These affordable wines and spirits are perfect for gifting and entertaining.
Château la Tour de L’Évêque Rosé Côtes de Provence, Château la Tour de L’Évêque
Organically farmed and hand-harvested, this lively rosé is an upbeat blend – Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Semillon, Mouvèdre – that delights all year round. Its berry and citrus, and rosy glow will charm your giftee.
Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc VQA, Peninsula Ridge Winery
Tasting this classic cool-climate Ontario Sauvignon Blanc, with its telltale nose of grapefruit and grass, and peach and gooseberry notes, ensures it might become one of your own house wines. In the meantime, gift it to a beloved holiday host.
Cave Spring Riesling Dry VQA, Cave Spring Vineyard
This plush, dry, great-value Riesling features notes of citrus, pear and white blossoms and will remind your giftee of what Ontario’s top wineries have to offer. Crisp acidity and versatility make it ideal for holiday tables boasting turkey, fish and seafood.
Inniskillin Cellar Select Late Harvest Riesling VQA, Inniskillin Estate Winery
This signature Ontario varietal from one of the province’s oldest wineries makes a sweet – but not too sweet – host gift. Off-dry with delicate floral, pear and honey notes make it ideal for sipping solo or for pairing with a classic holiday turkey (or pork or veal) feast.
M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, L’Univers M. Chapoutier
It won’t be just your Francophile friends who will love this wine. Year after year, it wins kudos from critics. The blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan delivers such sophistication – a tasting experience full of fruit and spice, flowers and smoke. So much value and joie de vivre.
Bottega Gold Prosecco, Bottega SpA
Why not gift everyone at your holiday party, office or friend get-together with their very own bottle of iconic Italian bubbly? This stocking-stuff sized flacon does the trick. It delivers much-loved effervescent and fruity mousse but an irresistibly festive, gilded package too!
Vintage Ink 2020 Whisky Barrel Aged Red VQA, Vintage Ink Wines
What better gift for the inked wine fan than a deep dark red from this British Columbia based brand that celebrates the art and storytelling craft of tattoo. This tale is all about ripe plum and mocha with a subtext of leather, smoke and vanilla oak.
Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier Reserva 2020, Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery
This cheap-and-cheerful bottle is a great way to introduce a beloved friend or family member to the Viognier grape. So much fruit – grapefruit, peach, pineapple, pear and apple – with captivating orange blossom on the nose.
Tio Pepe Extra Dry Fino, Tio Pepe
This wine – the best-selling Fino on the planet – is for that special someone on your list who loves a tapas feast. And why not take your gifting gesture next-level by delivering a bottle of this bone-dry Fino in a basket along with olives, nuts and jamon serrano. Salud!
Cantina di Verona Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2019, Cantina di Verona
For Amarone fans on a budget, a Valpolicella Ripasso is a sure win. For this wine, two fermentations take place – one with fresh grapes and the second where the lighter Valpolicella juice does a “re-pass” on Amarone skins to add the latter’s rich flavour, texture and aroma.