While you might not think about booze being a major cost around this time of year, it’s likely that when you check out your post-holiday bank statement, you’re going to see a fair bit of cash was spent on libations for the holidays.
It’s something that’s hard to avoid, as it’s the prime season to eat, drink, and be merry – so when you go to check this errand off your shopping list, let’s make some moves that will save your funds for gifts, markets, and festive shenanigans in general.
Here are 10 cheap and cheerful booze bottles to pick up for holiday parties, as recommended by the BC Liquor Store.
Johnny Q Cabernet Sauvignon – $14.99
A versatile and great value companion fit for any occasion. This Cabernet exudes aromas of cassis and mint, within a solid framework of blackcurrant and savoury characteristics and a kiss of oak. A finish which is long and smooth, you’ll want to enjoy with friends.
Chianti: Fontella – $14.99 (Retailing for $12.99 in December)
In the glass, a medium ruby colour, with aromas of red cherry, tomato leaf, leather, and spice. The palate is extra dry, with a solid structure of tannin and acidity. Expect flavours of tart cherry, with earthy and vegetal notes.
Malbec: Poncho Criollo Mendoza 1L – $12.99 (Retailing for $11.99 in December)
Named for the traditional garb of the Argentine cowboy (Gaucho), this wine is true to the country’s wine culture as the taste is rich in Malbec flavours.
Pinot Noir: Alta Maria Santa Barbara 2014 – $21.99 (Retailing for $14.99 in December)
Ripe and opulent style of Pinot Noir that Joe Wagner made famous with Meomi, this new wine from Santa Barbara County shows a deep ruby colour with an intense nose of ripe raspberry, blackberry, and cola with some smoke and cedar notes too.
Sauvignon Blanc: Lurton Les Fumees Blanches – $14.99 (Retailing for $12.99 in December)
This wine has a pale straw colour with citrus, gooseberry, and grassy aromas along with a soft note of smoke. It’s medium bodied with a crisp citrus flavour with a medium length finish.
Gewürztraminer Sumac Ridge 2017 – $13.99 (Retailing for $12.99 in December)
The number one selling Gewűrztraminer variety in BC, and for good reason. This wine has flavours of citrus and spice and possesses a delightful mouthcoating texture.
Bodacious – Bubbles $11.99 (Retailing for $10.99 in December)
This sparkling is refreshing, crisp and fruit-forward beverage has aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and peach. This libation would pair beautifully with Spicy Asian or Indian dishes, light salads, or blue cheese.
Blarney’s Irish Cream Liqueur $19.99 (Retailing for $18.99 in December)
Blarney’s Irish Cream Liqueur is a blend of fresh cream and real Irish whisky. Thick and rich, this Irish cream has a full palate of pleasing notes including mocha, latte, nutmeg, and toffee.
Highland Park – Magnus – Single Malt Scotch $44.99 (Retailing for $41.99 in December)
Magnus is a whisky crafted the old way by a new generation of Vikings. It’s a single malt variety matured in Sherry seasoned American oak casks that delivers notes of sweet vanilla, overlaid with distinctive aromatic smokiness.
Smirnoff Peppermint Twist – $23.49
This vodka has a deliciously cool and sweet candied peppermint aroma. It’s perfect as a chilled shot or creatively mixed in your favourite holiday cocktail – with a candy cane garnish, of course.