"This 135-acre estate (all in the famed La Crau) has produced a 2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape composed of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and the rest other authorized varietals (from vines that average 60 years of age). The wine is aged 18 months in foudres and concrete tanks. This classic offering had just been bottled before my visit, so it was probably tighter than it will be in 6-12 months. Deep ruby/purple-colored with notes of garrigue, seaweed, licorice, plums, black cherries and raspberries, it typically reveals a Mediterranean sea breeze-like character that is difficult to articulate. The sweetness of the tannin, full-bodied mouthfeel, and evolved style remind me somewhat of the 1983, which is still drinking beautifully. The 2009 can be consumed now or cellared for two decades."
- Robert Parker, 92 points
So, somewhere in the Middle East about 2,000 years ago, three kings sent off on camel-back and followed this bright star. They brought gifts of stuff we've never really heard of, stuff like frankincense and myrrh. What's 'myrrh' anyway? It doesn't really matter. What matters is they didn't bring beer, and they should have. So, we're making up for their extraordinary oversight by offering this wonderful golden ale from The Lost Abbey brewery in San Marcos, California. Heading out to a Holiday party? Forget the myrhh, Stop by Amendment XXI and grab a 'Gift of the Magi.' Your host will be very happy! $10.99 - 750 mL
Not sure what to get the person who has everything? Why not give the gift of beer?
Belgian brewer Duvel offers a great gift set including 4 bottles of their flagship golden ale along with its appropriate tulip-shaped glass. Your beer drinking experience could not be more precise. Serve Duvel in its own glass and experience first hand the subtly bitter bite and delicate aromas. This is the original 'craft' beer! Gift set $17.99