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Ryan Almeida

Retail Staff

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

Nestled between famous St. Joseph to the north and lesser known St. Peray (all white wine, mostly sparkling) to the south sits Cornas; a small appellation within the Northern Rhone that only produces red wine from Syrah. Despite the reputation of big, meaty, tannic wines needing nearly a decade to be fully realized, this biodynamic expression from winemaker Matthieu Barrett proves to be everything Cornas usually isn’t: fresh and ready-to-drink, with slightly firm tannins. A traditional pairing like lamb shoulder comes to mind as well as duck cassoulet but a wide variety of stews would also pair quite nicely.

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