Celebrating Whisky Month!

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January is a problem to be solved. It’s cold. It’s wet. December’s party is done. Start the new year right, they say. Aim high. Too often, ‘they’ lead you to regrettable resolutions. I’ve found a better way. It’s called whisky. A glass of good bourbon is the perfect way to ease into the new year. It requires minimal sweat, the rewards are delicious and it pairs well with the season. The weather demands baking spices, caramel, toffee and dried fruit flavours.

Now, the problem is picking a good bottle.

I’ll let you in on a secret. Three words. Bottled in Bond.

It sounds like something you can trust, which is the point. Bonded spirits produced in the U.S. meet a set of quality standards and lets you know you are drinking a whisky you can trust. There are three requirements for a bonded spirit that matter most.

  1. A bonded whisky must be bottled in a single season, by a single distiller. In other words, it’s not blended from different years and distilleries. This makes the spirit a little more like a single malt or small batch product.

  2. It must be aged at least four years in a supervised warehouse. It may not sound like a lot, but four years is a long time for a whisky that isn’t premium priced. Canadian whisky, Scotch and Irish whiskey all have to be aged at least three years. American Straight whiskey is two years.

  3. Bonded whisky must be bottled at 100 proof, or 50% ABV. A higher alcohol content often translates to bolder flavour. This is especially good if you like a little ice in your bourbon, or if you are mixing cocktails. That extra proof gives you a little more backbone and your drink won’t become as diluted

A lot of bonded whiskies are mature brands and are less driven by hype and fashion. That means you can find great value and these whiskeys. Hunt down one of these bottles. Find a warm fire and a good friend. Open the bottle and ease into a happy new year

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Old Grand-Dad Bottled In Bond

This is a classic ‘Bottled in Bond’ Bourbon. It is a high rye bourbon based on a recipe from Basil Hayden. Rich and sweet with great vanilla notes. It is a favourite for bourbon fans who love a great value.

$37.49 - 750 ml

Rittenhouse Rye Bottled In Bond

Rittenhouse is a must have American Rye. Maple syrup, baking spice and brown butter make this spicy rye a great way to wind down a midwinter evening.

$61.99 - 750 ml

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Jim Beam Bonded

Take your Jim Beam up a level. This bottle offers a lot of flavour in a familiar package. Honey, wood and spice play off vanilla and floral notes. This is a great whiskey to spend a little time with.

$34.99 - 750 ml

Fire Pit Sipping & Storm Watching Canadian Whisky

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Bearface Triple Oak Canadian Whisky

$39.99 - 750 ml

Complex notes of vanilla, dried fruit and spice.

Kelowna, BC

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Shelter Point Single Malt Artisanal Whisky

$70.99 - 750 ml

Candied sweets, spice, malt chocolate and a hint salt.

Campbell River, BC

Wayne Gretzky Red Cask Whisky

$41.49 - 750 ml

Notes of marzipan, light citrus, vanilla, oak and spice.

Niagara, Ontario

A TOAST TO BUBBLES!

Ah the Holidays, time with family and friends and way too many reasons to celebrate. While the classic eggnog with rum or hot apple cider are always good choices, I tend to reach for a glass of bubble more often than not.  While there are great representations from around the globe, BC is producing some incredible sparkling wines in a variety of styles.  We have the perfect climate in BC for sparkling wines that produce ripe fruit and great acidity.  Many say that BC sparkling should be the foundation of what we are known for globally; and the sparking wines below are some good candidates to show that. Whether you are bringing a bottle to a party, sitting around the fireplace or picking out a gift for your boss, think bubbles!

Ah the Holidays, time with family and friends and way too many reasons to celebrate. While the classic eggnog with rum or hot apple cider are always good choices, I tend to reach for a glass of bubble more often than not.

While there are great representations from around the globe, BC is producing some incredible sparkling wines in a variety of styles.

We have the perfect climate in BC for sparkling wines that produce ripe fruit and great acidity.

Many say that BC sparkling should be the foundation of what we are known for globally; and the sparking wines below are some good candidates to show that. Whether you are bringing a bottle to a party, sitting around the fireplace or picking out a gift for your boss, think bubbles!

 
Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is located at the historic Greata Ranch property, situated between Peachland and Summerland. Fitz Brut is their signature Cuvée. A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Meunier, flavours of crisp apple, green pair, lime and a touch of brioche. Great Acidity!   $39.49 - 750 ml

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is located at the historic Greata Ranch property, situated between Peachland and Summerland. Fitz Brut is their signature Cuvée. A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Meunier, flavours of crisp apple, green pair, lime and a touch of brioche. Great Acidity!

$39.49 - 750 ml

Nestled in the Cowichan Valley here on Vancouver Island, this little winery has made quite a name for themselves for producing quality wines with both classic varietals and hybrids. This limited release Charmat-method sparkling wine is made from 100% Cowichan Valley Pinot Noir. It offers festive notes of cranberry, pink grapefruit and ginger with a creamy body. Perfect for Christmas dinner!   $27.99 - 750 ml

Nestled in the Cowichan Valley here on Vancouver Island, this little winery has made quite a name for themselves for producing quality wines with both classic varietals and hybrids. This limited release Charmat-method sparkling wine is made from 100% Cowichan Valley Pinot Noir. It offers festive notes of cranberry, pink grapefruit and ginger with a creamy body. Perfect for Christmas dinner!

$27.99 - 750 ml

Blue Mountain Winery resides in Okanagan Falls and has been producing sparkling wines since the 1970s. The Gold Label Brut is a staple made in the traditional method. Enjoy its fine mousse texture, creamy lemon, toasty character and crisp lemon finish.   $30.99 - 750 ml

Blue Mountain Winery resides in Okanagan Falls and has been producing sparkling wines since the 1970s. The Gold Label Brut is a staple made in the traditional method. Enjoy its fine mousse texture, creamy lemon, toasty character and crisp lemon finish.

$30.99 - 750 ml

Fine Holiday Wines

Curated for holiday cheer

by Ann Brydle (Cascadia Quadra Village)

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Checkmate Fool’s Mate Chardonnay

$79.99 - 750 ml

Juicy peaches and apricots back by stony minerality and wrapped in delicate oak.

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Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon

$59.49 - 750 ml

Dark berries and sage mingled with smokey tobacco to keep you warm all winter.

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Château de Beaucastel Château neuf-du-Pape

$101.99 - 750 ml

A built to last blend of dark fruits, anise, and bergamot tea. Something special for that special someone.