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Lorena Smalley

Love wine and spirits?

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.


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

  • Co-owner, Alison’s Pick – Spier 21 Gables Old Vines Chenin Blanc  South Africa…In keeping with “Dry January”, here’s a lovely dry white wine you should definitely try! Made with thick-skinned grapes from old vines, the full-bodied Chenin Blanc was fermented and matured (for 14 months) in French oak barrels. It offers ripe, baked apples and apple pie spice on the nose. The rich and complex palate is characterized by yellow fruits opulent caramel, vanilla cream and toasted cashew – all framed by a beautifully balanced acidity and supported by a sumptuously textured mouthfeel. 
  • Store Manager, Devin’s Pick – Return of the Living Red  Australia…this wine blew my mind! This blend gives a bold, full mouthfeel – with notes of black cherry jam, raspberry jam, licorice, sweet baking spices, white pepper, and a slight minerality.

Aligra store mascot “Georgie Girl”

Georgie’s Pick – Two 200ml size bottles of exquiste whisky to enjoy this dreary January! For me, I”ve been enjoying all the walkies I get as my humans are around more thanks to the nasty Pandemic. After my walks, I enjoy a nice wee dram. This month, I’m trying two new ones from Islay. Machir Bay is a lovely expression from Islay’s farm distillery. Matured in ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts, resulting in a well-balanced flavour profile, with highlights of vanilla biscuits, light fruit and wafts of warm peat smoke. In Sanaig’s case, it’s an extra 10 months of aging in oloroso sherry casks, with the remainder being ex-bourbon. For younger whiskies they are excellent, and come in this handy two pack to try both!

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