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Holiday Spirits –

Say “Cheers” to the holidays with these best bets from around the world.

‘Tis the season to make a little merry, and your calendar is filled with lots of social events. But you’re not going to show up to that party empty-handed, are you? Of course not. Still, it’s not always easy to figure out the perfect hostess gift. Here—let us help. Give something everyone appreciates, especially this time of year: a good bottle of wine or spirits to sip, savor and share. This year’s top picks from Royal Wine come in a wide range of prices, but all are special enough to impress. Let these suggestions take the guesswork out of gift-giving—and entice you to treat yourself to some holiday cheer as well.

Here are the 5 most gift-worthy wines and spirits for 2017:

Bartenura
Sparkling Moscato Rosé, $17.99
Bartenura is the most popular Italian Moscato in the US market and beyond. Slightly sweet, it’s a festive companion to cheese and dessert.

Carmel
Limited Edition, $69.99
A powerful yet elegant Bordeaux-style wine, the Carmel Limited Edition represents the best of Israeli winemaking. Its distinct Mediterranean notes are bold and earthy, characterized by a rich, smooth, fruity taste. Carmel Winery was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, owner of the legendary Château Lafite-Rothschild, and the Limited Edition is a tribute to its origins.

Boondocks American Whiskey
$99.99 for the 2-Bottle Messenger Bag Gift Pack
(750-ml bottles, 127 Proof American Whiskey and 95 Proof American Whiskey)
$49.95 for the 2-Bottle Gift Box (95 Proof American Whiskey and 90 Proof Port Finish Bourbon) Boondocks American Whiskey Cask Strength 127 has an ultra-smooth finish, with distinctive aromas of rich caramel and vanilla. A robust and pleasantly aggressive palate is highlighted by fall spices and oak. This expression received a Gold Medal/91 Points in the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition 2016 and Best of Category in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016.

Teperberg
Legacy Petite Sirah, $69.99
The Legacy Petite Sirah showcases why Teperberg is a rising star among Israel’s wineries. Aged in French oak barrels, this deep red offers a soft flavor and rich texture with a complex balance of fruit and roasted oak.

LVOV Vodka
“Say it with LVOV” Gift Box (1.75 liter), $19.99-$21.99
LVOV’s premium Polish vodka offers the best value for the money. Crafted in the old tradition from potatoes (and thus, gluten-free), it’s distilled and filtered four times for a hint of mineral taste with a touch of sweetness and a slightly herbal aroma. LVOV Vodka Gift Boxes are available in a choice of six “expressive” options that will definitely convey “Thank You.”

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