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Gaby McCotter

Retail Manager

Gaby joined our team at Bishop’s Cellar in 2021, having worked with us previously before; signing on to be our Retail Manager and coming with 10+ years in the alcohol and beverage industry in both Ontario and Nova Scotia, Gaby brings passion to everything local (especially bubbles!) and works closely with our Retail Team to ensure customers receive excellent customer service and experiences while shopping in our Lower Water St. location. A self-proclaimed dog lover (dog Mom to Elvis and Memphis), Gaby is currently enrolled in the CAPS Certified Sommelier program, has achieved WSET Level 2, and has taken numerous online wine courses and classes, further cementing that drive and passion for our beloved industry.

Favourite grape or wine region?

Champagne! But anywhere that makes delicious sparkling wines as well!

Share something personal; what’s your favourite book, movie or song?

A Knight’s Tale, but there’s lots of movies I love watching over and over which drives my husband nuts!

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

Traveling and visiting all the wine countries I could- provided I’ve won the lottery and don’t have to actually work. If not, then still being a part of the alcohol beverage industry somehow.

Gaby McCotter's Picks

After having just come back from Reims and visiting Maison Bruno Paillard, how can I not have it as my staff pick?! Born from the desire to create a pure champagne- very different from the others, Bruno Paillard’s vision is anchored in the meticulous selection of the best vineyards of Champagne to bring connoisseurs distinctive and refined cuvees. The Maison remains fully independent and family owned, now run by Alice Paillard. With passion, father and daughter continue to create refined cuvees selectively distributed worldwide. Made from high quality first pressings, these wines consistently shine through the ever-changing vintages. To that end, the blend comprises between 25%-50% of reserve wines kept in tanks. Thus, preserved from the whims of time, their multi vintage cuvees remain the most authentic expression of the Bruno Paillard style.

In the glass, the wine pours a deep, golden colour. On the nose, honeycrisp apple, lemon, and apricot occupy the bouquet. On the palate, those flavours carry through, with more lemon curd than simply citrus juice; mouthwatering acidity with lively mousse, and chalky minerality round out the finish.

“Start the day with a smile and finish it with champagne.” – Unknown

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