For Quality and Value explore the Rhone

If there is one wine region that is getting the quality/value balance right in the last few years, it has to be France’s Rhone Valley. Home to appellations such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac, Gigondas, as well as the more humble Cotes du Rhone, the Rhone Valley is already well known as a place to look for solid wines, but vintage variations has been known to play a big role in the quality of the wine produced. Overly hot growing seasons...

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Farewell to One of the Very Best

Farewell to One of the Very Best

We, like everyone else in the wine industry in Edmonton, were stunned to hear of the sudden passing of Spike Maynard of Harvest Vintage Imports last week. As well as being the importer of some of the best Aussie wines in the market, such as Mollydooker, D’Arenberg, and Small Gully, among other things, Spike was one of the most genuine, easygoing, and likeable people I have ever dealt with.  Anyone who has been to one of our wine festivals...

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Azelia Tasting with Lorenzo Scavino

Azelia Tasting with Lorenzo Scavino

Recently, I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours at Wishbone on Jasper Avenue discussing the history and philosophy of the famous Agricola Azelia winery from Piedmont with 5th generation family member Lorenzo Scavino, perhaps the handsomest young man I have ever had the misfortune to be photographed beside. Lorenzo and his family typify the kind of wine producers that we love to work with; small, hands-on,  and uncompromising in their...

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Take the Road Less Travelled

It is no secret that France is the home to several of the most distinctive and esteemed wine-producing regions on earth including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone, Champagne, the Loire,and Alsace. Our customers happily fill their baskets with these wines, but for some reason, many are reluctant to venture into what is arguably the source of France’s greatest bang-for-the-buck region, the sprawling vineyards of the south-west. This area of...

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Why We Should All Go To The California Wine fair

Why We Should All Go To The California Wine fair

Anyone who loves wine in this town can be forgiven for thinking that Edmonton is often the forgotten city when it comes to worthwhile public wine shows, dinners, and producer visits. Both Calgary and Vancouver see far more activity in this regard than Edmonton does and everybody in the industry knows why; Edmonton buys far less quality wine than other major Canadian cities and previous attempts to establish more events of a similar calibre have...

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