February 2, 2021
Sometimes choosing a great wine can be overwhelming; there’s so much choice out there that it can be difficult to know which brands to trust. That’s why Calgary Co-op Wine Spirits Beer has created two unique wine brands: Social Collection and Co-op Private Reserve.
Co-op Social Collection Wines
“Calgary Coop’s Social Collection family of wines are carefully chosen by a panel of wine specialists from Coop Wine Spirits Beer,” explains Karen Crippen, Sommelier Coordinator, Co-op Wine Spirits Beer. “We work directly with wineries from locations around the world and source wines that best represent the varietal and style of the regions as well as providing an exceptional value with outstanding quality.”
Many of the wines that have joined Co-op’s Social Collection family are award winners such as Bin 118 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Bin 110 California Merlot, which were both awarded the Judges Choice at the Alberta Beverage Awards.
New Social Collection Organic White & Organic Red
Co-op Wine Spirits Beer’s newest editions to the Social Collection are an Organic White and Organic Red from Italy. The refreshing white is made from Trebbiano, an Italian grape known for its crisp notes of apple and pear with a refreshing acidity.
“This wine is amazing as a sipper but also pairs very well with foods such as fish, salads and vegetarian selections. Our red is made from the Montepulciano grape from Abruzzo and this wine showcases ripe red fruits with velvety tannins that compliment red sauces, rich savoury stews as well as a selection of meats and cheeses,” Crippen shares.
Each “bin” of the Social Collection is specially selected by Co-op Wine Spirits Beer sommeliers to represent what they love most in wine. Not being tied to one vineyard, one grape, or one style, Co-op’s wine experts taste only the finest grapes for themselves, and choose the best as the next bin. These wines are ideal for casual sipping, paired with fine dining and comfort food, or shared at your next fancy get-together, whenever that may be.
These organic Social Collection wines are already a hit Co-op’s team members and the sommeliers encourage you to add these to your list of wines to try in 2021.
Co-op Private Reserve Wines
Another of the easy drinking and economical choices available exclusively to Co-op customers is Co-op Private Reserve wines.
“Co-op Private Reserve is the kind of wine that shows maturity and taste. It’s the hallmark of someone who enjoys the finer things in life, but is smart enough to score a great deal on them,” Lana Turner, Sommelier and Category Manager, Wine at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer. “Sourced from around the world, curated by our sommeliers, and only available at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, Co-op Private Reserve is proof you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy premium wine.”
Next time there’s something to celebrate (or if you just need a no-good-reason pick me up), choose Co-op Private Reserve Prosecco. This bubbly is made exclusively from the Glera grape from Italy’s Veneto region. It’s lively, dry and fresh with invigorating bubbles and a clean finish, making it perfect for any special occasion, but it’s also a food-friendly wine.
Other Private Reserve wines include Amarone della Valpolicella, Chianti, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as both Red and White blends. Dig into the tasting notes on each by visiting Co-op’s Private Reserve webpage.
This week, if you’re looking to try something new with dinner or at the end of a long work day, choose offerings from Co-op’s Private Reserve or Social Collection. These wines are high quality, priced right and most importantly, they taste great and will round out any meal in style.
Find Private Reserve or Social Collection at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
For wine drinkers, winter tends to be the season of robust reds, ports, and full-bodied vintages.
Father’s Day is just around the corner. Rather than hosting another basic cookout this year, throw him a party as special as he is.
However you choose to refer to it—May long, May two-four, Victoria Day weekend—May long weekend is the first official marker of summer.
Any wine lover knows that, like food, wine tastes change with the season.
At Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, we know you want quality products and are also looking for the best value.
This Valentine’s Day will be less fabulous dinner out in a packed restaurant and more cozy evening in at home.
While we may not get to spend the holidays physically together, we can at least share the moment virtually.
There is nothing quite like the perfect cocktail to set the mood for the holidays.
Co-op Wine Spirits Beer Sommelier Coordinator Katherine Mindach has some advice for cooking with alcohol:
“When you pour a little in the pot, make sure to…
This holiday season one of our favourite ways to feed family, friends and folks is to set up a grazing station and let everyone nibble…
Wine and cheese are natural pairs.
There’s something about the holidays that lets us all feel like we can indulge.
Thanksgiving may look a little different this year.
For more than 30 years, Viña Montes has been producing luxury wines from Chile and exporting them to customers worldwide.
We’ve all heard that you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover—or a wine by its label, but how many of us have…
Many of us dream about quitting our corporate jobs, moving to the country and living off the land.
Throwing a western-style BBQ to make up for the cancellation of the greatest outdoor show in Calgary? You need just the right cold drinks to…
Summertime is when many of us turn from drinking those warm, bold and cozy reds, so something lighter and more refreshing.
When we think of the world’s wine regions, France, Italy, Spain, South America and California come to mind.
It may not feel like spring is coming yet, but soon enough it’ll be here.