Holiday Wine Bargains

Festive Wines For Under $15

Holiday Wine Bargains

With the holidays right around the corner, many of us feel as though our finances are completely drained. Once the gifts are purchased, the meals planned, and the cards sent out, the cost of wine is something that we often forget to anticipate. But fear not, these unbelievable wine bargains are sure to brighten your spirits. Yes, you can still ‘wow’ your friends and family with these gems—which are a must-have at your dinner table or stashed away for those inevitable surprise drop-ins this festive time.


Reginato Cjr Blanc De Blancs 2008, Mendoza, Argentina, 238584, $13.50

Having a stash of sparkling wine on-hand is a way to always feel prepared over the holidays. From unexpected early arrivals to that bird that just will not cook through, sparkling wine has your back. No one minds a wait when there is good company and plenty of bubbly to spare. Sparkling wine from Argentina is an unusual find here in Ontario and is sure to spark some conversation. This version delivers great complexity and wide appeal for an undeniably affordable price.


Château La Grave D'arzac Blanc 2009, Ac Graves, Bordeaux, France, 206714, $14.95

The Southern Bordelaise region of Graves is well-known for producing exquisitely delicate, complex and mineral driven wines. White Bordeaux, made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes, is substantial enough to pair well with most holiday fare and shines most notably when paired with most young cheeses. This is such a sophisticated wine that no one will believe it was a bargain.


Château St. Roch Vieilles Vignes Côtes De Roussillon Villages 2009, AcLanguedoc Roussillon (Midi), France, 195107, $9.95

This bright, rich, and juicy find costs less than ten dollars and is sure to be hit with even the toughest critics. The region of Roussillon in Provence is known for its remarkable, red, iron-rich soils that produce vibrant, expressive, and crowd-pleasing reds, often stylistically modern.


Delheim Shiraz 2007, Wo Simonsberg Stellenbosch, South Africa, 959080, $12.95

If you are looking for a spicy, rich, zesty red to curl up with by the fireside—at a price that cannot be beat—then you have met your match. This South African red from Delheim is a perfect wine to help you relax after a long day of hard work.


Happy Holidays! For a list of these festive deals at your local LCBO, click here.

Sara d'Amato is a Toronto-based wine consultant, sommelier and feature critic at A graduate of the University of Toronto and Niagara College's winery and viticulture technician program, she was the youngest and only woman to win the grand prize at Canadian Renaissance Wine Tasting Challenge in 2006 as featured in CBC's Wine Confidential Documentary. Sara has been awarded The Ontario Hosteliery's Top 30 Under 30 Award and is a staunch promoter of local wine and gastroculture.

Sara is a member of the Wine Writer's Circle of Canada and continues to participate in judging wine competitions across the country. Currently, Sara sits on the board of the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.