Simmer Fine Wine & Spirits is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Salé to the position of Alberta Marketing Manager.
Jamie, based in Edmonton, is a national and world figure skating champion. As if this isn't
impressive enough, Jamie went on to win a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City
Olympic Games. She has been touring the world as a professional skater for over
ten years, but now tries to stay in North America as much as possible so she
can be an amazing mom to her young son, and an amazing Marketing Manager for
Simmer Fine Wine & Spirits!
She is both a public speaker and
Brand Ambassador for Peekaboo Beans and Canada Goose, and still manages to make
time for her philanthropic work, sitting on the board of directors for Special
Olympics Alberta, and working with a number of other charities including the Zebra
Foundation. Passionate about wine, Jamie is ready to now take on the world of
tastings and pairings. As she continues to attend seminars, workshops, and
tastings, her friendly demeanor and sociable attitude make her an amazing
connection for our clients, and a vital part of our team.
November 11, 2011
Plus #16 & #90!
“I estimate I taste around 2200 wines in a year (give or take), and although not all of them
are reviewed on my websites, they all contribute to my overall view of value
and quality. Of course to whittle down
the nearly 1000 which I do review in-depth for my annual TOP 100 +11 is a challenge, but one I
Many of the wines I review will not qualify for my TOP 100 list because they
are above $20 - the best of those over $20 will come in a separate list - my
annual TOP 50 $20-$50, or perhaps show up in my Gift Giving Guide.
After all the retracing of my steps, the filtering through of the wines I have
tasted over the past year which are $20 and under and have received a score
of 89 points or more on my sister site WineScores.ca, this is what I
have come up with, a well-rounded list of white, red and pink, sparkling and
still wines from: Argentina,
Australia, British Columbia, California, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand,
Portugal and Spain... Enjoy WineDiva's Top 100+11 of 2011!” Cheers, WineDiva
#1 - Familia Cassone Finca La
Florencia Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza Argentina,
2009 - (BC Private Wine Stores - $14.99 + price may vary, Speculative, BC SKU
857607; AB - $12.00 + price will vary, AB SKU 740771)
#16 - Cliff Raven Torrontes, La Rioja Argentina, 2010 - (BC Private Wine Stores - $15.99 +
price may vary, Speculative, BC SKU 885012; AB - $14.00 + price may vary, AB
#90 - Quattrocchi Reserve Malbec, Mendoza Argentina 2007 - (BC Private Wine Stores - $17.99 + price
will vary Speculative, BC SKU 525576; AB - $15.00 + price will vary, AB SKU
Award winning Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes
We are pleased to announce that we now represent domaines Font de Michelle and Font du Vent from France.
generations of winemakers gathered around the same passion. The respect for an exceptional
terroir and the elaboration of elegant and powerful wines of estate domains Font
de Michelle and Font du Vent.
According to local archives, the Gonnet family
has been in Bédarrides since 1600. In 1880 Jean Etienne Gonnet built the
farmhouse that serves as the headquarters of the estate today.
Etienne Gonnet, created Font de Michelle in 1950. This 30 hectare vineyard is
magnificently situated in the southeast of the Châteauneuf du Pape AOC. The
mayor of town of Bédarrides from 1952 until 1964, Etienne Gonnet was an example
of perseverance and rigour in his day.
his sons, Jean and Michel, have kept watch over the destiny of the estate. For
over 30 years their concern has been to improve on wine making methods, to
develop full-bodied wines that are concentrated, refined and through which the
‘terroir’ can express all of its qualities and thus, in so doing, elevate the
estate’s renown to its highest level. Today, their respective sons, Bertrand
and Guillaume, bestow their enthusiasm and skill, in turn.
In 2002 the
estate expanded with a magnificent 20 hectare Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône
Signargues property situated at Domazan in the Gard - La Font du Vent.
May 26, 2011
We are pleased to announce that we now represent Hillside Estate Winery in Alberta.
Hillside Estate Winery has been
quietly going about its business of creating world class wines made from 100%
Okanagan grapes for over a quarter of a century.
Located on the famous Naramata Bench
in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in Southern British Columbia, the area is
renowned for its unique terroir. All of the vineyards are located on the south
west facing slope above Lake Okanagan and are planted in a mixture of well
drained glacial and lacustrine soils. Hillside controls over 16 Hectares (40
acres) of vineyards, all of which are contiguous to the winery. Today the winery
is recognized as an industry leader in the development of varietal clones with
concentrated fruit flavour. Grapes grown on the Estate consist of; Muscat
Ottonel, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Kerner, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Merlot and Syrah.
operation, under the direction of proprietor Bill Carpenter and winemaker Kathy
Malone, produces top quality Okanagan Valley wines destined for many markets
recognizing their attention to quality and detail. This commitment has been
awarded numerous times throughout North America and is best demonstrated by
being awarded “Best Winery in the South Okanagan” for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,
and 2010 as well as hundreds of awards over the past 25 years. Please review the Alberta Product Portfolio guide for further details.
February 23, 2011
Familia Cassone 2007 Obra Prima Reserva Malbec
90 Points – (Michael Schachner, March 2011) “Almost everything about this wine
is right on the money, from bouquet and flavours to feel and price. The nose is
sweet and floral, with deep, alluring berry aromas. The palate offers a fine
texture, with pure, layered blackberry, cola and spice flavours. Satisfying on
the finish and complete.”
December 24, 2010
The Cliff Raven Torrontés and Malbec from Munoz de Toro Winery are now available for sale in Western Canada (Alberta,
British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan). Please review the Product
Portfolio guides for further details.
December 17, 2010
The Wingspan, Tussock and Woollaston Sauvignon Blanc's and Pinot Noir's are now available for sale in Western Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan). Please review the Product Portfolio guides for further details.
October 1, 2010
you for visiting Simmer Fine Wine & Spirits and we are honoured and
excited to announce our representation Cliff Raven wines from Munoz de Toro Winery in Patagonia, Argentina which is under the guidance of Héctor Durigutti, one of Argentina’s most sought-after winemakers.
To say that Héctor is a rock star in the red-hot Argentinean
wine scene is an understatement. Since Altos Las Hormigas when he worked with
Italian star wine maker Alberto Antonini,
Hector has been the go to guy and master when it comes to the malbec grape and in
June 2009, he was presented the prestigious oenology medal by the Association
of Argentinean Sommeliers.
Cliff Raven Malbec and Torrontés wines will be available approximately December 15, 2010 in all four western Canadian provinces. Please visit our News and Portfolio web pages for further details.
Simmer Fine Wine
& Spirits is
a new liquor agency specializing in representing and importing unique wines and
spirits from around the world into the Western Canadian provinces of Alberta,
British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Our products are marketed and
serviced by our knowledgeable, experienced, and committed sales team to buyers,
managers, and Sommeliers in the hospitality industry as well as liquor
It is our passion
and goal to provide you with the latest information about our diverse
evolving offerings of wine and spirit products, and to deliver
customer satisfaction. We wish to offer an honest opinion of what we
to be a good buy; either for consumption now or cellaring.
Simmer is focused
on developing both existing and new brands that are interesting and
whilst ensuring sustainable inventory levels to meet buyers’ demands and
comparable competitive prices. We recently completed a buying trip to
acquire new products, and have several other trips planned to expand our
For detailed information about our team members, please visit
our About Us web
You can reach us firstname.lastname@example.org visit our Contactweb page to reach one of us specifically. We look forward
to hearing from you and sharing our cellar.
Thank You and Enjoy! Brian, Craig,
and our sales team.