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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

Its no secret that Riesling tends to get a bad rap for being broadly categorized as unpleasantly sweet. However, this bio-dynamic and organic offering from the Pfalz region proves to be both dry and mouth-wateringly delicious. With petrol and citrus on the nose, those flavours are echoed on the palate with an added dose of minerality that dances on the tongue. This trocken (dry) Riesling is light in body and is best enjoyed with a delicate fish like halibut or as an apertif.

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