With the holidays just around the corner, it’s the ideal time to stock up on wines that can suit a variety of festive gatherings — whether planned, or impromptu. Here’s a selection of heritage bottles, and some newcomers that won’t let you down.
A Never-Fail Host Gift: Tierra Rica Cabernet Sauvignon Organic Wine, 2021, $16
Made using sustainable and organic practices, this Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon offers up flavours of plum, black cherry, blackberry and smoky oak. It’s a full-bodied wine and the perfect accompaniment to a serving of steak, prime rib or savoury mushroom tart.
When You Need to Impress: Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County, 2019, $29.95
California’s high amount of rain and sun were prime conditions for this exceptionally-crafted vintage. Rich dark cherry, black currents and plum notes give way to black pepper, cassis and a spicy oak finish. The ideal complement to steak, lamb or grilled winter vegetables.
To Mark a Special Occasion: W. & J. Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2017, $21.95
From Portugal’s Douro Valley comes an opulent and balanced wine with notes of honeysuckle, mint and tropical fruit. Bring it out after dinner with a dark chocolate dessert or a plate of cheddar and Manchego cheeses.
For A Night in with Friends: Our Story Charming White, 2021, $15.95
Featuring a bright blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and more, this Ontario wine from the Niagara Peninsula is a fruity, easy-drinking vino with notes of citrus and apple. Pour a glass or two when celebrating with friends, or enjoy it with a meal of grilled fish or spicy green salad.
When You’re Throwing Your Own Dinner Party: Gabbiano Cavaliere d’Oro Chianti Classico, 2019, $22
A balanced, medium-bodied wine from the Tuscany region of Italy, this Chianti has notes of lush violet and red berries. Cherry flavours are accented with white pepper and nutmeg, making it the perfect glass for sipping and savouring. Pair it with a classic pasta with tomato sauce, roast pork, or a mushroom risotto.
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