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Barging in Burgundy - Wine Lover's Alert!

Barging in Burgundy - Wine Lover's Alert!

August 1, 2018 0 Comments
Portugal & the Douro River Must be on Your Bucket List!

Portugal & the Douro River Must be on Your Bucket List!

July 10, 2018 0 Comments
No More Headaches Drinking Wine!

No More Headaches Drinking Wine!

June 4, 2018 0 Comments
Got Corks?  We want yours!

Got Corks? We want yours!

April 20, 2018 0 Comments
Gin: The Spirit with a Checkered Past

Gin: The Spirit with a Checkered Past

March 6, 2018 0 Comments
Sipping Wine with an Italian Barone

Sipping Wine with an Italian Barone

February 11, 2018 0 Comments
The Buzz on Mead – A Sweet Surprise!

The Buzz on Mead – A Sweet Surprise!

January 19, 2018 0 Comments
Make Gift Giving Easy this Year!

Make Gift Giving Easy this Year!

We have the perfect gift for the Person who has everything!

November 14, 2017 0 Comments
Special Offers!  Did you reserve yours?

Special Offers! Did you reserve yours?

Both the Robert Keenan Wines and the Blair Athol Single Cask Scotch will be in store November 16th 2017.  If you have reserved your bottles, Grant will be contacting you.  If you haven't, better act fast!

November 9, 2017 0 Comments
A Girl in a Bikini Walks into a Liquor Store

A Girl in a Bikini Walks into a Liquor Store

July 1 2017 is our official 10th anniversary of opening Aligra Wine & Spirits!  Grant and I can't believe where the time's gone!  So many amazing things have happened.  Enjoy these reflections of some of the amusing highlights that have gone on over the years.

 

 

June 27, 2017 0 Comments
Celebrate With Us!   Great Canadian Wine Sale On Now!

Celebrate With Us! Great Canadian Wine Sale On Now!

It's a BIG summer deal!  Not only is Canada Celebrating 150 Years as a country, Aligra Wine & Spirits is celebrating 10 years as a local, independently owned and operated Edmonton business!  We are proud to be achieving this milestone and  want to share the fun and celebrating with you, our customers.

June 26, 2017 0 Comments
Caduceus Wines – from Rock Music to Rocking Wines

Caduceus Wines – from Rock Music to Rocking Wines

WineExclusive and Limited!    If you are a collector of Rock Star Cult Wines, these from the Merkin Vineyards in Arizona and are the creation of Maynard James Keenan from the rock band Tool.  He is passionate about his vineyards and his wines, and arranges his touring schedule around the harvest and bottling of his wines.   If you are a follower, these wines are for you.  If you aren’t try them anyway!  Good juice!

 

June 12, 2017 0 Comments
Margarita Punch - add a Knock Out drink to your next Patio Party

Margarita Punch - add a Knock Out drink to your next Patio Party

Tired of the run of the mill Margarita?  Kick it up a notch with this zesty recipe!  Courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine

May 5, 2017 0 Comments
Wine Winners for Easter Dinners - prepared and written by Ken Bracke

Wine Winners for Easter Dinners - prepared and written by Ken Bracke

April 6, 2017 0 Comments
It's a Mimosa kinda day!

It's a Mimosa kinda day!

April 4, 2017 0 Comments
Not sure what Wines to pour at your next event?

Not sure what Wines to pour at your next event?

Sommelier - (wikipedia) A sommelier  French pronunciation: is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. The role in fine dining today is much more specialized and informed than that of a wine waiter.

March 11, 2017 0 Comments
New Products  at Aligra – January 2017

New Products at Aligra – January 2017

January 12, 2017 0 Comments
Get ready for the Year of the Rooster!

Get ready for the Year of the Rooster!

January 5, 2017 0 Comments
Gins In June – Tasting Notes

Gins In June – Tasting Notes

Well, it was a lively tasting around the table the other evening for Gins in June.  Thanks to everyone who came out for it.  If you missed it, well, next time.  Meanwhile, here are the tasting notes of the gins everyone tried.  Thanks again to Sommelier, Ken Bracke for leading the evening and preparing all his research!

  1. Greenall’s London Dry Gin, England 40% abv. $29.99

Founded in 1761 by Thomas Dakin, the forefather of English gin and Greenall’s original master distiller, this gin has been at the forefront of British gin for gin lovers through the centuries. An interesting historical note: 1761 was the first year that gin making was legal in England; not coincidentally, that’s the year Greenall’s incorporated. Greenall’s continues to be crafted in Warrington using only the finest botanicals from around the World including wild Tuscan juniper, delicate Moroccan coriander, and zesty Spanish lemons. The Greenall’s recipe remains a closely guarded secret, known only to the 7 master distillers who have crafted the gin for generations. Distiller’s Notes: balanced between sweet and bitter, with notes of juniper, coriander seeds, angelica and lemon among other botanicals.

  1. Victoria Gin, Victoria B.C. 40% abv. $57.99

Launched in 2008, family-owned Victoria Spirits claims to have produced Canada’s first premium gin, and over the last decade, they have developed a cult following. The gin is produced in a small batch process from a neutral grain spirit which has been enhanced with ten natural and wild-gathered botanicals. These botanicals include, juniper berry, coriander seed, angelica, orris root, lemon and orange peel, star anise, cinnamon bark, rose petals and a secret ingredient which the company encourages you to guess. Distiller’s Notes: Balances the characteristic evergreen flavour of juniper with notes of citrus, floral and spice. An intensely flavoured spirit that is as full-bodied and as complex as a fine single-malt whisky.

  1. Bulldog London Dry Gin England 40% abv. $35.99

Bulldog was founded by former investment banker, Anshuman Vohra, who developed his passion for gin at an early age while enjoying gin and tonics with his father, a career diplomat. Inspired by his travels around the globe, Mr. Vohra (with help from Bulldog’s Master Distiller) sourced an exotic blend of 12 botanicals from eight countries that would create a smooth, harmonious flavour unique to Bulldog that he felt was lacking in existing gins. Bulldog’s mission: to service the growing demand of discerning customers fatigued by traditionally popular spirits like vodka, as well as revolutionize and expand the gin category. Tasting Notes: scent fresh, almost floral. Palate mellow, very drinkable. Juniper forefront but not overwhelming, hints of poppy and warm spice. Balanced.

  1. Gin Mare Meditteranean Gin Coleccion De Autor Spain 42.7% abv. $47.99

Gin Mare is produced in a small fishing village on the Costa Dorada in Spain using botanicals all sourced within the Mediterranean area. Alongside ‘traditional’ botanicals: juniper, bitter orange peel, seville orange peel, lemon peel, cardamon, and coriander seed, there are four that are not quite so common; Arbequina olives, basil, rosemary and thyme. The name ‘Gin Mare’ comes from the concep

June 17, 2016 0 Comments
Rosés & Summer Sippers – Tasting Notes

Rosés & Summer Sippers – Tasting Notes

Another fun tasting experience at Aligra this past week.  On trend – Rosé wines, light refreshing whites even a Pink Port Cocktail!  If you missed it, here are the notes for you.  Most are still in stock so drop by to pick some up for your summer sipping!   Notes and research courtesy of Ken Bracke, Sommelier.

  1. Croft Pink Port Vila Nova De Gaia, Portugal 19.5% abv $22.99 (and Soda) Cocktail

One of the original founding port houses, Croft traces its origins to 1588 when the company was established in England by Henry Thomson, a member of the Merchants Company of York.  The Croft family, which joined the partnership in 1736 and gave the firm its present name, served the port trade with great distinction. The reputation of Croft as a Vintage Port producer derives to a large extent from its ownership of Quinta da Roêda, one of the finest estates in the Douro Valley, and from such legendary wines as the Croft 1945, recognized as one of the finest of that landmark year. This innovative new Rosé style of Port has been made by a technique which extracts fresh, fruity flavours and a subtle and delicate pink colour from limited contact with the skins of classic Port grape varieties, grown in top quality vineyards of the Douro Valley. The result is wonderfully fresh and vibrant, full of the rich fruit flavours of Port but with a unique and distinctive appeal. It has created the perfect opportunity for Port to be consumed in the warmer months of the year when Port may not otherwise be the drink of choice. Tasting Note: Attractive floral notes underline the pungent, aromatic raspberry fruit aromas. The palate is full of deliciously ripe cherry and raspberry fruit flavours with lovely nuances of honey and grapefruit.

  1. Pamplune Rosé Pepignan, France (infused with natural grapefruit extracts) 8.5% abv $17.99

The French have a long history of blending their dry wines with fresh juice or fruit liqueurs also knowns as kir. More recently, a new summer drink became very popular among French restaurants, bars and outdoor cafés consisting of a blend of dry rosé with fresh squeezed pink grapefruit. This wine from Provence uses classic Mediterranean varietals, is fermented in stainless steel tanks, and then is blended with natural extracts of grapefruit from the pomelo variety. Tasting Notes: light pink color, offers expressive aromas and flavors of citrus, roses and exotic fruits such as lychees. Light, slightly sweet and refreshing.

  1. CA Rugate Soave Classico San Michele DOC, Soave, Italy 12% abv $24.59

CA ‘ Rugate produces wines from the Lessini Durello, Valpolicella and Soave Classico regions. It prides itself as a  company that has been able to innovate by reinterpreting traditions and investing in prized vineyards producing wine from indigenous grape varieties. For the past four generations, the Tessari Family has owned the property, located in the volcanic, hilly region of Rugate, near Brognoligo. Since 2013, CA ‘ Rugate has been a member of the independent winegrowers of Soave, an association affiliated to the F.I.V.I. (Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers), driven by the desire to protect the typical Soave wine by focusing on authenticity. 100% Garganega. Tasting Notes: Pale yellow colour. Fine and delicate nose of sweet flowers: Chamomile tea, elderberry, iris. Palate pleasant with sweet almond aftertaste.

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May 31, 2016 0 Comments
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