I used to think giving booze as a gift was a bit of a cop- out, until I realized what a creative outlet it can be. Inspired by tips from Premier Wine and Spirits' (1535 Dresden Row) ever-helpful Dave Clair, here's list of liquid gifts made for sharing. Clair likes to give liquor because it "leads to enjoyment and relaxation" and holiday cheers have to start somewhere, right?
If your dad's like my dad, he probably loves a post-holiday meal "palate cleanser." Enter The Ileach, a cask-strength scotch whisky. This peaty, smoky, single malt will warm his insides at a hefty 58 percent, and might open up the table to great family conversation.
YOUR DINNER HOST
Showing up to a free meal without a contribution is pretty darn tacky. So, if someone is caring enough to feed you a holiday feast ---say, turkey and all the trimmings--- bring a bottle of Gaspereau Vineyards' Muscat. The sort of pink coloured wine finishes with nice dry grapefruit flavour and "Did you know this was made in Nova Scotia?" makes for great mealtime chatter.
Canadian whisky and Quebec maple syrup, together. Sortilège's sweet and warm dessert liqueur will bring the best out of your coffee, or shine on it's own over ice. That's right Grannie, I just kicked your go-to rye up a notch.
YOUR UBER-ECO SIBLING
Domaine d'Andezon's Côtes du Rhône red wine is a doozy. Responsibly produced and un-oaked, it wins with notes of smoky bacon fat (!!!), cassis and blackberries. Suggest your friend drinks this rich drink with a big hunk of organic meat, and perhaps they'll suggest you join them.
YOUR OFFICE SECRET SANTA
Remember last year when your workplace secret Santa totally bombed your gift selection? They totally deserve Pinnacle's whipped cream flavoured vodka.
YOUR NEW YEAR'S EVE DATE
Pop the cork on this Blomidon Estate Winery Brut, and toast the new year with some light, fizzy sips of a 2012's Best Sparkling Wine at the Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards.
YOUR CHILDHOOD BESTIES
Tis the season for stouts, porters, barley wines and the darkest, warming beers you can find. Garrison's Ol' Fog Burner is just begging to be shared. Aged in barrels that once housed Glen Breton single malt, this barley wine is best enjoyed slowly over storytelling and holiday nostalgia.