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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

Barbera is Piemonte’s most planted grape and is suited to making a range of wine styles; from light, fresh quaffing reds to bold, rich and more complex versions. This expression of Barbera, from the iconic producer Borgogno, falls into the later category making it a great wine choice as we transition into Fall. With the arrival of cooler weather comes slightly richer foods, meaning we naturally gravitate towards more intensely flavoured, weightier wines. This is such a great example of a well-made bigger style of Barbera. The grape’s identity still shines through, despite more extraction and some oak ageing. The nose is intense with lots of morello cherry, juicy blackberry and notes of violet. The palate is plush and mouthfilling, thanks to super ripe fruit and soft velvety tannins, but that characteristic Barbera freshness is there with balanced acidity which is the key to this wine’s food affinity. Serve with polenta and gorgonzola or polenta with stewed meats or sausages and you’ll be in for a soul warming treat!

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Recent Blog Posts by Alanna

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