On the eighth Day of Christmas Shopping locally….
(Can you tell I’m a last minute shopper?!! My mom suggested this series might have been better timed at the beginning of the month… oh yeah!! I guess lots of people are much more organized than I and have all this planned out well in advance! So, these final few days are dedicated to all you last minute shoppers. We’ll have some lovely ideas over the next few days that are super easy and don’t involve the giving of “stuff” at all.)
Although we have our favourite local sips that we indulge in and share for special ocassions we asked Pamela at Cascadia Liquor Store for her recommendations on local wine, beer and spirits for the festive season.
Victoria Spirits Oak Aged Gin $39.75 – Saanich
Shramm Potato Vodka, Organic $32.95 – Pemberton
Phrog Gin or Vodka $53.90 – Hornby Island
Victoria Gin $53.45 – Saanich
Venturi Schultz, Pinot Noir $51.95 – Cowichan Valley
Vignetta Zanatta, Damasco $16.95 – Glenora
Averill Creek $14.95 – Cowichan Valley
Starling Lane, Brut $32.95 – Saanich
Sea Cider, Rumrunner $15.95 – Saanich Peninsula
Sea Cider, Pommeau $23.95 – Saanich Peninsula
Merridale, Winter Apple $27.95 – Cowichan Valley
Merridale, Merry Berry $9.55 – Cowichan Valley
Lighthouse Navigator $6.95 – Victoria
Phillips Trainwreck (Barley Wine) $5.85 – Victoria
Anchor Steam Christmas Ale $16.95 (not local, but truly an artisan product. These guys have been brewing this special seasonal ale since 1975. It makes a great gift as stored in a cool, dark place this beer can remain drinkable for years!)
Swans, New Releases – Victoria
Driftwood, Blackstone Porter (great with a cheese plate) – Victoria
Middle Mountain Cranberry Lavender – Hornby Island $23.95
Tugwell, Solstice – Sooke $20.60
Other local yummies that are available at Cascadia:
Organic Fair Chocolate Bars, Mulling Spices and Hot Chocolate,
Venturi Verjus, Balsamic Vinegar, Cowichan Valley
Sea Cider Salt and Honey, Saanich Peninsula
Tugwell Honey, Sooke
Victoria Spirits Bitters, Saanich
Fantastico Coffee, Victoria
Cascadia Liquor Stores are locally owned and feature local and regional products.
Quadra Village (next to Fairways Market) 250.590.1940 / Open 9am to 10pm every day except Christmas (closed)
Colwood @ Hatley Park Plaza 250.478.1303 / Open 9am to 11pm every day except Christmas (12pm – 5pm)
Please note: Cascadia will be moving towards not using plastic bags in their liquor stores. They will continue with some paper bags but are encouraging all customers to bring their re-usable cloth bags.