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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

This Cote de Provence rose is a perennial favourite and this fresh vintage does not disappoint.  The wine stands out on a shelf because of its unique bottle, the “flute a corset Provencal,” a bottle shape that is specific to this appellation. Thankfully, this wine is as elegant as its package. This blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon from 30-50 year old vines yields a wonderful rose. The nose is quite pronounced and concentrated, which I don’t always find in Rose. Juicy, ripe strawberry and raspberry notes with a splash of citrus. The palate is fresh, with a slight creaminess; like a bowl of fresh picked strawberries drizzled with cream. The acidity is more medium than searingly high which makes this super easy to sip on its own, though it would pair well with salty snacks, smoked salmon, chicken salad, ham sandwiches. 

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Recent Blog Posts by Alanna

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

Producer Spotlight: Germany’s Weingut am Stein

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