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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

Most Vinho Verde are simple, light and crisp with a hint of spritz however, I was pleased by this “more serious” expression of the wine.

Vinho Verde is produced in the Douro Valley, in the lush verdant landscape of Northern Portugal, just below the Spanish Portuguese border.

Casa Novas owns 25 hectares in a slightly warmed sub-zone of Vinho Verde, so their wines tend to show a bit more ripeness of fruit and weight on the palate. Though the estate is not certified organic, their core values are to use minimal inputs in the vineyard and winemaking process to allow for the grapes and land to express themselves fully. The purity of their process shines through in this lovely Vinho Verde.

This blend of indigenous Avesso and Loureiro exhibits orange blossom, white peach and pear, tangy key lime pie and just the right amount of pink grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish. Enjoy this as an aperitif, with sushi, cold salads….

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Recent Blog Posts by Alanna

Producer Spotlight: Germany’s Weingut am Stein

Spain’s Star Grape: Talking About Tempranillo

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