The second question I normally get from people (other than that one about my favourite wine) is what wine they should buy as a gift for that special someone- whether it is a 50th Wedding Anniversary, or a 60th Birthday party, or simply a hostess gift- this is a tough question! Don’t get me wrong, I want to impart my wine wisdom and have you look like a wine genius when you show up with that perfect bottle. But there are a few factors involved when you are asking that kind of loaded question. So, before I give you my perfect wine choice for every occasion, lets go through some handy information that makes my life (and yours) that much easier!
Just like economics taught me- supply and demand drive your choice!
What I mean by this is quite simply: it depends what LCBO you are visiting to purchase said perfect bottle. Not all LCBOs are created equal (for those not living in Ontario- the LCBO is our Liquor Control Board and it is run by the provincial government- no alcohol is sold here without them selling it). As such, it really helps me pick a wine or make a recommendation if you tell me which LCBO you plan on visiting. The supply of vintage vino at the Ancaster LCBO is much different to what you would find at the one on Dundurn in Hamilton. I am not saying I can’t find a wine to recommend from anywhere, but how annoying would it be if I give you 3 options and none of them are at the LCBO you go to? With the click of my handy app, I can search their inventory at the closest stores to you and make my choice based on your location (the joys of technology ;).