Shari's Holiday Wine Picks

The LCBO's VP of Products, Sales and Merchandising share her favourite wines for holiday entertaining and gifting.

Featured Products

Cave Spring Blanc de Blanc Brut Sparkling Wine VQA

"My friends and family all know I love fizz. Bubbles have a way of keeping you happy and are not just for special occasions. This world class sparkling wine is from our very own Niagara Region. It is made entirely of Chardonnay grapes, so it is crisp and clean. You can serve it as an aperitif with a variety of nibbles at the beginning of your gathering, and is perfect with seafood."

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Chloe Chardonnay Sonoma County

"For me, a product with a beautiful label or packaging isn't going to get my full attention unless what's inside the bottle is equally beautiful. This gorgeous Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley has both. It's as elegant as the designer-style bottle. It's lovely with early-evening seafood appetizers."

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Vintages

Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

"For me, there's nothing like a rich, 'wow' Chardonnay when lobster with drawn butter is on the menu. This Vintages beauty from California is lemony-fresh yet buttery — ideal for rich, soft cheese too. I guarantee this Chardonnay will linger in the memory of your guests this season."

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Vintages

Château Pontet-Canet 2010

"This fantastic Bordeaux from Vintages is the ultimate gift for the serious wine lover on your list. I always wish I could see the look on friends' faces when they unwrap this classic French beauty. What's more, Château Pontet-Canet uses biodynamic practices, which makes me even more happy to share this blockbuster wine."

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Drouhin Côte De Beaune-Villages

"When I want a Pinot Noir that's versatile, reliable and delicious I can count on one of Burgundy's top producers, Joseph Drouhin. This season, if you're looking for a well-priced 'house wine' that will go with a variety of dishes — and please any guest — this is it!"

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