We have a growing selection of locally crafted cheeses and quintessential cured meats in our store. Just like the wine we bring in, we always try to be respectful of what is available and in season. Here are some of the delicious perishables currently on our shelves:
Cornish Yarg - England cow - Notes: Yogurt, herbaceous, delicate
Colston Basseett Stilton - England cow - Notes:Sour, umami, earthy
Ossau Iraty Fermier - France sheep, raw - Notes: Wheat, roasted fruit, floral
Saint Angel - France cow - Notes: Sweet cream, white button mushroom, butter
Emmenthal de Charlevoix - Quebec cow - Notes: Meaty, sour, straw
Oveja Con Trufa - Spain Sheep - Notes: Truffle, garlic, black earth
Jalapeño Monterrey Jack, Smoked Gouda, Old Cheddar, Medium Cheddar, Hot Chili Pepper Monterey Jack, Marble Cheddar
Godminster Cheddar Heart
Parmigiano Reggiano 18 month old
Chevre Goat Log
Costello Blue Cheese Wedges
Casa Italia Sliced Procuitto
Reminiscing about a warm summer evening over a glass of 2014 La Canosa - Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC Nummaria.
A beautiful, approachable wine composed of a true Italian blend of Montepulciano, a staple of the Abruzzo region, and Sangiovese grapes. Structured and elegant, the wine complements the relaxed and amourous energy of the garden - shadows extend further as dusk sets in and the tone of red, which appeared young and highlighted in the sun, deepens. The scent is muted at first, then opens up to qualities of bark with a mineral, polished tannins, and persistent fruit.
Stepping into the Ellement Wine + Spirits shop you may be greeted by a warm smile from behind the counter or you might even spot a little golden bun popping in and out from behind neatly arranged bottles. This is Taylor Archibald – a familiar face in the culinary and beverage scene in Winnipeg, now busy acting as the General Manager at Ellement Wine + Spirits.
If you happen to catch him at the shop, at a moment when he is not bustling around the city on his motorcycle from restaurant to restaurant – he will not hesitate to share his interest and knowledge of wine, both old and new, in his always casual, articulate, and open way. There is a sense, as you listen, that any slight pretension we often associate with the world of wine is lifted, and you are greeted with a curious story about a time and place – specifically when he is speaking of the relatively new world of naturally-minded wines. Let him guide you through a series of must-try labels and you won't leave with a long list of tasting notes to recall as you experience the bottle on your own. Instead, you will leave with an understanding of a context – a family, the character of a landscape, the temperment of the climate – those are the notes and details that will linger in your mind as you enjoy the bottle.
An Italian heavy-weight is rounding out the summer for us. This bottle offers a beautiful way to ring in the cooler months while fulfilling the hearts of year-round full-bodied red wine drinkers.
This North-Italian Barbera fills the nose with the richness of dark cocoa, coffee, and vanilla. A little bit of a berry note offers bite, together with peppery spices. Velvety tannins and a touch of saltiness make the wine feel very juicy and salivating – like when you bite into a blueberry or other crisp sun-ripened berry. Enjoy!
Solar Das Bouças, Loureiro, 2016
A fruity aroma, especially pear - typical of the Vinho Verde region, Loureiro. Within the mouth, it is dry and cool, with well-balanced acidity and body structure, and offers a brilliant, fresh aftertaste.
This day was just as one would have hoped it to be - warm and conducive to sipping crisp whites under the low sun – so easy on the eyes.
We find ourselves situated in the intimate and lush backyard of the new owners of the Ellement Wine + Spirits at the Forks. Joyful shouts from youngsters resonate through the trees, along little pathways that wind around the property, water is softly falling in the background - all of the senses are awake and the whole Ellement Family, which is ever-growing – mingle and exude warmth and calmness. A time to rest, even within the flurry of reviving a long-standing wine store (formerly Fenton’s). The team that has been assembled to have been able to cultivate a presence of freshness and renewal with seeming effortlessness within the shop. And, in this long-awaited moment, we raised a glass in celebration of this new endeavour!
Cheers from Ellement Wine + Spirits!