With our electronic calendars now sitting on 2018 it seems like a good time to think about new wine adventures. That’s what I love about wine, every bottle tells a new story — and there are so many stories to learn and discoveries to uncover.I thought with this column I would highlight some wineries or wines that caught my eye and might be new to you.The wine world is growing, the quality is improving and the selection in Alberta is almost endless. Get out there and push your boundaries.
Ross Fitzpatrick, left, and his son Gordon Fitzpatrick are producing wines under the new label of Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards. The former owners of CedarCreek Estate Winery are operating a small boutique winery near Peachland, B.C.
It’s hard to top the month of December if you’re a wine lover. Between the holiday parties, meals and gifts, the opportunities to showcase a favourite bottle are endless.But picking the right vino for an office party or your special someone can be intimidating. Luckily, the private stores in Alberta are filled with people who are passionate about wine and eager to help.I thought I would add my two cents, or scents, with a few options that have impressed me in the past year.
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