Celebratory Canadian Wines To Serve At Your Holiday Party
During the holiday season, 86% of people go to a party or seasonal gathering with family and friends. It is a way of not only enjoying each others’ company, but also celebrating all of the achievements and goals from the past year. When you are planning your holiday party, choose a few select wines that are fitting for the occasion. A deep, warming red that pairs with hearty winter dishes; a cool, fruity white; and of course a bottle of sparkling wine will all make for a real seasonal treat.
A unique Icewine
Icewine is a Canadian speciality that cannot be produced in many parts of the world, which is why it is so special and unique. It is created when the temperature falls below -8 degrees; this causes the water inside the grapes to turn to ice, however the natural sugars within the fruit do not freeze. These are the ideal conditions for harvest. Though it is certainly very different from conventional wine-making, it is what gives Icewine its unique taste. Iniskillin is one of the great Icewines that has been sweeping the world by storm. The wine has won both Best in Class and Gold in international wine competitions in North America, Europe, and Australia. This is a classic seasonal wine that tastes best when paired with delicate foods such as Canadian lobster.
A delicious red
Deep in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia is The Nichol Vineyard, a family-run business that has been growing grapes since 1989. It is the most northerly winery in the Naramata Bench region with spectacular views in every direction. The Nichol Vineyard has been responsible for some of the finest wines to come out of Canada and has recently expanded to include the Syrah variety. In fact, they are the only vineyard in the country to be growing this variety. For your Christmas party, treat your guests to a few bottles of the “Nate’s Vineyard” Syrah. With notes of leather, black pepper, licorice and black, dark fruits, you won’t be disappointed.
A celebrational fizz
Located on the Beamsville Bench is Angel’s Gate Winery run by Phillip Dowell, Niagara’s “King of Fizz.” He has been producing outstanding sparkling wine since 2007 and continues to make new varieties. Dowell often spends time as part of Fizz Club (where the first rule is that you definitely talk about Fizz Club). They look at studies of how different soil types can affect the taste of sparkling wine. For your holiday party, try the Angel’s Gate Shine – a sparkling Muscat that is not dissimilar to Prosecco. It is a real Canadian treat.
If you are having a seasonal celebration, then treat your guests to some amazing Canadian wine. A glass of something special can make your party truly memorable.