Holiday Gifting: Wines for the strategic saver & the spirited splurger

Finally, it’s here – ‘tis the season for laughter, food and even better, wine. With winter on the way, Canadians are thinking about holiday gifting, making their lists and checking them twice. For the oenophile on your list, check out this line up of wines sure to please even the most particular of wine enthusiasts. Whether your readers are searching for impressive value, or prefer a premium glass, below are six wines that work for all budgets!

1. 2018 Canyon Road Cabernet Sauvignon, California – $9.95

Hailing from the coastal, sun-drenched region of California, Canyon Road is known for producing exquisite, affordable wines designed with food in mind. Canyon Road’s crowd-pleasing Cabernet Sauvignon is a worthy gift for the host/hostess extraordinaire on your list because of its versatility. It delivers notes of dark fruit and spice sure to make any guest ask for that second glass!

Food Pairing: Beef, lamb or venison

2. Barefoot Chardonnay, California – $10.95

A great bottle of Chardonnay is a wonderful gift to add to the wine rack or the dinner table. Barefoot Chardonnay is full-bodied and ultra-ripe, with aromas of yellow apples, ripe pear and toasted nuts. Trust us – it’s a holiday party must-have!

Food Pairing: Simple seafood, light chicken dishes or salads

3. 2017 Santa Rita 120 Reserva Especial Merlot, Chile – $12.35

For the wine aficionado on your list, Santa Rita 120 Reserva Especial Merlot is as elegant as it is steeped in history. The 120 Reserva Especial Merlot is a red-violet coloured wine, with intense fruity aromas and notes of red fruit and flower, vanilla and tobacco. This Merlot is a thoughtful, quality present for those hard to impress neighbours and co-workers!

Food Pairing: Salmon and red meat

4. La Marca Prosecco, Italy – $17.95

Add a touch of sparkle to a wine lover’s holiday with a bottle of La Marca Prosecco. This zesty Italian sparkling wine is bright, clean, and easy to drink. It’s the perfect gift for the bubbly host/hostess on your list. Terrific as an aperitif, yet versatile enough to serve with appetizers, the pop of La Marca’s bottle marks the start of an unforgettable evening.

Food Pairing: Roasted nuts, cheese, poultry and seafood

5. 2016 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand – $20.20


A stunning expression of Sauvignon Blanc, this star-bright white shines with the joyful spirit of the season. Its vivid acidity and citrus notes excite the palate. No wine rack is complete without a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – Whitehaven’s can’t be beaten.

Food Pairing: Salads, seafood, and vegetables

6. 2013 Ghost Pines Chardonnay, Winemaker’s Blend, California – $20.95

Ghost Pines is for that friend who lives by the mantra, “Chardonnay All Day!” This traditionally styled Californian Chardonnay is an expressive, enticing wine offering flavours of baked apple, pear and lemon cream, accented by an elegant finish of sweet vanilla.

Food Pairing: Roasted or grilled chicken

Happy holidays everyone! What’s your favourite or go to wine?


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