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Your Guide to Holiday Tips & Sips

Sandbanks Reserve Baco Red Wine shared among friends.

Have trouble pairing wines with your special occasions? Whether you're planning a big family dinner, a cozy movie marathon, or a festive holiday party, the right wine can elevate the moment. In this guide, we'll explore what to drink, where to drink it, and why with 6 tips on how to pair wine with an occasion this holiday season. 

Why Wine Rack?

Before we dive into the tips, let's talk about the one-stop destination for all your wine needs this season – Wine Rack. With over 160 locations across Ontario, Wine Rack is a haven for wine enthusiasts. What makes it even more convenient is that select stores are open late, even on long weekends, so you can shop your favourite wines whenever the festive spirit strikes. Plus, our team of local wine experts is ready to assist you with personalized wine recommendations. And if you prefer shopping from the comfort of your home, Wine Rack has an online store where you can browse, and order wine delivered to your doorstep. 

Now, let's uncork some holiday tips and sips! 

Big Family Dinner + Cabernet Sauvignon

For those festive family gatherings around the dinner table, nothing beats the classic Cabernet Sauvignon. Known as the most popular wine variety globally, Cabernet Sauvignon boasts luscious dark fruit flavours and satisfying tannins. This makes it an excellent pairing for holiday roasts, creamy mashed potatoes, and the warmth of family. The boldness of the wine complements the richness of the meal, creating a symphony of flavours that will leave everyone at the table smiling.

Movie Marathon + Merlot

If your holiday plans involve a cozy movie marathon with friends or family, then Merlot is your go-to choice. Fruity and smooth, Merlot is an easy-sipping and versatile wine that pairs well with laid-back moments. Picture yourself snuggled up on the couch, surrounded by loved ones, indulging in your favourite holiday movies, and sipping on a glass of Merlot. The experience is nothing short of delightful, enhancing the joy of the season.

Holiday Party + Sparkling

Special moments call for special drinks, and nothing says celebration quite like sparkling wine. Whether you're hosting a holiday party or attending one, make sure to have some bubbly on hand. Sparkling wine is the official drink of celebration, perfect as an aperitif, paired with tasty appetizers, or for toasting to a cheerful holiday season. Wine Rack offers a diverse selection of sparkling wines to suit every taste, ensuring your party is filled with effervescence and merriment.

Gift for the Host + Pinot Noir

Finding the perfect gift for your holiday host or gift exchange can be challenging. That's where wine comes in, and a versatile, crowd-pleasing option like Pinot Noir is consistently a winning choice. This well-known and food-friendly red wine is characterized by its high acidity and subtle tannins, making it a versatile choice. Whether your host is serving poultry, pork, or a vegetarian feast, Pinot Noir will complement a variety of dishes beautifully. It's a thoughtful and elegant gift that reflects your appreciation for the festive hospitality.

Weekend Brunch + Moscato

The holiday season wouldn't be complete without indulging in a leisurely weekend brunch. You can easily elevate your brunch experience by pairing it with a glass of Moscato. This fizzy and crisp wine is the perfect pairing with a full English-style breakfast featuring baked beans, bacon, and eggs. The effervescence of Moscato lightens up the salt-heavy menu, creating a harmonious balance of flavours. Whether you're hosting a brunch or attending one, Moscato adds a touch of sophistication to the festive meal. 

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Date Night + Rosé

For a romantic date night during the holidays, turn to the versatile world of rosé. Light-bodied, refreshing, and a complementary pairing to a variety of dishes and flavours, rosé is a winner for so many reasons. Produced in a range of grapes and wine styles from dry to sweet, rosé offers a delightful spectrum of tastes and flavours to suit any palate. Whether you're enjoying a candlelit dinner at home or dining at a cozy restaurant, it’s a wonderful choice year-round.

Shop Local Wines This Holiday Season

A couple cozied up with a glass of Saintly the Good Sauvignon Blanc, Vintage Ink Rose, and Sandbanks Sleeping Giant Red. 

This holiday season, why not let Wine Rack be your trusted guide to discovering exceptional local wines perfectly suited for your special occasions. With an extensive array of expertly curated local and award-winning VQA wines, Wine Rack is a place for discovery, great wine deals, and helpful recommendations. Whether you're planning a big family dinner, settling in for a movie marathon, hosting a lively holiday party, or on the lookout for the perfect host gift, Wine Rack has all your wine needs covered.  

Navigating through the holiday season has never been easier with Wine Rack's convenient store hours and helpful team of local wine experts, offering a seamless and enjoyable shopping experience. You can easily explore the world of New World wines and diverse wine varietals at one of our 160 locations in Ontario or at your fingertips through easy online shopping. Whether you're planning well in advance or shopping last minute, Wine Rack caters to your needs with efficiency, excellent customer service, and budget-friendly options to save you money.  

Discover the perfect bottle for all your festive occasions at Wine Rack. Cheers to a season filled with joy, laughter, and the perfect glass of wine! 

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