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Lorena Smalley

Valentines Suggestions!  

Each month, Alison Philips, co-owner of Aligra Wine & Spirits, and her team will provide us with some tasty suggestions!

Many of you will remember Alison as one of our, our Friends of WSAC partners and the wonderful host of our wine tasting events here at our centre that were held in 2020.


February’s Picks – Here is a sneak peek at what they are recommending this month!

  • Co-owner, Alison’s Pick – Falernia Number One  Chile

    Tasting Notes: A delicious blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 25% Syrah from the Elqui Valley in Chile. 100% Hand-harvested from vines growing at 1070 ft above sea level 18 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Beautifully balanced, rich, and intense. Deep ruby color, clear nose of red berries, vanilla, and chocolate. Full-bodied on the palate, good red fruit character, a blend of pepper, white chocolate, and vanilla. Enjoy with a juicy steak or mature cheeses. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!


  • Store Manager, Devin’s Pick – Scaia Rosato  Italy

    Tasting Notes: In the Veneto dialect, the word “scaia” means a chip of stone, chalk, limestone: it is a tribute to the soil where their wines are produced. This 100% Rondinella varietal is found in the north-east of Verona. This timeless libation is sourced from vines between 10 and 154 years old! Talk about aging well. Expect bright raspberry, tea, orange citrus, and crisp mineral flavours. Plays well with roast chicken.


Aligra store mascot “Georgie Girl”

Georgie’s Pick – Royal Brackla 16-Year-Old Scotland

Tasting Notes: As I’m considered The Queen in our household, I love all things Royal! This is the first distillery to be allowed to use the ‘Royal’ title, and in 2015 saw it get its own range of single malts. Part of the Last Great Malts series, the 16 Year Old is finished in first-fill oloroso sherry casks and is sweet and spicy, with a hint of smoke in the mix, too. It was a real hit at our Robbie Burns Whisky Tasting last week! Full fruity notes of dry sherry without being overly sweet. Quite dry. Malty cereal grains and dried fruits. Bit of prune and baked fig. Coats the inside of the mouth like a fine amaretto. Dryness carries over into the finish. Cocoa nibs arriving late. Burn of medium to light intensity, but lasts a fairly decent amount of time. 40% ABV. Great after a day walking in the snow!

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