#FavouriteThings last recap of Holiday Gift Suggestions 2018

After four and one half weeks we’ve finished our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions we’ve been sharing with you. If a winery is offering a time sensitive wine or wine pack we will do our best to have those wineries features published first, or as we receive them. Just don’t wait too long. Avoid the disappointment of #soldout by ordering your wines early. Take note that the specially featured whisky is available in extremely limited quantities. All the details are available in their feature.

More “non wine” suggestions on the list as we continue on through December 22. Up next week will be bubbly and sparkling #FavouriteThings that are just right for Christmas and New Years.

Here is what made our list of what we think would make excellent gifts for family, friends, business clients, maybe even your boss.


What could be better for our very last #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions than our recommendations for some excellent bubblies, sparklings and fizz. Featuring Bench 1775, Meyer Family Vineyards, The View Winery, Pentãge Winery, Steller’s Jay, Backyard VineyardsOkanagan Crush Pad, Monster Vineyards, Lakeview Wine, and 40 Knots Vineyard.

Books about wine suggested by Sam Hauck aka The Wine Teacher

Something for everyone on this list of great books. Be sure to scroll down to find “Part 1” for more great gift ideas.

#FavouriteThings Christmas Wine Book Recommendations Pt 2

TIME Winery

Besides making very good wine in several varietals TIME Winery has a brand new facility in downtown Penticton not far from the great Saturday morning market that takes over a good portion of the area. You can enjoy a wine tasting, have a terrific meal (they have a great chef), shop for wine, or just chill on their patio in the summertime.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Time Winery

Lakeview Wine

We think you’ll like these ideas and possibilities brought to you by Lakeview Wine Co. Available at Ontario Liquor Stores.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Lakeview Fresh

Backyard Vineyards

You’re invited to join Backyard Vineyards December 12 – 23 for complimentary tastings paired with tasty bits.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Backyard Vineyards

Sumac Ridge

Offering you three of the Sumac Ridge wines that we think are perfect for gift giving this holiday season. You can’t go wrong with BCVQA wines.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

Somerset Moss

What woman says “I hate being pampered” – no woman! Here is a thoughtful gift for the stressed out mom, wife, or girl friend on your list.

#FavouriteThings – Holiday Gift Suggestions Somerset Moss

Okanagan Crush Pad

Of course there is always the gift of wine. A sure bet for holiday gift giving.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Narrative

Vancouver Eats 

Think of this as the trifecta of gifts. First you choose which of the three great chefs you wish to purchase your cookbook from, whichever chef you decide on with sign your copy of the cookbook. While you’re at it think about a Gift Certificate for either Maenam, Fable, Fable Diner, or Cioppino’s. Or go all out and pay a g.c. for each! Can’t go wrong with the gift of cuisine.

Holiday Gift Suggestion Vancouver Eats Cookbook

Hester Creek

One of the originals. Celebratin their 50th anniversary of their estate vineyard.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Hester Creek Vineyard


The ultimate gift for the tea-totaler in your life.

Night of Noel Feast with TWG Tea

Monster Vineyards

Have some monster-ously good times when you give or receive one of their wines.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Monster Vineyards

Tinhorn Creek

One of our very favourite wineries to visit. Their wines are on our “personally recommended” list. You should also consider their Wine Club because it would make a great gift for the wine lover in your life.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Book suggestions from our wine reviewer Sam Hauck aka The Wine Teacher

Cozy up with a glass of wine and a good book. This is Part one of a two part series of wine book recommendations. Enjoy!

#FavouriteThings Christmas Wine Book Recommendations Part 1

CheckMate Artisanal Winery

Checkmate wines are exceptional with a price point to match. They are worth the splurge and would make an excellent give for the wine lover who fancies Merlot or Chardonnay.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestion – CheckMate Artisanal Winery

Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection

For that special someone on your list.

#Favourite Things Holiday Gift Suggestions Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection No 3: A New Generation

Mayhem Wines

Nothing beats the gift of a wine club membership. Club Mayhem is one of the most flexible memberships around.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Club Mayhem

Chef Meets BC Grape

The best wine event of the year. Tickets currently available at a discount. Score!

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Chef Meets BC Grape


One of our “personally recommended” wines. Act fast Tantalus wines do sell out.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Tantalus Vineyards

Quails’ Gate

A classic selection of BC Wines for Holiday Gift giving.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Quails’ Gate

Indigenous World

A fine selection of wines for Holiday Gift Giving.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Indigenous World Winery

Vanessa Vineyards

The perfect gift just might be a Wine Club Membership. Check it out…

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestion – Vanessa Vineyard Wine Club Membership


Definitely not the same old, same old.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Amarula Made from Africa

Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge

Sophisticated and refined, the Grand Marnier brand comprisesa selection of truly unique products that provide an immersive drinking experience like no other. Sophisticated in its very nature, Grand Marnier’s aura is characterised by its unique and eccentric blend of cognac and exotic bitter oranges.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge


#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Evolve Pink Effervescence

The Balvenie

For those serious about spirits, the lovers of liquor, those knowledgeable about tasting notes, the collector’s edition of a spirit is the ultimate gift.

The Yuletide Guide to Limited-Edition Libations

Black Sage Vineyard

There are some BC Wines that we return to time and time again. This is usually because they are consistent and we know what to expect. When you want a wine you know will always hit the mark you must think of Black Sage. So many wonderful, deep, dark, delicious red wines from Black Sage. Here is one that is our personal recommendation.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Black Sage Vineyard

The View Winery

Always a favourite of ours. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating. Some wines reflect a special personality, kind of like the winery owner in this case. Fun, exciting, easy to get along with, inspiring, confident and accomplished. Hard for us to chose just one or two wines from The View because we enjoy them all and can personally recommend them to you. Great for gift giving.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – The View Winery

Blue Grouse Estate Winery

I always have at least one Blue Grouse Quill in my wine fridge, or at least I try to, it can be hard to keep without drinking it. The Quill wines are my “go to” wines when we get unexpected company and I want to introduce them to the delightful Vancouver Island wines. Some people are surprised that Vancouver Island has such noteworthy wineries. I tell them they need to get out more! Explore the Island because there is lots to offer. Cowichan Valley is beautiful and a great place to visit.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Who can say no to Wonderful Whiskies?

The Handy Holiday Guide to Wonderful Whiskies

For something just a little bit different how about an experience?

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestion – National Geographic Live! Give the Gift of Experience

Vanessa Vineyard

When a respected wine reviewer tells you “Just join the Vanessa Vineyard‘s wine club and never worry about buying any other wines again, their wines are that good.”  you pay attention and follow their advice. For lovers of fine red wines you will be absolutely thrilled with Vanessa’s portfolio of wines.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Vanessa Vineyard


vin Amité

Another new discovery for us during our Okanagan trip in early October. vin Amité was a recommendation by the kind folks in the tasting room at Fairview Cellars. We always appreciate when we receive a referral and we can personally recommend the delightful wines at vin Amité.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – vin Amité Cellars

Mayhem Wines

Everybody deserves a little mayhem in their lives so why not make it a Mayhem Wine. We thought these wines were great. We tasted Mayhem wines in early October during a visit to Meyer. You can taste them by appointment at Meyer Family Vineyard. Check out their website for tasting opportunities. You won’t be sorry.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Mayhem Wines

Fairview Cellars

Over the years we have remained loyal to these big, bold red wines. We are never disappointed, always consistently excellent. We personally recommend Fairview wines for the discriminating wine lover on your list.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Fairview Cellars

Meyer Family Vineyards

Wines you can always count on to be top notch. We enjoy the entire lineup of wines from Meyer and for your holiday season we are personally recommending you try these fine wines.

#FavouritesThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Meyer Family Vineyards

40 Knots

This Vancouver Island winery is definitely worth a visit. What a great lineup of wines to choose from. Some unique wines from a picturesque setting in the Comox Valley.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – 40 Knots Winery


Road 13

Road 13 is offering a couple of different wine packs, their flagship pack would be the “12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar” pack of mystery wines. Every wine in this pack is a wine that is otherwise #soldout but not for the lucky ones that act fast. Available now.

Who wouldn’t love to be given the gift of a Road 13 2019 winery dinner? Check it out.

Holiday Gift Guide – Road 13 Vineyards Advent Calendar, Platinum Packs & more



What a fantastic line-up of wine from Pentâge to choose from. These are wines that will be in the #soldout category before you know it. A premium selection of two whites and two red wines. You pick and choose from our recommendations or visit their website for more choices. Hint: we’re kind of gaga for their Gamay Noir.

Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Pentâge Winery


Bench 1775

Bench is offering The Most Wonderful Wine of the Year! Who could resist? 12 Days of Holiday Cheers is everything you could possibly want for Christmas. This pack even includes their Brut Rosé which is perfect for celebrating. I love that with this pack you can include a hand written gift card – that’s impressive. Each bottle wrapped and tied with a bow, this just gets better and better. See the full list of twelve in their feature.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Bench 1775 and 12 Days of Holiday Cheers


Encore Winery McWatters Edition

Not just any wine, this is the McWatters Collection Meritage. What a wonderful gift this is going to make for the special people on your Holiday Gift list. Has anyone been making wine as long as Harry?

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – McWatters Collection


Poplar Grove

Poplar Grove makes tried and true quality wine that would make the perfect give for an important someone on your gift giving list. We’ve suggested some of their award winners for your shopping pleasure.

#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Poplar Grove Winery


The Balvenie

Something for everyone on your list. This is for your most important person at the top of your list. Strictly for whisky lovers! Please note that this special, one of a kind whisky, is available at select JAK’s stores beginning on December 6.

Exceptionally Crafted, The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 Announces it’s arrival to Canada in time for the Holiday Season

Road 13 

#1 Winery in Canada – 2018


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