The Red Wine Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide
People tend to believe that gift-giving over the holidays means finding the most perfect present that can be cherished forever. A similar habit with wine-lovers is to collect excellent wine but rarely get it out of the cellar to enjoy. We think there will always be a next, more special moment to open that bottle, or we believe the only acceptable holiday present has to be irreplaceable and one-of-a-kind. Well, we’re breaking down and combining these two schools of thought and making your shopping a whole lot easier with our Red Wine Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide. Wine and the holidays are both about gathering with friends and family, cooking and eating great food, and making memories. So in our family’s book, a gift can definitely be drinkable and wine should be enjoyed whenever the mood and moment strikes. Our holiday collection features new release and small-production library wines that are otherwise unavailable for purchase, so be sure to shop sooner rather than later!
Duos of Signature Schweiger Wines
2016 Cabernet and 2016 Montaire Gift Set
For the casual but curious Cabernet drinker or maybe someone who holds the year 2016 close to their heart, we suggest our duo of newly released 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Montaire Cabernet Sauvignon. Think of this two-pack as a sort of mini horizontal. While both wines are Cabernet, they’re grown in separate blocks on our estate property, and you can taste the different personalities within this vintage. The newest release of our Cabernet Sauvignon is quite the vixen. The color alone is striking—an inky shade of garnet that verges on black velvet. The entry is plush but meanders into an intensely layered mid-palate of blackberry, boysenberry, and pomegranate. It’s hard to imagine a color more intense than the 2016 Montaire’s—this wine is black velvet at midnight! The berries in this wine have dart-like flavors of bing cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, and fine notes of gooseberry. Where our 2016 Cab likes a classic steak, Montaire wants Steak au Poivre. These are fantastic Cabernets that will age for decades to come but are also very fun to drink side by side now.
2014 Dedication and Iteration XVI Gift Pack
Our second two-bottle gift pack features two of our most unique and signature wines, the 2014 Dedication and Iteration XVI. Together, this duo represents the creativity that Winemaker Andy Schweiger puts into our farming and winemaking, making it a fantastic present for someone who loves to explore new and exciting wine. If you’re unfamiliar, Iteration is our Port-style or dessert wine made from Cabernet juice fortified with craft Brandy. And Dedication is the ultimate Bordeaux blend, made from our best Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, and Cab Franc grapes in a single vintage. With the 2014 Dedication’s notes of herbal seasoning and silky dark fruit and Iteration XVI’s strawberry, honey, and cherry flavors, this duo is extremely food-friendly. Order this pack to pair with your Thanksgiving feast, Hanukkah meals, or Christmas dinner.
Verticals for Making Memories
Ask any winemaker, grower, sommelier, or vinophile—Verticals are an amazing tasting experience. The ability to distinctly taste and smell the flavors, aromas, and character inflections of the same wine across multiple years of its life is powerful. The two vertical selections we’ve put together would be an exciting present for the budding wine drinker or the connoisseur. Verticals are also like a DIY wine tasting, where you can bring our Spring Mountain winery experience to your home. Get cozy on your couch, set up outside, prepare courses of your own food pairings, or order multiple verticals so friends can join. The customizable, social aspect of a Vertical makes it a fun treat for a holiday girls night, a creative way to host Friendsgiving, a thoughtful date night activity for you and your loved one, or as a gift for your favorite couple.
These wines are in small supply and unavailable for general purchase, so grab a few packs to sip yourself, bring to an upcoming Thanksgiving dinner party, or gift someone special for Christmas, Hanukkah, or “just because.” Verticals featuring older, almost-gone vintages of our signature Dedication™ Bordeaux blend and Cabernet Sauvignon will bring a unique taste, sophisticated drinking menu, and fun conversation to your upcoming celebrations.
2014, 2015, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical
2012, 2013, 2014 Dedication™ Vertical
The Gift that Keeps on Giving: A Stocked Cellar
Cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Dedication, or Mix-and-Match
Every year, one person on the holiday shopping list deserves a big gift, and a case of wine is our favorite way to put a huge smile on their face. Whether they’re an avid Schweiger Cabernet fan, need a housewarming or newlywed present, or you just want to surprise them with something lavish under the tree, keep them stocked up this holiday season with 12 bottles of our new 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Dedication, or a Mixed Case of the two. Either option will quickly become their new go-to red wine for drinking by the fire, sipping on snowy evening walks, enjoying with home-cooked meals, and pouring for guests. (And you’ll be everyone’s new hook-up for great Napa wine!)
Schweiger Dog Bandana
We’ve been growing grapes, making wine, and hosting guests in our family tasting room for many years. If there’s one thing we’ve learned wine-o’s love more than their wine, it’s their dogs—us included! Our red and gold dog bandanas read “Life is Ruff Without Cabernet,” and they’ve been our favorite new product to watch furry guests leave with and to tie on our winery pups, Nikki and Ginny. Grab this cute accessory for your dog to wear in the family holiday card, as a fun stocking stuffer, or in addition to one of the wine gift packs.
Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide includes some of the best current and library vintages in our portfolio of Spring Mountain AVA red wines. We hope you find a gift set that you or someone on your shopping list will love and appreciate. This collection is small in numbers, and with the world’s current shipping delays, we encourage you to place holiday orders early. We want you to be able to enjoy these wines with feasts and celebrations!