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Mendoza, Argentina

Clos de Chacras is a family owned boutique winery with a rich history of five generations producing wine in Mendoza dating back to 1921.  With a “love for their land and its fruits” the Gargantini family proudly produce high quality, terroir driven wines which offer an alluring combination of both power and elegance with charming personality.

Alberta CSPC +781482               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

A very special, limited release offering. 

“15 months in new French oak barrels and one year in the bottle before release.  Its is an unfiltered, full bodied Chardonnay with rich, creamy and buttery overtones.”

Alberta CSPC +781479               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

Vineyard: Chacras de coria in Lujá de Cuyo

Aging: 6 months in third use French oak barrels

“A deep red Malbec, with classic violet hues.  Delightful complexity of sweet, spicy, floral and fruity aromas, especially violets, plums and cherries.  Both fruit and aging notes blend perfectly, creating a unique, amazing bouquet.  Very expressive on the nose and fresh, medium bodied with smooth and elegant tannins on the palate.  This wine is juicy, delicate and well balanced.


Alberta CSPC +781480               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

40% Malbec, 30% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Tupungato, Uco Valley
Yields: 10.000 Kg per Hectare/ 9,000 Pounds per Acre Aging: 6 months. Third use French oak barrels Alcohol content: 14.6 %
Residual Sugar: 1.69 g/l
Total Acidity: 4.82 g/l
PH: 3.70
Bottling date: December 2014

Tasting Notes:

Deep red color to the eye, with classic Malbec violet hues.

Quite intense on the nose, with hints of spice, flesh flowers and red fruits blended together. Delicate vanilla and dark chocolate notes stand out due to barrel aging.

A sweet attack on the palate, followed by an outstanding aromatic expression gives place to a medium bodied wine with sweet and elegant tannins. Each part of this wine has been made and aged separately for six months. After this period, the wine was eventually blended and bottled.

90 points Tim Atkin “Clos de Chacras’ Bordeaux blend is a stylish cuvée of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, with perfume and blackberry fruit to spare.  It’s a lovely, scented wine where the oak, acidity and tannin provided the foundations. 2017-22”

“Quite intense on the nose, with hints of spice, fresh flowers and red fruits blended together.  Delicate vanilla and dark chocolate notes stand out due to barrel aging.  Sweet attack on the palate, followed by an outstanding aromatic expression gives place to a medium bodied wine with sweet and elegant tannins.”

Alberta CSPC +781481               6 x 750ml per case               open stock

60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot

 

Vineyard: Lunlunta, Maipú and La Consulta, San Carlos Yields: 5,000 kg per Hectare / 4,500 Pounds per Acre Aging:18months. NewFrench(80%)andAmerican(20%)oakbarrels Alcohol content: 14.5%

Residual sugar: 2.48 g/I. Total Acidity: 5.92 g/l.
PH: 3.6
Bottling date: February 2012.

Tasting Notes:

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This wine shows a deeply intense colour with bright red tints. Rich, complex, and aromatic on the nose, a characteristic attained by its careful growing and winemaking processes. The Malbec from Lulunta provides sweet aromas of owers and ripe plum; the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Uco Valley provide spicy avours of pepper, aromatic herbs and sweet red pepper. After a few minutes of aeration, the vanilla and leather notes of the oak interweave with the delicate fruitiness that reminds us of chewing gum and fresh cherry. The nely grained tannins lift the sweetness, roundness, and elegance of this well structured wine. Subtle and long-lasting taste on the mouth, leaving hints of fresh grape for several minutes.

The careful selection of the best vineyards, the low yields per plant and the daily tasting of the grapes in search of a perfect ripening time, make Gran Estirpe our greatest pride; a noble and delicious wine that can be enjoyed today or be aged for more than ten years.

94 points James Suckling “The careful selection of the best vineyards, the low yields per plant and the daily tasting of the grapes in search of a perfect ripening time, make Gran Estirpe our greatest pride; a noble and delicious wine that can be enjoyed today or be aged for more than ten years.”

Eisenberg, Südburgunland, Austria ~ organic

Specializing in the indigenous varietal of Blaufränkisch, Groszer Wein tends to 26ha of the best vineyard sites in the geographical center of Europe; Eisenberg.  This talented producer strives to preserve the environment and express the personality of the iron rich, slate soils.

“Blaufräkisch is Austria’s most interesting and exciting red grape variety, and the Burgenland is its most important wine region. I have always been an enthusiastic follower of this autochthonous crossing between Blauer Zimmettraube and Heunisch Weiss that can be traced back in Austria to the 18th century. The finest modern Blaufränkisch wines have a delicate bouquet of black fruits and cherries intertwined with earthy, spicy and sometimes peppery aromas. The wine has remarkable freshness, and it delivers the finest results when it’s not overly extracted but rather infused.”
Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - December 2018
Alberta CSPC +804397                 6 x 750ml per case               open stock

A field blend of  Welschriesling, Weiszburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grüer Veltliner and Gelber Muskateller grown in slate and loam soils.  Hand harvested via multiple passes through the vineyards, fermented and aged in stainless steel with 10% of the wine aging in wooden cases to import more texture and structure.

Alberta CSPC +804398                 6 x 750ml per case               open stock

“Vinified as a monovarietal, this wine offers a fantastic expression of Eisenberg terroir.  Fresh with pithy acidity and powerful tannins, the wine exudes aromas of sour cherries and blackberries.”

Alberta CSPC +804399                 6 x 750ml per case               open stock

“Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot make for a marriage of thrilling complexity.  Brilliant minerality pairs itself with a luxuriant texture and an aromatic arc of plums and cherries.”

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Alberta CSPC +804400               6 x 750ml per case               open stock

“An extremely expressive Blaufräkisch, whose grapes are harvested exclusively from the ‘Riegl’ – the heart of Eisenberg, the sites Hummergraben and Kroatische Ried.”

91 points Wine Advocate “The 2013 Eisenberg Blaufränkisch Reserve ‘vom Riegl’: is intense and schisty on the nose, but the volatile acidity is pretty much on the border for my taste.  On the nose, very ripe and concentrated dark fruit aromas are intermixed with crystalline and spicy notes and a more than discreet touch of oxidation.  This is a smooth, silky textured, very ripe, concentrated and pretty generous Blaufränkisch with fine and refreshing tannins, a schisty-vital acidity, iron flavors and a lot of power.  It is salty and dry on the pretty long finish.  This is an interesting wine that needs a lot of tolerance and passion.  Doubtlessly, there is a lot of music and vitality in this wine, but again, this is not everybody’s cup of tea.” Tasted August 2018 ~ drink 2019-2024

Alberta CSPC +813362               6 x 750ml per case               Coming soon!

92+ points Wine Advocate “The 2015 Ried Szapary Blaufränkisch is pure, deep and terroir-driven on the nose where perfectly ripe but fresh dark fruit aromas intermix with schisty, iron and even leathery aromas.  This has great intensity and personality, even though there is some volatile acidity here.  The Szapary is sourced from the steepest part of the Eisenberg but sold with the generic Burgenland appellation instead of the more specific Eisenberg DAC.  Vinified in large oak (1600 liters) and 500-liter barrels, the 2015 is generously sweet, lush and fruity like a Burgundy on the silky-textured, very elegant palate.  The tannins are remarkably fine, and the mineral freshness takes this intense and full bodied wine to a long, fruity, slightly oxidative but also fresh, vital and mineral finish.  Promising.” Tasted August 2018 ~ drink 2020-2030

Alberta CSPC +813360                 1 x 1500ml per case               Coming soon!

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Richard da Silva was born and raised in Oliver and through farming alongside his Father and Grand father, Richard developed an intimate knowledge and understanding of the land in the Southern Okanagan.  Pairing this understanding of the land with an exposure to some of the finest wines of the Old World at a relatively young age, Richard was inspired to create the Misconduct Wine Co. with his wife Twylla.

Alberta CSPC +794691               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

Pinot Gris, Viognier, Gewürztraminier

“Crisp finish with some aromas of pineapple, honeydew, white peaches and lemon rind.”

Slow and low temperature fermented to dryness in 100% stainless steel.

Alberta CSPC +794690               12 x 750ml per case               Coming soon!

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

“A full bodied blend brimming with dark cherry, cassis and spice.”

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Richard and Twylla da Silva decided to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Misconduct Wine Co. with the creation of their new brand, Da Silva Vineyards and Winery.  With the idea to embrace a long family history of farming in the Okanagan reaching all the way back to 1955.  “The Da Silva wines focus on small lot wines centered around the 11 unique and diverse vineyards they manage.”

“Crafting wines that directly reflect the terroir of each of our 11 vineyards is about restraint.  Whether it is big bold reds or crisp whites, through our winemaking process we guide the grapes from harvest to bottle with a minimal intervention.  This allows the grapes to retain their unique character and directly reflect the vineyard.  In the cellar, we use an old-world approach to winemaking, where the wines shape the aging process.  This steadfast approach to aging with patience resluts in ultra-premium wines.” – Richard & Twylla da Silva

Alberta CSPC +805914               6 x 750ml per case               open stock

50% Chennin Blanc / 50% Viognier

BC VQA from Hidden Hollow Vineyard, Naramata Bench and Cabana Vineyard, Osoyoos  ~ 490 cases produced

“Honey, quince and floral notes with hints of wet wool.  Finishes with bracing, green apple acidity.

Alberta CSPC +805909               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

BC VQA from the Blenheim Vineyard & Lazy Dog Vineyards, Naramata Bench

Alberta CSPC +805912               6 x 750ml per case               open stock

80% Cabernet Sauvignon / 20% Syrah

BC VQA from Oliver Medial Moraine & Black Sage Bench ~ 138 cases produced

“Dark plum, black cherry and spice with cassis fruit notes.  Medium tannins and acidity with a soft finish.”

Le Petit Berticot

IGP Vin de Pays de l’Atlantique, Southwest France

Le Petit Berticot wines come to us from a cooperative of family farmers growing quality fruit in the Cotes du Duras region just East of Bordeaux in Southwest France.  These single varietal wines offer great value in a very approachable, satisfying and quality package.

Alberta CSPC +777928               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

“This is an excellent example of Sauvignon Blanc as a varietal.  We find exotic notes of citrus fruits but also a sensation of freshness due to the low alcohol content and a nice acidity.”

Alberta CSPC +780408               12 x 750ml per case               Coming soon!

Merlot with Cab Franc

A traditional style, dry, fresh and bright French Rosé.


Alberta CSPC +777927               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

This Cabernet Sauvignon displays dark berry fruit, cassis notes with soft tannins in an elegant and fresh, easy drinking style.

La Peyriére

Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux AOP, France

La Peyrière is a wine from the Entre-Deux-Mers which is characterized by a rich and varied terroir.  Meaning “stony place”, the sub-soils are made up of sand, clays, gravels adn fossil-rich limestone.

Alberta CSPC +804982               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

80% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillion, 5% Muscadelle

“Brilliant with green reflections.  Good expression of Sauvignon Blanc, the nose has citrus aromas mixed with toasty notes.  On the palate, the blend shows good balance between structure and freshness.  An elegant wine.”

Château Bonnin Pichon

Lussac Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux AOP, France

This Chateau has been in the Bonnin family for generations.  It is situated in the village of Lussac, to the North-East of Saint-Emilion, in a region full of charm, its hills overlooked by prestigious historical mansions and Romanesque churches.  According to legend, the village takes its name from the Gallo-Roman villa of Lucius.

Alberta CSPC +804983               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

Château Troussas

Cru Bourgeois, Medoc, Bordeaux AOP, France

This estate was included in the 1932 Classification of Crus Bourgeois.   Owners, Gilles and Marie-Laur Ferris manage their 13ha vineyard with keen focus on producting high quality, terroir Focused wine.

Alberta CSPC +809969               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cab Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

La Croix de Pez

Saint Estèphe, Bordeaux AOP, France

Alberta CSPC +809697               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cab Franc

Veneto, Italy – certified organic

Located to the east of Lake Garda in Sommacampagna (Verona), Gorgo was born in 1973 and has grown to 50ha of organically farmed vineyards.  This Father/Daughter team create an elegant range of unique wines which speak of their terroir.

“…a wine should be judged for its particular features, but most importantly as a whole, as the expression of a well-defined territory.  Wine is synonymous with its land, its history, its climate but also with the inhabitants and the culture of the countryside…”

Alberta CSPC +813608               12 x 750ml per case               Coming soon!

A blend of Garganega, Bianca Fernanda, Trebbiano Toscano, Trebbianello and Incrocio Manzoni

“This white wine is obtained from a complex blend of grapes from different vines, each conferring its distinguishing features: Trebbiano Toscano imports vigor and the wine’s full body; Cortese gives the dry, harmonious and fresh taste: Garganega together with Tocai Friulano and other grapes add pleasant and aromatic scents.  Complying with the technical guidelines, the wine estate has obtained a fresh, vivid, well-bodied wine.”

Alberta CSPC +813609               12 x 750ml per case               Coming soon!

“The wine is clean, crisp while preserving the delicate citric fruits and green apple flavours.  Our Pinot Grigio is dry, refreshing, lively and easy to drink.”

Alberta CSPC +813611               12 x 750ml per case               Coming soon!

A blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara

“This superior quality young wine has a bright and seducing colour, and a delicate bouquet; it is ideal for lunches as is typical of the modern lifestyles, but with a low alcohol content and the content of red wines substances that make it highly digestible.”

Alberta CSPC +813612              12 x 750ml per case               Coming soon!

A blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara

“This contemporary wine is the result of the land related features, i.e. soil, climate, tradition, combined with the needs of present-day living; and easy all-meal wines amazingly pleasant and rewarding, well digestible, fresh, harmonious and balanced.”

Alberta CSPC +813614              12 x 750ml per case               Coming soon!

100% Corvina Veroneses

Tre Bicchiere ~ Gambero Rosso

“A great wine obtained from a careful single-variety vinification of the most important and famous grape of Verona Area; the Corvina Veronese.  This intense, elegant, full-bodied wine proves how great is the value of respect for the link with the territory of origin.”

“Fresh, fruity notes of red fruits, in particular cherries and plums, with the aromas of spices and herbs, smooth, pleasant, well balanced.”

Méntrida D.O., Spain – organic

This project began in 2004 after searching for the best vineyards in the mountains of Toledo and Sierra de Gredos by two oenologist friends, Alfonso Chacón and Belarmino Fernández.  These wines are sustainably produced from old vineyards planted in the 1950’s and 60’s with a minimalist intervention approach and ongoing experimentation; they are unique and absolutely beautiful!

“I sampled a very fine collection of wines from Canopy. All the bottles kept the freshness in a warm and ripe vintage like 2015. The vineyards are organically farmed, and everything is fermented with indigenous yeasts; they use neutral barrels (and larger sizes) that do not mark the wines at all. They have reached a very good level, and the wines are transparent with the character of the vintage, the soils and the place. They have come a long way from the early days. Bravo guys!”
Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - June 2017
Alberta CSPC +810216               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

Sourced from a 3.5 ha vineyard of 55 year old vines growing organically in granitic soil.  Aging for 3 months in French oak with a further 5 months in the bottle.  Drink by 2020

“Sight: Intense red with red raspberry edge, that evokes youth and freshness.  Clean and bright.

Nose: Violet notes with hints of cherry and cranberries and a touch of licorice.  Subtle chocolate that elegantly come along.

Mouth: It surprises that a wine with high aromatic complexity shows this freshness and lightness.  It fills our mouth with a soft and long, tasty, fresh and fun.”

Alberta CSPC +787124               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

90 Points Wine Advocate “The approachable, fresh, aromatic and easy to drink 2016 Castillo de Belarfonso is pure Garnacha from two vineyards in the village Real de San Vicente. The destemmed grapes fermented with little extraction, and the wine was kept in used 600-liter oak barrels for six months. 2016 was a lot fresher than 2015, and this is the wine that shows more freshness. It’s a fruit-driven, juicy red with a nice texture—clean and focused. Great value. 16,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2017.” – drink 2017 ~ 2029 – Luis Gutiérrez – June 2017

Alberta CSPC +787125               6 x 750ml per case               open stock

91 points Wine Advocate “The 2015 Tres Patas was produced with Garnacha grapes from five different plots in the village of El Real de San Vicente in Gredos, from vines ranging between 58 and 62 years of age on granite-based soils. The full bunches fermented in 1,500-liter vats after a five- to seven-day cold soak. It matured in a combination of 500- and 600-liter French oak barrels and 2,000 liter oak vats. It is juicy and ripe without excess, showing balance within the warmer character of the year. It’s very approachable, tasty and with a fine texture. 12,900 bottles were filled in October 2016.” Drink 2017 – 2020 – Luis Gutiérrez – June 2017

Alberta CSPC +787126              6 x 750ml per case               open stock

92 points Wine Advocate  “From the wines that are not from the Gredos part, the 2015 Malpaso is pure Syrah from 19- to 21-year-old vines on sandy soils. It fermented with full clusters in open 1,500- and 5,000-liter vats. Once it fermented, the wine matured in 500- and 600-liter French oak barrels and 2,000-liter oak vats for about one year. It’s super balsamic, with tons of aromatic herbs, smoky with plenty of black olives. The palate is full-bodied, powerful and concentrated but with fine tannins, very tasty. 2015 is a warm and ripe vintage, but the wine keeps the freshness, which is a characteristic of their wines. The oak is always perfectly integrated. 17,200 bottles were filled in October 2016.” Drink 2017 – 2020 – Luis Gutiérrez – June 2017

Bierzo D.O., Spain – organic

Toni Quiroga decided to start his adventure in wine 20 years ago when he started to work in the lands that belonged to his father “El Cubano” in Valtuille de Abajo.  22 hectares are the base of this family bodega.  Love for his lands and his roots, and respect for the traditions and customs in the heart of El Bierzo region.  The wines from Bodegas Cobertizo are produced complying with the organic production procedures and beyond, with extremely low sulfites, far lower than the European ecological standard limits.  “Viticulture is rational and sustainable, we obtain the maximum benefits that this land provides us.  In organic vineyards like ours, it is usual to leave a vegetal cover between strands to bring balance to the ground.  In our reds we use old vines of Mencia (60 years) and in our white wines we use Godello (50 years).  When vineyards are this old they can’t be manipulated with machines, everything is done manually.”

Alberta CSPC +783345               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

100% Godello

Sourced from 2 ha of 50 year old vines, fermented and aged in Stainless Steel.  ~ 10 000 bottles produced

Alberta CSPC +783273               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

100% Mencia

Sourced from 10ha of 60 year old vines growing in red clay, sand and slate.  Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.  ~ 50 000 bottles produced

Beautiful, bright purple berries, pleasant earthiness, spicy notes with very well balanced, medium body.  This wine is a great introduction to Spain with it’s balance of vibrant, attractive fruit and traditional personality.

Alberta CSPC +783351                 6 x 750ml per case               open stock

100% Mencia

Sourced from 5ha of 100 year old vines growing in red clay, sand and slate.  Fermented in Stainless Steel and aged in French oak for 24 months.  ~ 10 000 bottles produced

Bizkaiko Txakolina D.O., Basque County, Spain

“The tradition of respect for Mother Nature and the new technologies are the key tools to achieve our goal.”

Located on one of the highest vineyard plantations in the area, the Eleizalde family planted 5 hectares where cattle have been grazing for more than 4 centuries, organic has always been the way.  Vines were first planted in 1992 and in 1996 a cellar was constructed where the animals were formally housed in the basement of the 400 year old farmhouse.

“The altitude of the vineyards, their orientation and isolation give great personality to this Txakolina.”

Mendraka is the “House Txakoli” in 2 of the best restaurants in the world as named by www.theworlds50best.com:  Asador Etxebarri (No. 6) and Mugaritz (No. 9)

Alberta CSPC +783275               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

100% Hondarribi Zuri Zerratu

Sourced from 6.5ha of vines averaging an age of 23 years.  Manual harvest, fermented and aged in stainless steel.

A traditional white wine of the Basque country, typically enjoyed with Pintxos (Tapas) in the local bars with good friends and a warm atmosphere. 

“It has an intense, sharp and very fresh aroma, reminiscent of white fruits (apple and pear), citrus and white flowers.  In the mouth it is glyceric, with the typical acidity presented in the Txakolina.  The final aftertaste has the acidity characteristic of the local variety Honarrabi Zuri Zerratua and its is very fresh.”

90 points Guia Peñin

Utiel-Requena D.O., Spain – organic

The winery of Pago de Tharsys can be found nestled in the centre of a 12 hectare, organically farmed vineyard in the village of Requena just inland from Valencia on the east coast of Spain.  Widely recognized as one of the very top producers of Cava, owner Vincent Garcia is considered by many as “the Godfather of Valencian Cava”.

These traditional method sparkling wines are beautiful, well crafted and offer outstanding value!

Alberta CSPC +794220                12 x 750ml per case               open stock

100% Garnacha aged for 14 months on the lees.

A youthful and bright character of tart strawberries, blood orange, pepper and bright citrus notes with nice depth and a long finish.  High quality sparkling Rosé at a great value price!

Alberta CSPC +799337               12  x 750ml per case               open stock

100% Macabeo, aged for 9 months on the lees.

Alberta CSPC +794221                6 x 750ml per case               open stock

80% Chardonnay 20% Macabeo, aged for 24 months on the lees.

Full bodied, deep and complex with tart acidity, flavours of ripe green apples, bright citrus and a very pleasing wooly character.  Big and rich with a lovely elegance and  finesse!

Montilla-Morilles D.O., Spain – certified organic

A 3rd generation family producer with a focus on embracing nature to grow intense fruit and make wines that express the personality of the land.  Piedra Luenga is a line of certified organic wines made entirely from the Pedro Ximénez grape which thrives particularly well in Montilla.

“Cultivating organic grapes with the greatest intensity and quality of flavours and aromas that we know, overseeing its natural process and conveying all that wealth of the fruit in the wine.”

Alberta CSPC +810217                6 x 500ml per case               open stock
Alberta CSPC +800659                6 x 500ml per case               open stock

100% Pedro Ximénez

Amontillado organic wine.  This wine initially starts as a Fino: During the five years the wine ages under a “veil of flor”, responsible for the biological character and finesse of the wine.  Later, the “flor” dies off and the wine continues to age under and oxidative process during three more years, exposed to air, just like an Oloroso wine.  This stage is crucial in order for the wine to integrate the different aromas and to gain in concentration, depth and length.

“Fantastic mahogany colour.  On the nose, a first impression of sun toasted grapes,  followed by nuances of acacia honey, dried fruit and light oak nuances.  nuts and light touch of oak.  Fresh and juicy, soft, round and full-bodied in the mouth.  Intense, elegant and delicious.”

Alberta CSPC +800658                6 x 500ml per case               open stock

Organic Pedro Ximénez sun-dried grape wine.  Its freshness and youth reflect its elaboration process which does not include wood ageing. 

The grapes are harvested by hand in mid-August and then left lying in the sun in the drying facilities, an area specially reserved (due to its geographical orientation and gentle slope) for dehydration and sun-drying of the grapes.  Taking special care that it is a regular and uniform drying, reason why it is controlled manually.

“Bright amber colour (reminiscent of cherry resin).  Unfurling on the nose a range of aromas of quince jellies and honey nuances.  A wine of great complexity, intense, potent, with strong raisin, fig bread, caramel, nuts notes, with and elegant and original citric nuance.  A lingering and very virtuous wine.”

Great Diamond Prize in the 2014 International Competition Wine and Women Awards.

Utiel-Requena D.O., Spain – certified organic

Bodegas Vegalfaro tends to 60 hectares of vines growing on three separate properties including the Pago of Los Balagueses; currently one of only 17 Vino de Pago in all of Spain – the top of Spain’s wine classification system.  Los Balaguesese lies on the hill directly above the ruins of a 2500 year old winemaking facility giving indication of how long they have cultivated vines on this property.  Owner/winemaker, Rodolfo Valiente continues to experiment with the combination of ancient techniques and modern science to create wines with vibrant finesse and deep personality.

Rodolfo Valiente, the soul of Bodegas Vegalfaro, has been chosen as the Best Winemaker of the year 2017 by the Valencian Association of Winemakers!

DO Pago de Los Balagueses ~ “This is a privileged place for growing grapes.  Surrounded by a pine forest, Holm oaks and aromatic plants, located in the Natural Park las Hoces.  The soil of calcareous-sandy nature and cool summer nights of this Pago favor the high quality of our wines.  Syrah and Garnacha Tintorera are the predominant varieties here, in addition to a small plot of land with Merlot and Chardonnay.

Here the Iberians were already cultivating vines and making wine nearly 3000 years ago.  The amphorae that contained the wines were sailed over the Mediterranean in ships by the Phoenician traders.”

Alberta CSPC +783361                6 x 750ml per case               open stock

A blend of 80 % Chardonnay with 20% Sauvignon Blanc grown on Clay and Limestone. ~ Vegan friendly.

Cold pre-maceraction designed to ferment only the flower must at low temperatures, and matured only the Chardonnay in French oak casks, cane-stirring the fine lees.

Sourced from 7ha of 20 year old vines growing on chalky clay.  Fermented and aged in stainless steel.  ~ 10 000 produced

“Good intensity and expressive with notes of tropical fruit and flowers.  The palate is creamy, good acidity and finish.”

Alberta CSPC +783362                6 x 750ml per case               open stock

90 points ~ Guia Penin ~ “Best wine of Valencia on a value for money basis”

A blend of 35% Garnacha Tintorera, 35% Tempranillo and 30% Bobal ~ Vegan friendly.

Sourced from 25ha of 60 year old vines, fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak for 4-5 months.  ~ 100 000 bottles produced

“Dark black cherry hue.  Good intense nose and predominant strong red fruits, soft toasted notes.  Fresh in the mouth, laced with gentle tannins and good acidity.  Long in the mouth, very pleasant finish.”

Alberta CSPC +783360                6 x 750ml per case               open stock

100% Bobal ~ vegan friendly

Sourced from 40ha of 60 year old vines growing on soils of clay-limestone over a subsoil of gravel and sandy loam at an altitude of 700m.  Hand harvested, fermented in stainless steel and aged for 14 months in European oak barriques and anphora.  ~ 15 000 bottles produced

“Deep cherry red, pronounced, aromatic intensity predominating dark mature fruit and subtle toasted oak notes.  Fresh on the palate with sweet, plentiful close-woven tannins, a muscular weighty body, inviting acidity and a persistent, glossy finish of dark fleshy damson & ripe black plums.”

91 points Guia Peñin ~ 5 stars

90 points Decanter Magazine

Alberta CSPC +800256                6 x 750ml per case               open stock

A blend of Bobal and Merlot.

“Vines grown both in goblet and on trellising with an age of 55 and 30 years respectively.  Sourced from our Casa Alfaro vineyard with an altitude of 700m on soils of clay-limestone over gravel subsoil and sandy loam. This wine is a prelude to our red wine with barrel of Bobal and Merlot, it has harvest two weeks earlier to get the freshness and the acidity of a white wine and the smoothness of a red, only with crushed red grapes without maceration and pressing, with fermentation at low temperatures to obtain an extraction of clean and fresh aromas.  Aged in light toasted oak barrels previously used for white wines.”

“Bright and salmon tone typical of the non maceration with the skins.  With a strong perfume reminds wild strawberries with hints of very fresh fruit.   A long-lasting, joyful flavour, full taste, warm with a pleasant acidic balance.”

Alberta CSPC +783363                6 x 750ml per case               open stock

100% Syrah, aged 10 months in French oak.  The vines trained on trellising with an age of over 30 years located at an altitude of over 780m, in the Pago de Los Balagueses; an enclave of 3 hectares amidst pine tree forests, aromatic plants and almond trees. The viticulture follows natural, cultural, practices with ecological certification and yields of under 1.8kg per vine.

“Deep ruby red with purple highlights, strong aromatic intensity of red and black mature fruit, violet floral notes with subtle balsamic and Asian spice deriving from the oak. On the palate immediate abundant fruit of black and red cherries with creamy complexit y, fine grained tannins destined to polish with bottle age. Balanced alcohol and acidity, structured yet elegant with a fine sustained finish.”

93 points ~ Guia Peñin

90 points Wine Enthusiast ~ Cellar Selection “Smoky, blackened aromas take their lead from heavy oak, which makes for a resiny, foresty nose with blackberry scents. This Syrah is saturated and full-tilt in feel. Clove, toast and blackberry flavors finish oaky and spicy. This woody monster needs time to settle and absorb more oak; drink through 2023.” ~ January 2017

Alberta CSPC +810378              6 x 750ml per case               open stock

A blend of 60% Garnacha Tintorera with 40% Merlot, aged for 10 months in French oak barriques.

92 points Wine Spectator “Showing balance and depth, this red has flavors that are a bit reserved but deep, with black cherry, black olive, cocoa and mineral notes.  Firm tannins and fresh acidity are well-integrated, yielding a seamless texture.  Hamonious, in a savory style.  Drink now through 2027.  1200 cases made.”

92 points Guia Peñin

94 points James Suckling

Tierra de Castilla, Spain – certified organic

“Verum means ‘truthful’ in Latin.  This is precisely what we seek to convey through our wines.”

With family origins in winemaking and distilling dating back to 1788, this high-altitude organic producer blends tradition with modern know-how to make well crafted, terroir driven wines and traditional grape spirits from 100% estate fruit.

“Our wine is born in our land, grows in our vines and develops its body in our winery”

Alberta CSPC +780922               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

Airén is a traditional grape variety producing a fresh, light and fruity white wine.  A silky palate and well-balanced acidity.

Alberta CSPC +805486               12 x 750ml per case               open stock
Alberta CSPC +780956               12 x 750ml per case               Coming soon!

A lovely, bright, unoaked Garnacha with tons of black fruit and a spice box nose, highlighted by its harmonious palate.

Alberta CSPC +780957               12 x 750ml per case               open stock 

An unoaked expression of the traditional Tempranillo with a full nose of red fruit and licorice, and a silky yet intense palate.

Alberta CSPC +787716               6 x 750ml per case               open stock

91 points Decanter Magazine

“Judges Selection” 2018 Alberta Beverage Awards

Bodegas Verum is the first producer in Castilla La Mancha to grown Malvasia and with great success!  A single vineyard white wine grown from the El Romeral estate which has been dedicated to recovering lost and experimental varietals.  

“A very expressive nose of stone fruits and white flowers.  The pallet unveils a rich, viscous texture, bright acidity, stone fruit, lychee and river stone minerality, finishing with an almost surprisingly crisp, dry finish.”

Alberta CSPC +798935               6 x 750ml per case               open stock

“This is a single vineyard wine, elaborated with our oldest Tempranillo vine. In fact, the vineyard is 55 years old, with cup-shape training, and is located on dry land with stony, deep soil. Verum V Reserva Familiar will amaze you with its color, aromatic intensity and powerful structure acquired after a long ageing process in French barriques of 340 and 270 liters for 18 months. This wine can be enjoyed right now or can be cellared for over 10 years.”

Lake County, California, USA

For the past 30 years, award winning winemaker Michael Wood has been creating wines for various prestigious Lake County wineries.  In 2004, starting with one 3 barrel lot, Michael and Adawn Wood’s own boutique creation, Shed Horn, was born.  Today Shed Horn has grown to a modest annual production of just over 4000 cases of beautifully crafted wines.

“Our wines capture the characteristics unique to the terrain found in the high elevations of Lake County.”

Alberta CSPC +777809               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

“This Sauvignon Blanc starts with delicate tropical aromas of mango passionfruit laced with citrus undertones.  Tropical and stone fruit with slight mineral compliment the crisp juicy acid, and it finishes with a refreshing touch of citrus.”

Alberta CSPC +777808               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

“This Chardonnay is comprised of several blocks of premium grapes from Lake County, giving it a multi-layered complexity.  The aromas are tropical, melon, and green apple, with flavours of pear, apple, vanilla, and creme brûlée.  The finish is rich, with a smoothly integrated vanilla oak.”

Alberta CSPC +777814               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

“Judges Selection” 2018 Alberta Beverage Awards

With aromas of spiced raspberry, pepper and dark coco with deep and inky forest floor notes.  The palate shows the elegant side of full body, bright acidity, spicy pepper, inky raspberry and black cherry.  Juicy and inky with a bit of dried leaf and a pleasing tannic structure.

Alberta CSPC +783440              6 x 750ml per case               open stock 

Alberta CSPC +783303             12 x 750ml per case              open stock

“This wine fills your mouth with delicious blueberries and soft cocoa.  The vanilla oak and cedar compliments this well balanced and soft tannin wine.” 

Alberta CSPC +783441                 6 x 750ml per case               open stock

Alberta CSPC +783304               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

A different blend with each vintage. “Not your typical red wine. This blend is a unique combination of barrel lots including Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Barbera and Petit Verdot. Absolutely delicious!”

“If blending is the art of winemaking – and it is – then this masterpiece deserves to be in the Louvre.” ~ Mike Kerrigan

Alberta CSPC +804575                 6 x 750ml per case               open stock 

Alberta CSPC +804574               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

“Laced with black cherry, boysenberry and a deep raspberry richness.  It hints of chocolate and tobacco and finishes with a smooth delicate touch of vanilla oak and soft tannins.”

Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

A stunning property situated at the South end of the Willamette Valley.  With 40 acres of dry-farmed vines growing on every aspect of a giant mountaintop crater, this varied exposure leads to wines with beautiful balance and complexity.  Iris Vineyards is an independent producer dedicated to growing top quality Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.

“Iris is on a roll, with a lovely lineup of wines at budget prices.”
Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast
Alberta CSPC +777817              12 x 750ml bottles per case               open stock

91 points ~ Editors’ Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast  “Don’t be fooled by the low alcohol—this is fully ripened, finished, dry yet packed with delicious pear fruit flavors. Light suggestions of grapefruit and green apple add interest, and the fullness and freshness of the fruit is most impressive.”

“When drinking our 2015 Oregon Pinot Gris your nose is met with beautiful aromas of pear and fresh cut red apple along with a snap of lemon zest. Upon your first sip you are welcomed with lively notes of pear. Meyer Lemon and light tangerine notes provide a fruity acidity which leads into a nice, smooth finish.”
Alberta CSPC +797629              12 x 750ml bottles per case               open stock

“The colour of this wine is reminiscent of morning sunlight.  The nose is greeted by aromas of cherry blossom, orange zest, coconut and wild mushroom.  The wine is texturally complex, richness is balanced by tightly wound acidity leading to a smooth finish.  In the mouth there are flavors of fig, almond, peach backed by hints of mineral and oak.”

Aged for 10 months aged in 90% French Oak, 10% American Oak, 15% new oak.

Vineyard Source: 58% Chalice Vineyard, 42% Willamette Valley

89 points ~ Wine Advocate  “The 2015 Chardonnay gives delicate melon, fresh pear and golden delicious apple notes with a touch of lightly browned toast.  Medium-bodied, fine and fresh, it has a pleasant silkiness in the mouth and pleasant, understated expression.”  ~ Drink 2017 – 2021

Alberta CSPC +777816              12 x 750ml bottles per case               open stock

“A blend of Pinot Noir from Chalice Vineyard and other select vineyards of the Willamette Valley, this wine showcases the quality of the 2015 vintage and the diversity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.  The aromas of raspberry, plum, and blackberry complimented by a deep, rich, and long palate make this a versatile wine which will pair well with a variety of foods.”