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Alanna McIntyre

Product Specialist

Alanna jumped on board at Bishop’s Cellar when the company was still very new. Since then she has brought her warm personality and extensive wine knowledge to several roles within our retail and operations teams. Like many of our staff, she never tires of the variety of people and products this industry exposes her to!

Alanna found her way into the wine industry through her love of art, culture, food, and romance languages. After travelling and studying in France, Spain and Italy; she knew she wanted to learn more about the world of wine. Around the same time her father decided to plant a 12 acre vineyard in the Annapolis Valley. Her experience working in the vineyard gives her a unique understanding and respect for the producers of the wines we enjoy. She loves to tell their stories in her work with Bishop’s Cellar.

Alanna splits her time between the store and our warehouse offices using her product expertise to design educational programs and elevate customer experiences throughout the business.

Certifications: Alanna has been a certified sommelier since 2002. She is also a certified yoga teacher with the Himalayan Institute Teachers Association (HITA) and leads our warehouse staff in the occasional lunchtime yoga session. Alanna has also received the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits.

Alanna McIntyre's Picks

Seeing a bottle of “La Briccolina Barolo di Tiziano Gasso” on our store shelves today reminds me of the interconnectedness of all things and how wine has the potential to bring people together and to preserve memories.  I first met Tiziano in 2001 while I was living in Piemonte, at that time he was selling all of his grapes from his incredibly situated vineyard in Serralunga, to Barolo producer Pio Cesare. As so many wine growers do, Tiziano always held back some of his best Nebbiolo grapes to make wine for household consumption; his homemade Barolo was such a treat!   Thankfully he decided to bottle his own wine under his name in 2012, released in 2016, only 3000 bottles were made. In May 2017 Tiziano passed away tragically in a work related accident. Today his wife Simona and his son Daniele, who works at another winery by day, continue Tiziano’s work at La Briccolina and have crafted an ethereal expression of terroir and a representation of enduring spirit.  

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Recent Blog Posts by Alanna

Bordeaux: Blending, Barrels, and Bold Bottles

All Roads Lead To Burgundy

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