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We are always looking for creative ways to count down to the holidays, something to distract us when we are beyond excited and just can’t wait to get to the 24th! Yes, of course we all know and love the traditional waxy chocolate $0.99 calendars.. But to be honest, this year it just wasn’t cutting it for us. Don’t get us wrong, we still plan to partake in that fun tradition, but we also found something else to help us destress, relax and maybe even expand our pallets a little.

So here it is! We have 24 Days Of wine, courtesy of Phoebe at The Vinroom!!

December 1st: 2013 Rockford White Frontignac (Barossa Valley, Australia)

This varietal is part of the Muscat family and makes perfectly aromatic, light, refreshing whites with a touch of residual sugar. From a small family winery in the Barossa Valley.
December 2nd: 2012 Venus La Universal Dido (Montsant, Spain)
Sarah Perez is one talented winemaker who did her own thing in a matter of speaking when she decided to take over some pre-existing vineyards in the very old hills of Montsant. An area that is rough, with really poor soils and some extreme weather conditions, she has created wines of elegance, depth and longevity.

December 3rd: N/V Dandelion Vineyards Legacy of the Barossa 30 Year Old Pedro Ximenez (South Australia, Australia)

An ode to the Sherry Region and particularly to the odd plantings of the old Pedro vines that they have. Rich, nutty, dried citrus fruit and lanolin.

December 4th: 2012 Graf V. Schonborn Estate Silvaner (Franken, Germany)

Similar to SB in structure with high acid and a unique freshness, this wine is delicate and pretty with a soft mineral edge and bright citrus. This is a grape that you don’t see very often outside of its own country of origin. The house has a unique Riesling line up as well.
December 5th: 2013 Pratello Mille 1 Benaco Brescia no Reba (Lombardy, Italy)
Another unique native varietal to this region in Italy. Reba is fruity and soft with an intriguing texture and mouthfeel. Soft spice, red and blue fruits with a full texture and weight.

December 6th: 2009 Sandhill Osprey Vineyard Viognier (Okanagan Valley, Canada)

A single vineyard wine from the hands of Howard Soon, Master Winemaker for Peller Estates. This wine comes from the southern half of the valley where Rhone varietals flourish under the intense heat.

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December 7th: 2011 Rabl Zweigelt Titan (Langlois, Austria)

I really like obscure European varietals that one can relate to the common varieties that we drink every day. Zweigelt is a cross between Blaufrankisch and St. Laurent, both native to Austria. Similar to Pinot Noir in structure and style, this wine has a high acidity and is reflective of fresh red currants and sweet baking spice.

December 8th: 2013 Hawks View White Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, United States)

Not a rose and not really a white either. An unusual wine in which the skins were taken off the juice quickly to reveal a delicate pinot noir that is reminiscent of champagne.

December 9th: 2009 Chateau Lagrange (Bordeaux, France)

This estate can trace its humble back to the 1800’s and became a classified third growth in the 1855 classification due to the large scale drainage system that was implemented by its owner at the time Count Duchatel, who wanted to create better grapes and better soil for his vineyards. Its home is in Saint Julien, and the blend is mostly Cabernet with a small percentage of Merlot and Petit Verdot.

December 10th: 2013 Manzone Rosserto Langhe Rossese Bianco (Langhe, Italy)

A small obscure white varietal to be sure but bursting with fresh orange and lemon zest. From a small unusual wine producing family that likes to produce what is grown locally.

December 11th: 2012 Perez Cruz Carmenere Limited Edition (Maipo Valley, Chile)

Small winery nestled against the Andes Mountains, the Liguai Estate that produces this wine sits at an elevation of 1450-1700 metres above sea level in the Maipo-Andes Sub Region. Unfined and unfiltered. This wine has a great dense texture and really spicy character which is typical of this grape.

December 12th: 2013 William Fevre Espino Chardonnay (Maipo Valley, Chile)

Chile has gained it new found wine fame due to the transplant of a relatively unpopular Bordeaux varietal that grows like a weed in this new world country. Its whites however are gaining ground and they should be. Houses like William Fevre from Chablis are making stunning Chards, Viogniers, and other exotic whites that are becoming very popular for their value for money and the quality that they produce.

December 13th: 2009 Pisano RPF Tannat (Progresso, Uruguay)

A grape from France that has since made its home in Uruguay for many decades. Tannat is usually big, tannic, and almost undrinkable in its youth. This wine is soft silky and still big but lush and full of dark rich fruit. Unfined and unfiltered, this wine has been made by an Italian family that uses no wine technology at all in their winery. It is a very hand on approach and lots of traditional methods are employed.

December 14th: 2011 Alysian Russian River Chardonnay (Russian River Valley, United States)

The creation between veteran winemaker Gary Farrell and his colleague Bill Hambrecht. Started in 2007 their focus is on only the best Russian river fruit and on the Burgundian varietals.

December 15th: 2012 Venus La Universal Dido (Montsant, Spain)

Sarah Perez is one talented winemaker who did her own thing in a matter of speaking when she decided to take over some pre-existing vineyards in the very old hills of Montsant. An area that is rough, with really poor soils and some extreme weather conditions, she has created wines of elegance, depth and longevity.

December 16th: N/V Dandelion Vineyards Legacy of the Barossa 30 Year Old Pedro Ximenez (South Australia, Australia)

an ode to the Sherry Region and particularly to the odd plantings of the old Pedro vines that they have. Rich, nutty, dried citrus fruit and lanolin.

December 17th: 2010 Majon Majus Mornag Merlot, Syrah (Mornag, Tunisia)

A wine from a Tunisian winery that has French roots. This Syrah Merlot blend is full bodied and bright with tons of spice, plums and chocolate.

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December 18th: 2013 Schloss Goblesbourg “Messwein” Gruner Vetliner (Kamptal, Austria)

This is the oldest winery in the Danube region of Austria with a documented wine history back to 1171. The grapes come from the oldest vineyards sites in the area. With a concentration on only Gruner and Riesling this house aims to provide classic examples of each.

December 19th: 2011 Cristom Vineyards Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, United States)

Cristom is the partnership between two lifelong friends who loved the Oregon wine landscape enough to create their own brand. Focusing on terroir, Cristom produces single vineyard Pinot Noirs that are all completely different from each other. The Sommers Reserve is delicate and bright with a subtle minty edge, raw strawberry and cherry fruit on the palate and nose.

December 20th: 2011 Eden Heritage Ice Cider (Vermont, United States)

Made in the same way an ice wine is made. This wine has a honey sweetness and balance fresh apple aroma and flavour that makes it quite appealing either on its own or paired with a dessert or cheese. The orchards have been in this family for 7 generations and the wine is made by a Canadian!

December 21st: 2013 Spier Pinotage (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault in an effort to successfully grow Pinot Noir in the hot climate in South Africa, Spier is one of the oldest wineries in South Africa with an international reputation for creating great Pinotage and Cab blends. Earthy with tar notes, blueberry and bright acidity. This wine has a long length and firm finish.

December 22nd: 2005 Isole E Olean Vin Santo (Tuscany,Italy)

Translated as ‘holy wine’ this Vin Santo is made by my favourite winemaker in Tuscany, Paolo Di Marchi who creates extraordinary wines in this region that is primarily famous for Sangiovese. The grapes are dried for 4-5 months on mats in rafters before they are pressed and the real magic happens. This wine is aged for 8 years before release.

December 23rd: 2013 Pratello Mille 1 Benaco Brescia no Reba (Lombardy, Italy)

Another unique native varietal to this region in Italy. Reba is fruity and soft with an intriguing texture and mouthfeel. Soft spice, red and blue fruits with a full texture and weight.

December 24th: N/V Ole Naveran Brut Rosado (Penedes, Spain)

This is an estate bottled wine that hails from a winery that can prove it roots go back to as far as 1901. Family owned and operated the estate is now roughly 272 acres that covers vineyard land in the Penedes sub region. Made in Champagne method, this wine is exclusive to Vin Room.

Happy Tasting Everyone! Now let’s learn a bit more about the Vinroom (owner Phoebe) and the team behind it!

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First things first, the Vinroom has been on 4th since 2008, that’s almost 8 years, and fun fact, it use to be Mission Cycle!

So of course, we wanted to know, what inspired Phoebe to start The Vinroom, where did it all begin.

Phoebe: In 2008, as I was walking along 4th street, I noticed that the Mission Cycle Building was closed. I just thought it would be a great place to start a wine bar. Two months later, I had a business plan, financing from friends and family and Vin Room was born. We are lucky to be the largest wine bar in Canada with over 109 wines by the glass.

What’s something many may not know about The Vinroom?

Phoebe: We have two locations in Calgary and I just started a boutique wine store, called VR Wine, that provides free delivery in Calgary and Cochrane with no minimum spend. ( Whelp, thats amazing)

Another fun fact about The Vinroom.

Phoebe: Dom, my Pomeranian dog, is our mascot. He loves to drink champagne

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Wow, he’s so fancy! We can’t wait to sip bubbles with him. Of course we want to know, why do you love 4th Street so much?

Phoebe: It’s such a walkable community. I love the variety of stores and restaurants on 4th street.

We are fans of exposing guilty pleasures! So tell us, what is yours?

Phoebe: I’m a junk food junkie so pretty anything that’s unhealthy for you, I love it!

Last but not least, what’s your favourite wine?

Phoebe: My personal favorite is Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon .I love champagne pretty any time of the day.

We couldn’t agree more, we love Champs!

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Stay tuned for tomorrow when we share 3 healthy spins on your favourite holiday recipes with Amranth!