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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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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