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Celebrate Mother's Day with Wine

Posted on 3 May, 2018 at 0:35 Comments comments (3)

Does your mother have to many Mother's Day mugs already? How about something consumable? My favorite recommendation for a consumable gift is a great bottle of wine. Something that they may not normally get for themselves? Something that they may not have tried before? I love to give people new experiences so I often tend to give wine of unusual varietals or from uncommon regions. Also wines that are of small production in styles I know thy love.

Some great suggestion are:

Marotti Campi Salmariano 

Bright straw yellow color with light gold reflections. Aromas of straw and elderflower, mineral hints with a delicate touch of vanilla, great evolution during aging. Full bodied, with good acidity to balance the fruitiness, sapid and mileral, well balanced and long finish.

De Angelis Pecorino

Pale yellow colour with a green hue, an intense fragrance of flowers, mature golden fruit with a touch of the earthiness. To be dished up with almost anything but is very good with pasta, fresh cheese, or seafood.

Mirabeau Rosé 2017

A beautiful concentration, with strawberry and raspberry flavours taking centre stage, balanced by fresh acidity and leading to a sumptious finish with notes of redcurrant. A perfect aperitif for an alfresco moment, it’s also great with flavoursome food, or drink it as we do in Provence, anytime and with almost anything!

Capezzanna Vin Ruspo

Rosato di Carmignano D.O.C. has its origins in the ancient tradition of sharecropping. Farmers were known to siphon off or “ruspare” a quantity of the landowner’s pooled grape must for their own consumption. As the must would be taken in the early stages of fermentation, it was only lightly coloured. Today it is still the brief contact with the skins that gives this wine its beautiful pink colour. Capezzano Vin Ruspo, made with Sangiovese, Cabernet and Canaiolo, is both vibrant and elegant.

Noelia Ricci Il Sangiovese 


Delicious and refined aromas of raspberry and pomegranate with underbrush. This wine sees no oak but still maintains a subtle herbaciousness and a cheerful palate that offers strawberry, cinnamon and a hint of orange peel accompanied by smooth tannins.

Solonio Montepulciano 

To the sight, this wine appears an intense red hue with violet shades. In the glass, it gives off the distinct aromas of raspberry, spices and leather. Fruity for the palate, it presents itself as pleasant and versatile.

Robbie Burns Tasting in Review

Posted on 30 January, 2018 at 17:05 Comments comments (0)

What a spectacular first event in our new tasting room. I cannot thank Sasha McCauley enough for sharing her knowledge with us. The range was interesting of flavours and intensity with each distillery let alone the differences from region to region. There were lots of great questions and it was a good refresher for myself as well.

We tried some great Whiskys that each had their own character and showed the range and styles available

Compass Box, Great King St., Artist Blend

43% abv

Blended Scotch Whisky

A delicious, approachable blended soft and fruity, with flavours of vanilla, baking spices and toasted oak. Artist's Blend is great on it's own and works well in cocktails.

Aultmore 12yr

46% abv

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

A well-kept secret of locals and Buckie fisherman for over a century; a delicate nose of dewy moss and floral notes; the palate offers plenty of vanilla, honey and citrus, with a touch of grassiness and green apple.

Auchentoshan 12yr

40% abv

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Showing aromas of crème brûlée, citrus, and nuts. With hints of tangerine; ginger and vanillia come through on the pleasant and nutty finish.

Dalmore 18yr


Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

With the long aging in sherry butts expressive aromas of dried apricots, orange, dark chocolate and caramel. Flavours of dark chocolate, candied citrus peel and rich toffee notes. Culminating to a robust with a long finish.

Bowmore 18yr


Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Pungent hints soft smoke with highlights of citrus and stewed fruit. The earthy wood notes give way to an underlying fruitiness from the sherry casks. Finishing with caramel, ripe fruit and peat smoke.

Amrut Peated


Indian Single Malt Whisky

Exudes a sweet smokey note at first sniff with the following opening to a more complex nose of malt, peat, cured meat and a hint of caramel. On the palate continues the flavours with added hints of fruit and more malt. Has a long and lingering finish.

Grapes You May Not Have Heard Of 

Posted on 4 January, 2018 at 17:15 Comments comments (1)

There are many different grapes that are used to make wine that are not common to find here in Alberta. We are starting to see more and more of them finding the place on the shelves. Wine made from these grapes can be fun and interesting. Something new for our palates to experience. Often we get stuck having the same wines over and over again and we need to force ourselves out of the rut and have new experiences. They also make a perfect gift for the wine lover that has tried everything else. 

Below I have noted a few that are not too common that I often recommend to people looking to try something new.


Full-bodied with firm tannins and high acidity, rich flavors of white pepper, black cherry, plum, cured meat, leather, game, smoke, cocoa, ash, cedar, tobacco, tar, dried oregano, rose.

Pairs well with rich meats such as lamb.


The grape is noted for its distinctive botanical aromas of lemons, limes, pear, grapefruit, honeysuckle, nectarine, and occasionally orange zest. Mouth-watering acidity, slight saltiness, and mineral notes. The long tingly finish that often has a subtle bitter note.

Pairs well with Seafood, especially when served with a cream sauce.


A bright ruby red that is very intense and deep. Fresh, fruity with flavors of red berries, cherries and dark plums. The oaking provides subtle notes of vanilla ceader and licorice. The velvety full-bodied is enhanced by the soft tannins.

Pairs well with any thing stewed.


Baga is a red Portuguese wine grape variety planted primarily in the Bairrada DOC. As a varietal, Baga produces tannic wines with high acidity. Can densely structured, blackberry-fruit driven wines with high acidity and a tar-like finish in the Bairrada Classico. More Modern versions range from the aromatic and delightfully pink sparkling wines to the soft, structured light-bodied red wines that are reminiscent of Pinot Noir.

Pairs well with roasted Pork and Duck.


Also known as Douce Noir these wines can be very fruity with notes of black cherry, plum and other dark fruit. Other prominent aromas are violets, 5-spice, and peonies. When oaked they may have slight smoky notes of cigar box, sweet figs, and chocolate. Medium-body, lush acidity, and a smooth tannin finish.

Pairs well with grilled meats.


Dry and refreshing, Grillo table wine tends to be medium in body with good acidity with flavors of stone fruit and flower blossoms, as well as notes of melon and honey, guava, pear and grapefruit. This grape is also used in making Marsala.

Pairs well with lemon chicken.

Maria Gomes

Also Known as Fernão Pires. These wines can have a spicy aromatic character mixed with fruity notes of citrus and apple, balanced acidity, and crisp finish. This makes these wines very easy drinking.

Pairs well with great with tomato based pastas.

Nerello Mascalese

Bursting with red fruit flavors with notes of cinnamon and dried herbs. Finish long with a rustic earthy note, prickly acidity and medium weight fine-grained tannins. The beauty of Pinot Noir and the richness of Zinfandel, this wine very fun to drink to drink.

Pairs well with salmon.


These wines are very aromatic rich whites that can be dry or sweet with subtle notes of lychee, and green apple with spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. When dry wine will be crisp and refreshing and when Sweet can be unctuous and rich with some balancing acidity poking through.

Pairs well with spicy foods.


Fresh and aromatic with moderate acidity, smooth texture and mouth feel as well as distinctive peach and apricot aromas on the nose.

Pairs well with roasted beet and goat cheese salad.


Flavors of citrus, grass, fennel, and citrus blossom. Unlike most whites, Verdejo continues to improve with bottle-aging, where it gains some texture and flavors of toasted almonds.

Pairs well with roasted vegtables.

Wines do not have to be expensive to be good!

Posted on 17 September, 2016 at 0:45 Comments comments (0)

When picking out a wine, price should never be your first thought. Instead, consider these questions before you buy your next bottle:


-How will you be consuming this wine? With our without food.

-What style of wine appeals to you?

-What regions or countries do you usually drink from? What grape varietals do you like?

-Do you want a red wine? Or white? Perhaps a rose or something sparkling?

-Do you want to try something new!?! (of course you do!)


If you immediately begin your search for a bottle with a price point in mind, you will automatically eliminate very good wines that are either a few bucks less or more than the dollar amount you've set for yourself. At Jasper Wine MRKT, we make great efforts to ensure we have great wines at all price points and for all situations.


So, now that you've decided what you want/need based on the questions above, the real fun starts! Can you find the wine you want at the price you'd like to pay? This is where your decision to shop at a store curated by passionate wine professionals comes into play. We are more than happy to help you find that perfect wine at a price that works within your budget. Just because you have $15 to spend on a Tuesday night pizza wine doesn't mean you can't drink a bottle of well made, interesting vino that can both appease and challenge your palate!


Most people automatically assume that more expensive wine is always going to be better. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There are many reasons for the vast differences in wine prices, including:


-Cost of labour in the region

-Difficulty of harvest

-Quality of grapes

-Supply and demand

-Use of new oak


And, of course, after all the expenses are covered, the winemaker (much like an artist) then has do decide what they feel their creation is worth in dollars and cents. Just because someone who made the wine feels like they deserve $100/bottle doesn't mean the wine is necessarily worth it!

In general, if you are looking for certain regions that consistently offer value for the money, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Southern France are all good bets. Granted, finding your favourite varietal may be trickier but you will also have a wonderful new assortment of native grape varietals to choose from!


Finally, a note of caution – when shopping for 'best bang for the buck' wines, be careful of mass produced wines that are doctored with coloring and flavouring or use oak chips or added sugar to mask the faults in the wine. These bulk concoctions are produced to make money by volume sales and don't offer the consumer anything other than a low price.

Andreas Bender & Bender Wines

Posted on 11 September, 2016 at 0:40 Comments comments (0)

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to impress international visitors, her go to wines are Bender. A one man winery along the Mosel, Bender Wines produce some of the most approachable German wines available in Alberta.


Andreas Bender developed an interest in wine at the early age of 13 while watching his father and learning best practices to farming, producing and aging great wines. His two decades of winemaking experience and skill has produced some of the best wines Germany has to offer on the international market.


Andreas dropped by Jasper Wine MRKT this past week to showcase his wines and to see how Bender wines are doing in Edmonton's marketplace. We were impressed by his easy going  nature and excited to tell him his wines were among some of the best sellers here at the store.


He uses grapes from vineyards in the Pfalz and Ruwer regions of Germany in addition to vineyards on the Mosel - some of the steepest in the world. Dangerous inclines that are not for your average vintner.


Jasper Wine MRKT currently stocks several Bender wines that retail for less than $25.00, offering exceptional quality for their humble price. Choices are Bender Pinot Noir, Der Rosé, Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Paulessen Reisling and both the Kulina Reisling and Gewurtztraminer, and his traditional style Dajoar Riesling Zenit at $37.50.


Come to Jasper Wine MRKT and explore the unconventional wines that Andreas Bender has to offer.

Unassuming & Honest

Posted on 6 August, 2016 at 0:35 Comments comments (0)

Jasper Wine MRKT is pleased to showcase the wines of Lock & Worth for the month of August. Located on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley, Lock & Worth is the brainchild of Matthew SherLOCK and Ross HackWORTH. Looking at the minimalist labels, one could (rightly) infer that these two would rather put their money into the wine then into full page magazine adds and flashy marketing. These small production, single vineyard wines are all handpicked, unfined and unfiltered, resulting in a slightly hazy wine once in the glass. All the wines (even the rose) are raised in neutral French oak to avoid heavy overtones of toast and vanilla which would detract from the purity of fruit achieved in this lineup. These wines are fresh and focused and are deserving of your hard earned dollars. Just ask many of the MRKT regulars who picked up a non-descript bottle of Lock & Worth one day and found themselves coming back for another bottle.... or three.