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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

Antonelli’s wines all come from a single 175ha estate in Italy’s Montefalco DOCG region and have been certified organic since 2012 with a focus on regional, native varietals: Grechetto, Trebbiano Spoletino, Sangiovese, and Sagrantino. I would argue that the latter encompasses their most prized wines and expression of Montefalco; with firm tannins, cherry, red berries, mint, and oregano. Although it packs a punch, with proper aging and/or a long decant, this 100% Sagrantino can prove to be quite elegant and delicate as well. With skin contact for 25-40 days, ~24 months in oak, 12 months in glass-lined vats and another 12 months in bottle, this would pair perfectly with a variety of cheeses, grilled veggies, game, and the richest stews these colder months have to offer.

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