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Provide remarkable wine, spirits and beer at great value with exceptional personal service.

What we offer

  • All day, every day complimentary tastings
  • Over 175 wines under $25 as well as a selection of premium wines
  • Option of tracking personal purchases
  • Private functions for groups of 15-50
  • Regularly scheduled events and classes
  • ‘Surprise Cases’ - custom selection of wine delivered to your door with tasting notes and food pairing suggestions

Recent Posts

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Falling Leaves

The weather over the past few weeks has been simply outstanding but with the detectable chill in the evening air and the noticeable change to the leaves on the local Aspen trees our thoughts turn to fall. Fall is one of our favourite times of the year; harvest is in full swing, grapes are coming off the vines, farmers are reaping their hard work and food flavours are trending towards richer and more savoury dishes.

With fall flavours we move away from the lighter aromatic wines and we start to think about richer and more earthy reds to pair with food. Mushrooms start to be more prominent on menus and in specialty stores. If you are looking to theme a menu around fall mushrooms consider pairing with Pinot Noir. Our pick would be for a brambly New Zealand or Oregon Pinot.

In the shop look for the Wairau River Pinot from Marlborough $23; "Intense notes of warm cherries, crushed raspberries with hints of smoked meat, cardamom and anise." 89 points, Wine Advocate. Consider pairing with roasted salmon, sauteed mushrooms, fresh herbs and oven baked tomatoes.

Even though we're recommending reds in the fall we can also go with a bigger white, perhaps a nice rich chardonnay. James, who you see in the shop from time to time, recommends a chardonnay and Salmon poached in vermouth (click here for recipe). Salmon is not a natural choice for chardonnay but when it is cooked in sweet white vermouth the pairing is outstanding. Our first choice with this recipe would be a bottle of Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny Premier Cru, $30. "Deep lemon coloured with a fresh nose of white flowers and citrus with hints of minerality. On the palate it is medium bodied with a fresh and fruity attack, a rounded mid palate with apple, citrus and hints of nuts and a long citrussy finish"

Enjoy!

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Beer & Cheese Pairings?

When we think of pairing beverages with cheese our first thought would probably be wine and cheese or dessert wines and big bold cheeses but this past week we had an epiphany in the shop and discovered how fantastic a Belgian IPA goes with a medium creamy blue veined cheese (Fourme D'Ambert). After a little research we found some great tips for pairing cheese and beer. While we love wine, and always will, we would encourage you to experiment with some of the craft beers we sell and look for cheese at Sobey's or Mountain Mercato here in Canmore. Mercato has an excellent selection of artisan cheese and Sobey's has expanded their offerings as well.

When it comes to pairing items it is usually best to consider the approach of matching intensity with intensity. If you have a mild beer then you would pick a mild cheese for example. Taking the approach of matching intensities prevents one product from overwhelming the other. You can also take the approach of working with similarities; for example, if you have a super rich triple cream cheese then you would pick a nice full bodied stout (rich, low acid beer). If you are a fan of mild goat cheese then you would want to work with the acidity in the cheese and pick a beer with higher acid like a wheat beer.

If you are a cheddar fan you will want to pick a brew that has a mild malt character and that would be a brown ale. Aged cheddar typically has some nutty characteristics which play well off an ale. Canada makes lots of great cheddar cheese. Look for Balderson's Aged Cheddar to pair with a Naramata Nut Brown Ale.

For big and bold blue cheeses a great experiment is to pair with a Belgian IPA or Belgian Style IPA. Blue Cheese can be pretty intese and so is a Belgian IPA. lighthouse_bel_IPAThe power of the cheese is matched by the intensity of the beer. A great pairing would be a Fourme D'Ambert with a bottle of Lighthouse "Uncharted" Belgian IPA.

44494tNow, if you really like to get your stink on and enjoy washed-rind cheeses go for a Trappist Ale from Belgium. The funkiness of the cheese needs to be mellowed and a good Tappist beer is a classic pairing as the beer is strong, dry on the mid palate and spicy which will bring out the underlying fruitiness of the cheese and match the intensity of the cheese. Consider a Gruyere cheese which should be readily available with a Westmalle Trappist Tripel beer from Belgium.

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Welcome to Beer Club, a monthly Beer Subscription

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Belgian Beers? You bet!

Would you enjoy a monthly selection of six beers expertly selected with your unique tastes in mind? If you want Belgium suds demystified or unique big boy bottles from British Columbia then sign up now for our monthly offering. Each month’s collection will be offered to our subscribers via email. All you have to do is reply yea or nea. It’s that easy. If you are interested in subscribing just sign up for our newsletter if you are not currently a member. Each month's beer selection will be a half dozen specialty beers, usually in a larger format, with an average combined price around $40. We can arrange delivery to you in Canmore for a small up-charge or you can pick up in store.  If you haven't been in the shop lately you will be pleasantly surprised with our new wall of beer coming this month!