Holiday Gift Guide: Wine Country Gifts for Craft Spirit Enthusiasts

Written by Barbara Barrielle

November 26, 2017
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In another of our special five-part series on the ultimate guide to wine country gifts for the holiday shopping season, we look at ways to find California wine country gifts for those on your list who prefer craft spirits. We all know there's great wine in California, but the craft spirit scene offers some spirited delights.

In celebration of the beloved wine country following the recent wildfire devastation, many local companies are pledging to do what it takes to help their communities rebound. In this fun series, we cover:

The Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino areas rely heavily on tourism and, despite recent wildfires, the region remains beautiful. One of the best ways to support wine country is to visit! Visit the tasting rooms, order wines, eat at the region’s restaurants, stay at hotels and shop. This guide to wine country gifts offers some ideas for visiting and gift giving, and many are available for purchase online if your plans won't be taking you to wine country before the holidays.

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Be sure to check here for more great wine country gifts and—as always—Wander offers even more suggestions for what to see and do in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

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Wine Country Gifts for Craft Spirit Enthusiasts

Wine country is obviously all about the wine, but don't leave without checking out the amazing craft spirits scene. This holiday season, there are some incredible wine country gifts you can send to those craft spirits enthusiasts on your list.

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Sonoma County Vineyards in November 2017. Photo courtesy Sonoma County Tourism

Spirit Works Distillery in Sebastopol

Founded in the heart of Sonoma County in 2012 by husband and wife team Timo and Ashby Marshall, Spirit Works Distillery is an artisan spirit producer of handcrafted Vodka, Gin, Sloe Gin, Barrel Gin, Navy Strength Gin, Straight Wheat and Straight Rye Whiskey. Led by Head Distiller Lauren Patz, Spirit Works is one of few distilleries in the United States (and around the world) with an all-female production team.

Following the tragic wildfires, Spirit Works Distillery bottled the special edition “Sonoma Strength” barrel of CASK Wheat Whiskey on October 14, 2017 (while the fires were still raging through both Sonoma and Napa Counties). Producing approximately 40 cases, all bottles of Sonoma Strength Wheat Whiskey are available for sale at the Spirit Works’ Tasting Room in Sebastopol for $65 per bottle. All proceeds from this barrel will be donated to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund through Redwood Credit Union.

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With all of these options for great wine country gifts for craft spirit enthusiasts—many of which give back to wine country after the tragic October wildfires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties—your holiday shopping will be easy and you will be giving back to some great causes. Be sure to check out the other ideas on Wander for wine country gifts.

Written by Barbara Barrielle

Barbara is a long-time publicist who began writing four years ago with a specialty in food, wine, travel, and entertainment. Barbara also acts and produces films and has a feature film "Veracruz" releasing in early 2017. She also has two documentaries in production, including one on motorcycle road trips and another with a wine angle on the harvest. Barbara worked in the wine business for years and owns a small vineyard in Sonoma County. She loves to cook and bake and try foods from around the world. Extensive travel throughout the world, especially as a single mother, has been formative for Barbara and Charlotte, her incredibly savvy college student daughter. She lives in Healdsburg and Los Angeles.

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