For the winelover(s) on your holiday list, be they family, friends, the dog walker, babysitter or your hairdresser - nothing will please as much as a bottle of finely crafted Canadian wine (and suggestions of what to serve it with!). In our holiday wine gift guide, Meaghan Carey suggests great wines for all of them. And don't forget to pick a bottle up for yourself!
From coast to coast, passionate, talented Canadians are crafting fine quality wines. To kick off celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, treat the special people in your life with a bottle of Canadian wine this holiday season. Any one of these bottles is sure to delight!
Wine For Your Mom
Named in honour of the matriarch of the Pelham family, Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Brut is an Ontario sparkling wine perfect for toasting the wonderful women in your life. Hand picked Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes make this wine an elegant expression of the Niagara region, crafted in the traditional style. Apple aromas are pleasantly balanced against bright lemon acidity and a soft mineral finish with finessed bubbles. Refreshing and feisty, the perfect celebratory sip!
Serve with mussels, soft mild cheeses or potato chips.
Wine For Your Dad
Show Dad your mature side by gifting a serious wine with aging potential like Okanagan Valley Culmina Family Estate Winery Hypothesis 2012. Elegant and complex, this wine is a bold, terroir-driven blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. After decanting for one to two hours the wine will reveal its spice and dark red fruit aromas, which develop on the palate into dark chocolate, coffee and tobacco.
Serve with braised beef short ribs, wild mushroom, or firm aged cheeses.
Wine For Your Babysitter (Dogsitter)
Treat those who care for your little ones with a delightful Ontario Prince Edward County Chardonnay. Rosehall Run Liberated Chardonnay is crisp and clean, with no oak, just vibrant fruit flavours. Fresh, creamy and very easy drinking, this wine is the perfect gift for those who have well earned their holiday vacation!
Serve with sushi, watercress salad or simply with lively conversation.
Wine For Your Best Friend
The relationship you have with your best friend is unique. “Cheers” that special relationship with a small-lot, single vineyard wine like Little Farm Winery Riesling. The aptly named Little Farm is a small family operated winery located in the Similkameen Valley of British Columbia. Like your conversation when you’re together with your best friend, this wine is riveting, zesty and a little racy! Lots of bright acidity with lime and green apple flavours.
Serve with shrimp ceviche, sushi or roasted pork.
Wine For Your New Love
Charm a new love with Ontario’s Hidden Bench Estate Pinot Noir. A wine described by the vintner as hedonistic is just right for a new relationship. A ripe and deeply fruity imagining of Pinot Noir is organically farmed in the Beamsville Bench area of the Niagara region. The Estate Pinot Noir has a luscious aroma full of red fruits, rhubarb and plums. The palate is layered with rich dark fruit and minerality, with a spicy wild berry finish that is oh so pleasing.
Serve with grilled prawns and candlelight.
Wine For Your One Love
Toast your true love with Benjamin Bridge Methode Classique Brut. This Nova Scotia sparkling wine, like your love, is memorable, inspiring and may take your breath away … in a good way! It’s a testament to what dedication, appreciation and love can achieve. Very delicate bubbles, with toasty and nutty aromas, with grapefruit and orange flavours on the palate. The balance of richness with tart flavours is typical of Benjamin Bridge’s cool climate terroir-driven wines. One of Canada’s finest sparkling wines, only the best for your one love.
Serve with spicy foods, oysters or chocolate.
To spread the holiday cheer, consider the lovely personalized touch of including a handwritten recipe that pairs with your gifted Canadian wine.
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Cheers to Your Gift List: The Canadian Wine Gift Guide was written by Meaghan Carey. Meaghan shares her musings on life as she attempts to cook good food for family and friends from her small kitchen, on her blog Un Assaggio of Food, Wine, and Marriage. Raised in Cape Breton, Meaghan returns home as much as possible and loves to welcome friends to this picturesque corner of Canada each summer. Connect with Meaghan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.