The holidays are officially upon us which means it’s time to start shopping! If you’re in the market for some wine gifts this year, look no further! Whether your loved one is looking for a bottle or a cool wine-themed gift, I’ve got your back. Here are my ultimate wine gifts for the 2021 season.
Here are 6 holiday wine gifts
A glass of wine isn’t just a glass of wine, it tells a fascinating story about a region, about history, about science and about very interesting people. Each month you’ll receive 2/3 handpicked wines from SWG that will help teach you about the world of wine with each and every sip! Excited yet? These wines are not available in the LCBO and are limited quantities wines from family run estates around the world. Perfect for you, as a gift and a great way to start your own club with friends with Wines Curated by the One and Only Super Wine Girl!
Ever curious about how easy it can be to make wine? Well, let’s put it this way, if you don’t manage a vineyard or part-take in a yearly harvest, it can be pretty fun and easy! Wineology is a great gift for the wine drinker in your life who loves crafts and bragging rights. Available at many retailers across Canada Wineology is a great gift idea for the wine enthusiast in your life. Available with Pinot Grigio, Rosé and Merlot this kit is the perfect DIY project for the aspiring winemaker.
This is Canada’s one & only Natural Wine Advent Box. Founded by the natural wine lovers at Grape Witches and Grape Glass, they have pulled together their top-notch natural wines for you to enjoy over the holidays and discover a new favourite wine. Now available in two levels – Classic & Fancy, each kit comes with 12 unique bottles. The packs includ a variety of wines suited for any palate—from classic full-bodied reds to funky sparklings that are meant for you to pop with curiosity. Each box comes with a cut-out number from the top of the box so you can pop it open each day and reach in to pull out some of the Witches’ favourite wines (and one delicious wine-cider hybrid) of the year. There are also entertaining and informative notes on each bottle for you to learn more and have a true adventure. All wines included in this pack are organic, biodynamic, and natural – perfect for any nerdy wine lover. Not only can they not be found in the LCBO, but THREE are custom cuvées made just for this box – making the experience extra special. The boxes can range in cost from $500-$750 and include 11 wines, one wine-cider, a sweet treat from Robinson Bread, and a $5 donation to FoodShare, advocating for Good Food for all in our community – a great initiative that gives back!
Everyone needs more Italian wine in their wine rack and a bottle of Valpolicella Ripasso and Amarone are the ideal gift for yourself, your friends and even clients. These wines also elevate an at-home date night! I recently wrote an article for WanderEater Magazine and collaborated with a chef to learn how to make smoked beef tartar and pair it with Valpolicella Ripasso and Amarone – so grab these wines and try it for yourself
Growing up on the local grape juice makes me a hard core lover of many wines from Ontario, but Trius is one that is both special and dear to my heart. Not only do I love the winery experience, the dining, the boutique shop and the wines, but I also have known the current winemaker there for a very long time now and he is exceptional at his job of making award winning wines. The Trius lineup of wines have already been on my top list ever since I can remember so support your local VQA winery with this great gift pack and support your neighbours and the local economy. One of the ultimate wine gifts!
Looking for something unique for the whisky and hockey lover in your life? The Red Cask whisky gift pack is a great solution. The Whisky has spent some time in a red wine barrel giving the whiskey a unique flavour profile. This limited gifted set from ‘The Great One’ presents a winning combination, including a 375 mL Red Cask Whisky, a collectible branded glass and a limited-edition hockey puck cooling rock. Score points with this unique pack!
Bonus: Food Pairing Gift Idea
Galerie au Chocolat A privately-owned chocolate maker located in Montreal, Canada has been making fair trade chocolate since 1985. Produced with only the best, ethically-sourced ingredients from around the world they are committed to a sustainable corporate ecosystem. Using ingredients such as sea salt sourced from the shores of Italy, Maple from Quebec, organic cane sugar and natural vanilla extract they create ultra-premium chocolate. Shop all kinds of great gifts on their website and in retailers across Canada to pair with your wine gifts.