From luxury bottles to quirky or classic wines, and even affordable stocking stuffers, the Schneider’s holiday gift guide has something for everyone’s tastes. We are thrilled to share our selections to wow your loved-ones. The gift of wine is a wonderful way to say thank you those special people you’re grateful for this year. A family business founded in 1949, we consider our customers family, too. And, because family takes care of family, we take the stress out of gifting. We have hand-selected our favorite bottles guaranteed to light up the holidays.
2018 Holiday Gift Guide:
Rick Genderson, CEO
Kelt Captain’s Barrel Cognac $69.99
Kelt Captain’s Barrel is for the connoisseur who wants something unique but does not want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars. Nothing warms a chilly December evening quite like a fine Cognac. Perfect for a relaxing evening at home with your loved ones, this 100% Grand Champagne Cognac is bold, oaky, rich, and vibrant. Weighty flavors of walnuts and tobacco are perfectly balanced. This cognac is aged at sea, a 3-month ocean maturation, which brings out hidden qualities of the oak and rounds off the cognac in a beautiful way making it incredibly smooth, and it is non chill-filtered.
Josh Genderson, President
2015 De Lancellotti Vineyard Lachini Mountain Pinot Noir $59.99
Sourced from the Lachini Vineyard located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA of Willamette Valley, Oregon, this stunning Pinot Noir is the perfect gift for any connoisseur or wine novice alike. It is complex, sophisticated, and restrained enough to please any discerning palate, yet also offers lush wild strawberry and blueberry aromas to delight those who love New World boldness. Intense flavors of black cherry and blueberry with a smooth mouthfeel.
Elyse Genderson, Vice President
2013 Vicchiomaggio Chianti Classico Reserva Vigna La Prima $49.99
Schneider’s has been importing John Matta’s wines from Castello Vicchiomaggio for many years. Matta’s wines are internationally renowned, and he has been named the Italian Winemaker of the Year presented by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 1997, 2002, 2005 and 2010. Wine has always been produced at the Vicchiomaggio castle and John and his wife Paola, dedicate their lives to preserving this centuries-old tradition.
The 2013 La Prima is an excellent example of Chianti Classico Reserva. Sweet, ripe red and black fruits on the nose with white pepper, toasted oak, and cinnamon on the palate. The wine does not rely solely on the new French oak, allowing the soft fruit character to shine through. This elegant and complex wine has ripe tannins and balanced acidity. A true gem, this bottle is the perfect gift for any lover of Italian traditions and culture.
Terry Brown, Wine Manager
2013 Parusso Barolo $45.99
A soft and velvety youthful Barolo with light sweet-tobacco, rose-petal and strawberry character. A fresh complex finish. A serious Italian stunner that won’t break the bank and will delight the connoisseur on your list.
Marco Parusso began working full-time in the cellar in 1986 after attending enology school in Alba. Since then, he has successfully grown the estate from a small local winery to one of the most respected names in Barolo. “The purpose of our work is to ensure the longest natural life cycle of the plant in order to obtain the highest quality and most balanced grapes,” says Marco.
Richard Bobrow, Spirits Manager
Hazelburn 13-Year Oloroso Cask
A lovely Campeltown expression with notes of strawberry jam, orange citrus, nutmeg, chocolate, creme brûlée, and dried berries. Finished in refill Oloroso Sherry barrels, it’s a wonderful winter dram. With only 12,000 bottles made, it is the ideal gift for any whiskey lover. Owned by Springbank, one of the only remaining family-owned and operated distilleries, the quality level outshines the competition.
Johnny Lopez, Wine Specialist
A few months ago I travelled to Ribera del Duero and Rioja, Spain to visit some of the wines we import at Schneider’s. I’m very proud to represent these magnificent wines that have recently arrived from Spain and are available now to impress everyone on your holiday gift list.
- 2014 Majuelos de Callejo Ribera del Duero $49.99
Made from 100% Tempranillo. Charmingly round and refined, showing lots of aging potential and plenty of drinkability now. Its dark fruit character is completely ripe and offers tremendous length.
- 2010 Lealtanza Gran Reserva $34.99
Really vibrant and ripe expression of Rioja Alta. Superb, deep, and smoky. A beautiful Tempranillo that offers red and dark berries, cocoa, and leather. I love its fleshiness and vivacity.
Danin Shopshire, Beer Manager
Deschutes Jubelale $13.99 per 6-pack
For the beer lover in your life, delight them with this special 30th anniversary holiday release from Deschutes brewery of Bend, Oregon. It features sweet malts with chocolate, spice, dried red berries, and honey, this is a complex winter ale. The perfect beer for Christmas celebrations.
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