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Jason MacPhee

Wine Category Manager

With over 20 years of experience as a wine merchant in Halifax, Jason joined Bishop’s Cellar back in 2013. Working within our product team and splitting time between our shop and warehouse offices, Jason’s extensive experience helps select and source the wonderful wines we carry on our shelves everyday. Working hard to make shopping for wine less complicated and intimidating for customers of all knowledge levels, you can catch Jason pouring wine and helping customers find what they’re looking for on most Saturdays down at our Lower Water St. store.

Favourite grape or wine region? 

Syrah/Carmenere blends from Chile. Currently in love with Lambrusco Salamino, though.

Are you a dog or cat person? Or maybe neither. Maybe you have birds or turtles or an ant farm?

Dogs – all of the dogs.

What song would you pick for karaoke?

Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band. Or Yeah! by Usher.

Jason MacPhee's Picks

Fast Food Pairing: Kaiser’s Sub + Sandwich Shoppe’s Montreal Pastrami w/ cheese, no onions (Lower Sackville)

I’ve been ordering the same sub from Kaisers in Lower Sackville for nearly 25 years usually with a can of DC but every now and then I’ll take this glorious sandwich home and really enjoy it with a bottle of wine. I’ve tried pairing every style of wine, even my beloved Lambrusco. I can state with 100% certainty Brigaldara Valpolicella is the perfect pairing. 

This is a serious wine made by one of the most important families in the Valpolicella region but it is simple enough to just enjoy without over thinking. The fresh juicy cherry and pepper notes pair perfectly with the lean cut of pastrami, and Kaiser’s signature ingredients. IYKYK. 

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