The holidays are all about family, friends and #festivating! But in between celebrating, the gift giving thing can be stressful. Thankfully, we’ve got the answer: sparkling wine! 😍
This year, we’ve put together a list of gift ideas for the Sparkling Wino on any budget. That’s right! With gifts under $20 and over $10,000 (Oprah, you out there girl?), the options run the gamut so you can cross everyone off your shopping list. We’ve narrowed them down to our Top 20 (plus 1 special bonus) so you can get that perfect gift for your Grinch Grab or Hostess with the Mostess. The best part about giving sparkling wine this holiday season? They might just open it up and share it with you! 😉
Or you can always go the Scrooge route and go ahead and treat yo’self?! It’s the holidays, you deserve it! 😜
Sparkling Wine Gifts Under $20
Voga Sparkling Pinot Grigio Rosé Gift Box
We’ve all been there… getting roped into the office “Grinch Grab” / “Secret Santa” every year and stuck with the daunting task of finding a decent gift under $15. And what do you always receive in the end? A mug from Homesense. Don’t be that person who brings a mug from Homesense to the Grinch Grab. Instead, add a little sparkle with these adorable mini bottles of Sparkling Pinot Grigio Rosé! And best part? It comes in a box so it’s a cinch to wrap!
Codorníu Selección Raventós Brut Cava
With sparkling wine soaring in popularity and sales in recent years (hey, we’re doing our part to help the economy 😜), you’ll be hard pressed to find a high quality bottle of bubbles for under $15 – let alone one made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise. Cue Cava (often referred to as the “Champagne of Spain”) this little bottle packs a punch at this price point, with baked apple and a nice toasty note. Just don’t try to sabre it… the odd shape doesn’t lend itself well to the art of sabrage. Trust us! 🙈
Krone Cuvée Brut Rosé Sparkling 2015
Full disclosure… we’ve kinda been keeping this one secret for a while for fear that the word will get out on how amazing it is, and it’ll all get snatched up! But it is the season of giving, so we’re giving you some advice: GO GRAB THIS WINE! An absolutely beautiful Pinot Noir/Chardonnay based MCC, it tastes much more mature than its vintage date would suggest, and in our humble opinion is the closest thing you’ll get to a rosé Champagne at this price point. Santa, can you bring us a case? We’ve been good this year. Kinda. 😇
Joiy Sparkling Gift Box
Bottled happiness! 😍 These mini bottles of Riesling based bubbles from our friends “down undah” bring a whole new meaning to the most Joyous time of Year. Trust us, after one or two of these you’ll be feeling #ExtraFestive. 😉 Deliciously easy drinking and off-dry, they make for a perfect hostess gift… of just keep ’em for yourself to enjoy by the fireside! Santa’s working overtime this year – he won’t have time to switch you over to the Naughty List. 😜
PIXIE Sparkling Rosé
Whether you’re a casual wine drinker, or a full fledged Sparkling Wino, we have yet to meet someone who isn’t a fan of this unique sparkling rosé from our friends at Rosehall Run out in The County. The beautiful salmon colour, whimsical label, and cap closure will intrigue you to pick it up off the shelf – and you’ll be glad you did! Medium sweet, with a super fresh acidity and lovely citrus and fresh peach character, skip the Christmas cookies and have a glass (or two) of this for dessert!
Sparkling Wine Gifts from $20 – $50
Trius Brut VQA
Price: $26.95 ($3 off until 12/31!)
People always ask us, “If you could recommend one Ontario sparkling wine to get a flavour for the region, what would be be?” and our answer is almost always “Trius Brut!”. The original owner of the property was among the first to see the potential for sparkling wine production here in Ontario, they’ve been producing it since the late 80’s and have been finessing it ever since. They’re masters of the blend, and have developed this non-vintage house style (like most large Champagne houses do) to ensure consistency. And there’s no question, this wine is consistently fantastic!
Bottega Mini Sparkling Icebag Set
Hosting a holiday party is no joke. And, neither is this super practical ice bag and assortment of Prosecco! Help your holiday host unwind by showing up to the party with these 4 mini bottles pre-chilled on ice. Trust us, whether he or she likes their bubbly dry, off-dry or sec, you’ll be thanked! And hey, you can always drink one on the way over and they’ll never know – unless they’ve seen this gift guide of course. 😉
Benajmin Bridge Méthode Classique NV
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Benjamin Bridge, and of all the amazing sparkling wines bubbling up on Canada’s East Coast. What’s particularly exciting is their use of hybrid grapes and the incredibly complex wines they are able to produce. While Benjamin Bridge has always focused on vintage dated wines, they’ve recently launched a non-vintage program, where they blend hybrid base wines with Chardonnay & Pinot Noir reserve wines of up to 15 years old. The result? An amazing mineral driven wine with a distinctive sea-side salinity. You may not wanna give this one away after all! 😍
Ca’ del Bosco Cuvée Prestige Brut Franciacorta
If you’re a fellow Sparkling Wino, “Saluti!”, we’re sure you’re familiar with Franciacorta and feel free to skip ahead. If not, here’s a little secret: It’s amazing! Hailing from the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, Franciacorta is typically a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), and Pinot Bianco. The good ones are great, the great ones are incredible, and rival the quality of fine a Champagne. They’re tough to find here in Canada though, as many are hesitant to spend close to $50 for something sparkling that isn’t Champagne. But trust us, this Ca’ del Bosco is SO worth it.
Elyssia Gran Cuvée Pinot Noir & Rosé Cava Set
This box set from Freixenet (the producers of the iconic black bottle Cordon Negro), includes two of their more premium cavas in a nifty carry case. Easy to wrap, and easy to solve every sparkling wine lovers biggest dilemma – “White or Rosé?”. In this case it’s white with dinner and rosé for dessert. 😎 Oh right, this is supposed to be a gift. Well, convince the recipient that it’s SO good you’d love to share it to celebrate the holidays. We’re pretty good at that. 😉
Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Carte Blanche Estate Blanc de Blanc 2012
This 100% Chardonnay based bubbly was the only sparkling wine to be awarded Platinum at this years National Wine Awards of Canada… and with damn good reason! It’s epic! 😍 Made in the Méthode Traditionelle, and aged on its lees for 60 months, it’s bursting with notes of fresh baked bread, lemon curd, baked apple and a distinct minerality. A real treat for Champagne lovers, and prime example of why Ontario is perfectly suited for crafting amazing world-class sparkling wine.
Sparkling Wine Gifts from $50 – $100
Schramsberg Blanc De Noirs Brut 2013
California Love! 🙌 Blanc de Noirs (literally meaning “white from black”) is a style of sparkling white wine made from red grapes, usually Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. The red grapes are gently pressed and quickly removed from their skins, leaving a white juice behind. Schramsberg were the first to introduce the Blanc de Noirs style to the United States (in 1967) and have been crafting high quality sparkling wine from some of Cali’s coolest vineyard sites ever since! With proper storage, this sparkling wine will be delicious for many years, even a couple of decades to come!
Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut Champagne Gift Set
Remember as a kid when your box of Fruity Pebbles would have a Flintstone’s toy buried inside it and it literally felt like Christmas when you dug through all the sugary goodness and grabbed hold of it and pulled it out? Everybody loves a freebie, right? Well this is kinda like that, except rather than a plastic toy it’s two beautiful Champagne glasses. See #adulting ain’t so bad? 😉
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Champagne
Ahhh, Bolli! Loved by the Queen of England, James Bond, and the Sparkling Winos. 😎 One of our all-time favourite non-vintage Champagnes, it’s everything a Champagne should be. Concentrated, fresh and pure, with a whole aroma wheel full of notes on the nose and a mouth watering autolytic character. Bollinger recommends enjoying this particular Champagne on a summer afternoon, as a pre-dinner drink, with a meal, or with a fruity and tart dessert. So pretty much at any and all times… and we couldn’t agree more!
Deutz Brut Rosé Champagne
As our pal @TorontoVino once said, “If you don’t know Deutz, you aren’t drinking enough Champagne!” He certainly knows what’s up! 🙌 This bottle just oozes elegance, with notes of raspberry cream and fresh baked pastry it’ll transport you to a luxurious café in Le Marais, Paris – or at least to the liquor store to pick up another bottle because you won’t want to give it away! 😜
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rosé Cliq Call
No, this isn’t a dream… that bottle of Champagne really did just say “I LOVE YOU”! Well, it could at least thanks to Veuve Clicquot. Each year the marketing geniuses at Veuve come up with a new and innovative package that will have you reaching for a bottle of one of the worlds most famous Champagnes once again. This year it’s the “Cliq Call” – a box that allows you to record a message that the recipient will hear when they open it! Oh, the fun we’ll have with this one! 😜
Sparkling Wine Gifts Over $100
Bollinger La Grande Année Brut Rosé Champagne 2005
Alright, so you’re a baller and playin’ with the big boys! If you’re able to drop $100+ on a bottle of bubbly
please buy us some we salute you! 🙏 As we said before, Bollinger is the bomb, and when they come out with a vintage offering it is surely one not to be missed… if you can afford it. Mind blowingly complex, with tertiary porcini mushroom and smokey notes as a result of extended aging, there’s a reason why these wines are fit for the Queen or someone special on your shopping list!
Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne 2008
This beautiful “tête de cuvée” from Perrier-Jouët is as delicate, vibrant, and fresh as the white flowers etched on the bottle. If you have a special lady in your life that you’d like to impress, of if you’re just Lisa Vanderpump and drink this everyday, this ’08 vintage beauty is certainly a showstopper and would make for a very special gift!
Krug Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne
Krug is King. Power and finesse, and built to last. Many would argue that Krug stands atop the Champagne pyramid, and the price it commands is some pretty solid evidence to back that statement up. The first time we had Krug was a #Champgasmic experience. Just insanely complex, with every sniff and sip you discover something new. It’s truly a magical Champagne and one that’ll forever be at the top of our Christmas list… now if only one of Santa’s elves was a winemaker!! 😂
Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne Methuselah 2004
Oprah, if you are reading this and are feeling generous, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org! 😁
But seriously, this thing is 6000ml (the size of 8 standard Champagne bottles). Yeah. And only a handful of them were made in the entire world, so we’re not holding our breath on this one. But there is one of them available in Ontario. Just incase you’re Drake or something. BRB buying a lottery ticket.
But wait! The person I’m buying for doesn’t even like sparkling wine…
First of all, what?! How? Secondly… we got you! 🙌 We’ve certainly encountered a few folks who may not be too keen on sparkling wine. So with that, we present to you:
Beau’s New Lang Syne
Enter Beau’s New Lang Syne. A beer for sparkling wine lovers, and beer lovers that might not know that they love sparkling wine just quite yet. 😉 Seriously, the New Lang Syne is awesome and here’s why: this deep-golden Belgian Tripel is fermented using special Champagne yeasts, aged in white wine barrels, bottle conditioned to produce a sparkling wine-like effervescence and sealed with a cork and cage so you can pop it just like your favourite bottle of bubbles! So whether or not you’re a Sparkling Wino, a Beer Lover, or both – there’s no excuse to not give the gift of bubbles (and pop some corks yourself!) this holiday season! 🍾