Behind the Styles: Nathalie Gosselin

Behind the Styles:             Nathalie Gosselin

Nathalie is a graduate of the University of Quebec and a Montreal native. She moved west in 2004 and embarked on a 10-year adventure as Conference Manager at the prestigious Banff Centre. Recruited to partner in the wine business by WSET classmate Darren, Nathalie decided to pursue her passion and come to Vine Styles as CED (Chief Experience Designer). Her multitasking skills thrive when there is a lot going on – fueled by her passion, drive and good humour, she’s rarely sitting still, but she likes it that way!

VS: So, what does your typical work day look like?
NG: Coffee until it’s time to sample some wine. Office work until it’s time for customer and wine rep visits. Ideally finishing the day with a winemaker’s dinner somewhere or with a few people coming in the store to learn about wine, craft beer or scotch and whisky! There’s really not much to complain about!

VS: You moved to Alberta from Quebec, what do you love most about living here?
NG: Chinook winds in the winter, the sun all year round, the mountains, the people, only 5% tax… and the wine store privatization!

VS: In those sweet moments of solitude when you’re not at the store or checking emails, what do you enjoy doing?
NG: I like going to hot yoga, reading a good book by the fireplace with a good glass of wine. Whenever I can I get down to my cabin in Idaho and hangout by the lake, no cellphone there, it’s perfect!

VS: What is the most rewarding part of running/owning your own business?
NG: Meeting people. For me strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet. Between customers, reps, winemakers and Vine Styles team members … I definitely get my share of social interactions.

And also to hear customer’s feedback on our stores, whether they like the simplicity of the way it’s laid-out, the unique selection, the passionate and knowledgeable people, or the amazing wines they sample. Their feedback, and returning visits make my day, and makes all of our hard work totally worth it.

VS: What are you most proud of?
NG: Learning to ride a motorcycle. It was a pretty steep learning curve for me, 9 years ago, but I absolutely love it now!

VS: What is something most people don’t know about you?
NG: I play trumpet… well, I played trumpet for 15 years. Mainly blues/jazz and classical but some rock and folk in pubs etc. When I tried again 5 years ago it was an absolute disaster. Definitely doesn’t come back as quick as riding a bike does in the spring time!

VS: Which one of the Vine Styles’ ‘styles’ do you feel represents you best?
NG: Bubbly… both because of the style of wine and how it is described (festive, effervescent & charming), and the fact that sparkling is probably my favourite wine style.

VS: Where is your dream wine country destination?
NG:Riding my motorcycle through Spain’s wine country. Well, obviously not riding and wine touring, but riding to wine country and then parking the bike for a few days while in wine country.

VS: Who do you admire?
NG: Olivia Pope! She is always stunning, and well-dressed. She’s super smart, independent, very ambitious and driven. Her sense of righteousness, the way she handles stress and achieves so much in her days… she even fits swimming in her crazy schedule! Let’s not forget how she can handle her wine! She is fictional I realize this, but definitely inspiring…!

VS: What was the last book you finished?
NG: The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s short, magical, sweet, and yet terrifying and real in all of its quirkiness.

VS: What is your favourite Vine Styles memory?
NG: The Saturday of our official opening weekend celebrations in Kensington in June 2014. It was so busy on that day we could barely see the floor at any point during the day. You could feel the excitement in the air, it was an amazing day… and there were Crave cupcakes!

VS: And finally, what goals have you set for yourself for 2016?
NG: Hahaha! Too many to name. I narrowed it down to 7 main goals this year, but they all have subcategories!
(VS: For the record: her goal setting and achieving process is involved and inspiring!)

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  1. I’m very proud of you my friend.
    Love you so much. You are my inspiration!


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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.



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



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.



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



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



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.



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



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



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.



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



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.



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



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.



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



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!



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



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!



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



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.



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



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.



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



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.



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



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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.



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