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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

Vigneron Jean Foillard is an icon in Beaujolais.  He has been in charge of his family’s domaine since 1980 and was mentored by the father of the French natural wine movement, Jules Chauvet.  He tends to his vines organically, does a 3-4 week traditional whole-cluster ferment, ages his wine in neutral oak barrels and never chaptilizes, adds sulfur or filters his wines.  The result is a wine that is truly an expression of place (what the French call terroir).  So, if you are looking for a wine made with minimal intervention, that tastes pure and natural with concentrated red berry fruit, savoury notes and underlying minerality, this wine is for you. Gamay’s medium body and juicy acidity makes it an ideal wine to drink on its own or to enjoy with charcuterie, chicken, turkey and ham.

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Recent Blog Posts by Alanna

Producer Spotlight: Terroir Chablis with Lavantureux

A Sommelier’s Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner Food + Wine Pairings

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