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Ryan Almeida

Retail Staff

Grown almost exclusively on Mount Etna of Sicily, Italy; the grape Carricante is the primary varietal found in Etna Bianco wines with secondary fruit being local grapes Catarratto and/or Minella. With lots of mineral character and high acidity, Sicilians began employing malolactic fermentation long ago in an effort to keep the acidity in check and this expression from famous producer Benanti keeps with that tradition. All at once, this wine possesses flinty minerality, racy lemon citrus, appropriate mid-palate weight, and subtle stone fruit flavours which makes it the perfect companion for a variety of seafood dishes, roast chicken dinners, and summer salads. There is a ton of value to be found with Sicilian wines right now and at $10 dollars off, I urge you to explore one of the best that the region has to offer. 
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Martha Kelly

Retail Staff

This past month we received several new exciting wines from the Southwest region of France. While they are all quite intriguing, (See Alanna’s blogpost) the one that immediately stood out to me was the 2018 Chateau Clamens Juliette. There were two things that first caught my eye;  the wine is a brilliant, deeply pigmented golden yellow, and it is made from 100% Gros Manseng grapes.

I love having the opportunity to try a single varietal wine of something we more commonly experience blended.  The nose is a delightful complex blend of fruit and floral aromatics: citrus, pear and delicate stone fruit and white flowers. A generous amount of acidity helps to balance the off-dry sweetness of the wine, with tropical fruit and citrus united, with a lovely roundness on the palate. This is a versatile wine, finding its home anywhere from Sunday Brunch to the patio, or in the evening paired alongside a traditional ham dinner or after dinner cheese plate( Do yourself a favour and don’t forget the blue cheese).

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Lucas Mader

Retail Staff

We all know the folks at Bishop’s Cellar are huge fans of Beaujolais, and we’re also big fans of rose. So, you can probably guess how we feel about Beaujolais Rose!

From one of our favourite producers, Domaine Dupeuble has been making wine on their property since 1512, only using natural yeasts and minimal intervention to produce some of the best value, and freshest expressions of Gamay we have. Loads of ripe red fruits and subtle herbaceous spice give this wine great depth for a rose, and the vibrant acidity that will help it pair with an assortment of light summer fare. Although we have the regular (boring) 750ml bottles, I would strongly suggest opting for the 1500ml magnum bottles –  because you’re worth it.

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Jason MacPhee

Wine Category Manager

Chateau Clamens family owned vineyards are located in one of the newest, smallest, and southern-most appellations in France: Toulouse. Negrette is the star grape in the area for reds and roses.This wine is a red blend of Negrette, Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah. Aromas of violets, strawberry, and garrigue. The palate reveals more savoury notes, refreshing acidity and bright fruit. The versatility and price point of this wine is Ideal for entertaining.
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Tristan Gray

Retail Staff

This single malt is the recent brainchild of master blender, Billy Walker (previously of Glendronach and BenRiach fame). The GlenAllachie 12 brings all the expected notes of stewed plums, milk chocolate, nougat and cereal grains to the table with a slightly more elegant touch than the more dense Glendronach. Beyond the obvious, there lurks something old school reminiscent of Mortlach with sulfurous beeswax candles, browned butter, and gentle spices that echo on the long silky finish. This is a deft new take on the classic Speyside style that should be staple for any single malt fan.   

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Alanna McIntyre

Product Specialist

This white blend (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Carignan Blanc) from Southern France overdelivers on many fronts.  It is organic and biodynamic, has an inviting aroma of fresh white flowers and ripe stone fruit, the palate has a great texture showing stone fruit and minerality.  This is an incredibly drinkable wine that will appeal to a range of palates and easily pair with a variety of foods as it strikes a balance between aromatic intensity and freshness.  The great price point is an added bonus.

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Jason MacLeod

Assistant Retail Manager

Sourced from one of the newest appellations of the Languedoc, this Terrasses du Larzac is biodynamically produced.  This is a blend from Mourvedre, Grenache, Oeillade and 80 year old Carignan vines and is named after the red sandstone underlying the region’s soils.  Expect aromas of lavender and red fruit with a fresh, dry and savoury palate.

 

 

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Jenny Gammon

Brand, Communications & Event Manager

I try not to play favourites, but, despite my best efforts, wines made from the Chenin Blanc grape are almost always at the top of my list. This Vouvray from Alpha Loire Roche de Lune is just too easy to love.

In case you’ve not had it before, Vouvray is a white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes from the Loire Valley in France. Wines range in style from dry to sweet, and still to sparkling, each with its own delicious character.

This wine is both fresh and complex: it spent time on its lees and a very small portion was kept in new oak. That said, this is not an overpowering wine- it’s full of balanced flavours of dried fruit, honey and that characteristic Chenin Blanc acidity, which I really look to for freshness as the weather warms up. The palate is bright and mineral-driven with an appealing creamy texture. This is an amazing food wine- try it with chicken or shrimp on the BBQ and a salad topped with goat cheese. Or anything with goat cheese really.

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Kathryn Harding

Sommelier and Retail Manager

Originally a flower farm which was replanted with vines about 10 years ago. This Cabernet Sauvignon has voluptuous dark berry fruit, with hints of tobacco, chocolate and maybe even a slight minty-ness. I used this in my wine class for a blind tasting and it was a true representation of the Cab grape. The little bit of South African earthiness did throw a few people off. However, I liked the added complexity and thought that it was a good balance to the fruit and the oak. This is medium to full bodied and it would be perfect with anything on the BBQ!

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