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Celebration-Worthy Bottles

Drinks for All Budgets and Occasions

It’s time to party! Or, perhaps more appropriately at this time of year, should we say, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” Whether you’re just gearing up for two months of seasonal festivities, or have been hard at it since Thanksgiving, the fact remains the same: from now until 2013, your schedule is likely jam-packed with hobnobbing, elbow rubbing and air kissing.  Not to mention eating and drinking.

Of course, as we celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, it seems the only thing that’s getting a workout is your wallet. No matter if you’re the host with the most, throwing an all-out bash for 100, or providing an intimate dinner for 10, we have a list of celebration-worthy bottles that are both splurges and savers.  Now all you have to do, is decide which one fits the occasion.

 

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Château De Beaucastel, Coudoulet de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2009, Rhône France
$29.95 Vintages

The vineyards for the grapes that go into this wine are outside the Châteauneuf boundaries, so this wine is half the price, for nearly the same quality of a true Châteauneuf, which is fine by us.  A beautiful wine that’s rich and ripe with flavours of red raspberry, pepper spice, savoury herb and dark earth.  Try it with roast duck breast, braised rabbit or game birds.

 

Château De Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône France, 2009
$89.95 Vintages

A grand-daddy of top-quality Châteauneufs, this has all the makings of a perfect holiday wine.  Full-bodied with dark, dense plum & blackberry fruit, with wild herb & meaty notes and uplifting floral flavours, this is a great match for roast lamb rack with rosemary, or grilled beef tenderloin.
 

 

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Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, California, USA 2010
$59.95 Vintages

We first tried this incredible chard back at i4c last summer and were blown away by its finesse and elegance.  A cool climate wine from just north of the Russian River Valley, grapes are sourced from four vineyards to offer the wine an edgy acidity with lemon-lime, white flowers and orchard fruit notes.

 

Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay, California USA 2010
$102

Biodynamically produced from 20-year-old vines, this chard is focused and elegant and full-bodied with flavours of the seaside, lemon-lime and golden delicious apple.  Try with lobster and drawn butter, grilled prawns, or roast chicken.

 

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Osoyoos Larose Pétales d’Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, Canada 2009
$24.95 LCBO

The entry-level wine to Le Grand Vin, it’s sourced from the same vineyards, but wither less age-worthy grapes. No matter. The wine is intended to be fruity with red berries and spice and consumed fairly quickly.  Pair with hard cheese plates and charcuterie for afternoon get-togethers by the fire.

 

Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin, Okanagan Valley, Canada 2008
$44.95 Vintages

One of BC’s leading Bordeaux-blends, Osoyoos Larose was born from a partnership between Vincor Canada and Groupe Taillan out of France.  Merlot-dominated, this wine offers red raspberry, mocha, coffee, black pepper spice and savoury herbs. Always a fan favourite. Try with filet mignon or grilled lamb chops.

 

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Ornellaia Le Volte, Tuscany, Italy 2009
$29.95 Vintages Online

The baby brother of the iconic Super Tuscan Ornellaia, this is a Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, offering flavours of red raspberry, cured meat and herbacious notes.

 

Ornellaia, Tuscany, Italy 2008
$184 Vintages

This is one of Italy’s top iconic Super Tuscans.  A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, if there was ever a celebratory wine, this is it.  Full-bodied and powerful with flavours of blackberry, earth, black olive and humidor.  Serve with big meaty dishes of venison or game, or even papparadelle with wild boar ragu.

 

 

Courtney & Erin Henderson are The Wine Sisters, specializing in custome wine events and tours. Visit them online at thewinesisters.com