Holiday Wine Guide: The LCBO’s best bottles to give as gifts

Holiday Wine Guide: The LCBO’s best bottles to give as gifts

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Invivo wine by Sarah Jessica Parker

2022 Invivo X by Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc

$22.95 | New Zealand
In a world where there’s a new celebrity-backed bottle on the shelves every week, this Sauvignon Blanc is a standout. And SJP herself was actually involved in the winemaking process, so her contribution is more than just a name on the bottle. You don’t need to be a fan of Sex and the City to appreciate this delicious wine bursting with tropical flavours. LCBO 14278

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2019 Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva

2019 Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva

$24.95 | Italy
Tuscany in 2019 was beautifully hot and dry, creating perfect growing conditions. Once you get this Nozzole under your nose and into your mouth, you’ll understand. Fruit takes centre stage while the oak notes play a supporting role, giving the wine structure. This is a beautiful bottle, especially for a style that has a tendency to wear its oak on its sleeve. LCBO 11109
2021 Neil Ellis Syrah

2021 Neil Ellis Syrah

$24.95 | South Africa
South Africa is often overlooked at the LCBO due to the fact that most of the country’s wines find themselves in the bargain category. So, when a choice bottle arrives, it’s worth celebrating. This is a pure, honest-to-goodness Syrah, full of fruit and pepper and with a lovely finish. LCBO 33289
2019 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

2019 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

$29.95 | Ontario
Wine lovers who haven’t yet heard the name Kelly Mason will soon. She was recently featured in Crush: Message in a Bottle, a documentary about eco-conscious winegrowers in the Niagara region. Mason’s stellar Chardonnay demonstrates the full potential of this Ontario grape. It walks a tightrope between texture and palate-cleansing acidity. LCBO 417774
2020 Tawse Grower's Blend Cabernet Franc

2020 Tawse Grower’s Blend Cabernet Franc

$29.95 | Ontario
In Ontario, the name Tawse has become synonymous with quality wine; it was one of the first brands to put a premium price on bottles. The Grower’s Blend line comprises entry-level wines, but each still makes a very nice gift. This Cab Franc delivers like a bottle twice its price: blackberry and cassis join tobacco and spiced raspberry. It’s smooth enough to drink now but could also sit in the cellar for a decade. Buy yourself one too. LCBO 284570
2021 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir

2021 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir

$29.95 | Oregon ($26.95 until Dec. 31)
This winery has B Corp Certification, which means it’s committed to doing business in ways that are environmentally, socially and economically responsible. That makes this bottle a perfect gift for the eco-conscious wine drinker on your list. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s a delicious bottle of well-made Oregon Pinot, with notes of dark cherry and violet. LCBO 229781
2020 Louis Jadot Chardonnay Bourgogne

2020 Louis Jadot Chardonnay Bourgogne

$34.95 | France
This blend of grapes from various regions of Burgundy (or Bourgogne, in French) includes fruit from the coveted Côte d’Or. It’s a wonderful gift idea for any secret Santa who has to stick to a budget of $50 or less. The ripe flavours of peach, pear and tangerine join a bright, crisp palate and cleansing acidity. LCBO 933077
2021 Decoy Merlot

2021 Decoy Merlot

$34.95 | California
This wine, the little brother to Duckhorn, was made as a “second wine,” but it certainly doesn’t drink like one. Fans of California Merlot will be thrilled to find this under the tree (or in their stocking or on the table). It’s a soft and easy wine that’s ready to drink now, and the blueberry, mocha and black cherry notes make it a pure joy. LCBO 460642
2021 St. Hugo Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro

2021 St. Hugo Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro

$39.95 | Australia
Mataro is just another name for Mourvedre, a grape variety found in Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre blends from places like the southern Rhône Valley and Australia. This is a bottle with a lot of weight, power and vibrancy under its cap, but don’t open it immediately—it needs some time in the cellar or in a decanter first. When it’s ready, chill it a bit beforehand to make the fruit pop. LCBO 32562
2021 Closson Chase Churchside Pinot Noir

2021 Closson Chase Churchside Pinot Noir

$45 | Ontario
The wines from PEC’s stunning Churchside vineyard are always some of the best in the county, and this bottle is no exception. This is a standout selection, with dark cherry, blackberry, violet and earthy notes. LCBO 265074
020 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

$49.95 | California
This wine is a new entry to the LCBO’s Essentials Collection, which means it’s available year-round. Upon first taste, it’s clear why. The iconic Californian producer knows how to make approachable wines as well as wines that get better with age—and this one hits both those marks. It’s juicy and lush, with cherry and strawberry riding a vanilla surfboard. LCBO 352583
2020 Castelli del Grevepesa Clemente VII

2020 Castelli del Grevepesa Clemente VII

$65.95 | Italy
What’s better than one bottle of wine? Two bottles of wine! This duo of Tuscan wines includes a ready-to-drink Rosso brimming with juicy red-fruit notes and a Chianti Classico that will only get better after a couple of years in a cellar. They come in a beautiful wooden gift box—all you need to supply is a bow. LCBO 34049
Taylor Fladgate’s 20-Year-Old Tawny Port

Taylor Fladgate’s 20-Year-Old Tawny Port

$71.95 | Portugal
Nothing beats a glass of port on a cold winter’s evening. Pair this bottle—with its seasonally appropriate notes of cherry, almond, dried orange and fig—with a piece of blue cheese or some dark chocolate. At 20 years old, the tawny port really begins to show its age and has an appeal not found in younger vintages. Get into the cherry, almond, dried orange and fig notes. LCBO 149047
2020 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

$94.95 | California
Consider this the gift for that really special California Cab lover on your list. Rich, ripe and juicy, it shows notes of vanilla, cherry, white smoke and chocolate. Meanwhile, the silky tannins weave their way in between to fill the cracks. It’s drinkable now, but a stint in the cellar wouldn’t hurt either. The only question is when your recipient will choose to drink it—and whether you’ll be invited. LCBO 24190
2019 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

$124.95 | California
You don’t often see the words elegant or restrained used to describe Californian Cabernet Sauvignon—but that’s what you can expect from this bottle. A gentle winemaking process and less new-oak use results in an amazingly balanced wine chock full of cassis. LCBO 14217
2018 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

$282.95 | California
Look to the locked display case to find this budget-blowing bottle, which is sought after by California wine aficionados and loved by everyone who tries it. Flavour-wise, it’s rich and plush, with cassis and well-integrated notes of wood smoke. The tannins are short and velvety, which makes it a choice bottle to drink now, but for the collector on your list, it has long-cellaring potential (we’re talking all the way to 2040). LCBO 936039