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Pairing Wine With Thanksgiving Food

Serving Wine at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and wine is a very celebratory beverage. Where do you start? Many of us serve the same dishes year after year, but choosing the wines can get confusing. With so many wine options, pairing wine with Thanksgiving food is a task all its own. But there is no need to worry! We’re going to cover some traditional and interesting pairing suggestions for your table this year. Maybe this is the year to branch out on some new dishes. Or better yet, combine the traditional and old family standbys with something different!

Best Wines to Serve With Turkey

A turkey for thanksgiving dinner.

It has long been said that, with white meat, you serve white wine. However, when pairing wine with food, it’s important to not only focus on one part of the meal. What are the side dishes? Are you serving strong flavoured dishes like brussels sprouts or cranberry sauce? With that in mind, here are some popular Thanksgiving wine pairing matches that will suit your turkey and many sides:

  1. Riesling – this white can range from bone dry to sweet. It has a food-friendly acidity and works well with many dishes.
  2. Pinot Grigio – this white holds its own with garlic, onions, herbs, stuffing, and higher-fat foods.
  3. Beaujolais – while Pinot Noir is the traditional red served for Thanksgiving, Beaujolais is a light and fruity red that matches nicely with almost anything on the table.

Best Wines to Serve With Potato Dishes

A bowl of mashed potatoes.

While turkey is easily associated with Thanksgiving, you’d be hard pressed to find a Thanksgiving table without potatoes. What makes potatoes extra special, is the seeming infinite ways they can be served. Largely influenced by the additional ingredients we add to our potato dishes, the wine pairing options are endless! We do have some suggestions for your favourite Thanksgiving potato dishes:

  1. Mashed Potatoes – serve with unoaked Chardonnay, especially alongside garlic-heavy, creamy mashed potatoes. This is a winning combo and will add an extra, rich layer to your entire meal.
  2. Cheesy Potatoes – whether you’re serving oven-baked scalloped potatoes or a cheese-crusted potato casserole, Riesling is going to be a great addition. Not to mention this white already goes great with your turkey!
  3. Root vegetables – both of the suggestions above would work really well with any root veggies like carrots and parsnips. If you’re looking for a red, we love Spanish Rioja with our root dishes.

Best Wines to Serve With Pumpkin Pie

A slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Ah, pumpkin pie… the traditional Thanksgiving dessert. The rule for dessert, in general, is that the wine should be sweeter than the food. In that spirit, a sweet Chenin Blanc or Gewürztraminer would be an amazing option with the spicy flavours in this pie. Other great options would be a sparkling ice wine, or a vintage tawny Port. One thing to remember is that oak would not be a friendly match with pumpkin pie, so keep an eye on the labels before serving.

Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

With food pairing, let your imagination take hold. There is no right or wrong way for pairing wine with Thanksgiving food, and personal preference is really key. But, with the suggestions made above, you’ll be a superstar at your Thanksgiving get-together this year! And if you’re looking for some special cocktails to serve at your Thanksgiving gathering, we have you covered. Visit our blog for some great recipes.


Make Your Own DIY Wine Bottle Hanger

Gifting Wine In Style

The holiday season is also a busy time for visiting loved ones and dropping off gifts to show appreciation. Nothing says “thank you” quite like a great bottle of wine, which is one of the (many) reasons we love WineCollective! With WineCollective we always have a bottle or two on-hand that’s perfect for a hosting gift or last minute gift grab. With giving a bottle of wine though, there is always the moment when you have to decide how to present it. Wine bag? Wrapping paper? A gift bow taped to the side? We’re solving this problem for you this year with your very own WineCollective DIY wine bottle hanger! Gifting a bottle will never look better.

What is a wine bottle hanger?

Custom holiday wine bottle tags by WineCollective.

Wine bottle hangers are a great way to gift a bottle of wine. They don’t require much fuss or supplies, and really let the bottle be the star of the gifting experience. Our DIY wine bottle hangers are super easy to use, whether you have a regular home printer or Cricut. The bottle hanger will simply be placed around the neck of a wine bottle and allow you to add a personalized message. It’s that easy!

Cricut Wine Bottle Hanger

Cricut machine.

For all of the crafty DIYers out there, we are including a Cricut file for you to use. Simply download the file below and upload it into the Cricut Design Space program. Each Cricut machine will work differently, but the file should print easily according to how your individual machine functions. We recommend using thicker paper to ensure the integrity of the design is maintained. Happy crafting!

PDF Wine Bottle Hanger

Are you not an extra-crafty household with a Cricut machine? No problem! Simply download and print the PDF file below on any standard colour printer, and you can also make your very own bottle hanger. After printing the file, cut along the outline (including the hole for the bottle neck) and slip it onto your wine bottle. It’s that easy! Now you’re ready to gift some wine for the holidays.

Give Personalized Wine 

Using WineCollective's DIY wine bottle tags on our favourite bottles of wine.

We know the holidays can be a hectic time. We’re happy to help with an easy gifting option for those last minute visits when you need a gift or token of gratitude to share. Personalizing your wine gift makes it just a bit more special and we know anyone would be grateful to receive something you thought to give. If you’re looking for an even better, more significant wine gift this holiday season, don’t forget to check out our WineCollective holiday gifts! There are plenty of options and lots of great wine to share.


How to Be Sustainable During the Holidays

Making Sustainable Choices

Many of us are working hard to make changes to be more environmentally conscious these days. This is especially important over the holidays as this is generally a time of greater consumption. There are plenty of improvements everyone can make to ensure less waste is being produced this holiday season. Even small changes to your holiday routines can make a big impact. These changes don’t have to be difficult to implement or affect your holiday traditions. Let’s create less stress by planning ahead with some easy changes and together learn how to be sustainable during the holidays.

Sustainable Gifting Options

Using materials you already own such as fabric, to gift wrap your presents for the Holiday.

One of the greatest sources of waste during the holidays is due to gifting. Rolls of wrapping paper only end up in the garbage or recycling centres, and are only functioning to make gifts look nice and add a layer of surprise. Certainly there are better ways we can gift during the holidays that doesn’t require so much paper! Luckily, there are plenty of options that make gifting more sustainable.

Wrap Gifts With Reusable Materials

Instead of stocking up on new rolls of wrapping paper, utilize materials you already own. This can include newspaper, packing paper, fabric pieces, scarves, reusable shopping bags, and more. Get creative and have fun finding new ways to wrap!

Gift experiences over things

It can be easy to over-gift during the holidays, which can result in lots of product waste. One way to avoid gifting things that may end up in a landfill later is to gift experiences. This often will include a gift card or printed material that you can give, without the waste of excessive wrapping. It’s also a very thoughtful gift to give someone a dinner to a restaurant they love or the opportunity to experience an event, trip, or excursion they’ve been wanting to do.

Gift Sharing

Gift sharing is great for many reasons. Having a few parties contribute to a gift means you can pool your money to gift something more substantial, and it means less physical items are needing to be wrapped and/or shipped. Gifting isn’t about the quantity, but the quality. So this is a great way to give something memorable that is also environmentally conscious.

WineCollective Sustainability

WineCollective has worked hard to implement sustainability measures, and use compostable pulp trays in our wine packages.

We’ve been hard at work at WineCollective to make our wine sharing as sustainable as we can. We ship our wines across the country, but have implemented many changes in our packaging, processes, and shipping practices. These changes have allowed us to make a huge impact on the waste we produce. We’re proud to say that gifting with WineCollective is a great way to give something special, while also being conscious about environmental impacts. Some of the ways we’ve done this includes:

  • Switching styrofoam inserts for compostable pulp trays
  • Choosing lowest impact shipping by using a variety of carriers
  • Shipping in recyclable boxes
  • Offering local pickup in the Calgary area to reduce shipping

Environmentally Friendly Gifting is Easy

Using fabric and other materials to have an environmentally friendly holiday season.

We can all make changes to our gifting this holiday season in order to decrease our environmental impact. Even the smallest change can snowball into larger movements. It is our goal at WineCollective to continue making improvements to our processes to ensure we’re doing all that we can to be sustainable, which in turn helps you! If you are wondering how to be sustainable during the holidays, we welcome you to check out the gifting options we have available. Happy holidays!


Holiday Gifts for Mom

Give Mom Something Special

If there is anyone on your holiday gift list that deserves something great this year, it’s definitely Mom. For all the endless love and help Moms give year-round, there’s always a reason to make the Moms in your life feel appreciated. With that all in mind, it can be tricky finding the right gift. With endless options online, in stores, and homemade with your own two hands — where does one start? We’ve put together some great ideas of holiday gifts for Mom and hope you find something that will be just right.

Unique Gift Ideas for Mom

Dinner at a New Restaurant

A group enjoying a glass of red wine and celebrating.

Does your Mom, Mother-in-Law, or other loved one have a trip coming up? One special way you can treat them this holiday season is with a gift card to a restaurant somewhere they’re visiting in the upcoming year. This is the perfect time to help them splurge on a nice dinner out. Or maybe there’s a local restaurant they have been wanting to try. Moms are always sacrificing their time for others, so this is a great way to encourage them to take some time enjoying something they deserve.

Splurge on a Group Gift

A couple is having their photo taken on a professional camera.

Sometimes the perfect gift is out of budget. Especially during this time of year, when wallets are stretched to the max, it’s the perfect opportunity to go in on a group gift. Whether you have siblings who all want to treat Mom, or other loved ones who can contribute, getting a group gift is always special. It allows you step up the gift experience to a whole new level! Some holiday gifts for Mom from a group can include:

  • Family photo shoot package with a local photographer
  • A night or two in a nearby hotel for a staycation
  • That extravagant handbag she’s had her eye on for years
  • Upgrading her favourite, most loved item e.g. replacing her well-loved dutch oven or her decades-old leather boots

A Special Experience

There is nothing Moms love more than quality time with their loved ones. The holiday season is the perfect time to give Mom with something to look forward to that you can do together. Whether that’s a trip to the spa, tickets to a concert, or signing up for art classes together — gifting an experience is an unforgettable show of love. Keep in mind Mom’s interests and there is sure to be something special you can plan for and gift this holiday.

Wine Gifts for Mom

A bottle of wine from WineCollective as a gift for your mom this holiday season.

Finally, we think gifting any Mom in your life with wine is a classic. But with WineCollective, it’s even more special! We offer a unique wine gifting experience that will ship right to Mom’s door. Our wine gifts not only include bottles, but also great wine education, making WineCollective gifts an experience all on their own! You can even gift WineCollective as a group gift with our extended 12-months of wine option. Truly a gift that keeps on giving! No matter what you gift Mom this holiday season, the important part is showing gratitude and sharing quality time. We hope that no matter where you are, you’re able to do both. Happy Holidays!


Fig and Burrata Salad Recipe and Wine Pairing

Try a New Salad

We have all felt burnout in the kitchen. It can get overwhelming having to come up with new ideas all the time for delicious dinners, brunch, and shareable appetizers. Not to mention the extra work that comes in when you want to pair wine with your meal! We want to help you create something new and tasty, so we’re sharing the recipe for a fig and burrata salad that will blow you away.

Fig and Burrata Salad Recipe

Burrata cheese on top of a garden salad.

Serves 4-6
Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of arugula
  • 10 oz of Burrata
  • 8 to 10 figs (depending on size)
  • 2 cups of cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Optional: 3 to 4 oz of prosciutto
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic reduction
  • ground pepper
  • flakey or coarse salt

Instructions:

  • Cut figs and tomatoes into halves or quarters, depending on preference
  • Add arugula, figs, and tomatoes onto a platter or large dish
  • Gently pull apart the burrata into bite size pieces and place throughout the platter
  • Drizzle balsamic glaze and olive oil, before topping with a few pinches of flakey/coarse salt and ground pepper
  • For an extra element, add in chopped pieces of prosciutto

Pairing Wine with Fig and Burrata Salad

The cross-section of a fig.

Pairing wine with this fresh salad isn’t going to be a huge challenge. There are a number of options when you are serving fresh figs and a soft, mild cheese like burrata. Some wine choices include:

Pinot Gris

This wine’s zesty acidity and citrus notes pairs nicely with the fresh ingredients in the salad without distracting from the flavours.

Sauvignon Blanc

Another acidic white wine that won’t outshine your meal. Sauvignon Blanc is known for its herbal attributes, which complement this fresh salad nicely.

Sparkling Wine

Look for a drier bottle of bubbly and you’ll be in for an even more special dinner! The effervescence is a great addition to an already light dish.

The Best Summer Salad

As August comes to a close, we hope this fresh and fun salad is a fun, new way for you to spice up your dinner menu! We love sharing recipes that pair with all kinds of wine. One of the best ways to enjoy wine is alongside great food. Happy cooking!

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What Food Pairs with Chardonnay?

Chardonnay Food Pairing

There are two different taste profiles to be considered when selecting food that pairs with Chardonnay:

  • Refined unoaked Chardonnay
  • Fuller, oakier Chardonnay

These characteristics, and others, will determine which food pairs with this food-friendly wine. Choosing what food pairs with Chardonnay is a matter of identifying the traits of the wine you want to highlight. Here are some simple ways to pair your wine just like a wine expert.

Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay

Close-up of three glasses of Chardonnay clinking together.

Chardonnay can be made in a range of styles, depending on where they are produced. Things like climate, terroir, and growing techniques influence the final product and taste of the Chardonnay.

Unoaked Chardonnay Food Pairing

Unoaked Chardonnays, such as those from Chablis, (considered the benchmark for Chardonnay) are lighter and crisper. Keeping the food served alongside unoaked Chardonnay on the lighter side, allows both to shine without losing their flavours. There is the risk of the wine getting lost if paired with bold, strong foods.

Classic pairings for unoaked wines would include:

  • Sushi & sashimi
  • Shellfish – shrimp, clams, crab, and mussels
  • Salmon, halibut, and cod

Oaked Chardonnay Food Pairing

In oaked versions, usually from Australia or Napa Valley, you will find more oak influences (toast, vanilla, butter), resulting in different pairing choices. The richness of oaked Chardonnay is best complemented by foods that can handle its weightier attributes. This ensures neither the food or wine is overwhelmed by one another.

Oaked Chardonnays would pair well with:

  • White meats with in a creamy sauce
  • Eggs Benedict
  • A rich and creamy mushroom risotto

What not to Pair with Chardonnay

It’s important to note that Chardonnay does not pair well with spicy dishes. Cuisine like Chinese, Indian, Southeast Asian, or acidic foods like tomatoes or tangy vinaigrettes aren’t great matches. Aggressively seasoned or spicy foods can make Chardonnay taste bitter and take over its lighter tones.

What Type of Cheese Goes With Chardonnay?

A selection of cheese appetizers that can be paired with a glass of Chardonnay.

Unoaked Chardonnays are crisp and light, making the contrast with mild, soft, and semi-soft cheeses a natural fit. These are some cheeses to try with unoaked Chardonnay:

  • Gouda
  • Mild blue cheese
  • Triple cream Brie

Oaked Chardonnays are richer, creamier, and more buttery, they stand up nicely with nuttier and bolder cheeses that are equally as rich as the wine. This includes:

  • Aged cheddars
  • Asiago
  • Pungent blue cheeses, like Shropshire

Chardonnay Dessert Food Pairings

A glass of chardonnay paired with strawberries and potato chips.

The general rule with dessert is that the wine should be sweeter than the food. But, some rules are meant to be broken! There are a few combinations that would work well with Chardonnay:

  • Crème brûlée
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Lemon cheesecake

As with anything when it comes to pairing wine, we always suggest you make choices based on what you like. There are no actual rules here.

Enjoying Chardonnay Year-round

We don’t always need to drink Chardonnay on a patio in the sunshine. Chardonnay should be enjoyed any time of the year. The key is to choose the best seasonal food options that work alongside this food-friendly wine. If you are doing a roast chicken dinner in the fall, serving a Chardonnay is a no-brainer. Follow your heart and your tastebuds!


What is Organic Wine?

The general public is on the lookout for healthier choices for the products they consume. Alongside a focus on a smaller carbon footprint, wine is one of the products people are evaluating. As a result, organic wine’s popularity has soared. In fact, from 2012 to 2017, organic wine sales have doubled to a staggering 676 million bottles. But, what is organic wine? Explore the organic phenomenon and what sets it apart from other wines in the market.

What is ‘Certified Organic’ Wine?

For wine to be labelled as "organic", only organic grapes are used with minimal natural preservatives and more.

‘Certified Organic’ is a very specific term. In the U.S., under the USDA’s organic program, ‘Certified 100% Organic’ means that all the ingredients in a product must be grown or raised according to the USDA’s organic standards, which are the rules for producing products that are labeled organic. Currently, there is no governing body that determines what makes a wine organic. The rules and regulations are defined on a country-by-country basis.

Requirements for Organic Wine

The most important requirements for a wine to be called organic include:

  • Only organic grapes are used. 100% of the grapes need to be grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides, without the use of chemical fertilizers, or other synthetic chemicals
  • Only a minimal use of natural preservatives is allowed
  • Genetically-Modified Organisms (found in some yeasts) are not allowed
  • Flavouring agents and colours are not allowed to be added

U.S. organic winemakers are not allowed to add additional sulfites, which are used as a preservative. In Europe and Canada, they are. However, natural sulphites are found in the winemaking process by default, which are different from added sulphites.

Is Organic Wine Better?

A bundle of grapes that will be used in the process to create organic wine.

There is a lot of debate on whether or not organic wine is better than ‘conventional’ wine.

Is Organic Wine Healthier?

In terms of your health, organic is generally the better choice. Organic grapes produce more resilient skins, and higher amounts of antioxidants and polyphenols.

Does Organic Wine Taste Better?

When it comes to taste, the jury is still out. There are many who do not think the quality of organic wines is there and many people actually avoid them. While others rave about how much better it tastes. Some wineries actively choose NOT to put an organic label on their wines. Wineries may also hide it on the back of the bottle because of the public’s perception of quality.

It’s also worth mentioning, organic wines have a shorter shelf life. Consequently, wine can turn into vinegar if they are kept too long. 

Choosing The Right Wine

A glass of red wine created from a variety of organic grapes.

Organic wines can be difficult to find. If you are looking for these wines, you’ll have more success starting with wines from Spain, France, and Italy. These countries produce 73% of the organic vineyards in the world. By contrast, the U.S. only produces 2%.

If you are on the hunt for new wines, pay close attention. Wine companies often mention they follow “organic farming practices”, despite not being certified. There are more organic options than ever before if you do a little digging.

Look for the USDA seal for U.S. wines or for the words ‘organically grown grapes’. Labels with the words ‘green’, ‘natural’, or ‘eco-friendly’ do not necessarily mean that they are organic.


Social Impact: Supporting Clean Water Initiatives

Partnering with Wine2Water

Through Wine2Water donations, they are able to create water systems that decrease travel to collect water for drinking, cleaning, bathing and more.

In 2021 we sought out a partnership that would have a great impact on people globally, as the world all went through the pandemic together. In searching for the right partnership, we learned about Canadian-based Acts for Water. One of their most notable programs caught our attention: Wine2Water. It wasn’t long before all of us at WineCollective were thrilled to make a donation to the Wine2Water program. Supporting clean water initiatives is well aligned with our ongoing social impact goals, and we’re excited to share more about this partnership.

How Wine2Water Works

Providing clean water to people facing water scarcity in East Africa.

Wine2Water has taken a complex issue – water scarcity in East Africa – and made it possible for wine businesses like WineCollective to bring water to the people. We chose to fund water for 10,000 people – all thanks to the support from our incredible members who trust us with their wine purchases every month. Wine2Water takes our donation and uses 100% of the money to fund their projects, including gravity flow water systems. These water systems allow:

  • Less travel for collecting water for drinking, cleaning, bathing, and more
  • Clean, trustworthy, consistent water supply
  • Long-term functionality from quality gravity flow systems
  • Equality, as women are 2x more likely to be the ones fetching water on long journeys

There are many reasons we chose to support Wine2Water and the above are just some of those reasons. We are proud to give a Canadian charity financial assistance to help the lives of so many Ugandan citizens.

WineCollective’s Social Impact

Single glass of red wine with vineyard and lake views blurred in the background

Since WineCollective first began back in 2009, it has been a priority for us to support local, national, and international charities. As we’ve grown over the years, this commitment has also grown with us. We are looking forward to many years of supporting causes small and large, just like Wine2Water. Without our members, this would not be possible. As you embark on your wine journey with us, we are very grateful you trust us to choose your wines and also invest in the future of people around the world.

All photos courtesy of acts.ca


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.