DAENNA VAN MULLIGEN Daenna Van Mulligen is a Vancouver-based wine journalist, but is typically found in the world’s vineyards. She is also a wine judge, accredited sommelier and international speaker. Daenna is publisher of the long-running websites WineDiva.ca and Winescores.ca. She has been published in numerous local and internationally distributed publications and is a regular contributor to Vines Magazine and, more recently, Montecristo Magazine . Follow her @thewinediva.
An exceptional bottle or two is always appreciated when we gather—be it in small groups or large.
Family Get-Togethers It’s likely been a few years since you’ve seen Aunt Martha or some of your cousins, so you’ll want to make sure this year’s family holiday reunion is one to remember. Be it a large, prepared dinner or potluck, a bottle of wine that will not only appeal to all adult ages, but also suit the season’s classic fare, is required. A wine such as the Okanagan’s own Sovereign Opal—a rare, aromatic white variety created in Summerland by crossing Muscat and Marechal Foch—is sure to be spot on. Sandhill Sovereign Opal is light but laden with bright grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours. This refreshing and food-friendly pour is equally refreshing at home served as a pre-meal sipper as it is accompanying any meal. Pair it with everything from spicier dishes to more traditional turkey and trimmings. Office Party It’s likely been a minute since you’ve had a serious office party and the chance to reconnect with colleagues in person, and not just standing around the water cooler. It could be just the morale boost you all need! A wine that’s both amiable and impressive is exactly what you’ll want to share when face-to-face. At this time of the year, when there’s likely a chill in the air, the plush Escorihuela 1884 Cabernet Sauvignon will be sure to warm up the party. It shows Mendoza, Argentina at its best; a supple and woven wine with cherries and chocolate, violet and licorice notes—a standout bottle guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
ESCORIHUELA 1884 MENDOZA ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON Argentina $19.99 750547
SANDHILL SOVEREIGN OPAL BC VQA $17.99 23841
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