What’s On The Barrel

Unicorn Wines!

A phrase used by somms and cork dorks to describe wines that are very hard to find. These are all fantastic, minimal handling wines made in the vineyard. All these wines are allocated to michelin star restaurants around the world and top retailers world wide. It is quite extraordinary these wines are made available in Alberta!


Milan Nestarec WTF (What The Flor) & Podfuck (Czech slang for ‘Con’)

Both of these wines are farmed by Milan Nestarec in Moravia. His wines are natural to the extreme made with only 100% grapes with nothing added.

WTf is 100% Gruner Veltliner. The grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed. The juice ferments in 600-liter 5-year-old acacia barrels. 30% of the skins are in contact with the juice for about 14 days, with occasional piegeage and indigenous yeast fermentation. The wine spends 7 months under flor in the same barrels. The wine is bottled unfiltered, unfined, and with zero sulfur added. 24 bottles imported. $59.95

Podfuck is 100% Pinot Gris fermented on skins for 3 weeks days and pours a translucent, pale red. The grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed. The juice ferments in 600-liter 4-year-old wooden barrels. The wine spends 16 months in the same barrels. The wine is bottled unfiltered, unfined, and with zero sulfur added. 24 bottles imported $65.95

Forlorn Hope ‘Gemischter Satz’ (Austrian for the planting of different grape varieties together in one vineyard)

A wild blend of 40 varietals (red and white) all from Mokelumne Glen Vineyard in Lodi vineyard that is c0-planted. Everything is picked together and fermented together. The wine is one of the wildest wines we have come across. Incredibly concentrated with dried flowers, dried herbs, melon fruit, quince, white lillies, framed by soft minerality and bright acidity. 5 cases imported $53.95

Strohmeier Sonne No. 5

100% Sauvignon Blanc from Bad Gams Vineyard in Styria, Austria. Fermented spontaneously with 1 month of maceration with the skins and aged for 9 months in oak barrels. Bottled without fining, filtartion or sulfites. 12% alcohol. If you have never had orange wine or have had it and it’s “not your thing” then you need to give this a try! This is the freshest, most tasty orange wine we have come across. Decant for 20 minutes and it erupts with fresh mango, papaya, star fruit, crushed slate minerality. It is hard to phathom how this wine came into existence. The highest of quality of any orange wine being produced. 24 bottles imported $73.95

Weingut Knoll Pfaffenberg Steiner Riesling Kabinett & Kreutles Loibner Gruner Veltliner Smaragd

This producer has ever only been available in Calgary at Metrovino. They somehow managed to slip into the open market and 18 bottles of each were made available for the province. We quickly snatched them up. Weingut Knoll is easily at the height of Austrian wine producers with allocations going to top retailers, michelin star restaurants, and collectors. These wines do not ever dissapoint- we recommend aging for 5 years before open or decanting for 24 hours before serving. Ian Cauble MS, from Somm (I,II, III) and founder of SommSelect says “If I were to compose a wine list with only ten producers on it, without question,Weingut Knoll would make the cut.” These bottlings encapsulate the energy and vast geological history of the Wachau and will age effortlessly over the next decade—becoming more complex year after year. Riesling: $65.95 Gruner $79.95

Frank Cornelissen ‘Munjebel’ Bianco

a legend on the island of Sicily, Frank’s wines are pure magic! A blend of 60/40 Carricante/ Grecanico this wine encapsulates the far out sight that is Mount Enta. With extremes on both ends- being grown on a active volcano and being so high in elevation, this is a ‘cool’ climate region and the only place on earth that can make wines like this and Frank is one of the top producers here! Frank’s  farming philosophy is based “on our acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature’s full complexity and interactions . . . Consequently, this has taken us to avoiding all possible interventions on the land we cultivate, including any treatments, whether chemical, organic, or biodynamic, as these are all a mere reflection of the inability of man to accept nature as she is and will be.” Downright amazing wines with a true respect for nature. 5 cases imported $54.95






Rare Dram Scotch Whisky Event

Friday, June 7th  |   7-9pm      $30pp

A trip through northern Rhone

You are invited
to a sit down
technical tasting
with visionary winemaker
Yves Cuilleron

This is a rare opportunity:
an intimate sampling
of six unique wines
in the company of
their creator

May 2nd | 7 – 9pm
20 seats available | $25 pp

(780) 488-7800
9658 142 St NW


April – Pick Of The Week 

2015 Aventura Tinto 
Our Shelf Price $29.95
Email Subscriber’s Price $24.95  

90 Points Robert Parker
Award winner winemaker, Susana Esteban has been making top wines in Portugal for years. She has finally started to farm her own vines under the label Aventura. This unoaked tinto is made from handpicked and hand selected berries. A blend of 40% Aragonês (also known as Tinta Roriz or Tempranillo), 40% Touriga Nacional, 20% traditional Portalegre varieties is fresh, fruity, velvety, polished, complex with loads of black fruit and good aging potential. It pairs well with lamb, beef or poultry.This is a wine not to be missed.
13.5% ABV

Only 10 cases available at this price.


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