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Rae Tilley

Retail Supervisor

Rae received a Diploma in Cool Climate Winemaking and Viticulture from NSCC in Kentville and has achieved WSET Level 2– eagering awaiting the opportunity to enroll in WSET Level 3. Rae’s first stint with Bishop’s Cellar was in 2019; after two years at Luckett Vineyards, Rae returned in 2021. Bringing passion for everything wine, beer, and spirits, Rae also brings an impeccable taste for fashion. 

Favourite grape or wine region?

South African Cabernet Franc!!

Favorite food? If you could eat one type of food (specific type of food like pizza or something broader like Korean, for example) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My favourite food ever is hot dogs – toasted bun, mustard & sauerkraut!

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

Dream job would be either a NASCAR driver or the person who tests new Ben & Jerry ice cream flavours!

Rae Tilley's Picks

Fast Food Pairing: McDonald’s Big Mac meal

Sometimes there is nothing more surprising or perfect than a “high brow/low brow” pairing – I certainly think that bringing together Villa Franciacorta, Italy’s answer to Champagne, and a Big Mac, the BEST menu item at McDonald’s, is a fantastic match. The Big Mac, a stunning combination of cheese, pickles, lettuce and Thousand Island-style dressing, requires a pairing that will temper the rich ingredients while still letting the crunchy veggies and zippy sauce shine. Enter the Franciacorta: 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir, aged for 60 months on the lees, this Italian sparkling has enough acidity to cut through the juicy beef patties and buttered bun, while displaying light and crisp flavours that complement the “special sauce” and tangy pickles. 

For your next McDonald’s run – the side of fries may be optional, but Franciacorta is not!!

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