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Staying in the Holiday Spirit with Digestivos

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While every wine retailer will offer suggestions on what to drink with Thanksgiving dinner, we’re determined to take it to the next level by telling you what to drink after Thanksgiving dinner!


If one meal reminds us of indulgence (or even over-indulgence) it is Thanksgiving. And while we love the feast and the company, as we leave the table we’ll often feel a bit fatigued, both physically and mentally. When we have crossed over from sated to stuffed we love to reach for digestivos to aid digestion and stimulate conversation. From bittersweet herbal liqueurs, chinatos, and amari; to brandies, eau de vie, and grappa these spirits have traditionally lifted the spirit after a hearty meal.

Below you'll find a list of our favorite post-prandial selections including our favorite Grappas, Armagnacs, Cognacs, and Amari. Salut! -Tim Gagnon & John McIlwain

 

Capovilla Moscato Fior d'Arancio 375ml

This is a single variety grappa bottling featuring the wonderfully aromatic "Uva Moscota Fior d'Arancio." Vittorio Gianni Capovilla uses his rare bain-marie still to slowly distill and preserve the lively honey and citrus qualities of the grape. Grappa fans will note the extreme purity and freshness of the spirit and applaud Jan d'Amore for bringing it to the American market. John Rankin

  • grappa
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

Pellehaut NV Armagnac Reserve

This is the best value traditional Armagnac that we have found. Pellehaut combines the traditional rich Ugni Blanc with some Folle Blanche for a delightful floral lift. JR

  • brandy
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Pellehaut 1989 Armagnac Ténarèze Ugni Blanc

This Armagnac shows a vibrant orange color with hints of caramel. Tastes mature, but even after 24 years in cask there is a grippy quality and some citrus-toned fruit. This is an excellent introduction to vintage Armagnac and a fabulous value.  John Rankin

  • brandy
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

Dudognon 10 Year Old Cognac Grande Champagne 'Reserve'

The Dudognon Reserve is one of the best values in Cognac. Made without additives or coloring, it's a pale gold color with subtle citrus and white fruit aromas. The palate is clean and long with tea, earth, citrus and spice. Far superior to the brand-name VS or VSOP blends and really worth trying.

  • brandy
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $43.99

Paul Beau NV Cognac Grande Champagne Hors d'Age

Located in the heart of Cognac's premier cru "Grand Champagne," the Beau family has a long history of making exceptional artisan Cognacs. The Beaus use old wooden barrels and a majority of Ugni Blanc to facilitate a clear expression of terroir. This creates an absolutely lovely spirit that has been aged an average of thirty years, well over the requirements to label "Hors d'Age." The perfect after-dinner drink with a balance of dried fruit and very nice minerality. JR

  • brandy
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

Guillon-Painturaud Cognac Grande Champagne VSOP

Guillon-Painturaud's VSOP is a fantastic 15 year old Cognac that punches way above its price point. This spirit is all about fresh orange and sweet marmalade fruits with plenty of cut. We are happy to be able to carry this independent producer's fantastic Cognac, and the 15 hectare estate that can trace its history back to 1610 is an exciting find. JR

  • brandy
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $58.99

Amara Amaro D'Arancia Rossa Blood Orange Liqueur

I am completely smitten with this Amaro. The primary ingredient is blood orange from Sicily with the bitter, herbal components taking somewhat of a backseat, and the result is a brighter, more feminine, style of Amaro that is complex and delicious. It is floral, fruit-forward, mineral, and long with red berry fruits and herbs building on the finish. This is simply a fantastic after dinner drink. Tim Gagnon

  • bitter aperitif
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $35.99

Varnelli Amaro "Sibilla" 1 Liter

Named after the impressive mountain range in the Southwestern corner of the Marche, this spirit is a must-try for Amaro fans. The flavor profile definitely leans toward the drier, more herbaceous end of the spectrum and will seem quite bitter if you are used to Averna or Montenegro. The botanicals are wood smoked before maceration which adds a degree of complexity seldom found in Amari. Mountain honey is used sparingly to balance the bitter flavors. I have found Sibillia to be a delicious digestive, but also quite delightful at the shore when mixed with tonic and an orange rind. JR

  • herb liqueur
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

Varnelli Amaro dell'Erborista 1 Liter

This is the most powerful Amaro I have ever tried. To drink it is to experience a brisk and bracing shock of mountain roots and herbs. The flavors are intense enough to make one’s whole mouth tingle, and the experience lasts for several minutes. As a warning, it must be said that this tonic is brutally dry, rich, and smoky. One could tackle a glass neat after dinner, or a splash could go a long way in creating unique cocktails. This tonic is made with botanicals that are smoked prior to maceration, and mountain honey is used (extremely sparingly) as a sweetener. For the adventurous there is nothing else quite like it! JR

  • herb liqueur
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

St. Agrestis New York Amaro 750ml

Sommeliers Nicholas Finger and Fairlie McCollough started St. Agrestis in 2014 after a three month trip through Italy solidified their love for traditional, regional Amari. Everything is done in their warehouse in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY from the maceration of organic herbs, roots, and citrus in neutral base spirit to the short-term aging in whiskey barrels (sourced from the Van Brunt distillery in Brooklyn), and the addition of organic cane sugar followed by bottling and labeling. The sugar rounds out the classic bitter components of this Amaro making for an easy going yet complex and balanced digestif that begs to be consumed after dinner this Thanksgiving! Tim Gagnon

  • herb liqueur
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

Varnelli Caffe Moka 1 L

Looking for something sweet for after dinner? Look no further! Made from real Italian espresso according to the traditional recipe of the Varnelli family, this liqueur has decadent aromas of roasted espresso beans, vanilla, and sweet spice accompanied by tobacco, cocoa nibs, and wildflower honey. The palate is sumptuous, yet balanced, with persistent espresso character. Try it on its own, or add a splash to your coffee! Tim Gagnon

  • liqueur
  • 4 in stock
  • $43.99

Rovero Barolo Chinato 500ml

Chinato – an aromatized and fortified wine usually based on Barolo – has created quite a stir around the store. We’ve always loved Cappellano’s, and tried a few others here and there, but an offer of many vintage Chinatos illuminated the fact that these spirits show quite well when cellared like their mother-wine Barolo. The intense, bitter, quinine bark flavors mellow and become a more harmonious part of the drink. Also, like world class dessert wines, the sugar becomes less “sweet” tasting and shows more rich-bodied character. Which brings us to Rovero’s delicious Barolo Chinato. For under $35 a bottle, I’d highly recommend stashing a couple of these away for a later after-dinner surprise. It may not be the Technicolor, herbal rollercoaster that Cappellano is, but it’s a very fine stand-in at an incredible price. John Rankin

  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

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Capovilla Grappa di Bassano 750ml

Capovilla spirits are truly labors of love. The Bassano bottling consists of pommace from a variety of grapes from Vicenza. The secret to the rich, broad flavors is the rare still that Vittorio Gianni Capovilla uses. Called a bain-marie still, it heats the pommace at low temperatures to maintain the grape flavors and not create the offensive, alcoholic tones that mars many more commercial Grappa productions. We are extremely happy that Jan d'Amore has decided to import these spirits, and strongly recommend that Grappa and Eau-de-vie fans try them. JR

  • Out of Stock
  • grappa
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

Cornelissen, Frank Grappa Rosso Del Contadino 375ml

Grappa distilled from the 2009 vintage of Frank’s Contadino blend. The star here is Nerello Mascalese (80%,) but history has left lots of rare plantings on Etna’s volcanic hills, such as: Alicante Bouschet, Nerello Capuccio, Uva Francese, Minella Nera, Minella Bianco, and Inzolia—Whew! Although a fiery 60% alcohol, I found this grappa high-toned, a bit floral, and surprisingly drinkable.  Like the un-distilled wine, Contadino is lighter and brighter in flavor to the Munjebel.  JR

  • Out of Stock
  • grappa
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

Marolo Grappa With Camomile 'Milla' 375ml

The Marolo Milla is a liqueur made from and infusion of Chamomile flowers in grappa. Perfumed on the nose and lightly sweet and silken on the palate, this makes for a mellow, smooth, and soothing after-dinner digestif. John McIlwain

  • Out of Stock
  • grappa
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $33.99

Rovero NV Grappa Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 500ml

The Rovero estate is an exciting complex: one part winery, one part hotel, one part restaurant, and one part distillery (with an ancient church across the courtyard!) The distillery operation extends much farther than the estate’s fruit, and many of the producers in neighboring Barolo and Barbaresco need Rovero to distill their grape pressings into grappa as there are only a handful of distilleries. In this case we have a rare, single-vineyard grappa made of Barolo from Domenico Clerico’s flagship Ciabot Mentin Ginestra cru. The grappa has a delicious, earthy character, and a pleasant, weighty, viscosity that gives interest without showing the fire-y burn often associated with the spirit. John Rankin

  • Out of Stock
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

Pellehaut 1983 Armagnac Ténarèze Ugni Blanc

This Armagnac was bottled in 2013, so it spent 30 years in oak barrels! The 1983 is much more viscous than the 1989, with rounder sweet-oak flavors and less peppery notes. The oxidation has lent some plum and soft fruit flavors. After all of these years the alcohol has dipped down to 47.8 degrees, concentrating all of the lovely flavors. A must-try for anyone with an interest in this category, and something that will surely be hard to find as fine, vintage Armagnac becomes rarer and more expensive.  John Rankin

  • Out of Stock
  • brandy
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

Chateau de Leberon 1986 Armagnac 750ml

Château de Leberon covers 12 hectares in Ténareze, with vines planted in chalky soils over a limestone base. I find that this terroir really shines through in well-made Armagnacs from this region as they tend to have a brighter acidity and minerality not found in neighboring Bas-Armagnac where the spirits tend to be more powerful. This estate uses trees found on the property to make their barrels and that there are no additives (including water to dilute the spirit) added at any time. The grapes used for distillation are Ugni Blanc and Colombard and after distillation the spirit spends a full 29 years in barrel before bottling, and each cask is bottled separately. There is incredibly bright fruit redolent of grapefruit, lemon peel, and stewed apple with deeper aromas of oiled leather, pipe tobacco, baking spice, and rancio. The palate is robust and rich, but carries a graceful salinity and lifted acidity. It’s truly one of the most elegant Armagnacs I’ve come across. Tim Gagnon

  • Out of Stock
  • brandy
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $255.99

Dudognon 40 Year-Old Cognac 'Héritage'

Dudognon makes Cognac completely differently than large Cognac houses. The grapes all come from the estate vineyards around the house in Grande Champagne. There are no additions made to the spirit, such as the caramel coloring commonly used by the large producers. The distillation is controlled by human hand, and not a computer. The resulting spirits are light and full of finesse, but also quite complex and long. JR

  • Out of Stock
  • brandy
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $219.99

  • Out of Stock
  • brandy
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $319.99

Cappelletti Elisir Novasalus Vino Amaro 16% 750ml

Disclaimer: This is an Amaro for adventurous drinkers! Beginning with a rich red wine base, the production process involves a 6-month infusion with local flowers, herbs, and roots and the only sweetener used is a local tree sap. This yields an intensely bitter and dark spirit with a piney, earthy finish. I find it to be incredibly compelling and energizing, especially after a gluttonous meal, but it isn’t for the faint of heart! Tim Gagnon

  • Out of Stock
  • bitter
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

Nastro D'Oro Monte San Costanzo Amaro Liqueur

From Monte San Constanzo rising at the end of the Sorrento Penninsula, comes this lively amaro. It starts a touch minty on the nose evolving into macchia, or the wild herbs and vegetation indigenous to the area. On the palate this coolness carries through with other herbal flavors on a moderately sweet, smooth, and pleasingly bitter finish. This is will be a fabulous closer to a multi-course dinner or holiday feast. -John McIlwain

  • Out of Stock
  • herb digestive
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

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  • herb digestive
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

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  • vermouth
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Bosca, Giovanni Cardamaro

Made in the Piedmont region of Italy, the base for Cardamaro is wine as opposed to neutral grain spirit. It is then flavored with cardoon, a relative of the artichoke, and blessed thistle among other herbs and spices. In the glass it is light brown and shares a slightly oxidative note similar to Madeira. Mountain herbs, citrus, brown sugar, and cinnamon come to mind on the nose, and the palate is lighter, pleasantly sweet with hints of toasted hazelnut and citrus. Favored by bartenders for its softer, more aromatic style, it is excellent in a wide array of cocktails and fantastic on its own. It’s also an excellent value! Tim Gagnon

  • Out of Stock
  • herb liqueur
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

Dolin Genépy des Alpes 45% 750 ml

Love Chartreuse, but hate to pay for it? Not to sound like an infomercial, but Dolin’s Genépy is full of Alpine, herbal deliciousness, and costs a fraction of what Chartreuse does. Dolin states that the recipe for this elixir dates back to 1821, and prominently features artemesia—a genus of plants that includes Absinthe’s Wormwood. I find that the spicy, floral tones, and soft sweetness make this the perfect summer apéritif. Intrepid home-bartenders will love to experiment (it’s phenomenal with gin), but I love it on the rocks with a touch of soda water. JR

  • Out of Stock
  • herb digestive
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99