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Staff Picks

Alanna McIntyre

Product Specialist

This time of year I am looking for good value wines that still have personality and depth.  Permien Rouge checks all the boxes for me. This French red blend from the appellation Terrasses-Du-Larsac in the Languedoc-Rousillon is made following organic and biodynamic principles.  The blend is 80% old vine Carignan (vines almost 100 years old from volcanic origin soil) with Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre making up the balance. The wine is medium weight and opens on the palate with a red fruit freshness and evolves to floral notes, spice and savory black olive.  The wines offers concentration from start to finish with an underlying mineral purity. Enjoy this drop with charcuterie, an earthy vegetarian chilli or meaty stew.

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Jason MacLeod

Assistant Retail Manager

Grown on gravel and sandy soils, this biodynamic Cabernet Franc comes from the heart of the Loire Valley.  After being destemmed the grapes spend up to one year aging in concrete tanks. Expect aromas of ripe berries with a lively and juicy palate.  Next to no sulfur is added upon bottling.

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Jason MacPhee

Wine Category Manager

Bodegas Alceno is a traditional family-owned winery located in Jumilla, considered to be the first winery in the DO to market wines commercially. The winery has been in operation since 1870. The 12 Meses Monastrell drinks well above its price point. Reminiscent of Monastrell from more sought after regions such as Bandol, The nose is intense with aromas of vanilla, blackberry, spice and some earthy notes. The palate is bold, flavourful, warming, and has just enough tannin to offer some grip. 

Ideal for the wine geek and the casual wine drinker. It offers something for everyone. A 20 minute decant will help but its not necessary.  

It’s going to be cold until pitchers and catchers report, this will keep you warm until then.

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Jenny Gammon

Brand, Communications & Event Manager

Like many, I am a bit of a seasonal wine drinker. When the days are cold and the nights grow dark, I want to curl up next to the fire with a good book and a ripe, warming red wine. Coming from the heart of Spain’s Ribera del Duero region, Casajus is a small operation that crafts honest wines that express the region. Fermented with indigenous yeast and aged in used French and American barrels, this Tempranillo wine has ripe blackberry, plum, and a bright minerality.

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Kathryn Harding

Sommelier and Retail Manager

Osvaldo Barberis is a small family-run winery in Piedmonte, Italy. This organically farmed Dolchetto is full of dark black and purple fruit; notes of plums, blackberries & dark chocolate jump from the glass. The flavours carry through to the palate and are joined by a silky mouthfeel, fine tannins, and a fresh acidic finish. I enjoyed this with a simple sausage pasta and finished it while vegging out to Netflix.

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Martha Kelly

Retail Staff

The Librandi Critone Val di Neto Bianco 2018 is harmonious blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. Vines grown in the Calabrian region of Italy, from their Rosaneti and Critone properties.  The wine is fermented & aged in stainless steel and a further 6 months in bottle, providing a refreshing and concentrated palate. The ideal white to pair with seafood, white fish or creamy pasta, risotto or chowder.

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Ryan Almeida

Retail Staff

Sitting in somewhat of a sweet spot regarding both quality and price, Bra winery Ascheri (established in 1880) produces a terrific expression of Nebbiolo from the Langhe region with tons of red fruit, delicate tannins, and an abundance of acidity. Pair this with porcini mushroom risotto, cheaper, fattier cuts of slowly braised beef, or hearty, rich stews. I’d be hard pressed to find another instance where Nebbiolo has been so approachable yet so delicious at the same time.

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