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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

Located on the shores of Lake Okanagan, Tantalus is one of the oldest continuously producing vineyards in British Columbia.  This iconic Canadian winery has a reputation for their racy and balanced Rieslings.   If you are a lover of aromatic wines and craving pretty uplifting scents to transport you to a Springtime garden during the cooler and darker winter months, a glass of Riesling may lighten up your life a little bit!  This wine shimmers in the glass with a pale yellow hue, pronounced and delicious scents of Sicilian lemon, lime and tropical fruit abound.  The palate is at once lively and broad showing great intensity of fruit with balanced acidity.  Fresh tangy citrus flavours combined with stone fruit and a light mineral edge make for a very gulpable wine.  This style of Riesling is infinitely food friendly as there is just a whisper of natural sweetness balancing out the acidity.  Drink it on Taco Tuesdays, enjoy with a loaded grain bowl, variously prepared fish dishes, pork…. the list goes on! 

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Recent Blog Posts by Alanna

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