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Get into the festive spirit of your favorite celebrities this season

From Kate Hudson’s new vodka to Matthew McConaughey whiskey, celebrities with their own alcohol brands make ideal Christmas gifts. You can also find other pillars of culture at the high-brow auction house Sotheby’s.

Kate Hudson: Her King St Vodka is gluten-free, non-GMO and distilled in Santa Barbara, California. It’s inspired by memories of her former home on King Street in New York City. Available at select retailers and at kingstvodka.com. US$24.99

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul: They debuted their artisanal Dos Hombres mezcal in twin Instagram posts last July, and fans thought they were getting the “Breaking Bad” band back together. It’s made in a remote part of Oaxaca in Mexico. At select retailers and at reservebar.com. US$65

SothEeby’s: Sotheby’s wine, a branch of the famed auction house, has curated a collection of 12 bottles. Part of the mission was to provide good wine at reasonable prices, which range from US$16.95 to US$39.95. Available at the Sotheby’s Wine retail store in Manhattan and online at sothebyswine.com.

Jay-Z: He’s a partner with Bacardi Limited in D’Usse cognac. D’Usse XO has notes of ripe blackberry and apricot and D’Usse VSOP, includes hints of spices, almond and cinnamon. They’re made at the Chateau de Cognac in France. Widely available. D’Usse XO goes for US$199 to US$229, and the VSOP for US$49.99 to US$54.99.

Francis Ford Coppola: Call him the, uh, godfather of celebrity wine. The director bought his first California vineyard in 1995 and a second, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, in 2009. Bottles from the latter include Diamond Collection Oregon Pinot Noir (US$21), with flavors of boysenberry, cherry and mocha, and Director’s Cut Cinema (US$44), a blend of cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, sirah and petite sirah.

Matthew McConaughey: He partnered with whiskey giant Wild Turkey on Longbranch, made in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. It’s refined with Texas mesquite and oak charcoals, honoring his roots in Kentucky and Texas. The flavor offers notes of caramel, pear and citrus. Widely available. US$39.99

Florida Georgia Line: The country music duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley put out Old Camp. It’s a smooth peach pecan whiskey with hints of caramel and a light spice, aged a minimum of two years in white American oak barrels. Widely available. US$19.99

Conor McGregor: The MMA champion launched Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey last year. It expresses his love of all things Ireland. The whiskey has hints of vanilla and a honey-like sweetness. US$24.99. A portion of proceeds goes to first responder organizations. Shop around.

Star Trek: There are wines from the Star Trek Universe. A two-bottle pack goes for US$110 at startrekwines.com. There’s also the James T Kirk Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Silver Screen at silverscreenbottling.com. US$60

Sarah Jessica Parker: She recently ventured into wines with Invivo & Co for her namesake Invivo X SJP. That includes a new sauvignon blanc. Parker took part in every step of the winemaking process, even hand painting the blue “X” on the label. In select shops and online at wine.com. US$18 to US$20

Snoop Dogg: He’s a shareholder in Cuca Fresca Cachaca, including Prata, direct from Brazil. Cachaca is produced from sugar cane like rum but with a different distillation process. Brazil stole Snoop’s heart in 2003, when he filmed his “Beautiful” video there. In select shops and online at totalwine.com. US$19.99

Dan Aykroyd: Dan Aykroyd and artist John Alexander created Crystal Head Vodka in 2008. It’s produced in Newfoundland, Canada, and comes in skull-like bottle intended as a symbol of life, power and enlightenment. US$49.99. Shop around.

Nicole Miller: This half-French fashion designer launched a namesake rose this summer. It’s a dry and aromatic blend made at Chateau Auguste in Bordeaux. Available online at misterwrightfinewines.com. US$16.99




 

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