Debbie’s Winter Picks

Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor

Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor is a powerful and well-structured wine from the Puente Alto region in Chile’s Maipo Valley. The alluvial soils and extended growing season which feature warm days and cool nights produce Cabernets with extraordinary quality, balance and elegance.

The 2018 vintage is recognized as one of the best of the last 15 years. The slightly cooler-than-average temperatures delivered wines full of structure and concentration. The Don Melchor is no exception and while approachable now it will continue to develop through 2027.

There is a remarkable presence of layered red and black fruits with fresh crushed baking spices on the nose. Cedar and savory notes develop mid palate. Delicate tannins give the wine elegance and density. The finish is smooth with a long, persistent finish.

Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky

Gray Jay Canadian Whisky is a deluxe spirit distilled in small batches from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Exceptionally smooth and easy drinking Gray Jay is designed to be an approachable spirit for all levels of experience. Lightly toasted French oak and warm spices are irresistibly paired with notes of vanilla and caramel. Enjoy neat, on the rocks or in your favorite whisky cocktail.

Piedra Negra Malbec

Piedra Negra, with notes of blackberry, red plum and sweet tobacco make this wine distinctly an Argentinian style Malbec. It is dry, medium bodied with smooth tannins, black fruit and cocoa on the finish. Fruit forward aromas and mellow tannins make Malbec a fantastic pairing with full flavored cheese and main courses. For a traditional Argentine experience pair the Piedra Negra with Grilled Flank Steak and Chimichurri with roasted potatoes. Adding blue cheese to a Classic Bacon Cheese Burger will create a flavour connection that will quickly become a new favorite!

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Islay Scotch

Laphroaig 10 Year Old is a loud and proud whisky form Islay, Scotland. This is a full bodied and smoky style with abundant peat on the nose and palate. Expect some seaweed and salty notes with slight residual sugar on the finish. This is a classic dram ideal for the whisky connoisseur on your shopping list.

Laphroaig 10 Year Old is a powerful yet subtle malt and matches well with foods that are compatible with its power and complexity. Try pairing with smoked fish, grilled lamb, blue cheese or Christmas pudding. Slàinte mhath