90 points – Robert Parker

Variety: 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah.The vineyard: Mountain vineyards with an age of 35 to 60 years for the Grenache and 10 years for the Syrah. Both are cultivated at an altitude of 600-700 meters on stony, slimy soils with clay and limestone.

The process: Maceration during 3-4 days and in total between 12-15 days. Separate fermentation of each variety in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of between 22º-26º C.  Has an aging of 14 months in bordelaise barrels of French and American oak.

Tasting notes: Intense cherry red colour. Remarkable aromatic complexity with memories of black fruit and balsamic and toasted touches. Warm and gentle in the mouth, with soft but persistent tannins in perfect balance with the alcohol.


Varieties:  90% Viura, 10% Malvasía de Rioja. From vineyards in Cenicero.

The vineyards: Bodegas Riojanas is a big producer founded at the beginning of the glory years of the region, 1890, and it is located in the heart of the Rioja Alta.

The process:  Delayed harvest, with slight overripeness. Natural fermentation in new American oak casks.  Left in contact with the lees for four months with daily turnover.

Tasting notes:  Light yellow with greenish hues. Noticeable, complex, elegant varietal aromas. Good structure, warm and unctuous with good body. Very fruity, long, persistent finish.

Refreshing Summer Beers:

Given the Alberta government’s protectionist beer tax policies it’s getting harder and harder to find craft beer from outside of the province at a reasonable price.  City Cellars is scouring the world for you though, and brings you a few gems…

from Vista, California’s Latitude 33 Brewery.


In tribute to our southern neighbors, Latitude 33 crafted an unparalleled contrast of sweet and heat with Mangoveza. Fruity bitterness upfront followed by a burst of habanero warmth provides a well-balanced IPA—unlike any other spicy ale.  Explore the uncharted territories of this invigorating IPA.



Don’t ban your taste buds from this hop-forward brew. Lifted Embargo embodies San Diego’s passion for a well-crafted IPA. It’s crisp and dry with a burst of citrus aroma, finishing with a signature bitterness from the finest hops. The flavor of this unparalleled IPA cannot be contained.



We’ve discovered a hidden treasure with Lattitude 33’s  Blood Orange IPA. As blood orange stands above everyday citrus, it is not your typical citrus infused IPA. With a crisp entry and slightly sweet finish, Blood Orange IPA has fans raving.


Welcome aboard Back Alley Brew #6! This time Alley Kat brings you a Munich Helles, AKA a light, bright, full-bodied lager that originated in Munich, Germany. It’s slightly sweet with minimal bitterness and a grainy malt flavour, with a dry, crisp finish. They’ve highlighted this malt-forward style with 100% Newdale barley from Red Shed malting (170 km away), and utilized 100% Sterling hops from Northern Girls Hopyard (86 km away) to add the light bitterness that so beautifully compliments the malts. It’s also worth noting that this is the first beer made by Alley Kat utilizing only one type of malt!

This summer’s Dragon is a delectable force to be reckoned with. Hopped with Azacca, Alabaster comes at you with refreshing citrus fruits like lemon and lime, that are perfectly balanced with tangy favours of green apple and papaya. Bright and aromatic, with hints of green pepper lingering in the background, this Dragon is warm, earthy, and citralicious.

Laphroaig Lore
Winner – Edmonton Scotch Club
2016 Islay

Laphroaig Lore is a new addition to the distillery’s range. Made up of whiskies aged in a combination of quarter casks, sherry casks and reused peated casks. This is rich and classically peaty with a spicy chili bite and a long, sweet aftertaste.

  • Color: Deep mahogany
  • Aroma: Rich and smoky with seaside minerals with a hint of ash and bitter chocolate drops.
  • Taste: Rich peaty with a spicy chili bite
  • Finish: Short dry finish and a long sweet aftertaste
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