The Ultimate Vancouver Wine Guide: What To Buy For Your Office’s ‘White Elephant’ Xmas Gift Exchange
We asked a dozen-plus of the city's top sommeliers to share their picks with us for some very specific scenarios...including this annual seasonal challenge.
January 31, 2019
It’s the office White Elephant gift exchange. The limit is $15, there’s a random BCLDB a block away and you have 10 minutes.
Borsao Garnacha ($15)
This bottle is from Spain. Great value, and grenache is hot right now.—Sam Jonnery, Gotham
This situation feels uncomfortably familiar. I’m making a beeline for the Spain section and grabbing Campo de Borja Borsao Garnacha for $15. Labels definitely matter in ruthless trading-and-stealing gift exchanges, and this bottle has a cool one.—Kelcie Jones, Chambar
Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rosé ($15)
Desperate times call for rosé: this one from Rioja ought to keep those jingle bells ringing.—Mireille Sauvé, Wine Umbrella
Codorniu Brut Clasico ($15)
Sparkling wine from Spain, from the Penedès region: a cava by Codorniu Brut Clasico.—Sebastien Le Goff, Cactus Club
Protea Cabernet Sauvignon ($15).
People love cabernet sauvignon. And people love repurposing wine bottles into stylish flower vases. Double-gift. You’ll be the hit of the party.—Jason Yamasaki, JOEY
Cono Sur Pinot Noir Rosé ($13 for a one-litre bottle)
Definitely won’t be regifted!—Shane Taylor, CinCin
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut ($14)
This is one of my favourite traditional method sparkling wines. Slightly toasty with a fine, persistent bubble.—Lisa Cook, Savio Volpe
Barone Ricasoli Campo Ceni Toscana ($15).
Your coworkers will think you overspent and know so much about wine.—Colin Ross, Tuc Craft Kitchen