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Alanna McIntyre

Product Specialist, Sommelier

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

Cozy, Movie Night Favourites

If you are looking for an easy drinking, fruit forward, rich and round red that won’t break the bank, look no further.  This biodynamic blend of Grenache (bringing ripe fruit and herbal notes), Syrah (dark fruit and cracked pepper) and Carignan (crunchy red fruit, spice and some meaty notes) is wonderfully balanced and smooth with its medium acidity and refined tannins.  This is the kind of red that you reach for when the days get shorter, there is a chill in the air.  Sip and savour with comfort food like chili or shepards pie or pour a glass to enjoy with your favourite cheese, a slice of bread and a good book.    

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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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