Smirnoff Peppermint puts a pleasant twist on the Christmas season

Wrapped in its best stripes for the yule season, Smirnoff Peppermint Twist delivers you the mouth-watering taste of sweet holiday candy, balanced by the soothing cool of peppermint.
Peppermint Twist has returned to shelves in Colorado this holiday season, but only for a brief time. This limited edition for Christmas is made with natural peppermint flavors and designed for a smoother drinking experience.

Smirnoff’s deliciously cool treat has a sweet candied aroma and a real taste of candy canes, balanced by the soothing cool of peppermint.

Think how much fun it would be at a holiday party to bring out a tray of chilled Peppermint shooters, with mini candy canes on the side for garnishes.

This flavored vodka, with its “Scratch and Sniff” packaging, is available in 750 ml bottles with an ABV of 30%. It is ideal for bumping up drinks like hot chocolate and eggnog or creative mixing in your favorite holiday cocktails. It’s also available in a 50 ml size shooter that makes an excellent stocking stuffer.

Look for the festive striped Smirnoff Peppermint Twist bottle, as well as other yuletide seasonal products at larger local liquor emporiums, like Wyatt’s, that offer you an outstanding selection of holiday products. When it comes to selection, more is always merrier.

Spokesman Oakville Cabernet deserves a shoutout

Are you ready to let your wine do the talking for you—but in a good way?

Then pick up a bottle of Spokesman Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon.

Spokesman Cabernet is sourced from benchlands and hillsides vineyards within the Oakville appellation in Napa Valley. This exceptional Cabernet has intense black currant, blackberry, and dark chocolate complexity. It is a big wine with integrated tannins and balanced nuances of French oak, utilizing both new and second year barrels.

Upon opening, it expresses an iridescent black core with opulent dark fruit on the nose. Waves of black currant and cassis come across on the palate with cedar notes and mint appearing in the background.

This big, brawny red takes tasting to a new level, making it a sensational partner for both toasting and meals in which you want to make an impression. Try it with prime rib, expertly grilled steaks, or a slow cooked pork roast.

As Coloradans look to entertain more, you can find wines for this, or any season, at larger, local, family-owned liquor stores, like Wyatt’s Wet Goods, that offer you a superior selection with knowledgeable staff who will help you find the perfect wine for any occasion.

Ring in the Holiday Season with Beaujolais Nouveau!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November (Nov. 21) with fireworks, music, and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and further afield to celebrate this first wine of the season.

Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be drunk young. Most vintages should be consumed by the following May after its release. However, in excellent vintages (such as the 2000) the wine can live much longer and can be enjoyed until the next harvest rolls around.

The region of Beaujolais is known for its fabulous food. The famed Paul Bocuse restaurant is just minutes from the heart of Beaujolais, as is Georges Blanc’s. These great restaurants have plenty of Beaujolais Nouveau on their wine lists. The wine goes well with either high cuisine or Friday night’s pizza.

An annual favorite, these French first harvest varietals are perfect for holiday parties or Thanksgiving feasts:

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau: Vibrant red fruits flavors of strawberries and currants show on the palate with an intense perfume that make this wine a perfect accompaniment for cheese, charcuterie, and traditional holiday fare. Serve slightly chilled.

La Perliere Beaujolais Villages: On the nose, one gets notes of raspberry and cherry. On the palate, flavors of smoke, mineral, and strawberry are present with soft tannins. This is a medium-bodied wine with a short, peppery finish.

Grab a bottle and see what all the hubbub is about for yourself. Locally, you can find these limited edition, celebrated wines at larger, independently owned wine shops, like Wyatt’s Wet Goods, that offer you a superior selection from around the globe and an experienced staff that will help you find the perfect bottle for every occasion.

John Elway Reserve Wines score big every time

“For well over a decade, it has always been a vision of mine to take the celebratory spirit and experience of my restaurants and capture it in a bottle of wine.” –John Elway

Made in collaboration with Consulting Wine Maker, Rob Mondavi Jr. and 7Cellars Wines, the John Elway’s Reserve collection are luxurious, Napa quality wines that always go the distance.

As the son of renowned vintners Michael and Isabel Mondavi, Rob Mondavi, Jr.’s passion for wine began more than 30 years ago while playing among the vines and wine barrels on his parents’ Napa Valley estate, Robert Mondavi Winery.

At the age of 12, he started his first job under Tony Coltrin, the Mondavi Winery’s current director of winemaking, immersing himself in the business and absorbing every detail. Rob took every opportunity, including summer breaks from the University of Santa Clara, to work at and learn from the family business.

Decades of unparalleled experience and insight pay off with Elway’s Reserve. Consider these varietals:

Elway’s Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This merge of dark berry flavors and a delicate spiciness from carefully selected American oak barrels has an intense minerality. Every bottle helps veterans continue their service through disaster relief with Team Rubicon.

Elway’s Reserve Carneros Chardonnay

Smooth and well-balanced, this white wine exhibits crisp tropical fruit flavors with nuances of apple and pear with light floral elements. Hints of vanilla complement its smooth, lingering oak finish.

If you are looking for a quality Napa wine with a unique Colorado connection, try the Elway Reserve collection. Either would be perfect for a celebratory toast, holiday dinner, or as a business gift.

Locally, you can get yours at certain large, family-owned wine emporiums, like Wyatt’s, that provide you the selection and expertise to find the perfect bottle for every occasion.