We’ve collected some of our favourite gift ideas to make finding the perfect gift for the wine-lover, cocktail-fiend, or beer-hound in your life a little easier.
For the Home Bartender Who Has it All
Tiki Mugs $14.95-17.95
Having a well stocked bar to mix cocktails at home is becoming more and more common. A perfect setup for both hosting and treating yourself alike, there are tonnes of tools, from jiggers to shakers that can make for the perfect setup. Our favourite addition this year is the classic Tiki Mug. Tiki cocktails, made famous in the 1930s, have had a huge resurgence in the past few years. While these tropical cocktails taste great in any old cup, there is something extra delicious about drinking out of the eccentric, classic Tiki mug.
For the Spirits Lover
Holiday Cocktail Boxes
The Alberta Mule $150
Our newest addition, the Alberta Mule, contains products from 100% Albertan producers. Park Distillery in Banff supplies the vodka, Calgary brewing company Annex Ales hooked us up with some zesty ginger beer, with Fifth & Vermouth, Calgary’s very own bar ware company, providing the mule mugs.
The Negroni is a classic cocktail that any spirits fan should always be prepared to create. Using equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, this bitter, but pleasantly sweet cocktail is a perfect aperitif or night cap. This kit has all the classics: Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Campari, and Ford’s Gin, along with a pair of rocks glasses from Fifth & Vermouth for sipping in style.
Old Fashioned $150
Containing both Dillon’s Rye and Buffalo Trace Bourbon, this cocktail box allows the lucky recipient to experiment with their old fashioned; play with the Rye for a wee bit of spice, or use the Bourbon for a mellow, smooth sipper. With locally made simple syrup and angostura bitters, this box suits everyone, amateur or professional, who wants to make plenty of expert level Old Fashioneds.
For the Beer Geek
Growler Punch Card $150
The growler bar is the best way for any beer fanatic to try a variety of brews out of the keg, many of which are small batches that never make it to can or bottle. Growlers are great for parties and individual consumption, alike. Our constantly rotating selection of beers from both near and far is always posted on our website so the tough decisions, like how many growlers to bring to the shop, can be planned ahead. Our Holiday Growler punch card is the gift that keeps on giving; for $150, a Vine Arts branded growler and any 10 fills are included. It is a serious deal!
For the Wine Connoisseur
Chateau le Puy Emilien 2014 $34
We have long been big supporters of this wine, and for good reason! Château le Puy has been making old school Bordeaux for ages (literally, 12 generations!), and have always practiced the most minimalistic of viticulture, long before the heyday of low intervention wine was a topic of discussion. Underrated, underpriced, and under-imbibed, we seriously think Chateau le Puy’s wines are a ridiculously great value. The quality of the wine far exceeds price point, which is always our goal when seeking out unique wines. This Bordeaux, sourced from the lesser known “Cotes de Bordeaux” appellation, is full of rustic red currant and blueberry with distinctly mineral notes like gravel and gritty earth. It has an lots of refined elements like forest floor and leather which remind us of just how honestly this wine is produced. Gift it, drink it, buy it in bulk, because this wine is seriously awesome.
Champagne André Clouet $81-145
We are now lucky enough to be the only shop in Calgary to have André Clouet Champagne on our shelves. Jean-François Clouet, current generation and chef de cave, continues to live in his ancestral home, which was built in the 1700s. His family was the official printer for King Louis XV’s royal court at Versailles, a tradition which is honoured in Clouet’s beautiful labels. Jean-Francois acknowledges that his family was part of both an exalted and tumultuous past at which Versailles was the nucleus. André Clouet is said to have served in Napoleon's army, which lead to Napoleon granting him his request for land in his home village of Bouzy. This land became the ancestral home of the family and was eventually classified a Grand Cru site. Located in the heart of Champagne’s Pinot Noir land, Clouet has 8 hectares of Grand Cru vineyards in Bouzy and Ambonnay, from which Jean-Francois’s wines are sourced. Come grab a bottle of the delicious Brut Reserve, Brut Rosé, or one of the few remaining Un Jour de 1911, a Non Vintage cuvée of the 2002, 1995, & 1997 vintages, while supplies last (only 1911 bottle were made!).