Behind the Styles: Selena Gaudet

Behind the Styles: Selena Gaudet

Selena is our Social Stylist. A graduate of the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, where her affinity for geography led naturally to a passion for wine. She met Nathalie on a wine business trip and fruitful professional relationship soon developed. Selena has completed her WSET Level III designation. VS: What is a Social Stylist and what is your role at Vine Styles? SG: I handle all things social media, events and marketing related. I cover everything from posting on our social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) to coordinating and hosting events and everything in between! VS: What is the most rewarding about your role? SG: I love running events and seeing people get excited and engaged to learn about wine, beer or spirits, hosting tastings is such a great way to share my passion. On the other hand building a brand on social media is really rewarding in a very different way. I get pretty much free creative reign to expand the Vine Styles brand and what content we put out into the world, I enjoy seeing the feedback. Not to mention waking up every day and going to work for a company you believe in and proud to work for feels very rewarding. VS: What is something most people don’t know about you? SG: I’m a competitive powerlifter! It hasn’t proven easy to balance a career in the wine industry with a fairly demanding training schedule and diet but hey – easy isn’t fun! VS: What is your favorite place to wine and dine in the city? SG: Can I only pick one? We’re so spoiled to...
Schools of Thought: Wine Education

Schools of Thought: Wine Education

If you’ve ever had the urge to take your wine knowledge from self-proclaimed enthusiast to a more sophisticated level, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re a lot like me a few years ago. Earlier this week I was thrilled to receive the grades from my advanced certificate in wine. It got me thinking back to when this whole journey into the wine industry began. For me, wine education was a dream and a definite career path, but many of my classmates were pursuing the courses for personal edification or a career change. Understanding the many avenues of wine education can be confusing. Most people you meet in the ‘biz are not like the ones you watched in Somm, most of the ones you meet will have been accredited by one of the following certification bodies, although there are others. Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) In Calgary, WSET dominates wine education. The WSET is a London based school recognized worldwide. It’s a comprehensive, four level certification ranging from introductory to a diploma. WSET I: The program naturally starts with the basics of wine with a focus on technical tasting, pairing, major varietals, basics of winemaking and service. It can be completed in one day, or over four weeks. Successful candidates pass a short multiple choice exam with a 98% pass rate. WSET II: The logical progression from the introductory course giving students more in depth exposure to viticulture, winemaking, tasting and pairing, significant wine producing countries and an exploration of sparkling wine, fortified wine and some spirits. This can be completed in nine weeks or three days, followed by...
Style Me: Easter Pairings

Style Me: Easter Pairings

By now you probably know that I have all kinds of fun pairing wine and junk food. Sure Merlot pairs with mini eggs, and Prosecco and peeps are a match made in heaven, but I do eat more substantial meals too. No matter what you’re eating this Easter, from takeout to turkey, here’s my favourite picks and pairings. Nino Franco, Rustico Prosecco – Bubbly $23.95 (ITL) As a firm believer you should always have something bubbly in the fridge, Easter is certainly no exception to my rule. Nino Franco is proud to be one of the oldest wineries in Valdobbiadene, the infamous Italian Prosecco region. The family was driven to introduce the international wine market to an alternative to Champagne, and they did so impressively! The Rustico is 100% Glera (the Prosecco varietal), with notes of pear, apple and peach with fine, persistent bubbles. Pair it With: this will shine with a spread of appetizers, pasta or simply on its own! Devil’s Backbone Pinot Gris – Mellow $28.20 (NZ) Pinot Gris is without a doubt one of my favourite white varietals. Naturally, styles and expression can vary, but the best are complex with fragrant noses and notes of apple and sweet baking spices. The Devil’s Backbone is a brilliant example of how wonderful Pinot Gris can be; it has notes of pear, apricot and clove with impeccable acidity to harmonize the wine. The secret here is the addition of 5% Gewurztraminer that truly elevates it from a good wine to a great wine! Pair it With: this will be stunning with turkey, or conversely, if you’re opting to for...
Current Cocktail Crush: Ungava Cider Sour

Current Cocktail Crush: Ungava Cider Sour

Inspired by patio worthy, sunny afternoons, driving with the windows down and going to work in just a sweater, in March, no less! The Ungava Cider Sour is a refreshing spring cocktail that will have you ready to pull out your deck furniture! What You’ll Need: 1.5 oz Ungava Gin 1.0 oz Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider 0.5 oz Lime Juice 1 Egg White Ice What You Need to Do: Dry-shake the egg white in a martini shaker, get it nice and frothy. Add the gin, ice cider and lime juice and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice, garnish with lime and enjoy! What It Tastes Like: This is a frothy, refreshing and easy sipping cocktail. Citrus notes balanced with rose hips, juniper and a kiss of sweetness, the egg white gives the drink a nice, round mouthfeel. We’ll take another...
Whiskies of the World

Whiskies of the World

As the ‘Social Stylist’ here at Vine Styles I get the pleasure of developing our tastings, and guilty as charged, sometimes they’re skewed my personal preferences, like whiskey. My love affair with brown liquor began with bourbon. I’d been a long gin kick, but when an agent tasted me on a few bourbons, namely Four Roses Small Batch, I knew I’d found a new drink. Like wine, whiskies are so diverse, and I wanted to share that with our customers and get to know the nuances better myself. We tasted 7 very different whiskies from 5 different countries, and here is the (long winded) low down… Park Distillery, Unaged Glacier Rye (Canada) If you haven’t heard, there is now a distillery in Banff! Park distills with Six Glaciers water (high in minerality) and grains from family farms in the Alberta foothills, they hand-mill, hand-mash and hand-distill their products to preserve purity. Releasing an unaged spirit is a common move for young distilleries to generate capital while the others age. Bear in mind, the unaged spirit is very different from the final product! It pours crystal clear, and had you not known you were at a whiskey tasting, I doubt the average nose would guess it’s a rye! The most obvious element on the nose (to me) was red licorice, but as you dig a little deeper you find citrus and floral notes. I definitely recommend giving this a try, or better yet, visit the distillery! Glendalough, Double Barrel Whiskey (Ireland) A main point of differentiation for Irish whiskey is that is must be triple distilled, this results in (generally)...

Crisp

Whites with snappy acidity and vibrant flavours that will awaken your senses

Our crisp whites offer lovely refreshing acidity and a nice citrus punch; these wines will revive you and make you feel like you’re enjoying fresh fruit in an orchard in the middle of July. Think about of the last time you were out somewhere in the heat of the summer; one of those days when the pavement was melting, the paint was peeling off buildings and all you could think about was how badly you wanted something to quench your thirst. When you stumbled onto a lemonade stand and took that first sip, you were cured.

We can’t say our wines will cure dehydration but they are a great option while you’re enjoying patio weather.

 

Varietals

You’ll find varietals like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Riesling and Vinho Verde and more!

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Mellow

Loved for their understated qualities these whites are beautiful and exotic

Talking about mellow wine is like talking about a classic film star. She’s a lady with international acclaim and classic appeal. Mellow wines don’t jump up and down screaming for attention; instead they prefer to lure you in with their quiet charm and feminine wiles. Swirling a nice Viognier or Pinot Gris is all about soft, intricate and attractive flavours that might make you think about your favourite perfume, stepping into a flower shop or leaving a patisserie where they’ve just taken almond pastries out of the oven. This is Sophia Loren in a glass.

 

Varietals

If you enjoy varietals like Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer or Chenin Blanc you’ll love this style!

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Lush

Whites that ask to be a muse. This is Claude Monet’s water lilies’ in a wine glass.

Lavish and luxurious wines with all the razzle-dazzle. Think about the things in life that make you feel like you’re living large. Imagine yourself wearing layers of pearl necklaces, leading a ticker tape parade, eating popcorn laced with truffle oil and lounging on the king bed of the Ritz Carlton penthouse all at the same time. Lush wines are what we drink when we’re feeling on top of the world and when we want to celebrate life. This is 4th of July fireworks and the clock striking midnight on New Year’s Eve all rolled into one beautiful gold package. Bottoms up!

 

Varietals

Varietals like Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier are found here.

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Elegant

Ruby reds with a timeless style and appeal; wines that will never go out of fashion.

Elegant reds ask you to dig a bit deeper. Some people enjoy them for the romantic ideas they conjure while others enjoy the subtle nuances that each bottle possesses. We can’t think of a better way to describe elegant reds than talking about Coco Chanel. Think about No. 5, the little black dress or the most importantly the iconic Chanel suit, a true couture item that is well lined, carefully crafted and something that will always be in vogue. An elegant wine is like a nice stroll along the promenade in the seaside town of Biarritz or a day at the ballet in red maillot.

 

Varietals

Here you’ll find Pinot Noirs, Gamays, Chiantis and more!

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Smooth

Reds that are pleasant from start to finish

Supple and velvety, smooth reds are a real crowd pleaser; something that everyone loves. Like a popular jazz standard, the best way to sum up these wines is to think about hearing Miles Davis on vinyl. Everyone has heard those tunes and when the horns come in on the track you can’t help but connect over the sheer universal joy in hearing something so incredibly smooth and pleasing to the senses. Miles Davis was one cool dude and that’s how we feel about the wines in this section. You’ll feel like you’re slipping on a new pair of driving gloves every time you pour yourself one.

 

Varietals

Varietals such as Grenache, Merlot and mouth-watering blends can be found here.

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Bold

Our deepest most complex reds; these wines make a statement

Full and flavourful with an intense fruit core, these reds are the talk of the town. Bold wines have an intensity about them that not only commands your presence but also asks you to stay a while. Pretend for a minute that Clint Eastwood has just walked into a bar, stared at you for a long hard second and proceeded to put out a cigar out on his forearm before challenging you to an arm wrestle. You’re heart might skip a beat but you’ll be happy that you tried it. That arm wrestle might be one of the best things you ever do in your life. That’s how we describe a bold wine.

 

Varietals

Food friendly varietals like Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are right at home here.

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Bubbly

There’s nothing quite like hearing that cork pop!

Call us crazy but the sound of a cork being popped just makes everything better. Headaches dull, clouds seem to part and even the sound of crying children can be drowned out by the wonderful thought that you’ll soon have a stem in hand and an effervescent treat to tickle the end of your nose. A glass of bubbly just spells a plain good time. It might be a celebratory drink with friends, an excuse to get all gussied up for a fabulous night out or it might just be a date with the couch to watch Sex and the City re-runs solo.

 

Varietals

Here you’ll find everything from Champagne to Cava, Prosecco, Lambrusco and everything in between!

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Rich

Wines made with a little extra TLC

What are you going to find in this section? You’re going to find late harvest nectar, ice wines, delectably sweet Rieslings and 5 puttonyos worth of sweetness. And why are you going to love these wines? The grape juice that you’ll find in our Rich section took a lot of extra TLC to make the transition from vine to glass and can be used to make some of the most magnificent food and wine pairings known to man. We just have 3 words for you: Oysters and Sauternes.

 

Varietals

This style houses dessert wines like Sauternes, Ice Wine and Tokaji.

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Clean

Simple and Straightforward

When you think of simple and uncomplicated you can’t help but think of a guy in his college freshmen year. The beers that we’ve categorized as Clean are straightforward and unassuming with bright flavours and not too much complexity. You’ll enjoy these beers more than a keg stand and find them to be about as fresh as a 19 year-old guy at an all girl frat party. Big time!

 

Examples

Light and easy, simple Lagers, Pilsners & Blonde Ales.

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Balanced

Find your zen on our beer wall

Life Coaches and self-help books will tell you that balance is the key to a happy life. That may true but when we’re talking about a balanced style of beer we’re talking about the merits of a good pale ale with well integrated hop and malt flavours. Balanced beers won’t help you understand the deeper meaning of life but they’re still worth sampling for their easy-drinking quality. Take that Deepak Chopra!

 

Examples

Brews such as Brown Ales, Red Ales, Cream Ales, Black Lagers & Dunkels.

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Fruity

For your fun side, beers not meant to be taken too seriously

There is fruity like the Village People and there is fruity like wonderfully citrus kissed Hefeweizen, warm kirsch Belgians and bubbly orchard fruit ciders. While there is no denying the fun of disco and flamboyant cowboys, our Fruity section will give you options to keep you singing and dancing all year long. This is an amiable selection to accompany garden time, dinner parties and of course they pair wonderfully with dessert.

 

Examples

If you’re after a Cider, Radler or any fruit infused brew, you’ll find it here alongside Wheat beers.

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Intense

The safe way to have an intense experience…

Here’s a short list of things that are truly intense: squirrel suit jumping, big wave surfing and the insane ramblings of Gary Busey. While our Intense selection of beers could be described as big and loud, they certainly won’t lead to death on impact, shark attacks or being verbally abused on Celebrity Apprentice. You’ll love the IPAs and scrumptious Trapist ales. Gary agrees.

 

Examples

Some like it hopped! Here you’ll find IPAs, DIPAs, Trappist brews, Sours & Barleywines.

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Robust

Beer that leaves an impression

Powerful, sturdy and strapping are all great words to describe the Robust section. Everything you find here possesses strong brawny flavours that leave a lasting impression. Just think back to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s version of Conan the Barbarian; despite the horrifically bad acting that comes with those 80s classics we just can’t help but love the brute force and thick accent. Conan would call you an infidel for drinking anything else.

 

Examples

Home to heartier brews like Stouts and Porters & some Barrel Aged offerings.

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Examples

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Rosé

Effortless and exhilarating in any season

It’s undeniable, Rosé is in vogue. It’s enjoying a renaissance following the White Zinfandel craze that swept North America in the 70’s. Today, Rosé is the queen bee. Rosé is your ever fashionable friend. It’s the timeless accessory you can turn to in any season. In the spring it’s like wearing peeptoe shoes on a warm day. In the summer, a breezy dress. In the fall it’s the perfect boots and in the winter, a cozy knit scarf.

 

Varietals

Rosés are the product of a myriad of varietals, some of the most common are: Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Cinsault.

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