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Frosé Friday

Embrace the Rosé

Since we work with wine pretty much everyday, it’s nice to switch things up sometimes. And since it’s still the summertime, what better way to mix wine and sunny days than to whip up a batch of Frosé! We know that Rosé has a bit of a reputation. However, we think it’s completely undeserved. Rosé is a beautiful, delicious wine that livens up your tastebuds, cools you in the heat, and refreshes your palate. We love a crisp, chilled glass on fall evenings too. Made from red grapes, Rosé is technically a red wine — which some “red wine snobs” might argue. But if you ask us, it doesn’t matter. All we care about is drinking really great wine and we promise you, there are some exceptional Rosés to be enjoyed!

Choosing the Right Rosé

We chose a mid-August Friday to break up the day with some Frosé — which is not typical for most offices. However, we are a lucky bunch who get to enjoy wine during work hours. One of our favourite Rosés for the summer in particular is a past WineCollective feature: Rosé Piscine. It’s a Rosé made to be served super chilled and on the rocks! A match made in Frosé heaven. Here is the recipe we used, which is a combination of resourcefulness, internet tips, and good old-fashioned determination.

WineCollective Frosé Recipe

  • Pour a bottle of Rosé Piscine into ice cube trays
  • Freeze for at least 6 hours. Because of the alcohol, the Rosé cubes won’t be frozen solid — which is perfect!
  • Empty all of the Rosé cubes into a blender
  • Add in 6 quartered strawberries
  • Add in 1 TBSP honey or agave syrup to taste — if you want to sweeten it up
  • Pulse blend until mixed. Don’t over-blend!
  • Serve with halved strawberries for garnish

Time to Stock Up!

Our store is full right now with great Rosé options, including the Rosé Piscine. We also have a 6 bottle pack of a French Rosé new to Canada, for those on extra hosting duty. There’s always a perfect time for Rosé, as far we’re concerned.

Cheers!


Bowls for Beswick Charity Event

On Saturday August 10th, some of our WineCollective crew got their game faces on and hit the lawns for a charity lawn bowling event! The weather was gloomy, but everyone was ready to bowl despite the lack of sunshine. We had a really great time competing against 15 other teams and helping to raise $4200 in support of The Sharp Foundation in Calgary AB. As a sponsor for the event, we took extra joy in seeing such a good turnout.

We’re always happiest when we can give back to our communities and spend some time in meaningful ways. Cheers to another successful event this year! We can’t wait to do it again in 2020.


Featured July Wine

As we welcome in August, let’s take a look back to July! So many fond memories. Some rain, some sunshine, but most importantly: great wine. We like to share the wonderful wine WineCollective members enjoyed in the previous month in case anything piques your interest. Or to just settle your curiosity. Our July wines had us all over the world, with a few different bottles from France. And since it’s summer and there is no better time, we shared a really great French Rosé — perfect for those hot days.

WineCollective Member Wines

  • Triennes Les Auréliens RougeCabernet Sauvignon, Syrah | Méditerranée IGP, France
  • Las Niñas Inocencia — Carmenère | Colchagua Valley, Chile
  • Portal del Montsant SantesTempranillo | Montsant, Spain
  • Landmark OverlookPinot Noir | California, USA
  • Saveurs du TempsSyrah, Grenache | Costières de Nîmes, France
  • Frog’s LeapSauvignon Blanc | California, USA
  • Cantine Faliesi Arbosto BiancoCoda di Volpe | Campania, Italy
  • Château GantonnetSauvignon, Muscadelle, Semillon | Bordeaux, France
  • Susana Balbo CriosMalbec, Syrah, Petit Verdot | Uco Valley, Argentina
  • Château PicourneauCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot | Haut-Médoc, France

We hope you loved the wines you received and if you aren’t a member, you’re missing out on some really great wine! What are you waiting for?! See you next month when we recap all the amazing August wine!


Weird Wine Notes

Something Strange in Your Glass

If you’ve ever taken a journey into the world of wine tasting, chances are you’ve encountered some pretty strange tasting notes. Wine is a complex subject that is made a little more interesting by all the different adjectives tasters use to describe what they’re drinking. You may think wine is good or bad and not get much deeper about it. Which is totally fine! One thing we love about wine is that it’s different for everyone. However, if you want to dive a little deeper into wine tasting notes, you’re going to see some strange descriptors that might sound bad. Some might even sound gross. So today we’re going to get into some of the weird wine notes tasters make and what they really mean.

Tire Rubber

Sounds crazy — but if you’re getting the scent of burnt rubber when you sniff your wine, don’t be too worried. This scent can appear when a wine (often Syrah) has more prominent sulphur compounds. It doesn’t negatively affect the wine, however since scent is well connected to our ability to taste, if it’s too strong you might not enjoy your glass as much.

Pencil Shavings

Think back to your early school days and all the time spent sharpening pencils before tests. Scents like this are often engrained in our brain for a lifetime. When opening up a bottle of some reds from Bordeaux, you might be taken back to the classroom, standing in line to use the oversized pencil sharpener attached to the teacher’s desk. This scent again isn’t necessarily a bad thing and is even sought after by some enthusiasts.

Saddle Leather

A pretty specific taste that sounds unappealing at first, however tasting saddle leather in your wine isn’t always something to shy away from. Often found in wines that have brettanomyces (a type of yeast), saddle leather taste can show up in many red wines. If the taste is overwhelming and detracts from the positive taste of the wine, then the wine may have spoiled.

Drink What You Enjoy

We could discuss weird wine notes for a long time. The many smells and flavours that wine can evoke is extensive. At the end of the day, you want the wine you’re drinking to be a pleasant experience. So if notes of saddle leather or the scent of tire rubber isn’t working for you, that’s just not the wine for you! Luckily the wine world is huge and there are endless options for you to truly enjoy. Cheers!


Taking a Wine Vacation

Wine Travel: The Next Big Thing

People go on vacation for any number of reasons: relaxation, exploring, learning — the list is endless. We all want the same thing from our vacation days. And that’s to have a good time. So it should come as no surprise that as wine becomes more popular, so do vacations centred around all things wine. Why not sip your way around beautiful locales and learn how local winemakers grow their grapes? No matter what aspect of wine’s journey you’re interested in, there is definitely a wine vacation out there for you. Even if you don’t want to focus your entire holiday around wine, it’s easy to involve a wine excursion almost anywhere! Here are some fantastic options to take a wine vacation or spend time on a holiday learning about the best vacation buddy: wine.

Niagara Peninsula, ON, Canada

Also referred to as the “Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Valley”, this section of Ontario is a wine lover’s dream. Enjoying similar latitude and climate to many wine regions in Europe, this region is home to over 50 wineries. Not only do you save precious time by not leaving Canada to enjoy great wine, you also get to support local growers! Some great wineries in the Niagara Peninsula include Fielding Estate, Malivoire, and Creekside Estate. There are of course so many fantastic wineries to explore and fun ways to do it. Between bike tours and private limousines, there are many ways to enjoy the sites and tastes in Niagara. This is definitely the region you want to take the time to enjoy some Chardonnay in. Ontario’s cool climate lends itself well to the white varietal.

Napa Valley, CA, USA

If you’re looking to venture a little further from home, but not too far, Napa Valley just might be wine holiday destination you’re looking for. Home to over 400 wineries, Napa Valley welcomes wine vacationers from all over the world. Whether you’re looking for rich Cabernets or sweeter Rieslings, Napa has you covered. With vast, large wineries like Beringer Vineyards dating back over 140 years, to smaller niche offerings like Girard, we simply don’t have the time to bombard you with all of our recommendations! One of our recent Napa features is from Stag’s Leap and they have a beautiful vineyard, long Napa history, and amazing castle-like Manor House. Should you find yourself heading to Northern California, you won’t want to miss out on all that Napa Valley has to offer.

Bordeaux, France

Is there anything quite like the thought of sipping French wine in the unrivalled beauty of Bordeaux? If tradition is more up your alley, then there are few places more magical for a wine vacation than France’s Bordeaux region. Historically somewhat unwelcoming to visitors, France has really begun to embrace wine tourism, welcoming over 4 million guests every year. Why keep such stunning vistas and vineyards to yourself?! The most difficult thing about a Bordeaux wine vacation is figuring out who to visit. This can be an extremely daunting task. Don’t be overwhelmed and get started with a few simple tips:

  • Narrow down what kind of wine you love. Your Bordeaux holiday is going to be fantastic if you want to learn about and taste more Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Known for its red blends in particular, narrow down the varietals you’re most passionate about.
  • What’s most important: quantity or quality? If you want to see as many wineries as possible, this is going to heavily influence where you want to go. If you are more focussed on seeing the best, then take your time sourcing ideas.

Mendoza, Argentina

Incredible scenery is pretty par for the course when visiting the Andes mountain region in Argentina. The high peaks make for a fantastic backdrop when tasting some of the incredible wines on offer throughout the Mendoza area . Trekking down to South America might seem far for a wine vacation, but we see no better reason to hop on a plane than to enjoy great wine! With three main wine regions in Mendoza to explore — Maipu Valley, Lujan de Cuyo, and Uco Valley — there is something for every wine fan. Without a doubt you will want to take in some Malbec, as over 70% of Argentine wine is from this red varietal. We love Klassen Wine for their exceptional wines and their beautiful vineyards. There are many options though for every budget and wine fan. Taking a tour around the Luján de Cuyo region would be a great way to get in the sights and tastes of Argentina

Explore the World of Wine

No matter how you spend your vacation time, there is definitely a way to integrate your love of wine. There is no better time to explore the world of wine. With so many options and endless information available at our fingertips, there is a wine vacation for everyone!


Choosing a Sparkling Wine

More Bubbles Please!

Summer is such a fun time for wine. We find ourselves reaching for different bottles than we do in the colder months, which makes wine exciting again. Sparkling wine is one type of wine we’re indulging in more as the sun shines. Gone are the days when bubbles were only for special occasions — why wait around when you can pop the cork any day of the week?! The excitement of pulling the cork on a fresh bottle can brighten any day. Luckily there are so many options available to choose from, in a multitude of styles, varietals, and price points. The choices can be overwhelming, so let’s get a bit into the nitty gritty of how some sparkling wines differ.

What Are the Options?

If you think all sparkling wine is Champagne, boy do we have news for you! Many wine regions around the world produce variations of sparkling wine and they all have something a little different to offer. We could go on for hours about the various sparkling options available and how to choose one to drink. So while this list is by no means exhaustive, it will get you started on the most popular bubbles around.

Champagne

The gold standard. The “name brand” of sparkling wine. In fact, when you mention sparkling wine, chances are this is the first thing most people think of. Grown, bottled, and aged in the Champagne region of France, Champagne is the most expensive option in the sparkling world. Champagne gets its bubbles from a 2nd round of fermentation after adding yeast and sugar, to combat the intense acidity from using barely ripened grapes. Choosing your Champagne can be summed up in 2 easy steps:

  • Sweetness level (from least to most): Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra-Dry, Dry, and Doux.
  • Style: majority of Champagne is made with Chardonnay (Blanc de Blancs) or Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier (Blanc de Noirs). If the varietal is not listed, it is likely a blend of all 3. There is also Rosé Champagne which is made by adding a very small amount of red Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier to blanc Champagne.

Prosecco

The main thing Prosecco has in common with Champagne are the bubbles. Italy’s most famous sparkling wine is made with Glera grapes and given its lovely effervescence using the Charmat Method (aka Tank Method). This process differs from the traditional one used for Champagne, in that 2nd fermentation takes place in a large tank, rather than the individual bottle. This process is cheaper to execute, but still produces excellent sparkling wine! Prosecco is categorized by Brut, Extra Dry, and Dry in terms of sweetness (least to most). So doesn’t have as much variety as Champagne does.

Cava

We happen to think Cava is having its moment. Spanish sparkling wine (Cava) is made in the same fermentation method as Champagne, but is often significantly less expensive. How is that possible? Well for one, land in Champagne, France is extremely expensive. We’re talking many millions of Francs to purchase vineyard land. Spain does not have the same hefty price tag. Secondly, there is less demand. Champagne has a certain reputation and name recognition to it that Cava doesn’t. Seems like a silly thing to add a price to, but it does influence how much you’re paying. So if you ask us, getting sparkling wine that is made in the same method as Champagne, with great grapes, but for a smaller price? Sign us up! To make sure you’re getting a quality Cava, look for labels that say ‘Reserva’ or ‘Gran Reserva’.

Cheers!

No matter what you’re celebrating (or better yet, what you’re not), we hope you start taking a chance on the many options available in the sparkling wine world. We’ve only listed 3 kinds here, but there is still more to explore with Lambrusco, Crémant, Loire, etc. So get your glasses out and get tasting!


Featured June Wines

Taking a Look Back

As the kids wrap up the school year and we officially enter the summer months, we are in the perfect time for enjoying wine. Each month we send out wine to our amazing members all across Canada. It’s a chance for us to share the wonderful wine we discover throughout the year. And June is no different.

June Wine Facts

  • We included a red blend from Klet Brda in Slovenia, which is special because over 70% of Slovenian wine doesn’t leave the country!
  • Just in time for Canada Day we included 3 wines from some of Canada’s best wineries: Creekside Estate, Inniskillin, and Pelee Island.
  • The Sparkling Rosé from Varichon & Clerc Privilège was aged 9 months “sur lattes”—meaning ‘on its side’—to add aromatic complexity.

Take a look at the great bottles enjoyed by WineCollective members last month. Let’s get out on the patio and front porch to finally enjoy some sun!

  • Château Fuissé Saint-VéranChardonnay | Burgundy, France
  • Inniskillin Discovery SeriesTempranillo | Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
  • Château GuillotMerlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon | Bordeaux Supérieur, France
  • Krasno Red BlendCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot | Goriška brda, Slovenia
  • Falia BiancoGarganega, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Trebbiano | Veneto, Italy
  • Las Capas TintoGarnacha, Tempranillo, Macabeu | Calatayud, Spain
  • CreeksidePinot Grigio | Ontario, Canada
  • Le Cirque RougeGrenache, Carignan, Syrah | Tautavel, France
  • Pelee Island LolaCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon | Ontario, Canada
  • Salentein Numina Gran CorteMalbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot | Uco Valley, Argentina
  • Dominio de PunctumSauvignon Blanc | Castilla, Spain
  • Varichon & Clerc Privilège Rosé DryGamay, Cabernet, Airen | Savoie, France

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10 Years of WineCollective

Celebrating a Decade of Sharing Wine

2019 marks 10 years since the first WineCollective subscription packages shipped and it’s incredible to see how far we have come. We’ve seen great growth over the last decade and we are so excited by the number of Canadians we help discover and expand their love of wine. WineCollective was created on a foundation of wine education and sharing, which is still at the forefront of what we do. We have a great team that has grown a lot since 2009. One thing that will never change is our commitment to get Canadians sharing, enjoying, and learning about wine.

Humble Beginnings

What began as an idea to deliver great wine and wine information to people, quickly lead to learning that it’s a trickier business than one would think. Canada is a great country full of wine enthusiasts in all corners, however we are also very large and cold. Determined as ever and eager to bring wine to the masses, we worked hard to ensure our subscribers always have access to the wonderful bottles we select to share. It’s one of the reasons we are the longest running wine subscription service in the country! Delivering bottles of wine to the far corners of our huge country is no easy task. But we are committed to getting the best wine into the hands of Canadians and being a reliable resource for wine information and discovery.

Giving Back

Having now been in business for 10 years, WineCollective is able to support many community charities and events. It’s one of the greatest parts of being a small business. Our passion is wine, but our hearts are always rooted in our communities.  We’re honoured to support many local and national charities including MS Society of Canada, Everett’s Wings, Movember, and many more. Our WineCollective team is constantly active on a local level. Our retail store in Calgary supports many local charities through direct donations from in-store sales. It’s just one of the many ways we give back – all thanks to you!

Looking Ahead

Community, family, and friendships are built around great bottles of wine and we are so excited each month to send our subscribers the very best wine Canada and the world has to offer. We hope that with every cork you pop or top you unscrew, you are learning, sharing, and enjoying amazing wine. Thank you for 10 excellent years and here’s to many more!


Wine and Charcuterie Pairings

The Ultimate Hosting Pair

There is nothing quite like setting up a really impressive charcuterie board for guests. The word itself sounds fancy, so offering charcuterie as a host earns you big points. The best way to elevate your charcuterie game and make it fully impressive, is to serve the right wine alongside your offerings. Today we’re exploring the world of charcuterie and wine: two of our favourite things.

Choosing Your Charcuterie Mix

No two charcuterie boards are the same, which is part of the appeal of them. In fact, the fun of charcuterie platters is mixing things up and trying new food combinations. That being said, the basic tenets of a good charcuterie offering include:

  • Cheese: There is no shortage of cheese readily available to be shared. The cheese case at the grocery store or farmer’s market can be truly overwhelming. The best way to start a charcuterie board, is to include at least one type of cheese from each category:
    • Soft: Feta, soft artisanal Goat Cheese, Brie
    • Semi-soft: Havarti, Munster, Gorgonzola
    • Hard: extra-aged Cheddar, aged Gouda, Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Meat: Getting a selection of salty, cured meat will compliment the cheese and wine very nicely. Some meat to include that are well-loved:
    • Prosciutto
    • Sopressata
    • Soujouk
  • Add-ons: This is where you can get creative! It’s always nice to include some bread items like sliced baguette or crackers, alongside spreads like apricot jam, paté, and stone ground mustards. Adding in fruits like green or red seedless grapes, strawberries, and cantaloupe are refreshing breaks for the salt of the cheese and meat. Olives, figs, and dates are also nice treats to mix in.

Bring on the Wine

One of the nice things about sharing a charcuterie board, is that both white and red wines pair really well. There are a number of options between the two that work great with the food found on charcuterie boards. So whether you’re a red or white fan—or want to serve both—we’ve got you covered.

Red

Two of our favourite reds to serve with charcuterie hail from Cotes du Rhône in France and any French Syrah. Reds from Cotes du Rhône are often full-bodied and lush; an outstanding partner for an evening in with friends. Cotes du Rhône wines are very quaffable and forgiving in how to pair, which makes them a great companion for the varied items on a charcuterie platter! French Syrah is a major player in the Northern Rhône region of France and is considered the “Mecca of Syrah”.

We are enjoying French Syrah blends lately, as well, which are a great option to bring out with your charcuterie board. Some bottles we love include: The Long Little Dog Rouge de Vin 2017 and Le Cirque Rouge.

White

If red is not in the cards for you, there are white wine options that are great companions to your charcuterie offerings. Sharing wine you love is key, so we always want you to go with what you enjoy! An unoaked Chardonnay would be an excellent pairing, such as Château Fuissé Saint-Véran or Domaine Gérard Tremblay.

When building a charcuterie board and sharing with friends or family, the most important part as always, is to enjoy yourself! Don’t put too much pressure on doing things “right”. Food and wine should be fun.


Wine Gifts for Dad

Thinking Outside the Bottle

Gifting wine is a pretty traditional scene. You bring a bottle to hosts, give a bottle to friends during the holidays, and keep some on-hand for when you forget to grab something. As the popularity and access to great wine grows, more people are getting interested in the world of wine. Which is great news because there are so many options now to gift wine drinkers––besides pricey bottles. Dads in particular are the perfect gift recipients to great wine accessories. Who doesn’t know a Dad that doesn’t love tinkering around with new gadgets or showing off a new item they just picked up that few others have? We’ve rounded up some great wine gift ideas that will get Dad excited about his wine collection again.

Coravin Wine Preservation System

The Coravin System allows you to access, pour, and enjoy your favourite wines by the glass whenever you like, without pulling the cork. This is the ideal gift for Dads who enjoy tasting their wines without finishing a bottle in one sitting. The innovative design keeps wine safe from oxidation, allowing it to continue to age naturally. It’s a truly unique gadget that will get any wine fan talking.

Wine Aerator

There are a number of options in the wine aerator market. Wine aerators are helpful in speeding up the process of opening wines up to breathe, which is important for flavour development. Aerating wine allows for enhanced tasting and a smoother finish, without the waiting time that traditional decanting requires. Models like the Vinturi Wine Aerator require no batteries and are compact enough to leave in the kitchen drawer. A great gift for any red fan in particular.

Tasting Journal

It can be difficult for anyone to keep up with the wines they tasted. Keeping short notes in your phone or trying to remember which bottles you loved, isn’t very comprehensive. Tasting journals are a really great way to get Dad to enjoy the wine experience more and also learn from what he has tried. There are some wonderful options out there for tasting journals. One we love is from Wine Folly, for its tasting method guide and overall quality. Getting Dad to track his wine is a really thoughtful gift he will use for years to come.

Enjoying Wine Together

With so many options available in the wine world these days, you’re sure to find something that not only gets Dad enjoying his wine, but sharing it too. We hope you’re able to take in a glass or two with the Dads in your life and talk about the great wine you’ve been enjoying lately! Happy Father’s Day!


Wine Camping Tips

Taking the Cellar Outdoors

As Canadians who have to endure months of cold, snowy winters, the summer months are truly a time to cherish. We shed our many layers, pile in the car, and head outside –– to the mountains, the lake, or wherever the wind pulls us. The fresh air filling our lungs is wonderfully satisfying and can only be improved by one thing: great wine. Which is why we think stepping out of our houses and into the woods doesn’t mean you have to leave the wine at home. In fact, this is the perfect time to tote your favourite vintages and varietals to the great outdoors!

Wine Transportation in Mother Nature

Foldable Wine Bags

Don’t be skeptical of the compactness of foldable wine bags. These are the way to go if you’re camping and want to bring a good amount of wine with you. Super portable and easy to use, foldable wine bags are wine convenience at its finest. Easily found anywhere from Amazon to MEC, wine bags can vary in size and price, depending on your needs. These are definitely the way to go if you’re backpacking or having to carry your supplies any sort of distance. No one wants to haul full glass bottles into the woods.

Wine in a Can

That’s right. We said it. Wine in a can. It might seem blasphemous, but canned wine just might be the way of the future. Super portable, easy to clean-up and take with you once empty (can crushing contest, anyone?), and easy to chill in the river, canned wine is great. There are also a ton of quality wine options in cans now. One of our favourites is Oro Bello Blanc des Blancs.

Vacuum Containers

If vessel-size isn’t a huge concern for you, but temperature control is –– then vacuum containers are the way to transport your wine. These range in size from single portion tumblers to half-gallon jugs. By sacrificing weight and portability, your options for quality control definitely goes up. Insulated containers are well-sealed so you don’t have to worry about spillage and they keep your white wine chilled and your red wine temperate. We’re big fans of lidded insulated tumblers for their portability and temperature control. In fact we’re such big fans that we included a 10th Anniversary edition insulated tumbler with our cabin cases this year! They are truly the perfect outdoor wine companion.

Choosing Camping Wine

Generally when we take on the great outdoors, we have to plan ahead for meals. This is the perfect time to figure out if there are certain meals you’re going to have that would work well with camping. If you aren’t interested in figuring out meals and pairing beforehand or just want to enjoy some wine as the sunsets, we have some great ideas to take with you.

Camp Food Pairings

The best camping meals are made over the fire, which is one reason we love spending a few nights under the stars. Secondly, food tastes better with a little bit of ash cooked in. So if that sounds appealing, we have a few great suggestions for wines to pair with your camping dinners:

  • Burgers: No matter how you dress up your burger, this wine is made for camp dinner.
    Barbera Da Vine – Barbera | Piedmont, Italy; the acidity levels, richness, and hint of berries make a great companion to any fire-blazed burger.
  • Spicy Italian Sausage: Elevated hot dogs for adults, are ideal camping food fare.
    Clos du Soleil – Pinot Blanc | Similkameen Valley, Canada; this stunning white will combat the spice with good acidity and punches of citrus.
  • S’mores: Are you even camping if you don’t cook up s’mores over the fire?
    Tawse Spark – Riesling | Twenty Mile Bench, Canada; Dare we suggest bringing a bottle of sparkling wine with you? If you’re packing up supplies for s’mores, it’s worth making some extra room for this Canadian sparkling white.

The Key is Having Fun

No matter how you decide to spend your time outdoors, it’s important to make the most of it. Our time in the sun, amongst the trees, is short in Canada. So if you enjoy a great glass of wine to unwind after a trek through the woods or a long day on the lake, we say Cheers to that!


Featured May Wine

Hand Selected Wines for May

We’re welcoming in spring with open arms here at WineCollective. Our May wine subscription packages are out across Canada and we want to share all the great bottles your fellow WineCollective members are drinking. With the flowers blooming, we’re finally ready to enjoy time on the deck or patio. In short, it’s time to enjoy the fresh air with a nice glass of wine. This month we featured 11 wines from around the world, with a mix of blends, white, and reds. All of these pair well with good company. Which we like to think all wine should.

Some Features to Note:

  • Two of the wines were bottled in 2014, however, they can both rest in the cellar for another 5-6 years. In addition to that, both 2014 wines are from Spain.
  • Also noteworthy in our Spanish wines: in Spain, the Viura varietal is referred to as ‘Macabeo’.
  • Chardonnay is featured in two bottles – both in a blend and on its own. Now, not everyone claims to be a fan of Chardonnay. As a result, we think it’s important to mention the value in trying different styles!

WineCollective May Wine Features:

Héraldique Cuvée Prestige (Grenache, Marselan, Mourvedre, Syrah) – Pays d’Oc, France | 2017

Gaintza Aitako (Hondarrabi Zuri, Hondarrabi Beltz, Chardonnay) – Getariako Txakolina, Spain | 2015

Condado de Haza Crianza (Tempranillo) – Ribera del Duero, Spain | 2014

Monteci Bardolino (Corvina, Rondinella) – Bardolino, Italy | 2018

Hazy View (Chenin Blanc) – Western Cape, South Africa | 2018

Monteci Roveiago (Corvina, Rondinella, Merlot) – Verona, Italy | 2017

Marqués de Nombrevilla (Viura) – Calatayud, Spain | 2018

Elias Mora Descarte (Tinta de Toro) – Toro, Spain | 2014

Bottega Vinai (Pinot Nero) – Trentino, Italy | 2016

Stuhlmuller (Chardonnay) – Alexander Valley, USA | 2016

Hazy View (Pinotage) – Western Cape, South Africa | 2016

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