Home Tasting Series Package #1: Crotin

Released: September 15, 2020Crotin 1897 Winery, Piedmonte, Italy Follow along with one of our favourite presenters, Michael Fregren of Artisan Wines, as he leads us through a very interesting line-up of tiny production, little-known varietals from a winery dedicated to preserving and promoting Italy’s wine heritage. The Wines:Crotin Grignolino $33Crotin Freisa $33Crotin Albarossa $47 Regular…

Home Tasting Series Package #2: Food Pairing

Released: October 15, 2020Theme: Food Pairing Home Tasting Series Pack #2 deals with one of the most common and trickiest elements in choosing which wine to buy: food pairing. The Pack contains 3 wines chosen for their food-friendly characteristics: Reichsgraf Dry Riesling, Mazzei Belguardo Rosé, and Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir. Follow along with expert Stacey Jo…

Home Tasting and Video Series Pack

Welcome to the new Home Tasting Series. With in-store tasting events unlikely to be possible for some time to come, we have developed an exciting new Home Tasting and Video Series Pack that you and maybe a few close, yet appropriately distanced, friends can enjoy in the comfort and safety of your own home. Maybe…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…