Pairing Wine with Asian Food

Pairing Wine with Asian Food

Are you having trouble finding wines to go with your favourite Asian flavours? It can be a bit of a challenge, as Asian dishes often have a complex sweet/sour/bitter/spicy dynamic that can clash with many wines. White WinesGenerally, the most reliable matches are the rich, often slightly off-dry whites from Alsace in France and neighbouring Germany based on Riesling, Pinot Gris, or Gewurztraminer. They have the depth to handle the spices and...

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What’s Really on the Shelves Out There

Why would you pay aged Cheddar prices for Velveeta? Well, you wouldn’t, would you? But countless Edmontonians are doing just that, in a wine sense, every week. After spending a few hours touring some chain stores in the South end of the city, I came away amazed at how little “real” wine was on the shelves, even in those versions that claim to be wine-oriented. Shelf after shelf was full of authentic-looking labels that turned out to be...

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Check Out Our Stacks

Check Out Our Stacks

Just about any liquor store you walk into has products stacked around with signs telling you what a great deal it is.  In almost every case, it is a mass-produced industrial product that the store has bought on sale and is using in its flyer hoping to sell lots of.  We use our stack space rather differently.  If we have something stacked at the front, it’s because we think it offers exceptional value for our customers; so much so...

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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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