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Wedding Gift Ideas for Every Couple

Finding the Perfect Wedding Gift

In 2021, many couples are choosing to forego the classic gift registries in favour of collecting experiences and monetary gifts to help cover costs for travel, home buying, and beyond. This shift can make finding the perfect wedding gift a little tricky. Which is why we created WineCollective wedding gifts!

Gift for Couples who Live together

Dark coloured paper wedding invitation with "love" written on it, topped with two wedding bands

These days, most couples are already settled into a home together before tying the knot. Less couples are in need of the “classic” wedding gifts, like pots and pans. Most have already been cooking and decorating for months or years. You can still give them something special to help them start their married life together!

WineCollective gift subscriptions are the perfect gift. The newlyweds get to experience, taste, and learn about wine together for months after the wedding. So help them kick-start their new life together with great wine!

Gift for Couples Who Have Everything

A bride and groom holding two glasses of red wine.

With people getting married later in life (even if they haven’t been cohabiting), there are many couples who already have all the things they need. These couples are looking for experiences over material items, and WineCollective is absolutely an experience — not just bottles of wine. Whether this is a second marriage or senior couples, this is the perfect gift to encourage even more, personal celebrations. Each month their wine gift will include:

  • An educational wine guide with tasting notes, winery information, cellar recommendations, and more
  • Many exclusive bottles that cannot be bought anywhere else in Canada
  • Access to our members online store, where even more wine information can be found alongside tons of other great wines to try
  • Digital content including blogs and newsletters which share even more wine education

The WineCollective experience is a unique opportunity for newly married couples to learn more about the wine world, while enjoying great bottles they otherwise would not get to try. We can’t think of a better experience for newlyweds than opening a bottle (or two) after the exhausting wedding process. 

Gift for Best Friends

champagne being poured into champagne flutes on a tabletop

What do you get for the person or couple who has been there for you through it all? When a home improvement store gift card won’t do the trick, we think WineCollective is a wonderful and extra special way to celebrate your closest friend’s new life chapter.

Having wine delivered to your best friend’s door every month, as they celebrate their new marriage, is the best way to show you love them. And if you’re really lucky, maybe they’ll share a glass or two with you once the honeymoon is over. 

A Unique Wine Gift

Don’t stress any longer about giving the best wedding gift. We have you covered! WineCollective wedding gifts are easy to buy, from the comfort of home. Help your newlywed friends and family toast to a long, beautiful life together with a gift from WineCollective.


Wedding Gifts from a Distance

The Best Wedding Gift Idea for 2021

Choosing the right wedding gift can be a tricky feat. You don’t want to give them something they already have, and you don’t want to give them the same thing as someone else! This is made more complicated when you are giving wedding gifts from a distance. Maybe the couple has eloped, there are travel restrictions (due to the global pandemic), or maybe they are having a destination wedding and you don’t want them to have to lug a bunch of big gifts with them on their way home. This doesn’t mean you have to email a gift card or deal with high shipping costs, you can give them a wine subscription through WineCollective.

A Wedding Gift if You Can’t Attend

white paper wrapped wedding gifts topped with pale pink flowers on a table

Ever opened your calendar and realized your free summer weekends are dwindling because of the commitments you already have? Whether you’re double booked, can’t travel to a destination wedding or the couple eloped (and rudely didn’t invite you!), sending a WineCollective wedding gift is the perfect way to celebrate the couple without physically being there.

Get them started on an exciting wine journey, without having to worry about shipping or any other hassle. We have it all covered! 

Send a Wedding Gift Anywhere in Canada

two champagne flutes with etched hearts on them

Can’t make it across the border or across the country to celebrate? Or maybe you are just looking for a unique gift idea that will stand out. You can be a special part of the newlyweds special day, and their new life together with a wine subscription gift. Get it delivered straight to their home anywhere in Canada!

Let the couple toast each other with amazing wine once the chaos of wedding season settles. WineCollective gifts are not only enjoyable to sip, but also include a ton of educational pieces so that the newlyweds can learn while they enjoy their new wine. It’s the perfect date night.

How Much to Spend on a Wedding Gift

Mr. and Mr. hanging sign

When choosing a wedding gift for the lucky couple, the general rule of thumb is to spend about as much as they are spending on your meal at the reception. WineCollective wedding gifts are the perfect solution whether you are the only attendee, or you want to pool together with a group to get a larger gift. We have a selection of gifting packages to choose from from a single wine delivery, to a whole year of wine. Best of all, each monthly gift delivery includes:

  • Shipping, packaging, and taxes, so there are no surprises on delivery
  • Many exclusive wines, not sold anywhere else in Canada
  • Wine guides that review each wine’s tasting notes, food pairings, cellaring information, and more

WineCollective gifts are not only easy for you to give, but a great, unique surprise for a new couple to receive for months after their big day.

Send a Wine Subscription Gift

Our hope with our wedding gifts is that you are able to give something really special to people who mean a lot to you. All of us at WineCollective work hard to create exciting wine experiences that we are sure will be enjoyed by the newlyweds in your life. Celebrate new love with a gift unlike any other!


How the WineCollective Membership Works

Welcome to WineCollective

You made the great decision to sign up for a WineCollective wine subscription! Welcome! We’re so excited to have new members join and discover the great wine we’ve been curating for them. Now that you are a member, you aren’t simply receiving a shipment of amazing wine each month. Your subscription goes far beyond that, with a number of features and perks that we don’t want you to miss! Let’s explore how the WineCollective membership works and what you can expect.

WineCollective Member Perks

Being a member of WineCollective, you gain access to amazing perks that are valuable beyond the bottles we ship each month. These member perks are part of what makes your subscription the best wine experience possible! With WineCollective you receive:

  • Access to our members only online store with discounted bottles, mix packs, and exclusive offers
  • Wine shipped in sustainable packaging that can be recycled or composted (depending on local regulations)
  • Monthly wine guides with education about each bottle and the wine world in general, making you a real wine expert
  • Exclusive wines that the rest of the Canadian market does not have access to
  • Educational wine information in blogs, emails, and printed pieces that will help build up your wine knowledge

Your WineCollective Wine Guide

Each month when you receive your wine subscription box, it will come with a wine guide full of great information. Each copy highlights every bottle we have included in our wine subscription packages for that month — which means you get to see the many wines we featured in other subscription packs. Our variety of packages means we are sourcing up to 14 different wines each month! The vast majority of these bottles will also be added to our members-only online store, so if anything in the guide catches your eye, we recommend visiting the WineCollective store.

Your monthly guide also includes educational pieces, designed to help expand your wine knowledge. We aren’t just selling bottles of wine (at amazing member prices). We want to help grow your knowledge and guide you to being an informed wine consumer. Our monthly guides are designed to educate through:

  • long-form articles
  • exclusive sales and offers
  • wine profiles for each wine feature; including tasting notes, food pairings, winery information, QR codes leading to extended wine reviews, and more

Our monthly guides are one of the most important components of our subscription service and we encourage you to hang onto them!

WineCollective Shipping

We have worked hard over the years to utilize reliable shipping methods and we continue to constantly monitor, change, and update our shipping procedures. Since 2020 we have been using sustainable shipping materials that are recyclable, and even compostable in most urban areas.

We also use a variety of courier services who we have worked with over many years, including Canada Post, Loomis Express, Fedex, and ATS Healthcare. Our commitment is to get your wine to you in the fastest, safest, and most cost effective manner possible. Shipping across a country like Canada has its barriers, but our expertise in shipping wine for over 12+ years ensures we are always providing the best experience possible.

Enjoy Your Wine

Being a member of WineCollective is the start to a wonderful journey and we’re so grateful you’re here! Each month you will receive an email on the 1st, letting you know when wine will be shipping. If you ever need to rearrange shipping addresses or dates, or have questions about how the WineCollective membership works, let us know anytime. Now all you need to do is sit back and enjoy!


Father’s Day Gift Idea

A Special Gift Just for Dad

Every year we rack our brains for something fun and unexpected to give Dad for Father’s Day. How many tools and grilling recipe books can one guy have?! Thankfully we have put together a great Father’s Day gift idea with our WineCollective gifts! With great options to fit your budget and any Dad, it’s sure to make Father’s Day 2021 the best one yet. Here at WineCollective we’ve always created memorable Mother’s Day gifts, but this year we’re showing up for the Dads too. Because Dad deserves some great bottles and the chance to relax with a glass of wine.

The Best Father’s Day Gift

Preview of the contents of a WineCollective subscription box - a Father's Day gift idea.

There are many reasons why a WineCollective gift is perfect for Father’s Day. 

  • Unexpected: we are Canada’s largest wine subscription service and since this is our first time offering a Father’s Day gift option, we’re pretty sure Dad hasn’t had a wine gift like this before!
  • Education: WineCollective gifts aren’t just random bottles. We provide wine education too, with in-depth online wine reviews and monthly wine guides including tasting notes, food pairings, and more.
  • Sustainable: we are your source for a great sustainable Father’s Day gift. Our shipping materials are compostable and recyclable, while ensuring wine bottles arrive intact. 

There are many more ways that make WineCollective a great Father’s Day gift idea. We offer exclusive bottles that can’t be found elsewhere in the Canadian wine market, which means Dad will be trying new wines. Not to mention, this is the perfect time to surprise anyone who plays a special role in your life: father-in-law, neighbour, uncle, coworker. Everyone deserves a token of appreciation!

A Wine Gift Just for Dad

A glass of wine from WineCollective accompanied by a barbecue for Father's Day festivities - a father's day gift idea.

WineCollective Father’s Day gifts include the features listed above, plus:

  • 3-bottles of wine: all red or mixed
  • Your choice of gift length: 1, 2, or 3 months
  • Starting at just $79.99
  • Greeting card in the first month’s shipment

Wine gifts are also priced so that the more you buy, the more you save: 10% off the first month of 2-month gifts and 15% off the first month of 3 month gifts. We rarely reduce pricing on our gifts or subscriptions, so this is a great time to introduce WineCollective to your loved ones. WineCollective has created this Father’s Day gift present so that you can treat Dad the way he deserves!

Give Dad a Memorable Gift

A preview of the contents of a father's day wine subscription box from WineCollective.

This is the perfect time to get the best gift for Dad and give him a special treat this Father’s Day. There are plenty of Father’s Day gifting options out there, but Dad will love his very own wine subscription sent right to his door. Make Dad proud this year and share the world of wine.


Corporate Gifts That Make Your Company Stand Out

It’s not easy finding the right corporate holiday gift — especially this year, with many employees working from home. Gone is the communal kitchen to gather in and share the chocolates or cookies that were delivered. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate your own employees, great clients, or beyond, WineCollective offers customizable corporate gifts that recipients can enjoy in the office or at home, leaving your business at the top of their mind.

Show You Care Through Employee Gifting

woman's hands on a keyboard searching for corporate gifts online

There is no one who works harder than your employees. No matter your industry, there is a group of great people working every day to keep your business running. The holiday season is the perfect time to take a moment and really show your appreciation.

Why should you send your employees a holiday gift?

  • Show gratitude.
    Give a holiday gift to current employees to show them they’re valued beyond their paycheque. 
  • Employee Recognition.
    Send a personalized holiday gift to your employees to show that their hard work isn’t going unnoticed. 
  • Boosts morale.
    Gift them with a unique experience to spark joy and boost team spirit, especially during what has been a difficult year.. 

Take the time to show your appreciation for your team, large or small. Give the gift of wine this holiday season and toast to your great employees!

Show You Care Through Client Gifting

Four bottles of wine in a corporate christmas gift package

We try not to focus on the negative, but the reality is that a lot of businesses have had a difficult time in 2020. A great way to show your gratitude for your clients old and new, is to send a great, unique holiday corporate gift.

Why should you send corporate gifts over the holidays?

  • Say thanks.
    Sometimes a card with a note isn’t enough. Send a gift to your longtime clients or clients who hit huge milestones this year, offering thanks with amazing bottles of wine!
  • Customer Retention.
    Build and maintain your client relationships by going the extra mile with a unique holiday gift that stands out from all the rest.
  • Show you care.
    Your customers and clients support you all year. Show them how much their business means to you with a truly unique gift — more than just wine for more than just a client. 

Why Send Corporate Gifts through WineCollective?

A bottle of french wine and WineCollective branded corporate gift packaging

We aren’t just great wine, sourced from around the world. We have plenty to offer in creating educational, unique, and delicious wine experiences. A WineCollective gift includes:

  • Volume discounts
  • Timed arrival dates with tracking
  • Personal service for you (speak to us directly!)
  • Customer service for recipient
  • Holiday greeting card with each package
  • Custom gifting packages based on your needs

Giving with WineCollective is so easy to do. If you’d like to learn more about our corporate gifting options, please email us anytime at thecellar@winecollective.ca or fill out the form below, and we will be happy to help you find the best gifting option for you! Ready to give now? No problem!

Ready to surprise and delight your clients or employees?


Exploring the Bordeaux Wine Region

When shopping for wine by region, it’s common to want to start with the best. Which frequently leads people to France’s Bordeaux region. Everyone wants the greatest experience possible when choosing a wine. Why risk getting bad wine?! What can be frustrating about this process, is that “best” can mean “most expensive”. Although it’s nice to splurge sometimes, it isn’t always possible. Classifying the “best French wine” is a subjective topic that we can start to break down by understanding the region better. What makes the Bordeaux wine region so special? Let’s find out!

What is Bordeaux Wine?

Bottle of Bordeaux red wine placed on a map of the Bordeaux wine region

The name Bordeaux derives from “au bord de l’eau,” which means “along the water.” The region is divided by three important rivers: the Garonne, Dordogne, and Gironde. As you may have guessed, any wine produced in the Bordeaux region is considered a Bordeaux. This includes both red and white wines, and includes a vast appellation system to categorize the region. As a result, the appellation system in Bordeaux can be very complex, and dates back to the original classification of the Haut-Medoc AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) in 1855. 

How are Bordeaux Wines Classified?

The trick is to imagine Bordeaux like a set of Russian nesting dolls: highly specific and prestigious appellations are nested within increasingly larger sub-regions. The more specific the location on the label, the better (and more expensive) the wine. While broader location names (like the catch-all “Bordeaux” or the slightly smaller “Medoc”) indicate humbler bottlings.

Wine Regions in Bordeaux

Bottle of Bordeaux wine next to a glass of red wine.

The Gironde river provides the most basic, unofficial classification of wines from Bordeaux’s left and right bank. The left bank (to the south and west of the river) is home to the AOCs: 

  • Medoc
  • Haut-Medoc
  • Graves
  • Sauternes 

The red wines here tend to have a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. The right bank, to the north and east, generally have a higher percentage of Merlot, and includes the AOCs: 

  • Cotes de Blaye
  • Pomerol
  • Fronsac
  • St.-Emilion 

What Grapes are in Bordeaux Wine?

Bordeaux grapes on a vine

Red Grapes of Bordeaux

Of the five traditional red grapes of Bordeaux, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are by far the most popular. Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot play a smaller, but still important, supporting role. Red wine in total makes up approximately 90% of all wine produced in Bordeaux.

White Grapes of Bordeaux

White grape varieties are evenly split between Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with very small amounts of Muscadelle, Ugni Blanc, and Colombard. The most famous whites of Bordeaux are the Botrytis-affected sweet wines of Sauternes.

The grapes in Bordeaux are some of the most sought after in the world. Whether you’re looking for a white or a red, there is something from Bordeaux that will excite your palate. And not necessarily break the bank.

Shop these Amazing Bordeaux Wines!


WineCollective’s Quick Guide to South African Wine

Why drink wine from South Africa?

Boasting nearly 3000 km of coastline, South Africa is the only wine region in the world that is bordered by two oceans. With the Atlantic to the West and the Indian ocean to the East, South Africa is home to many beautiful vistas. One thing South Africa has in common with other wine countries in the world: incredible landscapes. We are hard-pressed to think of a wine region anywhere in the world that isn’t beautiful to look at—and South Africa is no exception. The unique environment created by its combination of geography and climate has made South Africa ideally suited to wine production. South African wine is known for pairing easily with food, approachable price points, and offering a wide range of grapes. Therefore, your next bottle should definitely be South African wine!

How did winemaking start in South Africa?

treed hillside in South Africa's wine country

With a grape-growing history stretching back over 300 years to early Dutch colonists, South Africa is not new to the wine game. Cape Town was an important re-stocking station for trade voyages between Europe and the East Indies. Local wine production was critical and kick-started early-on by cuttings from French grape varieties. Despite South Africa’s wine-growing history starting with colonization, it has been able to flourish past its harsh beginnings. As a nation it does not crack the top 10 in volume of wine production. However, many wine lovers around the world continue to seek out the exceptional quality wines grown and made in South Africa.

What grapes grow in South Africa?

close shot of grape vine

The signature grapes most commonly associated with South Africa are:

  • Chenin Blanc (also called Steen)
  • Pinotage (a made-in-South-Africa crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault)

In addition to these, other major French varieties are also thriving. Some varietals are becoming increasingly available in export markets and are well worth seeking out, including: 

  • Chardonnay
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah
  • Merlot

The variety in South Africa vineyards is always expanding. As a result of South Africa’s incredible biological diversity, sustainability has become an important watchword for wine producers. Many of such producers invest considerable resources in preserving their land. As a result, you will find new varietals growing in innovative ways here.

Try South African wine today!

bottle of Spier Golden Thread wine laying on its side

We feature South African wine throughout the year and are always happy to help our members discover exciting bottles from regions they may not be familiar with. One of our favourite South African wineries, located just outside the Stellenbosch region, is Spier Wine Farms. Their Golden Thread red blend is excellent and always a great wine to indulge in. Shop Spier now and get exploring South African wine!


Shipping Wine – The Green Way

Shipping Wine in Canada

WineCollective has been shipping wine across Canada for over 10 years now. We know, we can hardly believe it either! Since the beginning it has been our goal to share the best wine the world has to offer, in monthly subscription boxes shipped right your door. No fuss, no hassle, and no unnecessary visits to the post office. Over time, many aspects of our business have evolved and grown, which inevitably means change. While we are always aiming to provide exceptional value to our customers, we are also constantly looking for ways in which we can improve. It became clear recently that we needed to take a closer look at the environmental impact of our packaging, so we started the long journey to make our shipping materials more green. And we are so excited to share that we have!

How to Ship Wine

cardboard shipping box with compostable pulp tray inside

The business of shipping wine across one of the largest countries in the world is no easy feat. Besides our huge size, Canada is also home to a climate that is pretty extreme. Both of these factors present challenges to shipping our fragile, temperature sensitive, and age-restricted cargo. All of these reasons are why, for so many years, we have chosen sturdy and reliable styrofoam inserts for shipping wine. Getting your bottles to your home or office in mint condition is always our priority.

Recyclable Shipping Materials

Red wine bottles laying in compostable pulp tray for shipping

After searching high and low, conducting months of practical tests, and switching couriers, we have finally found a new way to ship wine. We are so excited to say that our new shipping materials are:

  • Created from recycled materials
  • Contain pieces that are compostable or recyclable
  • Protect bottles from temperature changes and breakage

All of these new attributes are very important to us and to you! The pulp tray inserts in our new shipping packages are made of compostable material, however we do acknowledge that not all municipalities support composting them just yet. We encourage all WineCollective members to check with their local compost guidelines. In the event that you cannot compost the trays, they are 100% recyclable.

Green Shipping

Compostable pulp tray sitting on top of cardboard box

We’d like to thank all of our WineCollective members, old and new, for their feedback and support during our transition. We are lucky to have such dedicated members and we’re happy to finally offer green shipping solutions that meet everyone’s needs. Enjoy your next shipment or maybe it’s time to finally join us!

Let’s Go Green Together!


What Wines Pair Best With BBQ?

While there is no ‘wrong’ answer to which wines you should pair with your next BBQ, we’d recommend red wine. Red wine pairs well with most grilled foods like steak, mushrooms, and caramelized onions.

Learning to Grill with Wine

Steak and mushroom on a grill to pair with wine

Pairing wine with food is something most people struggle with. It can be a daunting task, since no one wants to serve the wrong thing. Don’t worry – we’re here to help!

There is no better time than the summer to be out grilling. This leads to the inevitable question: what wines pair best with BBQ? At WineCollective we are always encouraging you to sip your wine in whatever way makes you happy. So if that includes BBQ ribs or veggies or anything in between, there is a wine to go with it.

Why Pair Red Wine With BBQ?

Hand holding glass of red wine for what to pair with bbq

If you’ve ever looked up ‘pairing wine and bbq’ before, chances are you’ve seen lots of red wine recommendations. Why is that? Typically when we’re firing up the grill, we’re going to be cooking meat. Of course this isn’t always the case, but the meat eaters out there will attest to the greatness of a grilled steak. As a result, red wine is a go-to recommendation when it comes to BBQ food pairings.

As we learn from our trusted friends at Wine Folly, red wine works so well here “because the umami and high fat in the meat will balance out the tannin in red wine.” That being said, red wine doesn’t only work with grilled meat. Anything you’re cooking on the BBQ that has great umami, like mushrooms, ripe tomatoes, garlic, and caramelized onions, will work really well with red wine.

Wine to Pair with Grilled Ribs or Pork Tenderloin

Pair this Las Niñas Inocencia Wine with grilled ribs or pork tenderloin

Las Niñas Inocencia 2017 Carmenère. This Chilean Carmenère is best served with grilled ribs or pork tenderloin marinated in a tangy, homemade Chimichurri. The savoury qualities will help enhance the flavours in the wine and make it taste even more fruity.

Wine to Pair with Grilled Lamb Chops

Krasno Red Blend Wine to pair with grilled lamb chops

Krasno 2017 Red Blend. If you haven’t tried wine from Slovenia, you’ve been missing out! This blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot is a great match for grilled lamb chops. The light gaminess of lamb lets the red wine flavours shine. This is a great time to experiment with red wine marinades, too.

Wine to Pair with Cedar-Plank Salmon

Chalkboard Red Blend wine bottle - pairs perfectly with cedar-plank salmon

Chalkboard 2018 Red Blend. A perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. Sound familiar? This blend is also seen in the previously mentioned Krasno Red, but this time, we’re saying it’s time for some cedar-plank salmon. This particular blend is light enough to complement the fattier cut of fish, while cooking with cedar makes this pairing even more appealing.

Wine to Pair with BBQ Burgers

Teusner The Riebke wine pairs with barbequed burgers

Teusner 2016 ‘The Riebke’. We love an Aussie Shiraz. This Barossa Valley classic is calling for a juicy burger, dressed with applewood cheddar, pepper jack bacon, and sweet onion chutney. The structure of the wine with its dark fruit notes, are able to take on the flavours in any perfectly grilled burger.

Now You Have the Perfect Pairings!

Glass of red wine, basil leaf, timer, and bowl of spices ready to bbq

As we’re getting into BBQ season, there will be a ton of great meals being served amongst family and friends. And as your trusted source for curated wine selections, we’re here to get your grill season going! Just in time for the season, we have created a Grilling Grab Bag. It’s an awesome 4-bottle pack of some of our favourite red wines (all mentioned above), to pair with your next BBQ meal.


Explore Wines From Argentina

What Makes Wines from Argentina so Special?

The world of wine is a vast one. You can find winding vines of red and green grapes in countries on (almost) every continent. So it isn’t hard to find new places with a thriving wine industry and culture. One iconic wine country is South America’s Argentina. With majestic mountains in Patagonia, sweeping coastlines, and desert-like climates in much of the country, Argentina’s wine production is thriving. As a top five producer in the world, wines from Argentina can be found at varying price points and satisfying any discerning palate. Let’s explore Argentine wine and what makes it a frequent WineCollective feature.

World Access to Argentine Wine

Closely-cropped bottle of 2017 Malbec from Argentina

Argentina might be the 5th largest wine producing country in the world, but it wasn’t always that way. Wines from Argentina weren’t always easy to find internationally. Until the 1990s, wine produced in Argentina was mostly consumed within their own borders. As a result of increased exporting, the quality of wines being made in Argentina improved significantly. This caused great growth in purchases around the world and is why we’re all able to enjoy access to wines from Argentina today.

What Type of Wine is Argentina Known For?

Rows of grapes growing in an Argentinian vineyard

There are many varietals to enjoy from Argentina. Firstly, you probably think of Malbec, which is the country’s most notable grape. However, there is plenty to explore when it comes to wines from Argentina, where you can also find:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Torrontes
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Two Argentinian Malbec Wines You Have to Try

Proemio Terroir Red Blend

Bottle shot of an Argentinian Malbec, Proemio Terroir Red Blend
  • Why We Love It: In the cellar, the Proemio team employs a unique style of oak barrels for aging — rather than barrels made from staves from the trunk of an oak, they use staves sourced from the tree’s branches. This is not only an effort in sustainability, but also lends a slight rusticity to the finished wine to complement the bright fruit.
  • Taste: This wine is a berry bonanza on the palate! All the red fruit from the nose comes through loud and clear with flavours of wild strawberry, tart raspberry, and ripe cherry. It’s fully dry though, so don’t be fooled by all the juicy fruit flavours. 
  • Food Pairing: This is a party-friendly BBQ wine perfect for spring and summer. While it doesn’t need food, try this with a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin on the BBQ, or seared halloumi served on crunchy grilled baguette and drizzled with balsamic.

Vaglio Aggie Malbec

Vagglio Aggie 2016 Malbec Wine bottle
  • Why We Love It: Vaglio wines are meant to showcase the qualities from their vineyard, with each wine demonstrating a different expression of Malbec. The Aggie, one of five Malbecs produced under Valgio Wines, is harvested from a 52 acre vineyard planted in 2008.
  • Taste: Bitterness of plum skin or cherry pit, combined with light leather notes and toasted nuts, give more depth to the fruity profile that enchanted us from the nose. Aged for eight months in 40% new French oak.
  • Food Pairing: Portobella mushroom burger with sautéed onions on a toasted brioche bun. Underlying earthy qualities and strong tannins will balance well with the richness of butter and caramelized flavours. An easy wine to pair with almost anything on the BBQ!

Featured May 2020 Wines

The eleven wines featured by WineCollective in May 2020

Each month we feature many wines from around the world, which often includes Argentina! We are are always finding high quality wine, at exceptional prices. Which is why it continues to be a wonderful source for WineCollective.;lzxaq’ Take a look at the wines we shared with members this month and maybe try some new bottles you didn’t get to.

We hope you’re able to indulge in some Argentine wine soon. It’s an exciting wine country well worth exploring! And don’t forget, you can shop our wine selections any time at WineCollective.ca.

Want to Continue to Explore the World Through Wine?

There is an entire world out there of wine to enjoy. So if you want to start your next wine adventure, we’re happy to guide you!


TV and Wine: What to Pair

The Perfect Match for an Evening In

Staying in and enjoying a glass or two is not anything new. This is the Saturday night reality for many people and is a reliable way to unwind after a long week. TV and wine are a perfect match and the reality is even more of us are spending much more time at home these days. With social distancing guidelines being in place for the foreseeable future, we thought why not share some staff picks! We are lucky to live in a time when there are many options for movie watching, TV and wine.

The options can be overwhelming, so here are some WineCollective staff viewing picks, along with a great wine to go with it! Sit back and try something new in your glass and on your screen.

WineCollective Staff Picks

TV and Wine pairing together at home with WineCollective
  • “Anytime I needs a pick me up, I watch Easy A on Netflix. The clever banter and witty retorts get me laughing every time. With spring here now, I’m loving a glass (or two) of the delicious Finca Martha Chardonnay. Oh and don’t forget the popcorn!” – Kerri, Procurement Manager
  • Shameless? How about Shame-more! If you haven’t seen this boisterous, gasp-worthy series, now is the time. With 10 seasons currently out on Netflix and one more in the works, it always has me ready for more. When I sit down to watch an episode (or eight) I like to enjoy a nice, spicy red. My go-to at the moment is a bottle of False Bay Old School.” – Shannon, DTC Manager
  • “If you are looking for a couple laughs, like I’m sure we all are at the moment, look no further than Schitt’s Creek, streaming on Netflix and CBC Gem. A Canadian comedy created by father son team Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, this binge worthy comedy pairs well with one of our favourite Canadian wines, the Creekside Pinot Gris. This wine is definitely Alexis approved too.” – Annie, Supply Chain Coordinator
  • “Feeling cooped up with cabin fever and wishing you were out exploring the world? Me too! I’ve been diving deep into nature docu series to still feel connected to nature and am currently hooked on Netflix’s Night on Earth.  Low-light photography, stunning landscapes, and cute seal pups pair best with adventurous wines – like the Krasno Red Blend from Slovenia.” – Amber, Director of DTC Operations 

Wine Was Made for TV Time

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  • “How can you not be hooked on a show that starts every episode with an expletive bleep? Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist… on CTV combines comedy, drama, and musical theatre. Is there anything funnier and more terrifying than the thought of singing your deepest emotions OUT LOUD?! This TV show pairs perfectly with the unoaked, fruit filled, no-thought-required Gerbera Garnacha.” – Kelly, Customer Experience Coordinator
  • “For dry, cynical British humour, you can’t get much better than the short-lived BBC show Black Books on Amazon Prime! It’s a favourite re-watch of mine, who likes to drink like the show’s Bernard Black and enjoy ice-cold Aussie Rosé (try Oakridge ‘Over-the-Shoulder’ Rosé) or Spanish reds like the Nucli Tinto from Bodegas Neleman. – James, Procurement Coordinator

We hope these suggestions help you get through the days and nights at home. TV and wine are a great way to help pass the time, so pop a bottle, and catch up on something new. Cheers!


Not Your Average Mother’s Day Gift

Celebrating Mom Like She Deserves

Many holidays are synonymous with spending time with loved ones. Whether it’s large family dinners for Christmas or a festive birthday brunch, Canadians love celebrating with their friends and family. No matter who the Mom is in your life — spouse, friend, caregiver, neighbour, or parent — they deserve all the appreciation you can give. We want to share some ways you can still celebrate Mom with a great Mother’s Day gift, without being in the same room.

Obviously, Moms Love Wine

We couldn’t miss this opportunity to share our Mother’s Day gifts. Every year we create great gifting options that will delight any lucky Mom who is interested in wine. This year especially, it’s so easy to send a gift of wine to that special Mom who deserves a few great bottles. With limited resources available locally, getting wine shipped is the easiest way to enjoy wine these days. And with WineCollective, you know that the bottles Mom gets will be great.

We scour the world looking for the best wine and often share vintages, varietals, and wineries that you can’t get in stores. Shop our 1, 2, 3 and 6 month gift options and get some awesome wine in Mom’s hands, without either of you leaving the house!

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Brunch: A Mother’s Day Gift Classic

A tried and true celebration of Moms is brunch. And while having a traditional brunch may not be possible right now, there are some inventive ways to still show Mom you care with a great meal. Many great, local restaurants are still offering delivery or take out services, which is an excellent way to support small businesses and eat great food!

Using food delivery services means you can easily send brunch right to Mom’s door:

All of these services offer delivery across Canada. What a great surprise to give! There is also the option of picking up a basket or prepared meal from a local vendor or restaurant and having a “distant picnic”. If the weather is great where you are on Mother’s Day, why not set out some blankets 2 metres apart, and enjoy brunch that way! We even have some great Rosé that would accompany an outdoor, socially distant breakfast.

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Time For a New Hobby

There is no better time than now to further explore existing hobbies or taking on a new one! As our days of social distancing has gone on, have you noticed Mom talking more about her knitting? Maybe she’s learning to paint or is excited about getting back into the garden. This is the perfect time to really listen, not that we don’t always listen to our moms…

Take some time to scout out local shops. Many now offer online shopping, delivery, or curb-side pickup so that you can still support the businesses in our communities that need the help. Craft kits and adult colouring books can be found at tons of bookstores. As spring moves along and we’re getting more sun. Local greenhouses will also likely be offering plenty of great gift options. Shop local and ask around for shopping ideas!

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A Mother’s Day To Remember

It’s unlikely that most of us will forget this Mother’s Day. It’s easy to get into the routine of being at home working, spending more time with the kids, and adjusting to new schedules. However these kinds of changes in our lives are felt even more on holidays when we can’t spend time with one another like we used to. If gifting isn’t an option for you this Mother’s Day, don’t worry. What Moms want most is for their loved ones to be cared for and happy. So at the very least, take the time to call, email, or video chat with the special Mom in your life.