a popular brand and it’s always a people-pleaser. But the holiday season calls for something special, and you can find it at Brooklyn’s up-and-coming business-slash-shopping district, where Industry City Distillery prepares the only vodka distilled in the five boroughs (we have yet to disprove that statement). The makers use a careful process so only the brightest flavors end up in the finished product, which is presented in a beautiful, art deco-inspired bottle. $35. Available in stores or online at astorwines.com

Christian's Cuvee Merlot 2013 by Wölffer Estate Vineyard

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If you aim to please for the holidays, there's nothing more exciting to a wine buff than a reserve red they can add to their collection. This particular bottle was conceived from the Wölffer Estate’s oldest block of Merlot grapes. The result is a robust wine good enough to be named after founder Christian Wölffer. It features comforting notes of licorice, leather, and dark chocolate. $100. Available at the vineyard and online at store.wolffer.com

2016 Rosso Petillant Naturel by Channing Daughters Winery

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Really surprise your friends and family this year by gifting them a rarity in the wine world: a sparkling red. This dry, ruby red blend—the majority of which is Petit Verdot—has a little something extra… bubbles! Drinkers will also detect hints of cherry, ripe watermelon, raspberry, and plum. Be sure to tell recipients to chill the bottle and serve it with all things savory and indulgent, such as pizza, pasta, and burgers. Pro tip: Get it now, because it’s made in limited quantities. $28. Available in stores and online at wineshop.channingdaughters.com

Hudson Baby Bourbon by Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery

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New Yorkers know a home bar isn’t complete without an unmistakable bottle of Hudson Baby Bourbon within arm’s reach. Why? Because it’s the first bourbon ever to be distilled in New York state, and it’s made from local corn and aged in charred American oak barrels. Recipients of this amber spirit will detect a smokey flavor complemented by a hint of sweetness, as well as notes of vanilla and caramel. Bourbon fans will savor every sip. $48. Available in stores and online at sherry-lehmann.com

Weekend White by Palmer Vineyards

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When in doubt, gift a confident, all-purpose white. Everyone from the weeknight sipper to the weekend warrior wants a light blend that goes down easy, and this sweet yet distinctive bottle fits the bill. White elephant exchange? Check. Teacher presents? Check. A last-minute gift that doesn’t give the last-minute gift impression? Check, check, check. The North Fork’s Palmer Vineyards has crafted a wine that nearly everyone will want to pop open immediately. $17. Available at the vineyard or online at palmervineyards.com

Green Absinthe by Doc Herson's Natural Spirits

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Give the gift of absinthe, and you’re guaranteed to impress anyone who enjoys collecting—or drinking—bottles of booze. Harlem-based Doc Herson's Natural Spirits was the first absinthe distillery in NYC, and its potions are made with organic grains grown in New York state. Look too fast and you might mistake the bottle for an old-fashioned medicine bottle, but who says absinthe can’t cure just about anything? $42. Available in stores and online at newyorkcraftspirits.com

Sparkling Wine Kit by Brooklyn Brew Shop

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When you make booze yourself, does it taste better? Find out when you gift this sparkling wine kit (that’s right—home brew kits aren’t limited to beer), granted the recipient is willing to share when it’s all said and done. The box comes with enough ingredients to make five bottles of bubbly; just add elbow grease and you’ll be popping bottles in no time. $70. Available at brooklynbrewshop.com



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