Launches a Monthly Wine Subscription

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With the FreeMyGrapes movement pushing for opening up the flow of wine across provincial borders, Toronto-based has joined forces with several boutique Canadian wineries to offer this new monthly wine subscription. Each month, Canadians can  experience some of Canada’s best small lot wines, shipped direct from the winery to their home or office.   Here is their press release.  Maybe a good Christmas present to your spouse or significant 0ther (and to you).


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TORONTO (Dec. 9, 2013) –, the new online marketplace where you can buy directly from Canada’s best small batch food and wine makers, announced today the launch of the Hidden Gems Wine Subscription, a convenient way to access hard-to-find small lot Canadian wines.

“The Hidden Gems Wine Subscription is a way to connect Canadians with amazing Canadian vintners, providing customers with the best small lot selections from British Columbia and Ontario,” says CEO Erin Maynes.

Wine enthusiasts* can expect a monthly shipment delivered to their doorstep. Each Hidden Gems Wine Subscription shipment contains 3 bottles, handpicked by Canada’s top small lot winemakers. A British Columbia winery is featured one month, and an Ontario winery the next. Each wine is paired with a recipe crafted by a top Canadian chef, allowing members to create delicious food and wine pairing experiences at home.

Convenience: 2-3 bottles shipped direct from a top Canadian winery to your door, every month.
Variety: We’ll alternate a BC winery one month, and an Ontario winery the next.
Impeccable sourcing: Crafted by Canada’s best small lot winemakers
Food pairings: Customized recipes for each wine from Canada’s top chefs
Great value: You’ll pay $75/month, including shipping and taxes

December Featured Winery is Award-Winning Meyer Family Vineyards

Jak Meyer and Janice Stevens purchase a small 1.62 hectare vineyard on the Naramata bench in 2006, and 3.9 hectares in Okanagan Falls two years later.  They hired the best winemaker and viticulturists and focused on small lot single vineyard wines made in the traditional of Burgundy style.  Today Meyer Family Vineyards produces less than 3000 cases from mature 14 year old vines, making some of the finest wines in the Okanagan (MFV was one of the top 10 vineyards in Canada at the 2013 National Wine Awards).

Wines Included in December Shipment:

The three wines include in the December shipment are a fantastic representation of Okanagan Valley wines at great prices:

2012 Okanagan Valley Chardonnay – Only 555 cases are produced, a blend from two family-owned vineyards, McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls and Old Main Rd in Naramata. Anthony Gismondi recently gave it 89 points and described this as a “lively, fresh, green apple, citrus, skinny chardonnay whose strength is nuance and simplicity.”

2011 Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir – A bronze award at the National Wine Awards of Canada; 89 points from Anthony Grimondi; and 88 points from Beppi Crosariol, who described this wine as “medium-bodied, tight and chewy, with soft raspberry fruit, zippy spice and a whisper of beetroot.  It is a great choice for grilled salmon or poultry.”

2012 Gewürztraminer – Made in the traditional Alsatian style to enjoy as an aperitif or to accompany a wide range of cuisine, especially Thai, Mexican and spicy dishes.  Aromas of Lychee or Turkish Delight, citrus and spice.

Let’s celebrate Canadian winemakers – subscribe to the Hidden Gems Wine Subscription here.

For more information, contact:

Erin Maynes


* Only available to customers with shipping addresses in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island.  Customer must be over 19 years of age, and someone over 19 must receive the shipment.