James Product Consultant, Ottawa

Your Personal Gift Guide

We asked our Product Consultants to reflect on some of the wines from this year's holiday collection that they know and love – and that they know you’ll love too. Are you looking for a fine wine to help make an occasion memorable? Joe, a Product Consultant from Toronto, shares six of his favourites for holiday entertaining.

 

 

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Tawse Growers Blend Pinot Noir 2015

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"This is a consistently great holiday wine from one of Canada's top producers, comparable to Burgundy Pinot Noir in the same price range. It’s fresh and crisp with tart cherry flavours, a perfect example of classic Pinot! Pair it with mid-weight foods like salmon, pork or vegetarian dishes, or sip it at a cocktail party."

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Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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"A perennial favourite that makes a great host gift. With a profile typical for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – fresh, crisp and clean with lively citrus flavours – this is always a crowd pleaser. It works great as an aperitif wine or with lighter foods. If you’re looking for a go-to white for cocktail parties this holiday season, this should be it!"

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Umberto Cesari Liano Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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"This blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon is an interesting style from a lesser-known Italian region, and it always flies off the shelves. It’s great value, excellent quality with a softer, sweeter, smoother profile than Sangiovese-based wines from Tuscany. If someone asked me for an idea for a unique gift, this is what I’d suggest."

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Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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"Another crowd-pleaser! If you’re going to a holiday dinner party and don't know your host’s taste in wines, then bring this. It’s a prototypical California wine that’s ripe, fleshy and rich with lots of black fruit upfront – a solid choice for grilled or roast meats, but it’s also very satisfying on its own. Impressive but won’t break the bank!"

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Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2015

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"A special wine from an iconic Tuscan producer. You’ll look like you did your homework finding this – it could introduce people on your list to a whole new category of wine (Super Tuscans). It’s elegant and versatile in that it matches a range of foods, from lighter meats like pork and veal to heavier roasts and meaty lasagna. Great value and a great gift."

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Famille Perrin Les Sinards Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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"This comes from one of the world’s most prestigious wine regions and a producer known for consistent quality. It’s full bodied and robust and delivers outstanding value. I think it’s ideal for holiday dinners, and it’s a great gift choice for the collector who has the time (and inclination!) to cellar the wine so it can develop further."

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