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Jason MacPhee

Wine Category Manager

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


If lifting things up and putting them down is an Olympic Sport, which I think it is, I do that quite regularly so I should be good at it. Le Morette Bardolino is quite refreshing and just what I need while sitting in the Sun on a patio recovering. 

Le Morette is a renowned Italian winery nestled in the heart of the Lugana wine region, south of Lake Garda. The Third generation Paolo and Fabio Zenato lead Le Morette with a dedication to quality and sustainability. Le Morette’s Bardolino has expressive red fruit on the nose, the palate is light to medium bodied and juicy. Serve it slightly chilled and enjoy in the sun. 

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Lucas Mader

Category Manager for Beer, Refreshment, & Spirits, Cicerone

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


If you know me at all, you know that my body is the platonic ideal of what a synchronized swimmer should look like. Grace, strength, and coordination. 

When my swimming teammates and I are done winning gold medals, we always like to reach for a refreshing, yet interesting beverage to celebrate our wins. Enter; the new Blood Orange Spritz from Propeller Brewing Co. Herbal, slightly bitter, orange-y, and ultra refreshing – this spritz will keep you poolside all summer long.

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Kathryn Harding

Director of Customer Experience, Sommelier

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


Enjoying a Drink Sprizzi after an intense match of beach volleyball feels like the ultimate reward. The bright flavours paired with the effervescence are a refreshing choice. These lemon-based spritzes are fruity without being overly sweet and perfectly balanced. At home, I like to pour them over ice and garnish them with mint, but after a win on the court, they taste delicious straight from the can. Each flavour is delicious so the hardest part is deciding which one to share with my teammate!

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Alanna McIntyre

Product Specialist, Sommelier

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


I am a leisure cyclist and am in awe of those who have the physical and mental stamina to not only bike long distances, but to cover all those kilometers at top speeds and win races.  After a grueling race, I would be craving something light, low alcohol and thirst quenching. I am very much a wine drinker; but after physical exertion, I reach for a radler or a refreshing style of beer.  Big Spruce’s Silver Tart Raspberry Wheat Ale is one of my favorite summer day drinks; it’s pink, tastes like fresh raspberries with the right amount of tartness and is ultra quaffable.  The 4% alcohol makes it the perfect post ride refreshment.  Salut!  
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Gaby McCotter

Retail Manager

Favourite Fast Food Pairing: King of Donair


Pairing wine with a donair, a delicious and savoury dish, can be a bit of a challenge due to its combination of flavours, including spiced meat, vegetables, and creamy sauce. However, a Grenache-based rose might do the trick. A crisp, fruity, and slightly dry rose made from a blend of grapes can be a good match for a donair. The bright acidity and fruitiness of the wine complement the savoury and slightly spicy flavours of the meat, while the refreshing character of the rose helps cut through the richness of the sauce.
After all we are in Nova Scotia and well donairs are a popular fast food- with spring coming it’s time to drink roses!

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Ryan Almeida

eCommerce Manager

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


A lot of my memories involving the Olympics have to do with getting out of class early and gathering in the library to watch Canada play hockey. Well, I’m no good at skating (shocker) and we’re talking about the Summer Olympics. Lets make younger me proud and say if Icould participate in one Olympic sport, it would be handball. We called it European handball growing up but whatever.
After my inevitable win (defeat), I’d be cracking a can of Lightfoot & Wolfville Bubbly White. It’s local, delicious, and perfect for the those times when you don’t want to lug around a bottle. Think the beach, picnics, post-handball. You know, normal Summer activities.

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Kate Fraser

Retail Supervisor, Spirits Specialist

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


I’m really fast and also quite competitive. I could annihilate a 100m dash if so compelled (if Stefan was also racing, even more of an incentive to go faster) Then when I inevitably leave everyone (Stefan) in the dust I would smash two cans of Deception Bay together and chug them (Stone Cold Steve Austin style) because I love that beer (anything Tata is good in my books).

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Stefan Nielsen

Retail Supervisor, Sommelier

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


Yes, race walking is amazingly somehow STILL a sport. Even more amazing is that it is one of the Olympic sports that has been particularly affected by performance enhancing drugs over the years. Bizarre. All I know is that if I were to race walk for 20km, I’d be craving a crispy beer and a cold Asahi sure would hit the spot. Furthermore, Japan has won gold in the Men’s 20km for the last two Summer Olympics, so it seems fitting. You’ll be race walking to the fridge for another!  

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Matt Hodgson

Retail Supervisor

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


I learned to play table tennis as soon as I was tall enough to see over my grandmother’s ping pong table in Montreal. While I’m not about to claim that I’m at an Olympic level—I’d get smoked by those athletes—I thoroughly enjoy a casual game with the Olympics on in the background and a beer between sets.

I always love the selections we get from Dieu du Ciel; they simply can’t make a bad beer. However, I repeatedly find myself drawn to Moralité—it’s a West Coast IPA at its finest.

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Genny

Customer Service Sales Associate, Sommelier

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


After I kick the rest of the world’s butt in an impressive show of fencing, freestyle swimming, equestrian show jumping, pistol shooting, and cross country running, I reckon I’ll be deserving of a reward. I’d for sure be popping a bottle of something bubbly after such a feat of unmitigated athletic prowess. Bodegas Langa Real de Aragon Cava Brut is newly in stock at Bishop’s Cellar, and tasty! Dry, traditional method, subtle on the nose and palate, clean and refreshing. Cheers to my victory!

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Fernando

Customer Service Sales Associate

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


If I’m going to represent Canada in the Olympics, then I better celebrate with a Canadian wine. Fortunately for us Nova Scotians we make some pretty spectacular sparkling. I’ll be participating in the Men’s Sabre event, solely so I can saber the bottle with my gold medal. Bubbles and a show, I know. Did you know that wines done in this style have 2-3 times the pressure as a care tire? It’s what allows for the cork to fly off with such power.

The Benjamin Bridge NV Brut is a classic for myself and those I share it with. Notes of crisp apple and toast, with persisting bubbles similar that other famous sparkling wine you may have heard of from France. À votre santé!

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Daniela

Customer Service Sales Associate

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


As a former practitioner of this martial art, I enjoyed going for a drink after crushing the competition (half of the time, at least). If you like martial arts and just found out the Olympics are happening this year -like me-, share a Soju Spritz 4pk with your friends while supporting your country’s representative! If you’re not familiar with soju, think of it as a type of rice vodka, and the Spritz 4pk has the most delicious tropical flavours: Pineapple, mango, white peach and black cherry- I call the pineapple one! 🍍

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Allie Barter

Customer Service Sales Associate

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


What could be better than flying around a track made of ice head first? I like to think of winning the event and getting to celebrate after with a nice cold bottle of Benjamin Bridge Nova 7. Nova 7 is a Nova Scotian staple wine, and it holds that reputation for a reason. The wine is light and refreshing, while also presenting a slight effervescence. Join me in tasting victory by grabbing a bottle or single serving can of Nova 7.

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David

Customer Service Sales Associate

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


Yahoo! Its Stampede season, and with Paris 2024 I know every rough’n’tumble, rootin’ tootin’ cowboy’s getting ready for their favourite Olympic event : artistic gymnastics.

Cuz they both ride horses, get it? 

To reward myself after a long day of square dancin’, rollercoasters, and chuck wagon racing, I’m opening a bottle of Echeverría Syrah. Notes of black pepper complement bright cherry and plum, this medium bodied wine is still wonderfully balanced with soft tannins. Young, fresh, and fruity, but still a strong robust character.

Yahoo!

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Sam

Customer Service Sales Associate

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


Rugby 7’s is much more fast paced than the full size game. So I know I’m going to be exhausted after my team has undoubtedly won. I’m used to the tradition of nominating an MVP from both teams and you crush a beer together at the end of the game. I think the remaining 12 players still deserve a beer, that’s where this 12 pack comes in handy. Kitchen Party is crushable, straight up Delicious™, and who doesn’t love a convenient 12pk.

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Tianjun

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


If I need a drink to celebrate or cheer myself up this summer, I will choose the Vidal Ice Wine from Local Grand Pre Winery.

Vidal, a French hybrid grape, incredibly hardy and suited to harsh winters, is known principally for Ice wine making in Canada. The grapes are picked pressed in -8 C (somewhere in November or December). This Grand Pre Ice wine is off dry, medium bodied with crisp acidity and is showing beautifully with primary notes of apricot, lychee, blood orange, white current, honeydew and honeysuckle.

Ice wine pairs well with fresh desserts, think fruit salad drizzled with maple syrup, chocolate cake or savoury cheeses.

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Ireland McDonald

Customer Service Sales Associate

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


Given my unfortunate luck for arm-related injuries (broken 3 times) I wouldn’t advise placing any bets on me snatching an Olympic gold medal anytime soon. However, if I were to choose my sport I would be on the rowing team! Even if we didn’t win I certainly wouldn’t pass up the opportunity for a well-deserved participation beverage to toast my valiant efforts. That reward would certainly be No Boats on Sunday cider! A refreshing cider with delicate body showcasing hints of crisp orchard apples, zesty citrus, and a touch of fragrant hops. A top-tier iconic cider crafted exclusively from handpicked Nova Scotian apples. This cider will make you feel like a victor (even if you never win!)

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Erica Priolo

Customer Service Sales Associate

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


I love being in the water, so I imagine myself taking up surfing to win gold if I were to join the Olympics. Picture a hot sunny day of absolutely crushing the waves, and a massive bottle of bubbles awaiting my victory. After a shake and a pop, expect notes of green fruit and marzipan, baking spices and zippy acidity. Terregaie is made of 100% Glera, said to be located in the best growing area of Veneto’s Prosecco terroir. As a gold medalist in Olympic surfing, I celebrate with the wine of champions.

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Michael Kamras

Customer Service Sales Associate

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


Tennis is exhausting… For five hours (we got delayed because of rain) I’ve been running around grunting and doing the splits to make those impossible shots. And you better believe I just took gold. But I am parched. That’s where Pimm’s comes in. This refreshing liqueur can be served with almost anything. Slice up any citrus you have in the fridge, top (spin) it off with some bubbles, and volley some mint on top to ace any summer hang out; everyone is sure to love it! Whenever I share this, I always make sure to clear my schedule beforehand because everyone will be rallying around me to hang out. Whether it is because I just took home the gold or because I let someone have a sip of my Pimm’s, I know there will be no backhanded compliments for the rest of the summer. 

Deuces!

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Maida

Customer Service Sales Associate

“If you were to participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be? What would you be drinking to reward yourself after winning or losing?”


I absolutely do not have the athleticism needed to even pole jump however I would try my best to represent Spain and take any excuse to open up a bottle of their bubbly Stars! Win or lose, the fine bubbles, fruity palate and dry nature of this sparkling can represent any occasion; whether for cheering me up for inevitable losing or making a toast after a miracle win.

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