Matt Kettmann, Contributing Editor (California)
Casa Real Gran Singani (Bolivia): I used to travel a lot, including one trip biking in South America. Singani is a liquor made from Muscat of Alexandria grapes that we drank with lime juice at the end of each day. So take me back, gift givers, to my more adventurous youth!
Anne Krebiehl, Contributing Editor (Austria)
Muhr-Van der Niepoort 2012 Samt & Seide Blaufränkisch (Carnuntum, Austria): Samt & Seide stands for silk and velvet. I love smooth, elegant reds that have depth despite being slender. Its peppery, cherry fruit will be a delicious treat.
Michael Schachner, Contributing Editor (South America & Spain)
Château Montrose 1989 Saint-Estèphe (Bordeaux, France): It’s the first classified-growth Bordeaux I ever bought. The wine remains in my cellar, waiting. But with two bottles, I’d be willing to open one on New Year’s Eve.
Virginie Boone, Contributing Editor (California)
Stony Hill 2001 Chardonnay (Napa Valley, California): I was lucky enough to enjoy this wine over the summer with Top 40 Under 40 sommelier Andy Chabot. Its minerality and freshness proved that yes, Santa, California Chardonnays do age.
Paul Gregutt, Contributing Editor (Oregon)
Quinto do Noval 1917 Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal): I’m a sucker for anniversary wines, and this would celebrate the 100th birthday of my late father. Croft, Delaforce, Graham’s, Taylor’s and others declared that year. But I want the Quinta do Noval. My father was a man who appreciated the best.
Carrie Dykes, Assistant Tasting Coordinator
Enlightenment Wines Memento Mori Dandelion Wine: To receive something made nearby is charming, and these products embody the spirit of New York’s Hudson Valley. The artwork, CSA-driven distribution, local ingredients and low-tech fermentation result in a product that’s approachable yet avant garde.
Joseph Hernandez, Senior Associate Digital Editor
Georg Breuer 2009 Berg Schlossberg Riesling (Rheingau, Germany): This wine has haunted me since I first tasted it while visiting the region. I’m disappointed in myself for not snagging a bottle, so I’d love it if I found some in my stocking this year.
Lauren Buzzeo, Senior Editor and Tasting Director
Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte 27th Anniversary Reserve: It’s one of the most cellarworthy beers produced, and I’ll need to fill the spot where the 22nd Anniversary Reserve lived after I drink it on Christmas Eve.