Holiday Wine Bargains – by Sara d’Amato
As the holidays quickly approach, so are our finances swiftly drained. Once the gifts are purchased, the meals planned, and the cards sent out, the cost of wine is something that we often forget to anticipate. But fear not, these unbelievable wine bargains at under $15 are sure to brighten your spirits. Yes, you can still ‘wow’ your friends and family with these gems which are a must have at your dinner table or stashed away for those surprise drop-ins that seem to inevitable during this festive time.
Reginato Cjr Blanc De Blancs 2008, Mendoza, Argentina, 238584, $13.50
Having a stash of sparkling wine on hand is a way to always feel prepared over the holidays. From unexpected early arrivals to that bird that just will not cook through, sparkling wine has your back. No one minds a wait when there is good company and plenty of bubbly to spare. Sparkling wine from Argentina is an unusual find here in Ontario and is sure to spark some conversation. This version delivers great complexity and wide appeal for an undeniably affordable price.
Château La Grave D’arzac Blanc 2009, Ac Graves, Bordeaux, France, 206714, $14.95
The Southern Bordelaise region of Graves is well-known for producing exquisitely delicate, complex and mineral driven wines. White Bordeaux, made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes is substantial enough to pair well with most holiday fare and shines most notably when paired with most young cheeses. This is such a sophisticated wine that no one will believe it was a bargain.
Château St. Roch Vieilles Vignes Côtes De Roussillon Villages 2009, Ac Languedoc Roussillon (Midi), France, 195107, $9.95
A bright, rich and juicy find for less than ten dollars that is sure to be hit with even the toughest critics this season. The region of Roussillon in Provence is known for its remarkable, red, iron-rich soils that produce vibrant, expressive and crowd-pleasing reds, often stylistically modern.
Delheim Shiraz 2007, Wo Simonsberg Stellenbosch, South Africa, 959080, $12.95
If you are looking for a spicy, rich, zesty red to curl up with by the fireside at a price that cannot be beat, then you have met your match. This South African red from Delheim is a perfect wine to relax with after a long day of hard work.
Happy Holidays! For a list of these festive deals at your local LCBO, click here.