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Are Wine, Spirits or Alcohol a Good Corporate Gift?

30 May

For those who enjoy alcohol a thoughtfully selected bottle may seem like the perfect gift.

And while that might be true for people in your personal life, it’s tricky when it comes to corporate gifts.

Alcohol is a controversial gift for reasons that may not be obvious. Consider how much you know about the person.

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Assumptions can be risky when you don’t know any of the following information:

  • Personal struggles with alcoholism or addiction. Many recovering addicts aren’t necessarily open about their battles with alcohol, especially in their professional environments.
  • Challenging family history with alcohol. People with relatives that have a history of alcoholism may have strong aversions to alcohol.
  • Religion. Some of the religions that may avoid alcohol include branches of Christianity, Muslims, Jainism and Buddhists.
  • Personal preference. Some people avoid alcohol for weight loss, health, mental wellbeing and athletic goals. Others only like certain types of alcohol.
  • Corporate policies. Some workplaces have corporate policies about receiving alcohol.

Build Better Relationships With The Right Gift

Gifts are about building and nurturing relationships and you jeopardize that if the gift offends the receiver.

When gifting alcohol it’s important to be 100% certain that it will be well received. In a professional setting, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

When selecting a gift for someone consider the purpose for the gift:

  • Is it for a business or personal milestone?
  • Are they a client or employee?
  • Is it going to a group or individual

By customizing the gift so it’s appropriate to the occasion, you’ll create a more meaningful experience.

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If the gift will be received in the person’s workplace, it’s an opportunity for them to also receive public recognition and feel special.

Obviously we are big fans of gift boxes. The experience of receiving a box, opening it and finding beautifully curated items gives people a prolonged experience of joy compared to opening a gift bag that obviously has a bottle inside.

What ever you decide, put yourself in the receiver’s shoes, how would you feel if you received the gift? Does it feel meaningful?

If you need help selecting a gift for any occasion, check out our gift guide below to help you decide the right type of basket for the occasion.

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Wine Pairing Guide: Local BC Wine + Vancouver Artisan Confections

15 Nov

 

We recently caught up with Valerie Stride from The Demystified Vine and got some great advice on how to pair local BC wines with some of our favouriteVancouver artisan confections. Check out these clear, easy and helpful tips! Your indulgent epicurian moments are about to be upgraded and demystified!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Stride is the creator of the The Demystified Vine (@DemystifiedVine). She is a Vancouver-based WSET Certified Wine Writer & Enthusiast. Her clear and concise blog seeks to unlock the mystery of the wine world!

 

 

 

Pairing #1: Cocolico Shortbread Caramels and Wendel’s Macadamia Shortbread (Gluten free) + Camelot 2011 Gewurztraminer (off-dry)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: The unsweet shortbread focuses on the flour and butter profiles. Since the 2011 Camelot Gewurz is off-dry, meaning very slightly sweet, the residual sugar in the wine enhances the experience of tasting the buttery shortbread alongside the fruit and spice in the wine.

 

 

 

Important Tip : Sweetness is the main culprit for making unappealing wine and food interactions. Therefore, always make sure that your wine is sweeter than your dessert. If your dessert is sweeter than your wine, when you take a sip of your wine it will seem overly acidic and unapproachable. The whole point of food and wine pairings is to enjoy a balance of flavour profiles!

 

 

 

Pairing #2: Cocolico Caramel Poppycock + Clos du Soleil Saturn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Clos du Soleil’s Saturn is a Sauternes-style dessert wine made from 100% Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. It is a white wine that has been slightly effected by botrytis – also known as Noble Rot – which produces orange marmalade flavours. The Cocolico popcorn by Wendy Boys, is a succulent pairing for the Saturn not only because the Saturn is sweeter than the popcorn, but because the body of the popcorn is not light and fluffy. The popcorn is heavier due to the caramel, butter, and mixed nut clusters. Therefore, the popcorn and wine balance well together because of the weightier, syrupy viscosity of the Saturn (due to it being higher in sugar) and the atypical weight of the popcorn.

 

 

 

Important Tip: Balance food flavour profiles to the elements of the varietal(s) in your wine. For example, white wines tend to be lighter in flavour and body, so match it with a food that is lighter in flavour and body.

 

 

 

Pairing #3: Beta 5 Darker Chocolate + Blasted Church “Amen” Non-Vintage Port-de-Merlot

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Merlot is a medium bodied wine to start. A port-style fortified wine will have more alcohol, and a slightly more potent form of the original varietal, but with added sweetness. Pairing a fortified wine with dark chocolate is a match made in heaven, as dark chocolates tend to be in the 75% cocoa range and are not sweet, but bitter.  The hint of sugar in the Amen Port-de-Merlot will impeccably complement the dry and bitter qualities in the chocolate, because its flavour profile blesses us with cocoa, berries, and caramel. Yum.

 

 

 

Important Tip: Match the body of your food to the body of your wine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Local and Organic Alcohol Gift Ideas: The Pemberton Distillery Masters Handcrafted Spirits

01 Feb

Eight years ago, Tyler Schramm walked alongside his brother through the potato fields of the Pemberton Valley. It was a fine summer day and Tyler was imagining his future. He envisioned farmers’ fields, wide valley vistas, gourmet foodies and the picturesque Mt. Currie. Tyler was determined to convert the abundant potato fields into local, organic potato vodka.

After completing a Masters thesis in potato vodka distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tyler had created the original recipe for Schramm Vodka. Since the inception of this vodka, the Pemberton Distillery has been thriving and expanding…and Tyler is living his dream.

I was happy to have the opportunity to meet Tyler Schramm, explore the Pemberton Distillery and sample local organic spirits. Tyler has created fantastic handcrafted products that I am proud to feature in my local artisan gift boxes.


SAUL GOOD GIFT TIP: When gifting alcohol, remember Saul Good rule #9: “If you’re not 100% sure that your gift recipient is going to enjoy the bottle of wine, beer or spirits, leave it on the shelf.” For further guidance, please check out our previous blog post: “Are wine, spirits or alcohol a good corporate gift?”



Exceptional and Award Winning Spirits

Unique Personality

Pemberton is home to potatoes…A LOT of potatoes. Grocery stories have stacks of the tasty vegetable, whole, round perfect potatoes waiting to make it home and onto the dinner table. Not all potatoes are created equal. Lots of them are odd shapes, small and become waste for farmers who can’t sell them to market. Long gone are the days when these lonely potatoes lay waste in the field, they now find a new home at the distillery where they become the main ingredient in Schramm Organic Vodka.

Why not make good use the quirky shaped organic potatoes as ingredients for unique vodka spirits? It’s a great way to add some unique personality. Using certified organic Pemberton potaoes, a mixture of Yukon Gold, Red, Russet, Purple Russian and German Butter, Tyler uses a special blend to create a signature profile for the Schramm taste.

Unique Taste Experience

In addition to being local, organic and full of heart, Schramm Vodka creates a unique experience for your palette. Most vodka is made from rye and has a fairly predictable flavour. Vodka made from potatoes has a unique taste which Tyler has utilized for Schramm. This blended spirit is gently charcoal filtered to maximize purity while maintaining the smooth and rich earthy character of the Pemberton potato.

Since the Pemberton Distillery is located within the Coast Mountains, they are blessed with pristine glacial streams that provide pure mountain water to blend into Schramm Vodka. When you take a sip, it elicits the visceral experience of standing on a mountain and breathing in crisp freshness. It is no surprise that Tyler Schramm’s mastery is award-winning and critically acclaimed.

Local Living Economy

As the Pemberton Distillery thrives and expands, they continue to deepen their local connection. It has been a great pleasure to have their products featured at LOCO events here in Vancouver BC. From the Raspberry Vodka truffles by the Blackbird Bakery, to the Sweet Vodka Mustard by The Food Lovers, Schramm vodka is pickling Pemberton from the inside out.

New Creations

Aromatic Gin

Since mastering the art of potato vodka, Tyler has expanded to the realm of gin and whiskey. The Pemberton Distillery has incorporated 8 Certified Organic Herbs & Botanicals in Schramm Gin. The Pemberton Distillery is the only distillery in Canada that produces gin from a base spirit that is handcrafted. This means that they control the quality of our Gin throughout its entire production. This handcrafted process is also aligned with the tradition of London Dry Gin. There is no added sugar or colouring to the spirit following distillation.

Waiting for the Whiskey!

In the summer of 2010 the Pemberton Distillery filled their first barrels of single malt whiskey. Yes, it’s true, in 3 years we’ll see the first release of this precious beverage and have a local option for the whiskey fan. I think Tyler et al. are on to something! Please stay tuned for more updates.