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Ryan Almeida

E-Commerce Manager

Ryan joined our team in-store back in June of 2017.  On an average day, you’ll find him stocking shelves with new product, helping customers find the right product for them and learning as much as he can about the products in our shop. He’s very pro-education when it comes to the business of wine, beer and spirits and he wants to learn as much as he can!

Ryan enjoys cooking, pledging his allegiance to Toronto sports teams (for better or for worse, but mostly, for worse he says) and he’s passionate about music, with an extensive record collection featuring blues, rock, jazz and country music.

If he’s not drinking a Saison, you’ll find him sipping on fresh, acidic reds like Gamay and Cabernet Franc. Also, the more bubbles the better! Benjamin Bridge and Lightfoot & Wolfville are two  of Ryan’s favourite local sparkling wine producers.

CERTIFICATIONS: Ryan has his WSET Level 1 & 2 certifications.

Ryan Almeida's Picks

Astrological Sign: Taurus

Queen Elizabeth II (RIP), Dwyane “the Rock” Johnson, me. Commonality? We’re all Taurus’ and that means we’re all stubborn and sensual? In any case, Taurus is an Earth sign and some would say wines from the Rhône are down to Earth. Agreed but I’d add that they’re delicious, too. Especially white Rhône.

Thomas took over the Domaine in 2019 from his father Guy, and the wines have been more drinkable and ready a lot sooner; Guy was previously focused on ripeness, Thomas is concerned with leaner, fresher styles. In the process of converting to Organic (certified 2024), he strives to make low intervention expressions from his plots all over Northern Rhône. Made from 50% Viognier and equal parts Marsanne and Roussanne, expect tropical fruits on the nose that carry through to a weighty palate; added citrus freshness and spice are there, too. Pair with appetizers and/or hors d’oeuvres, lighter chicken fare, or slightly spicy pork dishes.

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