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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The Farce of Canadian Wines

The Farce of Canadian Wines

As we have all heard by now, Alberta has banned the import of BC wines into the province as part of an ongoing disagreement over pipeline policy. The media jumped right in and began to spew out endless statistics explaining what this ban would mean for Alberta and for BC wineries. It was rather disappointing, but hardly unexpected, to see so much misleading information given out in the media. The problem centers around the difference between...

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Our Tasting Event Philosophy

Our Tasting Event Philosophy

As we head back into the tasting season after the summer break, I thought it would be a good time to explain our tasting program. I have been asked on several occasions why we organize our public tastings differently from the traditional paid-ticket/program-based format that many other shops run. As many of you know, almost all of our tastings are free to attend, and yet the quality of the wines presented and the information shared are...

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The False Promise of Natural Wines

The False Promise of Natural Wines

The wine community is as trendy as any other, and an article about the latest craze among New York sommeliers, or perhaps a mention from Oprah or Gwyneth, often sends the trend-seekers off searching for the latest “ultimate” wine experience. Sometimes it’s a good thing, exposing wine lovers to the very real charms of Gruner Veltliner or Assyrtiko, but sometimes it just leads to disappointment. The latest notion to get this treatment is...

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Theoretically Brewing

Theoretically Brewing

These days it’s hard to keep up with all the new craft breweries that are popping up in Alberta, therefore it’s also becoming difficult to figure out what to put on the shelf here at Liquor Select. One of the products that I have chosen hails from Lethbridge Alberta, the Theoretically Brewing Company. Founded and operated by Kelti Boissonneault and Kris Fischer, Theoretically Brewing officially opened its doors in December of 2015 and is...

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