Lunch with Winemaker from Vasse Felix

Lunch with Winemaker from Vasse Felix

I had to give up a few hours at the store on Wednesday afternoon to plough my way through a 4 course lunch at Packrat Louie’s and a flight of the best wines from one of Western Australia’s most renowned wineries, Vasse Felix (I know, I know, we all have our crosses to bear). Leading the tasting was chief winemaker Virginia Willcock who explained in detail what sets the wines from Margaret River in general, and Vasse Felix in particular, apart...

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Single Malt Scotch and the Real Deal Behind Age Statements

Single Malt Scotch and the Real Deal Behind Age Statements

PMA agent Lana Heiman stopped by the shop this evening with Country Manager Steve Doyle of William Grant and Sons (of Glenfiddich and Balvenie Single Malt fame) to discuss the current state of the Scotch industry and look for possible ways to adapt to the very real problems in the market. As you may know, over the past 10 years prices for Single Malt Scotch have gone through the roof (and the roof above that) as a result on an explosion of...

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What’s New This Spring

What’s New This Spring

Spring? Spring! As anyone who has lived in Edmonton for any length of time knows very well, winter rarely gives up easily around here, and this winter has been no different. I think we are almost out of the woods now and boy, are we all ready for a change of season! To set the mood for the warm days ahead, we have a couple of terrific events coming up (see left) sure to lift your spirits. On May 10th, we will be exploring ‘Sunshine...

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Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year ,especially to all the “horses” out there. May the upcoming year bring you peace, happiness, and prosperity (a little warmth at some point would be nice too). Another big day coming up is Valentine’s Day, your annual opportunity to re-light the romance with that special someone. If you are looking for someplace special to take your Valentine that night, our friends at Massimo’s Italian Restaurant...

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New on the Shelf

New on the Shelf

For the Collector Château Pontet Canet 2009 $425 Robert Parker 100 points “An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries....

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