Want this holiday season to sparkle? Pass up the same old mistletoe mixer for some quality time with your crew

Nov 07, 2012, 08:39 ET from Jackson-Triggs

A new survey by Jackson-Triggs reports 75% of Canadians spend less time with friends during the winter season - can you say winter blues?

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - From office parties to family dinners and festive cocktail receptions; the winter months are packed full of traditional reasons to raise a glass of bubbly. This year, Jackson-Triggs wants you to take a step back and find everyday moments to toast the season with friends.

To support their quest, Jackson-Triggs conducted a national survey to find out how much time Canadians (men and women between the ages of 18 and 55) spend with friends during the holidays. The results revealed that 90% of Canadians feel spending quality time with friends is an important factor in general happiness. However, 75% reported that spending time with friends is more difficult in the winter when compared with the summer months.

"One of the great things about our luxe sparkling wine, Grand Reserve ENTOURAGE, is its accessibility as a more affordable alternative to expensive champagnes. Turning an ordinary day into something worth celebrating just got easier," said Franco Timpano, Director of Marketing, Jackson-Triggs. "Once our survey revealed that Canadians regretfully spend less time with friends during the holidays, we knew this was our opportunity to step in and help make those moments happen."

What are you waiting for? Here are five fun everyday reasons to enjoy ENTOURAGE with your entourage this season

1. First Snowfall: Watch the weather and on the morning of the first big flurry, surprise your entourage with a Sparkling and Snow Angel soiree. Set up some flutes and scout out a fresh patch of snow to share an unexpected day of bubbles with your besties.
2. Pre-Resolution Party: New Year's is on the horizon, and it's time to make a change. First? Invite your crew over for an evening of indulgence. Spoil yourselves silly with vices that you'll soon be saying goodbye to. Hello midnight snacking! Next? Pour the bubbles and cheers to a new start, come January.
3. Digital Hangout: It's cold, it's snowy, and it's beautiful - but if you don't want to brave the blustery winter weather, catch-up with your friends online instead. Set up shop under a cozy blanket with nothing but a computer, a glass of champagne, and some juicy stories. Ah, the convenience of feeling so close yet being so far, now that is an occasion to toast to.
4. The Oscars Club: Getting Academy-ready has never been so social. With award season on the horizon, brush up on film knowledge with your closest pals by taking turns hosting screenings nights. Let the host choose the Oscar-nominated film accompanied by themed fare and bevies, and have guests vote on the movie at the end of the night. Add a touch of old-school Hollywood with sparkling for a premium evening.
5. Sunday Funday - the winter edition: Gather up all your favourites and embrace a winter wonderland. From tobogganing to ice-skating and even snowshoeing, there are a flurry of seasonal activities to choose from! An afternoon spent outside calls for a serious defrost, and what better way than with a post-snow bubbles party? Hot chocolate is so last year.

Additional Survey Stats

  • Top three benefits of spending quality time with friends include:
    • 82% - They are fun to be around
    • 54% - They provide a sense of belonging
    • 52% - They support during times of crisis
  • Spending quality time with friends remains equally difficult during the following periods:
    • 25% - Leading up to the holidays
    • 29% - During the holidays
    • 25% - After New Year's Eve
  • Of the winter factors that interfere with seeing friends, Canadians surveyed reported:
    • 38% - Cold/snow Canadian winters
    • 33% - Family obligations
    • 21% - Winter travel
    • 18% - Holiday planning

About Jackson-Triggs

Founded in 1993, Jackson-Triggs has set the benchmark of excellence as one of Canada's most renowned winemakers.  Both Jackson-Triggs Okanagan and Niagara Estate wineries have been uncompromising in their pursuit of crafting Canadian wines that compete with the world's finest and promise exceptional quality and value. For more information, visit www.jacksontriggswinery.com

About Vision Critical®
Vision Critical is a global research and technology firm that creates software and services solutions for over 600 clients, including one third of the world's top 100 brands. The company has offices across North America, Europe and Australia as well as a Global Partner Program that provides other research companies and consultants with access to top-of-the-line technology. Its Sparq™ product is the most widely adopted community panel platform on the planet.

About The Survey
From October 5th to October 6th 2012 an online survey was conducted among 1,005 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

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