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.


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.


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.


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’.


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.


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.


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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Celebrating All Amazing Moms

Moms are really amazing people and come into our lives in different ways—whether as an aunt, family friend, in-law, neighbour, or co-worker, we all have outstanding moms around us. One of the great things about a holiday like Mother’s Day is that we can make it our own and celebrate moms matter who they are. And we think that’s pretty awesome!

Getting Mom the Perfect Gift

Here at WineCollective we believe one of the greatest things about wine is that it brings people together—much like Mother’s Day. It can be stressful trying to pick out the perfect gift for the Mom in your life and despite being (a little) bias, we think a WineCollective gift suits most any Mom. Every month a wine delivery arrives on their doorstep and will act as a reminder about how much you care. Wine is always great to have on-hand and our gift options allow for people to really explore and learn about new types of wine that they might otherwise not take a chance on.

Head to our Mother’s Day gifting page to learn more about our gift options and get that special Mom you care about something she will be truly excited to receive this Mother’s Day!



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Featured April Wine

Amazing wines hand-picked for our members

April might have some showers, but one thing it definitely has if you’re a WineCollective member is (as always) amazing wine. We like to share what bottles made it in to subscription packages so that you can see the great variety we offer each and every month. We are lucky to have awesome relationships with some of the best wineries in the world.

April also marks an exciting time for WineCollective. It’s officially the start of our 10 year anniversary! We are planning to celebrate all year long, so are very excited to have you along for the ride. We look forward to celebrating the next year with our subscribers and you, over many glasses of excellent wine. Cheers!

Our April Featured bottles:

River Retreat ShirazMurray Darling, Australia | 2016

River Retreat Pinot NoirMurray Darling, Australia | 2017

Donna Laura Ali (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon) – Tuscany, Italy | 2017

Donna Laura Bramosia (Sangiovese, Merlot) – Tuscany, Italy | 2016

Adria Vini Barbera Da VinePiedmont, Italy | 2015

Poderi di Carlo Sauvignon (Sauvignon Blanc) – Friuli, Italy | 2017 **WC Exclusive**

Vallepicciola Pievasciata (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese) – Tuscany, Italy | 2015

Fournier La Chaudouillonne (Sauvignon Blanc) – Sancerre, France | 2016

Batasiolo (Gavi) – Piedmont, Italy | 2017

Maycas de Limarí Reserva Especial (Pinot Noir) – Limarí Valley, Chile | 2016

Maycas de Limarí Reserva Especial (Chardonnay) – Limarí Valley, Chile | 2016


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Earth Day & Recycling Your WineCollective Materials

April 22nd marks Earth Day and at WineCollective we take our impact on the world around us pretty seriously. In fact, it’s one of the reasons we chose to forgo traditional print tasting cards in favour of our digital tasting guides. Since our business relies heavily on shipping fragile product across a very large country, we have to ensure our shipments are protected to minimize breakage. We are always looking for innovative changes to wine shipping and try to source packaging that is sustainable and protective enough so that you always get unbroken bottles that are ready to drink.

The reality is, because of the fragility of wine bottles, we need something substantial to protect them. So we ship our wine in cardboard boxes with expanded polystyrene (EPS) #6 inserts – which is the most readily recyclable Styrofoam material. Luckily over the years it has become increasingly easier to recycle EPS, however we do acknowledge it is still not a perfect process.

Polystyrene (EPS/Styrofroam) Recycling in Canada

(Updated September 2019)

We wanted to take the time today to highlight the locations across Canada that allow for recycling of EPS:



  • Airdrie: Eastside Recycling Depot, 21 East Lake Hill
  • Cochrane: Eco Centre, 50 Griffin Industrial Point
  • Grand Prairie: Aquatera Eco Centre: 10431 – 96 Avenue


  • Regina: Crown Shred & Recycling, 225 6th Avenue East


  • Keswick: Georgina Transfer Station, 23068 Warden Ave
  • Niagara Region: acceptable to place in your Blue Box
  • Richmond Hill: Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centre, 1124 Elgin Mills Road East
  • Vaughn: McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre, 130 McCleary Court
  • Walkerton: The Walkerton Landfill, 320 Kincardine Hwy


  • Pictou County: acceptable in Blue Bag
  • Colchester County: Packaging can be placed in your Containers Product Bag (bag #2) and left curb-side with your other recycling before 7am on pickup day


  • Whitehorse:
    • Raven Recycling, 100 Galena Rd
    • Whitehorse Waste Management Facility, Mile 91972 (Mile 919.72) Alaska Highway

Wine: Reuse & Recycle

Did you know there are a number of ways to recycle wine products?

As everyone tries to work harder and make changes in their lives to reduce their plastic consumption, recycle more, and change old habits, WineCollective is right there with you. We are always striving to look for new ways we can have minimal negative environmental impact and hope that as time goes on, there will be further changes in the packaging industry to offer sustainable and protective shipping solutions.

Happy Earth Day and let’s celebrate our amazing home with some wine by candlelight!

Celebrating The Wonderful World of Malbec

It seems like every day is a new “national” day of celebration – whether it be for hot dogs, beans, or umbrellas, everything gets its own day of recognition. Celebrating is fun, so it’s not that we’re complaining. We bring up this phenomenon because today is Malbec World Day! The name may sound a little funny to English speakers, but the sentiment is all the same: let’s celebrate great Malbec.

Malbec World Day was started in an effort by the Argentine government to ramp up the purchasing of their Malbec and now Argentina produces over 85% of the world’s supply of Malbec. That is quite the market share. Even though the grape originated in France (where it is often known as ‘Côt’), Argentina was the first to really embrace the Malbec varietal. Wine Folly has a really great blog post comparing the two, if you would like to learn more. It is undeniable that the hard work put in by Argentina to expand Malbec as their main grape varietal has allowed the wine type to flourish. Though you can also find Malbec being made in the US, Chile, and Canada – Argentina and France still remain as the world Malbec powers.

Over the years we have had a number of amazing Malbecs cross our paths. Malbec is a great wine to pair with classic Argentine dishes and BBQ – but it also pairs well with Indian cuisine featuring cumin. It’s a great wine to keep on-hand as Malbec is a fantastic wine for sharing that is generally very palatable. We currently have three Malbecs from Argentina available to members:

  • La Chamiza Polo Amateur Malbec : The Amateur line from La Chamiza are intended to portray more youthful and energetic qualities, which is evident in their Malbec. This is a fruit-forward profile on the nose, but there is something extra with every swirl. When tasting, there is a distinct jammy quality in the mid-palate that gives this a bolder presence and fuller body while still remaining effortless with moderate acidity.
  • Sierra Los Andes Malbec : If you want a pure, quintessential example of a mid-priced Argentine Malbec, this is it. Grown from the pristine El Alto Vineyard located in Ugarteche, the 1050 meter altitude gives rise to a balance of fresh acidity, plump texture, and vibrant fruit flavours. This Malbec offers a plush, velvety mouthfeel and lightly chewy tannins. It is definitely dry, but balanced by the ‘sweet’ flavours of sun-kissed fruits, giving us a textbook Malbec.
  • Klassen Astrum Barrel-Fermented Malbec : This premium Malbec is a truly special experience to enjoy. Fermentation occurring directly in oak barrels imparts soft, silky tannins and better oak integration, making this Malbec very quaffable. Medium to full-bodied, good tannin structure and balanced acidity, try serving a glass with a charcuterie platter or lamb. We have a small, finite quantity of this vintage and are very excited to share it with those who choose to invest in such an exceptional Malbec.

No matter which Malbec region you choose to imbibe, we always recommend selecting a Malbec produced by a knowledgeable, reputable grower. Luckily there are many in the world who are sharing incredible wine that can be enjoyed any time of year. So raise your glasses and help us in celebrating Malbec World Day! ¡Salud!