Tara Petersen, accredited Sommelier of the International Sommelier Guild

At first I was a bit skeptical when asked to profile the meads, but what a wonderful surprise it was to find local wines of such quality. Both Dande and Alberta’s Red are well-structured and balanced wines with perfect acidity and an outstanding length. They are very food friendly, but can also be enjoyed all by themselves. And even though they are both dry, you can smell and taste the honey, it’s almost like you can taste the sunshine and the flowering fields. These are wines that we Albertans can be proud of.