Did you know that the Pacific Coast has cradled a new generation of brilliant, innovative distillers? These new craft spirits make the perfect gift – interesting, delicious, and filled with terrior from your own back yard.
Germain-Robin XO Brandy is the Chez Panisse of craft spirits. Founded in 1982, the house immediately achieved notoriety when its brandy became the main after-dinner drink of the Reagan White House. Made from Pinot Noir, Colombard, Semillon and some Zinfandel, the Barrel Select XO is the premier offering of this house. The body is complex, elegant, and smooth. The pinot noir shows up in the incredible finish—subtle yet wonderfully rich fruit. It’s been named best brandy in the world by Robb Report. The current release is roughly 80% pinot noir, with about 17 years of age. Just ten barrels a year are released. Germain-Robin XO Brandy $68 for 375ml, $125 for 750ml.
St George Spirits is another pioneer West Coast distiller. Established in 1982 by Jorg Rupf, known worldwide as a “genius distiller” and a maverick spirit. The St George mantra is Proudly Independent, Passionate about Innovation, and Committed to Craft. We carry a wide selection from this definitive product line: vodka, absinthe and two flavors of gin. For experts, for the merely curious, and for those who love pretty things, the perfect gift is a St George Gin Gift Box. You get charming 200ml apothecary bottles. You get three wildly different styles of gin, including “The Terrior” made exclusively with botanicals from Mt. Tam, and the mild, lovely, and inviting “Botanivore.” St George – Gin Sampler Gift Box $34.
Clear Creek is from Oregon uses small-batch craft methods to reflect the best of Oregon’s produce. This is all about the taste of fresh fruit. Founded by Steve McCarthy in 1985 this distiller originally used fruit from his family’s orchard—that was distilled the day it was picked. Each bottle of liqueur has close to 14 pounds of fruit distilled to its essence. Our favorite offering the Blackberry Liqueur. Blackberries are the definitive Northwest berry – sweet, luscious, and with a taste unique to the region. The Clear Creek Liqueur makes a wonderful dessert cordial, a creative addition to a glass of Champagne, and a killer topping on ice cream. Yum! Clear Creek Blackberry Liqueur 375ml $24.