Those on the hunt for a last-minute gift may find their way to the bottle. A drink can help spur creativity, after all. And, of course, good drinks make for good presents. Whether one is in search of inspiration or just on the hunt for a locally produced gift with an interesting story, the wineries of Santa Clara Valley have something for every wine enthusiast.

Winemaker Geoff Mace of Calerrain has a soft spot for the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. He sources his rich, flavorful 2018 SLH Pinot Noir from the young Pavo Real Vineyard in that region. Fans of bigger pinots will appreciate its depth and tannins, offering plush red raspberry, spicy clove and mushroom in this new release. Grab some 2017 SLH Chardonnay while you’re at it.

Verde Vineyards has a fine selection of beautiful Bordeaux, all estate grown. Warm and soft on the palate, the 2017 Estate Malbec, 2017 Estate Merlot and 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon all work in harmony with a variety of winter dishes. They are open Fridays for private group tastings and tours for 10 or more. At $35 per person—plus $15 to add a box lunch—gifting a visit to Verde is an affordable and enjoyable experience.

Keeping in mind the spirit of the holiday season, Aver Family Vineyards released a pair of wines aimed at celebrating the better angels of our nature. The 2016 Hope Rhone blend is filled with cherry and baking spice, creating warmth and ending with a splash of coffee. While the 2016 Blessings is sold out, the 2016 Family Album Petite Sirah is dense, potent and assertive with notes of dark blackberry jam and chocolate lava cake.

This coming weekend, those searching for the perfect sauvignon can make a weekend adventure out of the quest. On Friday, Dec. 20, Guglielmo Winery hosts the next installment of their “Movie in the Vineyard” series. They’ll be screening White Christmas. The free event begins at 6pm; guests may bring their own food or buy eats on site.

Then, on Saturday, Dec. 21, P&V Vineyards hosts an ugly sweater party. The weekend wraps up at Alara Cellars with their weekly Sparkling Sundays event. Guests get a complimentary sparkling wine with a tasting.