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Your Hand-Picked Holiday Gift Guide

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Four Markham red wine bottles in front of a stone wall, with two glasses of red wine. The Holiday collection.

We asked our team for their go-to gift ideas. Their thoughtful selections are sure to make your loved ones' holidays feel merry and bright!

For The Merlot Lover

Like the perfect party guest, Markham Merlot mingles effortlessly with just about any dish you’ll find at a holiday feast. As leaders in the production of this famed Bordeaux varietal through certified sustainable farming and a dedication to excellence in Merlot in the Napa Valley, the Make it Merlot gift set will be more than just well-received. This dazzling gift brings together a trio of Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholl’s signature varietal, hand-selected from our Marked Parcels, District Series, and Napa Valley collections. Three tiers of deliciousness … three times the fun!

For The Host or Hostess

Headed out to a friend or family member’s house for a holiday get-together? “This is my go-to host or hostess gift,” shares Markham’s Events Manager, Dena Chiappulini. “Our beyond charming Light Up the Holidays gift set includes a delicious bottle of 2019 District Series Oak Knoll Chardonnay nestled in an elegant red gift box alongside an artisan wine-bottle candle. Whether you’re visiting (or missing) long-distance friends or you need to say thank you to teachers and coaches, this is sure to bring a smile to their faces.” Pssst, order an extra as a little gift to yourself to help relieve the stress of the holidays!

For The Cab Lover

So your in-laws are Cab lovers? No matter who you’re looking to impress, our Cabernet Aficionados – District Series Duo gift set is sure to do the trick! Patricia Sciacca, our Enologist, finds this an excellent choice for even the hardest to please, “Our District Series wines are the perfect choice for any Cabernet connoisseur on your holiday list. They allow the recipient to see how different growing regions in Napa Valley produce unique characteristics in the glass.”

This Holiday Gift Set includes two unique Cabernet Sauvignon – one grown in Yountville and the other from Calistoga, in a lovely scarlet 2-bottle gift box.

For The Hero in Your Community

Looking for a thoughtful gift for someone who goes above and beyond? Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls recommends A Gift with Purpose, featuring The Altruist—a Bordeaux Red Blend crafted in honor of all those who serve in our communities and strive to make a significant impact in the lives of others – from first responders and teachers to next-door neighbors. 

This collection includes a bottle of The Altruist in a beautiful gift box, along with locally-produced “Markham Blend” coffee by Calistoga Roastery and a limited-edition mug. 

For The Rare Gem on Your List

Three vineyards. Three varietals. One exceptional gift. “You can’t go wrong with this special set,” insists Events Manager, Dena Chiappulini, “It’s sure to please even the most discerning collector and is the ideal gift to show your love and appreciation this season.” You’ll make a statement with our Marked Parcels Collector Series, each crafted from a single estate vineyard block and selected by our winemaker as the “best of the vintage.” 

For Special Clients or Friends

For an especially memorable gift, The Character represents the best of our estate vineyards and an unwavering passion for Merlot.

“10 barrels. Over 40 years in the making and an exceptional gift for clients or friends on your holiday shopping list,” says Wine Club Concierge Nigel Cartwright. This Bordeaux-inspired Red Blend is crafted in the “Right Bank” style, where Merlot takes center stage on a beautifully balanced profile, allowing all five Bordeaux varietals to harmonize in the best wine from our cellar every vintage. For a gift of distinction, choose The Mark of Character, a single bottle of The Character packaged in a handsome wooden gift and display box.

“Also, a gifted membership to our Markham Merit Society Wine Club is the perfect way to surprise someone who can’t escape to a wine country getaway,” adds Nigel.

Throughout the year, Wine Club Members receive a collection of hand-picked wines shipped directly to their home, club-exclusive discounts on bottles, and fun virtual experiences streamed from our winery. They’ll get to enjoy Markham from afar.

We hope you are inspired and feel ready to take on your holiday shopping list! And don’t forget to visit us in our St. Helena Tasting Room for a unique experience as we host wine tastings amongst barrels in our Historic Stone Cellar. Learn more about our winery experiences offered this winter: Friday, 12 pm – 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm.

Also, if you’re looking for a unique team-building activity this holiday season, visiting the Markham Winery for Corporate Tasting or hosting custom Virtual Tastings are fabulous ways to entertain your guests in-person and virtually. 

Don’t forget to share all of your Markham moments and gift reactions with us all season long using #DrinkMarkham and tagging @markham_vineyards on Instagram and @MarkhamVineyards on Facebook.