Holidays in JP: Liquor and wine gift suggestions

With gift-giving holidays around the corner, Blanchards Wines & Spirits General Manager Mike Denson gave the Gazette his top three recommendations for grown-up gifts of the liquid variety.

His top pick was a Glenlivet $42 gift pack that includes a full-sized bottle of the 12-year aged Scotch whisky, as well as drams of the 15-year and 18-year varieties.

“You can’t beat this deal,” Denson said, noting that a serving of the 18-year Glenlivet can be a $20 order at restaurants.

For beer lovers, Denson suggested an Ommegang Brewery three-pack for $27. The pack includes three 750-ml bottles of Ommegang flagship brews “Three Philosophers” quadruple ale, “Rare Vos” amber ale and “Triple Perfection” Belgian-style Tripel.

As for wine lovers, he suggested a two-pack of Connundrum wines that include white and red blends made in California for $32.99, “in a nice gift pack,” Denson said.

“They’re really good wines, and you save money buying them that way,” he said.

Blanchards is at 741 Centre St. in central JP. For more information contact the store at 617-522-9300 or

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