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Ryan Almeida

Retail Staff

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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Martha Kelly

Retail Staff

This super fresh and fruit forward blend is definitely a new favourite! The Petite Selve 2017 is a blend of 40% cinsault, 40% grenach, 20% syrah.  Aged in concrete and naturally fermented(without the addition of any yeast), it ages on its lees for several months. Strong red fruit on the nose, with distinct mushroom and mint notes. It is a fantastic wine to pair with white meats and vegetable dishes, and also works well as an aperitif. Try with a slight chill too!

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Lucas Mader

Retail Staff

Back again this year, one of my favourite Beaujolais. The Fleurie appellation is known for its delicate, floral personality. Beside that lies Moulin-a-Vent, known for it’s muscle and structure. The Les Moriers vineyard sits right on the line between the two – giving firm structure and body with delicate floral aromas. A real gem to drink now, slightly chilled or hold for a few years.

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Gaby McCotter

Retail Staff

Pecorino, the grape from Controguerra, is well known for being dry and minerally with elegant floral notes.
On the nose, this wine presents ripe stone fruit, hints of spice and herbaceous undertones. For a somewhat unknown varietal this wine shows a beautiful balance between acidity and softness on the palate. For an easy fish and chip supper to scallops and lobster, this wine has great versatility and range.
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Jason MacPhee

Wine Category Manager

Predominately Grenache blended with Cinsault, Carignan, and Syrah to add color and depth.  Enjoyable, and intriguing aromas of raspberry, violets, and cassis. The fresh fruit follows through to the palate where it meets lively acidity and soft tannins. This is my current favorite wine to enjoy as the evenings start to cool off and the Pennant race begins to heat up. 

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Tristan Gray

Part Time Retail Staff

Notorious for it’s inclement weather, many producers struggled with the 2016 vintage and were unable to produce the quality they were accustomed to. On the other hand, those who kept their yields extremely low and applied their oak judiciously produced many gems and Domaine Larue’s “Vieille Vignes” is certainly among them. The nose is vibrant and bright with white flowers, lemon/lime oils, orchard fruits and a subtle almond richness that belies the flinty mineral seam that drives this wine on the palate. The soul of Saint Aubin is in the tension between the depth of fruit and the strict minerality that keeps it all focused and this wine displays both effortlessly.
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Alanna McIntyre

Product Specialist

This past summer I spent three incredible weeks in Italy with my family; many of our meals ended with some kind of herbal digestivo and Vecchio Amaro del Capo was the liquor of choice.  After a hearty meal, an icy cold shot of this Calabrian digestivo with its minty and liquorice aromas, flavours and balanced bitterness really hit the spot.  Serve it up like an Italian by storing your Amaro del Capo in the freezer and pouring it into pre-chilled shot glasses after a big meal.  A little goes a long way and I like to sip, savour and slowly enjoy.   

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Jason MacLeod

Assistant Retail Manager

You won’t find a more honestly made wine.  The grapes are grown biodynamically- fermented and aged in concrete, and bottled with just minimal sulfur addition.  The results are beyond pleasurable.  Crunchy red fruits with slight floral lift, this wine is so versatile at the dinner table – drink it with pasta dishes or even grilled salmon. 
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Jenny Gammon

Brand, Communications & Event Manager

I had the privilege of visiting Santorini a few years ago. I loved wandering through the island’s dry, volcanic-ash rich vineyards where the vines were trained in ground-hugging, basket weaved formations to protect the fruit from wind and sun.
Assyrtiko is indigenous to Santorini but can now be found all over Greece, including Central Greece where this one originates!
This wine is mineral-driven and bone dry- a white wine full of concentrated flinty and citrus flavours. Perfect for a hot day.
I look forward to learning more about fine Greek wines and sipping on this Assyrtiko seems like a great place to start.

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Kathryn Harding

Sommelier and Retail Manager

Frequently in store we play a little game where we test our senses and pick a wine to taste blind. A week ago Jason blinded us on the Tawse Chardonnay from Niagara and I was pleasantly surprised when it was unveiled as I guessed it was a $40 chardonnay from Burgundy, France. So at $22.00 I think this chardonnay is a steal.  With notes of crisp apple, lemon cream, minerality and touch of vanilla oak. The plate was balanced with fruit, oak and bright acidity. This wine was a wonderful surprise and it will now be in my everyday Chardonnay rotation. 
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