10 Gifts For A Spirited Holiday

And wine, and beer, and cider, and mead… As you must know by now, we’ve got incredible craft distilleries, breweries, cideries and vineyards in Nova Scotia, with far more available than we could ever show you in the Local Wishlist. But we’ve chosen a few standouts from our list, to help you gift good local cheer this holiday season.

Brut Reserve

Benjamin Bridge’s 2012 blend of chardonnay and pinot is a star of their sparkling wines, and is available for gifting in a handcrafted wooden box. Another notch in the belt of this acclaimed Gaspereau Valley vintner.

Canadian Spirits

A guide to our country’s distilleries, their spirits, and “where to imbibe them”. This new book by Stephen Beaumont and Christine Sismondo is published by Nimbus, and also covers Canada’s rich distilling history. An obvious can’t-miss for anyone who appreciates craft spirits.

Maritimer Rocks Glass

A fun little rocks glass that puts that Maritime pride on display, from East Coast Box Company. Even better – 10% of all their profits are donated to the Make-a-Wish Atlantic foundation.

Chocolate Wine

Yes, it’s true…your two favourite things have finally been combined into one heavenly bottle. This port-style dessert wine from Planters Ridge Winery in Port Williams is a collab with Medford’s Petite Patrie Chocolate.

Spiced Rhumb

The taste of Christmas, bottled by Compass Distillers in Halifax. White rum with spices, orange peel and vanilla bean, the perfect accompaniment for that mug of eggnog.

On-Premise Wine Making Kit

A perfect gift for anyone who’s ever dreamed of making their own wine, but has no idea where to start. Vintner’s Cellar in Bedford provides the fun without the mess. They’ll end up filling their wine rack, with maybe a bottle or two for you.

Frost Bite Winter Cider

A seasonal blend from Halifax’s Chain Yard Urban Cidery, with Northern Spy, Jona Gold and McIntosh apples from the Annapolis Valley. Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon provide the holiday kick.

Big Beer Crate

If there’s a craft beer lover you really want to impress, this curated gift box from Black Bow Gift Co would definitely accomplish that. The highlights are the locally-made growler cozy and small-batch beer syrup.

Rosemary Ellen Mead

A bubbly, rosemary-infused mead from Mountain Meadworks, an up-and-coming small batch meadery based in Earltown. Quantities are limited for all four mead flavours, but check their listing for market dates.

Wine Tour Gift Certificate

And not just wine tours, but beer, cider and spirits tours as well. Grape Escapes offers 11 different tour packages, and their gift certificates can be used for any. A great experience gift idea for anyone who appreciates our thriving local craft scene.

These are just a handful of the hundreds of local gift ideas available in this year’s Local Wishlist. Head to the full list and start browsing!

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