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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. In his “spare time” he’s finishing up an undergraduate degree in History and English at Saint Mary’s University and spending time with friends.

If he’s not drinking a Saison, you’ll find him sipping on fresh, acidic reds like Gamay. 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 certification and is currently enrolled in WSET Level 2 classes.

Ryan Almeida's Picks

Related to Chardonnay and similar to Pinot Blanc, production of Auxerrois is mainly found in Germany, France (Alsace), and Luxembourg. More often than not, Auxerrois in Alsace is found in wines labeled as “Pinot Blanc” without mention of Auxerrois at all. With that being said, it does play a role in Cremant d’Alsace; a traditional method sparkling wine from the region. Other than that, Auxerrois is quite unusual in the fact that there isn’t much production of the grape in the New World (regions outside of Europe). Despite its unpopularity, this expression from bio-dynamic producer Odinstal proves to be a fantastic take on this interesting varietal. With citrus and tropical fruit aromatics, firm-minerality, and moderate acidity, this wine does exceptional with a variety of seafood dishes and would be great shared among friends in an attempt to discover wines off the beaten path!

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