The Cellar Team
What’s your background?
I have restaurants in my blood, both sides of my family have a background in cooking, it isn’t a surprise that I had a natural following to the restaurant biz. In 2012 after a brief stint working at The Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill I decided it was time switch sides from restaurants to retail.
When did you realize you wanted to pursue the wine industry?
My first trial shift at the Crazyweed restaurant in Canmore, the owner handed me a glass poured out of a brown bag. My first ever blind tasting. Instinctually I looked at the color (even though I had NO idea the correct process) and I ended up getting a job! I guess I was a natural!
What is the most memorable wine you have ever tasted?
Years ago I managed to taste about a half an ounce of Ducru Beaucaillou 2005, either that or Veuve Clicquot Grand Dame 2006 Rose. I can’t choose, it’s like comparing apples to oranges.
What do you drink on the weekend?
Bubbles are a must! One bottle per weekend minimum.
Spirit of Choice?
Gin! All kinds…
If you could only drink one style of wine for the rest of your life what would it be?
What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Covid has put a damper on my usual eating out and trying new breweries around Calgary. These days I work on my fitness at Orangetheory as much as I can. The staff here love to hear about my workouts 😉 My little doggy Gus requires an excessive amount of cuddles on the weekends too. I am also currently in the middle of the Napa Valley Wine Expert course.
What would you buy if you won the lottery?
Mercedes G Class, case (or 2, how many millions?) of Veuve Cliquot Grand Dame Rose, and a cabin on a lake.
Manager & Event Coordinator
After growing up in the shadow of the Diageo Crown Royal distillery in Gimli, Manitoba it is safe to say Adam was raised with whiskey in his veins. Before moving to the city of Calgary in 2019 to work for The Cellar, he was a wine and scotch specialist for the Manitoba Liquor Commission Control. As the Cellars’ events coordinator & wine educator, Adam’s passion shines most while he’s teaching about wine and whiskey. Be it private wine tastings, helping customers, or just in casual conversation – he is always sharing his extensive knowledge with those around him. Even after the workday is over, his thirst for more knowledge continues with courses from The Society of Wine Educators, the Wine Scholar Guild, and Wine Spirit Education Trust. When not studying, his undying pursuit for knowledge continues to manifest itself in his love for computers, gaming, and literature – usually paired with a dram from his extensive scotch collection.
Say hi to Adam in-store, or absorb some of his knowledge from the comfort of your home via our Youtube videos.
resident english gentleman
Originally from rural England, Thom’s taste buds have taken him all over Europe, Australia, and North America. Working for a time in the Okanagan in a busy vineyard these days he prefers to relax with a glass at home in Calgary with his 3 dogs (Scotch, Whiskey, and Tindy) and lovely lady. Thom’s passion for all things grape started early after sneaking into a tasting while vacationing with his family in the Loire Valley. This continues today as he uses his many years in the bar & restaurant business to wax lyrical to anyone who visits the Cellar about his favorite subject. Looking for cocktail ideas or fun ways to combine beverages? He is your guy!
connoisseur of all things bubbly
Alanna’s passion for wine stemmed from years of working in the restaurant industry. This led to her completing up to WSET level three, with plans for further wine education in the near future. When she isn’t talking about wine with patrons at The Cellar, pre-covid Alanna would spend much of her time dining out, pitching tents in the forest, traveling as much as possible, and spending time with friends and family. These days with Covid she likes to spend time with her husband, kitty Gary, and over fifty plants at home. If she had things her way, she’d be drinking champagne every day on a porch overlooking the ocean with scuba diving gear drying in the sun.
Does this sound like something you’d like? Stop by and say hi to Alanna – you can compare scuba and champagne notes.
World traveler & winner of the best-looking delivery driver award
Born and raised in Calgary, Jason has a keen understanding of the local Albertan palate and culture. Additionally – before joining the Cellar Team he spent the last ten years traveling the world, working on cruise ships and in Asia. These years abroad has vastly expanded his knowledge and expertise. Pre-covid, Jason spent most of his spare time off at the beach or at the gym. He has lent his services to the Cellar on multiple occasions in the past as a seasonal employee and is pleased to be back providing full-time support.
His extensive travels have given him the opportunity to experience a great deal of unique culinary and palliative delights. From historical breweries in Japan, such as the famous Sapporo brewery in Hokkaido, to tours of distilleries in the Caribbean, Jason is ready to share his extensive worldwide knowledge with you. Whether you need help finding the perfect wine, spirit, or cocktail for your next event, or just something to relax with after a long day – Jason is here to help. Stop by the Cellar anytime for a recommendation, Jason is looking forward to assisting you!