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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

Winemaker Pauline Passot’s journey to running Domaine de la Grosse Pierre is a little long and winding; despite being born in Fleurie and growing up with parents as winemakers, she went abroad and explored before eventually settling back into her roots. Pauline studied and received a business degree in Dublin while working at a bar and worked as a Sommelier in Lyon before realizing it wasn’t enough to just talk about other’s wine- she needed to make her own.

Whole bunches, semi-carbonic maceration, no added yeast, and only a small amount of added sulphur at bottling; we welcome Pauline’s wines with open arms as they’re made in a style centred around purity, freshness, and terrior. Floral notes like rose and peonies with added red berry fruits jump out of the glass. On the palate, more red fruit with great concentration and mouthwatering acidity. Pair this with charcuterie, lighter-fare like chicken or ham, or mushroom-heavy dishes. 

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