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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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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