EPIC Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life? Our EPIC Wineries have some have some perfect gift suggestions!

Situated along the Lake Erie North Shore, our Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wineries are situated with the perfect amount of sun & water – giving us bold reds, crisp whites, and flavourful roses.

We’ve put together a list of wines that are perfect as a host gift, thank you to that special someone, or to bring when you’re catching up with friends over the holiday season.

Muscedere Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Franc

  • Flavour notes: Medium bodied, fruity, dry with flavors of black currant and raisin.
  • Where to buy it: 7457 County Road 18 RR#4 Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 11am-5pm

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery 2015 Appassimento

  • Flavour notes: Deep ruby colour almost opaque. Clean nose of medium plus intensity. Primary, secondary and tertiary notes. Starts with red cherry but quickly moves onto darker fruits: black cherry, blackberry and plum. Chocolate, followed by faint vanilla notes and nutmeg. Soft leather developing on the long smooth finish.
  • Where to buy it: 7258 County Road 50 East, Amherstburg
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 11am-5pm

Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Merlot Reserve

  • Flavour notes: This is an intriguingly perfumed, savoury, Italianate style cabernet merlot from Lake Erie that hits lots of dusty red and black fruit, resinous herb and spice notes – inviting, zesty and food friendly. Tannins are light and dusty and the finish is above average.
  • Where to buy it: 1425 Iler Road, Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Thursday 11am-5pm / Saturday 11am-6pm / Sunday 12pm-5pm

Aleksander Estate Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Flavour notes: Dark berries, mint, tobacco and black pepper, followed with ripe fruit flavour.
  • Where to buy it: 1542 County Road 34, Ruthven
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Friday 11am-6pm / Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm

 Vivace Estate Winery 2017 Baco Noir

  • Flavour notes: Deep ruby aromas with lively plum, black currant, vanilla and oak. Tannins are dry.  Balanced, complex layered with mixed berries. Medium finish with a hint of licorice.
  • Where to buy it: 5141 Concession Road 5N, Amherstburg
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 12pm-5pm

Colchester Ridge Estate Winery (CREW) 2016 Flagship Chardonnay

  • Flavour notes: Barrel fermented Chardonnay features exquisite aromas and flavours of ripe autumn fruit, baking spice and smoke encompassed in a rich mouthfeel.
  • Where to buy it: 108 County Road East, Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 11am-5pm / Friday & Saturday 11am-6pm

Mastronardi Estate Winery 2017 Viognier

  • Flavour notes: Dry white wine develops aromas of ripe apricot, peach, honeysuckle and gingerbread. Has a rich mouthful of white peach, a touch of spice, roasted nut and floral. Medium acidity.
  • Where to buy it: 1193 Concession 3 East, Kingsville
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 11am-5pm

Oxley Estate Winery 2017 Riesling

  • Flavour notes: Golden yellow with leafy highlights. Aromas are simple and complex – fragrant with orange, lemon, pear, white pepper and ginger. The palate is bursting with lively citrus flavours and crunchy, ripe tree fruit like green apples. A graceful note of sweetness shows up near the finish.
  • Where to buy it: 533 County Road East, Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 11am-6pm

Viewpointe Estate Winery 2016 Surfside White

  • Flavour notes: Light bodied with a hint of strawberry and a touch of sweetness.
  • Where to buy it: 151 County Road 50 E., Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Sunday 11am-5pm

Colio Estate Winery Lily Sparkling White

  • Flavour notes: Bursting with aromas of mineral, citrus and green apple, leading to subtle notes of fresh-baked bread on the finish.
  • Where to buy it: 1 Colio Drive, Harrow
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Wednesday 11am-5pm / Thursday thru Saturday 11am-6pm / Sunday

North 42 Estate Winery Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

  • Flavour notes: Offering up bosc pear, passion fruit, melon, and fresh citrus on the nose and palate. Lively mouthfeel, fresh acidity and a hint of sweetness blend together for a long finish.
  • Where to buy it: 130 County Road 50 East, Colchester
  • Retail store hours: Sunday thru Thursday 12pm-8pm / Friday & Saturday 12pm-10pm

Pelee Island Winery Bella Sparkling Rose

  • Flavour notes: Pale salmon colour with aromas of fresh strawberry and a hint of citrus, the minerality shines through on the palate complementing a delicate note of breadiness. Light-bodied and fruity.
  • Where to buy it: 455 Seacliff Drive, Kingsville
  • Retail store hours: Monday thru Saturday 9am-6pm / Sunday 11am-5pm

You can explore our entire wine region by checking out our Wine Route Map. Use it to guide yourself between the wineries as your pick up the bottles.


EXPERIENCE OUR WINERIES

Buy that wine lover in your life a real experience – tickets to some of the exclusive events that happen at our EPIC Wineries.

EPIC Meet the Makers – Saturday February 8th, 2020

This exclusive tour will take you by luxury motor coach to 5 wineries in the region and let you go behind the bottle and learn from the wine makers how they our delicious bold reds & crisp whites. You’ll also get the chance to taste at every stop along the route! Tickets on sale soon.

March Mac’ness – Saturday March 7th & Sunday March 8th, 2020

Join in for a fun-filled, delicious weekend in EPIC wine country as each winery presents their gourmet mac n’ cheese and wine pairing – and you get to decide the tastiest! Your vineside ticket gets you in to all participating wineries – tickets are available for Saturday or Sunday, and the price is $40 per person. This weekend is always a fabulous time, hope to see you there! Tickets on sale soon.


Barrels Bottles & Brews Flight Log

If wine isn’t exactly what that special person on your gift list is looking for, check out the Barrels Bottles & Brews Flight Log as a great gift idea. For $25 you can send them on an exclusive flight tasting experience through 10 craft breweries & 2 distilleries.

Click here to learn more about the Barrels Bottles & Brews trail, participating partners, and to buy a Flight Log now.

Win Your Christmas Gifts

Enter today (and enter daily) for your chance to win this gift & more in our W.E. Made It Gift Guide Giveaway. Click here for details.

Every day you can go online and enter for the chance to win 1-of-27 grand prizes featured in the W.E. Made It Gift Guide from our local artisans & makers. Contest closes on Sunday December 15th at 11:59pm.


Want to find more ideas of locally made gifts to give this Christmas? Click yqgholidays.ca for our entire W.E. Made It Gift Guide featuring only locally made items, sponsored by the Windsor Essex Small Business Centre and Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.


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