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Austria

Groszer Wein   ~   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
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

Canada

Element Cider Co.   ~   Similkameen Valley, British Columbia   ~   certified organic   ~   vegan Friendly

GET IN YOUR ELEMENT ~ NO COMPROMISES.

Organic heritage apples are our core element.

Element Cider Co. is dedicated to enhancing your experiences by providing an authentic, small batch cider crafted to include fruit grown with passion and in some of the best terroir on land that is both respected and protected.

Element Cider Co. is certified organic and carefully crafted from the outstanding elements know to the Similkameen Valley.

Jo and Kaylan of Twisted Hills Craft Cider are entering a new chapter. Their goal is to introduce quality cider to more people, more often and they began to pour thier energy into a new and separate cider line under the name Element Cider Co. By broadening the apple and fruit sources to other popular varieties, they can produce higher volumes of cider without compromising quality. To help consumers include cider in more of their experiences, this cider is offered in cans which are more convenient to carry, quicker to cool, and easy to consume anywhere. Wheather at casual backyard barbecues, picnics, going for a hike or whenever you’re in your element.

Alberta CSPC +835120                 6 x 4 packs (355ml cans) per case               open stock

France

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               ETA: Early April

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.

Italy

Gorgo

 

Cantina Gorgo   ~   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 +813609               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

“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 +813608               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

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 +838840               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

A blend of Garganega, Cortese and Riesling

“The Custoza reserve wine is intense and structured while smooth and harmonious, also with a balanced alcohol level. This wine is the result obtained from the particularly rocky and calcareous soil of the wine estate; lat harvest (2nd or 3rd week of October); special vilification with thermoregulated fermentation.” 

Alberta CSPC +813611              12 x 750ml per case               ETA: late February

A blend of Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara.

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

Alberta CSPC +813612              12 x 750ml per case               open stock

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               open stock

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.

Aged for 12 months, part in stainless steel tanks, part in barriques with further aging in bottle.

“Intense ruby red colour.  On the nose, fresh, fruity notes of red fruits, in particular cherries and plums, with the aromas of spices and herbs.  Smooth, pleasant and well balance on the palate.”

Spain

Bodegas Canopy   ~   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
Alberta CSPC +820042              12 x 750ml per case               open stock

50% Verdejo, 50% Sauvignon Blanc

Complex floral notes, rich berry, stone fruit, pineapple, and fennel with pleasing minerality and bright acidity balancing out the rich mouth-feel.

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.”

 

Bodega Cobertizo   ~   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 +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.

 

Pago de Tharsys   ~   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

100% Chardonnay, 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!

 

Bodegas Robles   ~   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.”

 

Bodegas Vegalfaro   ~   Utiel-Requena D.O., Spain   –   certified organic  ~ vegan friendly

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               ETA Mid-March

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               ETA: Mid-March

A blend of 65% Tempranillo and 35% Garnacha Tintorera ~ Vegan friendly.

“Color: Dark red cherry color with purple tones along the rim

Bouquet: Good intensity on the nose, emphasizing red fruits, wild herbs and subtle toasty nuances.

Palate: A fresh, fruit-driven entry expands in the mounth with notes of plum, cherry and blackberry.  The wine’s fine, well-integrated tannins build to balanced and satisfying finish of moderate length.”

 

Bodegas Verum & La Posada   ~   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

Alberta CSPC +828991                 4 x 3 litre Bag-in-Box 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 +780956                12 x 750ml per case                               open stock

Alberta CSPC +827441                 4 x 3 litre Bag-in-Box per case           open stock

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 

Alberta CSPC +835016                 4 x 3 liter Bag-in-Box 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 +829190               12 x 750ml per case               open stock

Tempraillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

“This is a blend of three grape varieties cultivated on the shallow, calcareous soils of Los Arcángeles. The coupage proportions vary according to the conditions of the vintage while remaining faithful to its wine style, which is marked by its natural fruitiness.

Its six-month ageing in French barriques provide it with complexity, structure and harmony.”

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

A HIGH-ALTITUDE TEMPRANILLO WINE

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 colour, aromatic intensity and powerful structure acquired after a long aging process in French barriques of 340 and 270 litres for 18 months. This wine can be enjoyed right now or can be cellared for over 10 years.

90 points Wine Enthusiast “Warm, earth berry aromas require airing to clean up after first coming across as cheesy and rustic. A medium-bodied palate is mature while still showing some tannic scratchiness. Plum and berry flavors are settled, and a modest finish indicates that this Tempranillo is at its peak now. Drink now.” ~ Michael Schachner

Parajes Del Valle   ~   Jumilla, Spain   –   certified organic  ~ New!

The magic of this new project comes from the hand of Maria Jover, a 28 year old winemaker that has transferred her modern view in wine making to our wines. The organic Monastrell grapes come from very old vines (20-40 years old) maintained from the old system or “Terraje”.

Since the beginning of its creation, the driving force of this winery is to be able to maintain the old system of the “Terraje” that consist of renting the vineyard to the farmers; they take care of the good quality of the vines and give back 7% of the production to the land owner. Almost all 80-90 year old vines in Jumilla are maintained this way but unfortunately, nowadays the owners of the land want to change the system to a more productive irrigated vineyard. The goal of the cellar is to maintain the old vines of the “Terraje” system by paying the higher price for this fruit and therefore maintaining the higher quality of those old vines.”

Alberta CSPC +820044               12 x 750ml per case                ETA: Mid-March

ALSO VAILABLE IN LARGE FORMAT:

Alberta CSPC +843907               3 x 1500ml per case                ETA: Mid-March

100% Monastrell from 20 year old vines, hand harvested and fermented in Concrete tanks for one week

Young and lively, ruby red in colour with tons of juicy raspberry, blackberry and blueberry.  A pleasing medium body and nicely balanced tannins with a lovely touch of spice. So much character in a value package make this wine an incredible winner!

Alberta CSPC +833539                6 x 750ml per case               ETA: Mid-March

100% Monastrell from 40 year old vines, hand harvested and aged in German, French and Slovanian oak for 10 months followed by a further 4 months in bottle.

U.S.A.

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Shed Horn Cellars   ~   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 multi-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc starts with white peach and mango aromas, the melon and slight mineral flavors compliment the crisp juicy acid and white peach flavors, it finishes with a refreshing hint of lemongrass. This well balanced “food’ wine will stand up to some spicy foods, is excellent with seafood, a nice day or your favourite light meals. A perfect match with steamed clams, fresh trout and Thai food.”

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 brûlé.  Finishing with a rich-smooth vanilla oak.”

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

“Made in the “Old World” style, this Zinfandel is a fruit forward wine with aromas of black pepper and mocha. This wine exhibits flavours of ripe-red-raspberry, strawberry-tart, soft vanilla and creamy mocha. It is lighter-bodied and well balance leaving a lingering finsish of white pepper and spice on your palate. Try this Zinfandel with hearty stews, aged cheeses, elk burgers or pasta dishes.”

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

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

“Not your typical red wine, this is an artisan blend, crafted of small lot Zinfandel, Barbera, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah to make a unique wine like no other. It fills your nose with ripe raspberries and blueberry compote. A lush full-mouth feel of dark berry fruit and soft tannins that compliment a full-lingering finish. Sit and enjoy with wine by itself or pair with your favourite grilled meats, pastas, smoked cheeses and comfort foods.”

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

“This elegant well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon fills your nose with warm herbs and light sweet tobacco. Flavors 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. Pair this wine with your favorite beef or venison dishes, grilled meats, and hearty pastas.”

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Iris Vineyards & Winery   ~   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

Each vineyard parcel was harvested separately, at peak maturity and brought into the cellar cold. The fruit was whole cluster pressed into stainless steel tanks to ferment as their own individual vineyard parcles. Once fermentation was complete, the individual tanks were blended together to build complexity and interest. The 2018 vintage brought generous fruit while retaining the acidity that gives this wine structure and balance.

Double Gold – New Orleans International Wine Awards

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

90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast  “Clean, aromatic and varietally spot-on, this draws upon excellent raw material to craft a no-pretense, solidly built wine. Propelled by assured winemaking, with bare minimum of new oak barrels, this offers ripe blueberry and cherry, with a gentle touch of savory stems.  Balanced with matching acidity, this fruit-driven wine may be enjoyed now and over the next five years.” ~ Paul Gregutt

Each vineyard parcel was harvested separately, at peak maturity and brought into the cellar cold. A blend of Pinot Noir from Chalice Estate Vineyard, Winter’s Hill Vineyard (11%) and Menefee Vineyard (8%), this wine showcases the quality and diversity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. This is a versatile wine, which will pair well with a variety of foods. The fruit was gently destemmed, into stainless steel tanks and to 1.25 ton open top fermenters, to ferment as individual vineyard parcels. Once fermentation was complete, the tanks and fermenteres were pressed separately and then barrel aged. After aging through July the lots were blended together to build complexity.