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 have so many great chefs and bartenders in the city! My most recent favourite is Vero Bistro – I was totally blown away during Big Taste of Calgary and can’t wait to go again!

VS: What is the most memorable moment in your career so far?
SG: So far I’d have to say the BC VQA industry tour. It’s actually where I met Nathalie! At the time I was still quite new to the industry so it felt really good to be asked to join a tour of some of BC’s best wineries with some of the best palates in Calgary’s wine industry. I was a sponge the entire trip, trying to soak up as much as I could from the industry pros and winemakers we met.

VS: What is success to you, and how do you overcome challenges in your life?
SG: Success, to me, is balance and happiness. Like so many young professionals I’m constantly contending with the plague of being busy. The wine business comes with irregular hours, plus a stacked training schedule a diet that needs to be kept up with, and somewhere in there finding time for friends, family and myself. I’m constantly trying to strike a balance of all the things I love and once I can maintain that I’ll feel successful, for now I enjoy the chaos!

When I’m faced with a challenge I’m the type of person to put a lot of thought into a plan of action, like a lot. I think it through from every angle, outweigh pros and cons of each and then choose a route and go after it.

VS: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
SG: While a lot of people my age have baby fever I seem to have caught home ownership fever. I’m hoping to buy my first home this year and with that I’d love to learn to do some home renovations! I really admire people who can fix things and work with their hands to create something.

VS: When you have free-time away from the store, how do you pass the time?
SG: If I’m not in the store or the gym, it’s more than likely I’m home relaxing with some wine or whiskey and a book or out enjoying brunch somewhere.

VS: Tell us about the best wine you tried so far in 2016?
SG: So far I’d have to say it was the 2007 Kripta Vintage Cava from Aguisti Torello. I was thrilled to taste so much complexity and depth from a Cava, if I had been blind tasting I’m sure I would have guessed it was a vintage Champagne. Amazing stuff!

VS: Where is your next planned trip?
SG: I am so excited to be taking off to Austin, Texas this summer! I have heard nothing but amazing things about the food, drink and music in the city, despite it being late June and insanely hot down there, I think it’s going to be such a memorable trip!

VS: What are you most proud of in your life?
SG: Since it’s pretty fresh on my mind right now: I finally received my marks from my WSET III Advanced wine course just last week and earned a pass with distinction!

VS: Which one of the Vine Styles’ ‘styles’ do you feel represents you best and why?
SG: I’d have to say Smooth. It’s certainly the style I gravitate to the most for my personal consumption. To me, it’s the best of both worlds – balanced. Like me, the smooth style is just intense when it needs to be but can also be more refined, it’s always a crowd pleaser!

VS: Last, if you would have to live the rest of your life with just one grape varietal, what would that be and why?
SG: I think I’d go with Grenache, like it’s a question, I’d definitely go with Grenache! It’ such an amazing grape than can be produced in so many ways. Smooth Spanish expressions, dense with flavour to more subtle offerings like Cannonau and of course fruity rosés, I’ll never have enough Grenache!

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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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