Insiders Guide: Local Wine For The Holidays

Saturday November 14th, 2020

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GIVE EPIC GIFTS THIS YEAR

Looking for the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life? Our EPIC Wineries have some have some perfect gift suggestions!

Situated along the Lake Erie North Shore, our Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wineries are situated with the perfect amount of sun & water – giving us bold reds, crisp whites, and flavourful roses.

We’ve put together a list of wines that are perfect as a thank you to that special someone, to gift a colleague or friend, or to share with family over the holiday season.  Stop in to any of our local wineries to buy or shop online as many offer free delivery across Windsor Essex.  Make sure to check out our EPIC Pick Up & Delivery Guide for more information and hours.

Making Spirits Bright

This EPIC Gift Box includes all 14 local wines featured in our gift guide and each purchase will contribute towards a $5000 donation to the Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society to help local families during the holiday season.

‘Tis The Season to drink red

Aleksander Estate Winery Chambourcin

  • Flavour notes: Medium-bodied dry red wine with the aromas of bright red fruit, cranberry and red currants continuing with the flavours of sweet cherry.
  • Where to buy it: 1542 County Rd 34, Ruthven 
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm

Dancing Swallows C2

Mastronardi Estate Winery Syrah

  • Flavour notes:  This dry red wine progresses smoothly with flavours of dark cherry, blackberry and plum with earthy, spicy undertones and a velvety long fruit finish.
  • Where to buy it: 1193 Concession 3 East, Kingsville
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 11am-5pm

Muscedere Vineyards 2016 Merlot 

  • Flavour notes:  Exhibits pleasant notes of dark berries, vanilla and oak on the nose and smooth tannins on the finish
  • Where to buy it: 7457 County Road 18 RR#4 Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 11am-5pm

Oxley Estate Winery Pinot Noir

  • Flavour notes: A complex palate of dried cranberries, Bing cherries and hints of clove and pepper.
  • Where to buy it: 533 County Road 50 East, Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 11am-5pm

Paglione Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot

  • Flavour notes: Medium body, notes of sugar plum, fig, violet, chocolate with a creamy finish.
  • Where to buy it: 724 County Road 50 E, Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Friday 4pm – 8pm / Saturday 12pm-8pm / Sunday 1pm – 6pm

Pelee Island Winery Sparkling Nero

  • Flavour notes:  This garnet-coloured sparkling red wine evokes flavours of raspberry, redcurrant and plum. A Charmat method secondary fermentation gives this wine its light, frothy bubbles.
  • Where to buy it: 455 Seacliff Drive, Kingsville
  • Retail store closed – online orders and curbside pick up available.

Vivace Estate Winery Baco Noir

  • Flavour notes: A deep, ruby-coloured wine with aromas of lively plum, black currant and hints of vanilla and oak.
  • Where to buy it: 5141 Concession Road 5N, Amherstburg
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 11am-5pm

Dreaming Of A White (& Rose) Christmas

Colio Estate Winery Lily Sparkling Rose

  • Flavour notes: Expressive flavours reminiscent of whipped cream on top of fresh strawberries and raspberries. It’s creamy, elegant, and balanced.
  • Where to buy it: 1 Colio Drive, Harrow
  • Retail store closed – online orders and curbside pick up available.

Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Pinot Grigio 

  • Flavour notes: Overly ripe cantaloupe on the nose with stone fruit on the palate.
  • Where to buy it: 1425 Iler Road, Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Sunday thru Thursday 12pm-5pm / Friday & Saturday 11am – 6pm

Colchester Ridge Estate Winery (CREW) Riesling

  • Flavour notes: With flavours of citrus lime, green apple notes and zippy acidity, every sip of our 2018 Riesling feels like summer.
  • Where to buy it: 108 County Road 50 East, Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Daily 11am-6pm

North 42 Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rose

  • Flavour notes: This dry rosé showcases strawberry and tropical fruit notes, a playful wisp of cotton candy and a squeeze of lemon.
  • Where to buy it: 130 County Road 50 East, Colchester
  • Retail store hours: Sunday thru Thursday 11am-6pm / Friday & Saturday 11am-9pm

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery Hawk’s Flight Reserve Chardonnay

Viewpointe Estate Winery Auxerrois

  • Flavour notes:  Tropical fruit aromas, nectarine and peach with a nice mouth feel.
  • Where to buy it: 151 County Road 50 E., Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 12pm-5pm

You can explore our entire wine region by checking out our Wine Route Map. Use it to guide yourself between the wineries as your pick up the bottles.

Barrels Bottles & Brews Flight Log

If wine isn’t exactly what that special person on your gift list is looking for, check out the Barrels Bottles & Brews Flight Log as a great gift idea. For $25 you can send them on an exclusive flight tasting experience through 10 craft breweries & 2 distilleries.

Click here to learn more about the Barrels Bottles & Brews trail, participating partners, and to buy a Flight Log now.

Win Your Christmas Gifts

Enter our Holiday Gift Guide “40 Days of Giveaways” contest for your chance to win a select gift valued $50 or more! Click here to view our 2020 Gift Guide and check out the Featured Gift of the Day to win!

Want to find more ideas of locally made gifts to give this Christmas? Click yqgholidays.ca for our entire 2020 Holiday Gift Guide featuring locally made items and local small businesses sponsored by the Windsor Essex Small Business Centre, Windsor Essex Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, and Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.

Published by Tourism Windsor Essex on Wednesday November 11th, 2020

Sponsored by Tourism Windsor Essex. For more details on Tourism Windsor Essex click their website, or visit them on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

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