You’re going to need it! I live in a fairly mild area of Canada. Besides Vancouver and that part of the West Coast of Canada, Halifax is one of the mildest areas of Canada winter wise. However, this week we have had not one but two storm days, as well as a couple of days of -30 degree temperatures. I even had to venture out in a storm to get more wine. So, I have some advice to give… stock up. Storms can come out of nowhere, and you don’t want to be stuck shorthanded in the wine department.
I think this is the best meme I’ve seen in a while, as it relates to wine. So this week I thought I would share with you what my winter stock pile looks like.
Always have a sparkling wine on hand, especially for the Christmas season. And if you don’t want to pay the price tag of a Champagne, there are lots of other options. I love an Italian Prosecco and I also love Cava, which is a Spanish sparkling wine and very affordable. This is the Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvee and its crisp and light and perfect for special occasions. Made from Pinot Noir, the wine is white because it doesn’t make contact with the skins. Won’t break the bank this holiday season as it sells for just $24.99.
I also always have a dessert wine on hand, and this one made right here in Nova Scotia is one of my favourites. The Borealis from Benjamin Bridge is rich and decadent and in my opinion is better than chocolate. Gorgeous flavours of apricots and honey that stay with you. It’s the perfect complement after a big meal when you need something sweet.
I guarantee you there is always a Zinfandel in my wine rack! This is becoming one of the favourites of my friends. Seven Deadly Zins is made up of Zinfandel grapes from 7 different grape growing vineyards in California and dances on the palate with those great Zinfandel flavours – hints of raspberry and a touch of vanilla.
There is also always a Cabernet Sauvignon in my wine rack and this one is my wine of the week….
As you can see the Etude Cabernet Sauvignon was a gift from some very dear friends and I loved it. RIch and tasty with hints of Winter spice itis a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of licorice and blackberry. If you were going to take a break from turkey this year and have a nice piece of beef, treat yourself to this wine.
Well that’s it for me for this week. Next Saturday is Christmas Eve and I probably won’t have a wine blog as I am heading off to Newfounfland tomorrow morning. I am however looking forward to my end of the year wine blog in which I will tell you my favourites of 2016 .
Stay warm folks and Merry Christmas, and here’s to a safe and happy holiday season.