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My Christmas wine recommendations...

Updated: Dec 5, 2019

There is nothing I love more than curating bottles to pair with a special dinner at a table full of people I love.

Along with our beautiful table scape (see previous blog post) Below you'll find four of the bottles I'd recommend for your dinner, or party or girls night this Christmas season.

40 Knots White Seas

White Blend

Comox Valley, BC

Roughly $22

One my fave wineries on the island. The owners are wonderful people! Their wine growing practices are something to be revered and the wine is super!

Taking in all the varieties of 40 Knots vineyard on a Coastal Cool Climate terroir of glacier till soil facing the Salish Sea.  This vineyard boasts rich salt air and warmer day temperatures than surrounding areas, with beautiful cool night ocean breezes.

A focused and lengthy mouthfeel that finishes with zing.  Spicy, floral, tropical stone fruits.  A perfect accompaniment to fresh air and all kinds of light appys.

2018 Villa Maria Seddon

Pinot Gris

Marlborough, New Zealand

Roughly around $30

Initially offers fresh peach and spring blossom aromas, but as it warms up in the glass it then showcases baking spices such as clove and cinnamon. On the palate flavours of fresh pear drizzled with honey lead to a smooth luscious textural finish. So delicious!

Think crab or mussels - since we are on the west coast.

*ps. The founder/owner of Villa Maria, Sir George Fistonich, was knighted by the Queen for his contribution to the New Zealand Wine industry. Kind of a rockstar.

2017 Beaufort Winery

Ca Beautage

Comox Valley, B.C

Roughly $30

I've chosen this special bottle, from another local Comox Valley vineyard, because I think it would pair amazing with stuffing and mushrooms! Which, if there wasn't any thing else on the table at Christmas dinner, I wouldn't mad.

This perennial award-winning blend of 100% Beaufort-grown grapes brings ripe black fruit, vanilla and earthy aromas, intense colour and soft tannins. Marechal Foch, Leon Millot and Cabernet Foch. Aged in American oak barrels. Light in body and juicy on the palate

2016 Columbia Crest Grand Estates


Washington, USA

Around $20

If you're going to a party bring this bottle. A definite crowd pleaser. Smooth tannins and lively acid. If you haven't had a Washington merlot, you need to.

This Merlot has a rich aromatic profile with notes of chocolate and dark cherries. The complex fruit flavours are followed by a smooth, velvety finish. This would drink well with any of your main courses.

Wine can make or ruin a meal. And vice versa. This time of year especially, take a few extra minutes and pick a few special bottles. Think about where it's coming from, the people and families that made, the growing practices and everything else that goes into making a beautiful bottle of wine.

We put all the love into decorating, gifts and the meal but often times the wine becomes an after thought and we miss out on the opportunity to elevate our evening one step further.

I'd love to hear your feedback on these bottles if you give them a try!




photoshoot details:

beautiful house brought to us by @dariegraham67

florals by @5thstreetflorist

decor items @ak_courtenay

tablescape @brokeandstylishdecor

photographer @holdernessphotographer

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