Aligra Wine and Spirits > About Us > Staff Picks Detail



Staff Picks


Derek's Picks

Quails Gate Pinot Gris - Chasselas - Pinot Blanc  Canada

Tasting Notes: Bright and approachable, this popular, easy-drinking wine opens with aromas of lemon, Bosc pear and honeydew. On the palate, flavours of citrus and apple are complemented by a balanced acid throughout. Varietals were cold-fermented separately in stainless steel. Paired well with shrimp fried up in a subtle lemon and cream sauce.

Price: $25.99


Derek's Picks

Jeff Runquist 1448  USA

Tasting Notes: This red blend consists of 63% Petit Verdot, 25%Petite Sirah and finished with a mix of heritage varietals. The1448” has a deep, rich colour that clings to the inside of a wine glass. The hues are youthful, with an edge of magenta. The aromas display blue and red fruits, most notably black raspberry and blueberry. The bouquet features hints of vanilla, spice, violets and lavender. The flavours are succulent and juicy, with plenty of soft ripe fruit framed by a toasted oak creaminess. The tannins are mature and add richness and texture to a finish that has beautiful acid balance. Pairs well with grilled tenderloin beef patty and wild mushroom sauce.

Price: $20.99


Derek's Picks

Corto Di Passo  Italy

Tasting Notes: Made in the style of a ripasso with slightly dried grapes, this richly aromatic red has subtle aromas of menthol, dark berries and ripe plums. On the palate there’s fleshy black cherry, raisin and vanilla alongside soft tannins. The longer it’s open the better it gets. Paired well with creamy mushroom soup and grilled chicken.

Price: $25.99


Derek's Picks

Jeff Carrel En Coteaux Pinot Noir  France

Tasting Notes: A pure and elegant expression of French Pinot Noir. Winemaker, Jeff Carrel named En Coteaux after the hillsides of the vineyards (“coteaux” is French for “hillsides”), which are nestled in the slopes of the French Pyrenees Mountains. Grown in a coastal climate, cooled by sea and ocean winds. The wine is naturally fermented with no sulfites added. A fresh, elegant, and well-rounded pinot noir. Translucent vermillion red. Aromas of fresh red cherries with a relishing aftertaste marked by cherries, spices, and a bewitching earthy flavor. A pinot noir with a light but intense taste of fruit.

Price: $22.99


Derek's Picks

MollyDooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz  Australia

Tasting Notes: Black crimson in colour, this wine leaps from the glass with powerful aromatics of blueberries, fresh plum, licorice and nuances of chocolate biscuit. The seamless texture is laced with fresh berry fruit, coffee, vanilla cream and warm spice, giving us a full-bodied Shiraz with an endless depth of flavour and great length. Still quite young and could use at least an hour of decanting. Pairs well with that grilled rack of lamb.

Price: $69.99


Derek's Picks

Matchbook Tinto Rey Tempranillo  USA

Tasting Notes: Tinto Rey means Red King. Tempranillo is the king of Spanish red wines, the most important varietal in the Matchbook Vineyard and the foundation of this unique Tempranillo/Syrah blend. Deep, rich aromas of boysenberry, plum and loamy earth. Flavors of mocha, black cherry and blackberry cobbler are layered over spicy notes of leather, truffle and sweet oak. Easily a fave to pair with a simple grilled chicken up to a peppered steak.

Price: $20.49


Derek's Picks

Verso Rosso Salento  Italy

Tasting Notes: From the Puglia area in Italy, Verso is a full-bodied wine made with a small percent of appassimento (air-dried) grapes. Made from Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes it appears rich and dark in colour, with vibrant spice and red berry flavours. Lighter in body than most Ripasso’s it paired well with grilled pork and mushroom sauce.

Price: $18.49



Join our Newsletter

Be the first to know!

Subscribe to the ‘Sips & Tips’ newsletter! Subscribe here to receive our newsletter with Updates, Events & Special Offers.

We want to hear

We Want to Hear From You!

Easy Parking

ParkingDedicated parking for Aligra customers, right by Entrance #58 (below Simon's)

Store Hours

WEM is open, safety protocols are in place and as we are just inside Entrance 58, you don’t have to navigate the whole mall to visit our store.

Monday - Saturday: 10am – 9pm

Sundays & Stat Holidays : 11am - 6pm 

Closed: Christmas Day

Home Delivery or Curbside Pick up available   780 483-1083


 1423 West Edmonton Mall
 Edmonton, AB T5T-4M2

Terms Of Use | Privacy Statement | Copyright 2024 © Aligra Wine and Spirits
Login | | Website by WebmontonMedia