Hello wine lovers!

It has been a while since my last post as like many of you, there has been a lot going on and a lot of adjustment this year!

As we head into the holiday season I am filled with reflection and hope as well as gratitude…. While 2020 certainly has been a challenging year there is always something to be grateful for and that is what I am going to celebrate this holiday season…. And what better way than with wine!

While I know 2020 has presented its fair share of challenges – I have one more for you…… this season choose at least one wine to buy that is outside your comfort zone. If you dare to try something new you might be delighted (or disappointed) but at the very least you will learn one more thing about your own relationship with wine (and yes it is a relationship…. So keep it interesting!).

Don’t worry I am here to help! I am going to give you some of my top winter wine picks and maybe they can help guide you….. but don’t forget you can always send me a DM on the @VanCityWine Instagram account and I would be happy to help further – don’t be shy!!

When I think of wines for the winter I often think of something that is going to feel like a hug….. I know that might sound odd, but hear me out. I want it to be comforting, yet complex (after all there are many different kinds of hugs right!?). Don’t fall in the trap of thinking winter must mean red either – bubbles is the perfect example for that!

So – what do I like to drink in the winter…… well I am going to give that not-so-lovely (what I call typically MBA answer)….. it depends! Ha ha, well to be fair it really does, mostly for me it is either what are we (or am I) eating and just what do I feel like!

But if you are looking to try something new, here are a few of my recommendations:

LANGHE NEBBIOLO – GIOVANNI ROSSO (under $30 BCL), smooth and easy drinking yet good structure and tannin that will go nicely with your food. If you haven’t tried a Nebbiolo before – this is a good place to start, often called a “Baby Barolo”

PORT: If you haven’t tried or become a Port drinker, now is a great time. Start with a Ruby (least expensive and “fresher” style) and then move into the Vintage and Tawny ones. It is the perfect alternative to dessert or lovely glass to enjoy after the kiddos head to bed cozied up by the fire or under a blanket!

GRAHAM – LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT – on sale now for $22 at BCL so give it a try

GRUNER VELTLINER – DOMAINE WACHAU TERRACES – ($20 at BCL). This crisp, high-acid and fruity wine will go great with those richer winter dishes. Sadly there isn’t a lot of choice out there at the BC Liquor stores for this Austrian varietal, but this is a good one to get you started.

DAO TOURIGA NACIONAL – OPTA – ($25 at BCL). I wish there was more of this varietal readily available, if you haven’t tried this Portuguese power-house you need to….. plus it will go perfect with that Charcuterie!

BUBBLES! Ok I am not even going to provide a suggestion here except if you want something more complex like a Champagne but can’t do the price tag, pick up a Cremant or Cava, if you prefer a more simpler and crisp bubbly pick up a Prosecco – and don’t forget that Bubbles aren’t just for celebrating and are also great with food!