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.
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!