Are you one of those individuals that loose track of time ? Just a reminder, we’re getting dangerously close to Xmas! Only a few days left for your last minute shopping! Need some satisfying gift ideas? Good wines and spirits should do the trick.
Fortunately, all of these purchases can be done in one spot : an SAQ store gives you the opportunity to get all done in a jiff! A warming spirit for Grandpa, a lovely Champagne for aunt Julia, a full bodied red for the brother and a charming white for your sister that has just discovered wine. And don’t forget, also a few bottles to celebrate! Good bottles always make great gifts! What would you prefer receiving, another tie or scarf, or a great bottle of wine or spirit?
During the Holiday period we tend to spend more for our bottles. But as you will see it’s possible to find some lovely and affordable wines and spirits. The planned strategy of «the right bottle to the right person» might give you the opportunity to participate in the opening of the bottle with the friend or family member recipient.
Here is a selection of fine wines and spirits that should help you out with your last shopping spree for gifts. Good luck!
Two seductive inexpensive whites!
Made with native Sicilian varieties ansonica and cataratto, its charming nose reveals scents of apple and pear. A rather easy drinking bianco with soft acidity, good balance and length. Great match with grilled shrimp. Score : 88/100
When attending a group of wine enthusiasts Xmas party last week, this lovely inexpensive white surprised everybody! Light bodied but flavorful, its soft and supple flavors seduced all of us. Serve it quite cool as an apéritif or with oysters on the shell. Score : 88/100
Two well priced reds for special occasions or as gifts:
Made with the trendy malbec (100%) grape, this dark coloured Cahors is quite typical : dark berries with animal and mineral scents. Also typical terroirs characteristics with good balance, structure and length. Try with grilled red meats. Note : 90/100
This seductive Chianti displays aromas of ripe cherries and wild flowers. Very well balanced, with lots of tannins but remains velvety, with good length. Quite enjoyable now, but will develop complexity with a few years of cellaring (3 to 5 years). Should be a great partner for the holiday turkey dinner. Score : 91/100
A great gift for the knowledgeable wine enthusiast:
The Tuscan wine enthusiast should be delighted with this amazing red from Bolgheri. Could be enjoyed now but will benefit from some cellaring (4 to 6 years). Brimming with youthful ripe fruits aromas and flavors. Well endowed tannins guarantee good aging potential. Pour it in a carafe 30 minutes before serving to enhance its bouquet. A juicy leg of lamb will match perfectly. Score : 93/100
For the spirits lover :
The « Silver » appellation states that it has not been aged in oak casks. An upscale Tequila that displays aromas of spicy herbs with a velvety, almost oily, texture. Don’t forget to serve it well chilled. The Grappa enthusiast should totally enjoy this seductive Tequila. Score : 93/100
The most intense and flavorful Single Malt Scotch Whiskies come from the islands, especially from Islay. Smoky, peaty, intense and very tasty, this classic malt should satisfy the fan looking for bold flavors. Add a splash of distilled water when serving yourself a dram. It will reduce the burn and enhance its aroma. Score : 92/100