Baby it’s cold outside—and that’s perfect for Edna Valley pinot noir! Did you know that Edna Valley, located about 6 miles from the ocean, is actually the coolest growing region in all of California? This means pinot noir grapes achieve optimum maturity while retaining complex and intense flavors. Pour this wine—laced with bright Bing cherry and soft, supple tannins—on a frigid winter day, and revel in the beauty of the big chill.
• Baileyana’s 2014 Firepeak Pinot Noir—$30 a bottle; 5828 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo.
Didn’t get what you wanted this year? Join the club! Stuff your own stocking, so to speak, with this big, dark celebratory stout aged in varying spirit barrels for a whole year. With spicy, chocolatey flavor characteristics, a meaty mouthfeel but none of the cloying holiday excess (thanks to Libertine’s house-mixed wild culture), you are sure to get the stout you dreamed of. No thanks to you, Santa!
• Libertine Brewing Co.’s Stocking Stuffer—$20 a bottle; 1234 Broad St., SLO.
Hayley Thomas Cain is all about the stout and pinots this winter. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.