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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

Galicia’s 2019 growing season can be described pretty simply: low yields, high quality. Located in northern Spain, Galicia has a reputation for high averages of rainfall – especially along its coastlines, making it tricky when it comes to growing high quality fruit, let alone harvesting it.  It has been said that some of the best wine is made in the toughest conditions and winemaker Xose Luis Sebo’s Gomariz X is no exception.

Sourced from single vineyard “As Penelas” and made up of 95% Albarino and 5% Treixadura, this is a fabulous expression of what Galicia is capable of producing; firm salinity, highly concentrated citrus fruit, and bursting notes of peach, apricot, and nectarine.  Pair this with a variety of shellfish, white fish, or whatever is freshest!

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