Fine Vines and Great Wines Networking Event Edmonton

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Much like a fine wine, it took me some time to appreciate, well, wine. My adoration for this fruity beverage only grows stronger as the years go by – and I’m not alone. Drinking wine is cool again, kids. The Edmonton Junior Chamber International and Fine Vines are hosting a networking and wine tasting event, Fine Vines and Great Wines, June 11. If you can't make it to the event, these stores have a fantastic selection of vino.

Vines Wine Merchants At Riverbend

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2331 Rabbit Hill Rd NW, Edmonton AB T6R 3K8

This vino shop makes buying wine easy, fun and rewarding with its featured wines, wine tastings and a Vine rewards club, which gives you one per cent back on the wine you buy. They also bring in experts to speak at their popular and often sold-out wine tastings. Plus, they have a fabulous selection of vinos to choose from, with many bottles that you won’t find anywhere else.

Aligra Wine & Spirits

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1423-8882 170 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5T 4M2

This locally owned store boasts the biggest collection of BC wines in all of Alberta. Located in West Edmonton Mall, the shop is owned by two former Vancouverites who made it their mission to educate Albertans about wine. They host lots of wine tastings and education evenings at the store, in addition to nights for various liquors. There’s a huge selection of international wines here, too.

Devine Wines & Spirits

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10111 104 St NW, Edmonton AB T5J 0Z9

Located in the historic Birks Building, the store aims to give its customers a relaxing shopping experience. It’s hard to top their u-shaped tasting bar but literary buffs and vino nerds will appreciate the wine library, where you can read up on your favourite reds and whites. DeVine Wines and Spirits offers a highly specialized selection of premium wine in an open environment.

The Wine Cellar Inc

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12421 102 Ave NW, Edmonton AB T5N 0M2

Back in 1985, it was the first-ever independent wine store in Canada. Now, this tiny store supplies vino drinkers with more than 1,000 varieties of wine from around the world. If you’re a collector of rare wines, you’ll want to join their CellarBuilder program, which allows members to buy wine that isn’t available on the shelves – instead, it’s sold directly to members at a discounted price. The store also offers private wine tastings for groups.

Bin 104 Fine Wine & Spirits

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5454 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton AB T6H 4J8

This store has a decent range of wines, including a lot of really affordable reds and whites. But their best deal is the Case of the Month. Every month, the staff creates two cases: a value case and a premium case. The value case is full of bottles picked for their good value and immediate drinkability. The premium case contains wines that will age well and are considered prestigious to collect. Either of these cases can be bought for 15 per cent less than you would pay if you bought the wines separately.

7 Degrees

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116-14315 118 Ave NW, Edmonton AB T5L 4S6

Formerly Ashton’s Liquor, the store changed hands and names in 2012, when co-owner Scott Meadows purchased it. A fan of wine throughout adulthood, Meadows decided to go hard or go home and completed a sommelier diploma program through the International Sommelier Guide in 2013. 7 Degrees is where you’ll score a bottle of my favourite wine, a 2012 Artazuri Garnacha.

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Kombucha tea, a slightly bubbly fermented drink made with a green or black tea base, is a sweet but healthy alternative to pop. Makers claim it can aid in digestive health, plus it just tastes fantastic. Often made from organic, raw ingredients, kombucha teas have exploded in popularity in the past decade. These Edmonton shops carry a variety of brands, including some Canuck favourites.
Linens may seem like a boring thing to purchase, but, if you search the right shops, you can find the most plush, decadent bath towels and pretty kitchen linens you’ll ever see. Having high quality bath towels is essential for a happy life and lovely kitchen linens – well, that just makes your kitchen all the more beautiful and fun.
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