Holiday Gift Ideas From Hornblower
Making Spirits Bright This Holiday Season With Some Holiday Gift Giving Ideas
This holiday season, your colleagues, partner, or friends might be thinking of a white Christmas and if the white runs out, then I’m sure the red wine will do just fine! In the Niagara wine region, you’re sure to discover some of Canada’s best wineries and breweries, so it’s a no brainer as to what to give that special someone in your life this year. Here are some of our top wine and beer gift suggestions that won’t get your holiday shopping tinsel in a tangle.
Jackson Triggs Winery
For the white wine lovers, this sparkling favourite is the perfect holiday gift, just in time to pop open on New Year’s Eve. It’s light and crisp making it a crowd-pleaser and here’s a local tip, mixed with Icewine it creates the ultimate cocktail!
Peller Estates Winery
Niagara is home to Icewine and most known for its red Cabernet Franc Icewine. The icewine story is unique to the Canadian winters in Niagara. The grapes are handpicked and pressed in the middle of the night when temperatures are below -8C, creating a natural sweetness and extracting only one drop from each grape. Known as a dessert wine, this red gives flavours of pomegranates, cherries, and bumbleberry coulis. Icewine is the perfect gift as it can be paired with sweet, salty, or savoury menu items making it perfect for a party.
Big Head Winery
Pinot noir is the perfect red wine to add warmth to your holiday dinner parties. This balanced red wine has notes of cherry, blackberry, and vanilla, making it full-bodied for modestly seasoned roast dinners. Niagara is known for producing incredible pinot noir and this is an excellent example of the varietal!
Chateau des Charmes
This holiday season, add a dash of colour in your glass with this beautiful salmon coloured Rose Sparkling wine. Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, and aged for 18-months, this wine offers the perfect hint of strawberries with the calmness of tiny delicate bubbles. This wine not only looks pleasing to give, but is also the perfect wine for consuming while making dinner and, oh wait, also while you are enjoying your meal too!
Oast House Brewery
‘Tis the season for Oast House’s festive limited edition Biere de Noel. Imagine all your favourite holiday delights in one bottle – chocolates, whiskey dotted fruit pudding
(um yes, please!), seasonal festival spices, and cola – all in a delicious dark Belgian strong ale. Act fast as this beer favourite sells out quickly! When visiting the brewery be sure to check out their newest restaurant partner, Brushfire Smoke BBQ.
The beer that started it all for Silversmith, the epic Black Lager! If you are shopping for a beer lover this is sure to impress and have you high-fiving all around. Originally rolled out in 2011, Silversmith has been perfecting the Schwarzbier since. If you’re looking to wow your boss or girlfriend’s father, then you might want to consider getting a four-pack. Try mixing and matching with some of their other favourites including Breakfast Wheat, Minds IPA, DAM Buster, and their newest, Born Again.
Dillon’s is a must-visit stop for holiday shoppers looking for unique spirits. And their 8 Year Rum should be at the top of your list! This small-batch rum claims to be ‘started in Cuba, finished in Canada’ and is the perfect gift for any spirit lover. Not only is this rum produced locally, but it’s also a great way to add some fun to family board games while you play with grandma and her cats.