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2017 BC Holiday Wine Guide: What to bring

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DJ Kearney Nov 28, 2017 8:30 am 667

This piece was written for Daily Hive by DJ Kearney, Director of Wine at newdistrict.ca and our resident wine expert. 


The giving season is here – the time for a whirlwind of parties, dinners, office gift exchanges, and overall (delicious) indulgence!

You’ll probably have many occasions to bestow a bottle of vino, and receive the added dividend of making yourself look like a savvy genius, with superb taste, sophistication, and high wine IQ.

Whether you are tasked with bringing a bottle to dinner, or you want to show off your wine pairing chops, or choose a fitting bottle to give, you might find some of these tips handy.

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What to bring

Look for value wines that over-deliver. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Match the wine to the type of occasion

Many of us are bound to be thinking – what wine should I bring to dinner?

Try to do a bit of sleuthing first, like finding out what’s for dinner, or what might be an appreciated liquid addition to the feast. Is it a fancy-pants sit-down dinner, a serve-yourself potluck, or a kitchen party for a crowd? Ask a few questions and then make your expenditure line up.

The value wines that over-deliver: it’s great to have a few tricks up your sleeve that drink like a Ferrari, but cost like a Ford.

This crisply dry Mannara Pinot Grigio from Sicily has universal appeal, with snappy citrus fruit, easy balance, and it works works well with so many foods. Just as awesome is a completely satisfying spicy red, made by Spain’s hottest winemaker.

Al-Muvedre Tinto is Monastrell grown in the sultry heat of Valencia, it’s delicious with a winter braise, or you can just pour it casually at a holiday potluck. You can also just as casually drop the winemaker’s nickname, T-Rod!

If you’ve got to go fancy, go blue chip

When you know you have to open the wallet a little wider for a fancier dinner invitation, go for blue chip grapes and regions that will immediately impress.

For white wine, that’s almost always Chardonnay, and is a well-known beauty from the south Okanagan is madeby Canadian wine royalty, the Triggs family.

Dilemma by Culmina Winery is a super-handsome dinner wine, from the elegant label, the succulent, peachy flavours, and light kiss of oak.

Head to the Napa Valley for a supple, suave Merlot with some snob appeal. With potent plummy fruit, polished tannins and a roomful of trophies, Whitehall Lane’s Merlot will handle any dinner centrepiece with ease.

Check out what wines to serve and gift for the holiday season.

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DJ Kearney
DJ Kearney is the Director of Wine at newdistrict.ca, an innovative online marketplace for wine. With the singular goal of simplifying the enjoyment of wine for British Columbians, she oversees wine selections and purchasing, and curates mixed packs of wine and knowledge. In almost two decades in the wine business, DJ has trained thousands of sommeliers throughout North America, judged and presented around the world, and tasted thousands of wines in pursuit of quality and value. She's also a classically trained chef, an ardent locavore, avid online shopper, and sports fanatic.

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