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Alanna McIntyre

Product Specialist

After travelling and studying in France, Spain and Italy, the desire to learn more about the world of wine grew. Alanna started with Bishop’s Cellar back in 2008 and now splits time between the store and our warehouse offices using product expertise to design educational programs and elevate customer experiences throughout the business. Alanna is a Certified ISG Sommelier, who has also received the WSET Level 3 and Italian Wine Scholar Diploma.

Favourite grape or wine region?

I love Italian wines because there is such a variety, they are so unique and really shine with food. In France, I love the wines from the Loire Valley; the region offers many different white styles I love and the reds are lighter and fresh, which is more my speed. If money were not an option, I would definitely be drinking more white Burgundy.

Coffee or Tea; what wakes you up in the morning? And how do you take it?

Coffee, made in my stovetop mocha pot, usually black. I recently cut caffeine out of my life, but Espresso 46 makes a good decaf that made the switch pain free!

If you weren’t selling wine at Bishop’s Cellar, what would you be doing?

I’d probably be working in the field of the art and design or doing something with languages; teaching or translation.

Alanna McIntyre's Picks

Astrological Sign: Libra

Libra is all about balance and harmony; in which case, a perfectly balanced Riesling seems like a suitable wine for a Libra.  My Zodiac wine pick is Gaspereau Vineyards’ Riesling (it was hard to narrow it down, so many good wines and good Rieslings to choose from.)  Gaspereau Riesling is priced well, has a moderate alcohol percentage and is locally produced.  Winemaker Gina Haverstock knows how to make good Riesling and this wine does not disappoint.  Expect a bouquet of attractive aromas, a bright and lively palate with racy acidity balanced by sweet and tangy citrus curd notes.  The wine strikes that fine balance of fruit and acid making for a harmonious and elegant drop.  It is the ideal bottle to have on hand for those moments of indecisiveness; when you are not sure what you want to drink or what you are going to make for supper or just what to do in general; it’s just great on its own and will pair with pretty much anything!   

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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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