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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year ,especially to all the “horses” out there. May the upcoming year bring you peace, happiness, and prosperity (a little warmth at some point would be nice too). Another big day coming up is Valentine’s Day, your annual opportunity to re-light the romance with that special someone. If you are looking for…

New on the Shelf

For the Collector Château Pontet Canet 2009 $425 Robert Parker 100 points “An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet…