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Hops and Vines - September

It certainly doesn’t feel like Summer any more, but let’s hope for a nice, warm Fall as students and teachers head back to school. In this newsletter we want to let you know about some events in the coming months. We don’t have any Seated Tastings in the Loft scheduled yet, but will publish a newsletter update when we have made those decisions.

In September, we will be visiting On Par Golf for Tastings at two of their special occasions. On Saturday, September 15, from 1:00 – 4:00 for their Grand Opening, sampling Tamarack Jack’s Meads. On Thursday, September 27th from 6:00 – 9:00, Introduction to Golf, sampling Big House Red and White Wines.

From October 11th to 15th, we will be in Kelowna for our Annual Okanagan Wine Tour.

On Saturday, November 3rd, from 7:00 – 10:30 we will join the Parkland Food Bank as a Sponsor of their fundraiser, Corks and Kegs. Tickets are available online at their website. We will, with the help of several vendors, provide samples of wine, beer, and spirits, and there will be appetizers, door prizes, and a Silent and Live Auction.

Craft Corner

Alberta Beer Week is coming together nicely. We already have an number of breweries signed up for this year's festivities. This celebration of Alberta Craft Beer will be held from 1-5 pm on Saturday October 20 and 27. This is great opportunity to sample new products, revisit old favorites and find out more about the breweries. 

Craft Distillery Spotlight
West of the 5th - truly a family affair.

Quality . Family . Comunity
West of the 5th is spear headed by Nathan and Caleb Zdrodowski the two oldest brothers from Shady Lane Estate. Shady Lane Estate is a their families farm and fruit winery located on 158 acres of land 60km off the heart of Alberta. 

West of the 5th has released its first line of Moonshine the beginning of February 2018. Starting with "White Lightning" our straight distilled spirits and "Spiced Shine" our cinnamon and molasses spirit. Nathan and Caleb have big plans for the future with adding to there Moonshine line with more flavours as well as working on different spirits as well.

For more information and recipes visit

In-Store Tastings

September 8th --          Shady Lane Fruit Wines and West of the 5th Spirits

September 14th --        Flor de Cana Rum and Nugan 2nd Pass Shiraz

October 6th --              Two Brewers Single Malt Whisky & Chateau Souverain Wines

Hops and Vines - August

Although the weather has been unsettled and changeable, it is still summer so let’s take advantage of the warm days while they last. Come in and chat with us about new and exciting beers, wines, and coolers. At this time, we have no major events planned until Fall, so watch for our newsletter at the beginning of September with a calendar of upcoming events, including the Parkland Food Bank fundraiser, “Corks and Kegs”.

Terry’s Tastings – It’s All About the Taste

Summer Sippers/Patio Wines: We of course, drink all styles of wine all year round, but there are some that seem to taste better on a warm evening on the deck. While sitting outside with family and friends on a warm summer day, a cool, crisp Rose is a great accompaniment to conversation. Originally produced and enjoyed in southern France, roses now come from winemaking regions around the world. Excellent on their own or with appetizers, they also pair well with salads and lighter dishes of seafood and poultry.

Here are some dry Roses you may want to try:

AIX Rose – France     $21.25 Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Carignan –Floral aromas with strawberry and watermelon; flavours of strawberry and red currant.

Pino Cellars Rose of Pinot Noir – Oregon     $27.25 Pinot Noir – Aromas and flavours of strawberry, cranberry, and raspberry with a long, crisp finish.

Oyster Bay Rose – New Zealand       $18.65 Pinot Noir – Strawberry, cherry, and a hint of citrus.

In-Store Tastings:

August 25 – Eau Claire Gin and Ready to drink

August 30 – AVA Grace Chardonnay and Merlot

August 31 – Craft Importers – a variety of European Beers

September 8 – Shady Lane Wine & West of the 5th Whisky

September 1 – Founder’s Brewing Company

October 6 – Two Brewers Single Malt Whisky

Craft Corner

I hate to say this but, summer is drawing to a close this means two things; for coffee drinkers pumpkin spice season is drawing near and dark beers are reappearing.  The craft selection will be "darkening" over the next few weeks and before that happens stock up on your favorite summer brews before they go into hibernation. 

A new IPA trend has hit the market, Brut IPAs. What is a Brut IPA you ask? The Brut IPA borrows its name from the wine world; in champagne, Brut means very dry.  These brews are pale, bone dry and highly effervescent. In short, it’s as close to champagne as an IPA can get; and it’s nothing like the fruity, hazy, creamy IPAs that currently dominate the market. Currently we have two examples of this trend, Chateau D'Outcast from Outcast Brewing and Station to Station a Dandy Brewing collaborative with Blood Brothers Brewing. Coming soon with be Russell Brewing's version.

I am in the planning stages for this year's Alberta Beer Week events, check our Facebook page and Website for more details.


Terry & Shelly

Think Pink!


I was once asked what I knew about wine and I said, “It comes in red, white, pink and it some times sparkles”.

I thought today, with the sun beating down on me, it would be a good day to learn about Rosé wines, something I know very little about, other than they bridge the color gap between red and white.

Rosé occurs when the skins of red grapes “kiss” white wine. It could be a short kiss or a long kiss, this is up to the wine maker. The longer the grape skins stain the white wine the darker the color becomes, hence the variation from light pink to a deep rosy blush.


The primary flavors found in Rosé are red fruit, citrus, melons and flowers. Some can slightly pull crisp green flavors, think celery or rhubarb.

Since Rosés vary in color and flavor they pair well with a variety of food. Fruity, light and medium Rosés pair well with seafood, salads, goat cheese and warm sunny weather. Full bodied Rosés are the perfect compliment to bar-b-que and spicy curries.

One of the best parts of exploring the world of Rosé is the price point, it varies as much as the color and flavor profiles.

Next time you are looking for a bottle of wine, don’t forget to Think Pink!


Welcome to Libation Learnings

All things in the world of libations will be explored from the basics of food pairings, flavor profiles, cocktails, do’s and don’ts and so much more.

Our learnings will take us to the United Kingdom to explore Scotch, Irish Whiskey and London Dry Gin. From there we may head over to Germany and Belgium to learn about monks making beer and the variety of truly European beers. Our educational journey may see us traipse through France and Italy to learn more about Champagne and the wines stomped out in these regions.

We could find ourselves in South Africa, where the first bottle of wine was produced in 1659. By the way, hops are even being grown there. Speaking of hops, we could head even further south to find out why New Zealand hops are da bomb. They also make wine down under.

South America holds many wine soaked secrets, ready to be told. We will tumble a little further north to the lands of sweet rums and spicy tequilas (which pair very nicely with cheese).

North America holds many libation lessons from Bourbon, Canadian whisky, single malt whisky, craft beer, small batch spirits and wine, oh, so much wine.

I will be learning right beside you and it is going to be one heck of a journey.

- The Well Heeled Libationist