Featured User: Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson is a book nerd, foodie, home cook and perpetually curious. He is a Strategy Director at an advertising agency in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a passion for design, architecture, family and wine. Delectable: What sparked your passion for wine? Shawn Thompson: About twenty-five years ago, when Penticton’s Naramata Bench was just becoming a notable Canadian wine region, I spent a summer there learning all about the grapes and the wine making process. I became fascinated with both the art and science of making wine. I discovered good wine comes from skill and precision but to become spectacular, the process requires passion and creativity. This helped me understand that to truly appreciate wine, one must take into account not only the nose or the palate, but also the terroir and the stories behind the wine. D: What wine region are you wild about right now? ST: I have a couple of regions I’m really in love with right now. I visited Willamette Valley in Oregon last year and fell in love with the Chehalem Mountains region where wineries such as Domaine Drouhin, Archery Summit and Trisaetum are producing spectacular Pinot Noirs , one of my true favourites. I’m also really in love with Canada’s Okanagan and Niagara Peninsula regions and all the Cabernet Franc action we’re getting up here. I think Cab Franc might actually grow best in the land of the maple leaf! D: What is the most unusual wine you’ve ever tried? ST: I recently tried an unfiltered “rouge” Pinot Gris from Fossil and Fawn that was super weird but also super delicious. They treated it like any other red with full skin contact fermentation and it produced a very fruity, low acid, highly gluggable juice with notes of Hawaiian Punch, orange peel and cinnamon. I’ve never had anything quite like it. D: What is your golden rule for wine? ST: I try to really understand and visit a wine region. Then I buy and collect wines that reflect my preferences and palate, not some critic's scorecard. (Although I’ve been known to be influenced by some of my favourite sommeliers opinions now and then!) D: Say you’re not allowed to have wine, what is your second option? ST: When not collecting and drinking wine, I’m collecting and drinking gin . Like wine, gin requires a lot of craftsmanship and comes in so many different styles and herbal concoctions. And don't get me started on my love for a dry gin martini, shaken, not stirred. D: Choose a movie, book, quote, or song and pair it with a wine ST: I actually love wine movies, I’ve seen Sideways at least a dozen times, and one of my favs is A Good Year with Russel Crowe. When I watch that film, I like to pair it with a nice red from one of the appellations in Provence, maybe something like a Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence with a Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah blend, really capturing that distinctive freshness and structure of the region. D: If you were a wine, what wine would you be? ST: I’d most definitely be a Cabernet Franc - I’m down to earth, not overly pretentious, a little peppery, authentically bold and truly earnest.

François Mikulski

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016

Bright, golden, elegant yet fresh with assertive minerality and notes of apple orchard, citrus, and mild vegetal on the palate. The wine finishes with light oaky notes including almond and bread yeast. Complex and quite lovely. — 3 months ago

Trixie, Jonathan and 23 others liked this
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

@P A Thanks so much on the congrats. It was fun to do. Would love to read a feature on you. And agreed on Sideways and A Good Year. Fav movies of any passionate oenophile. I’ll keep an eye out for Fernie Distillery Gin. So many new and creative options to try these days. Cheers 🍷
P A

P A Premium Badge

@Shawn Thompson I may be passing through Calary next weekend and if I do I will try and find Bricks. From Fernie BC Cheers 🍷🇨🇦
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

@P A This guy came from Bricks. And yes, highly recommend if you have time to pay them a visit. They have a small but excellent catalog.

Gruet Winery

Gruet Grand Rosé

New Mexico bubbles! Who knew?? Bringing a little bit of the desert sunshine to the snowy Canadian Rockies tonight. This is a super high quality bottle of bubbly copper pink rosé. Superbly dry with a mild yeasty, crab apple and orange blossom nose. Apples primarily carry over to the palate with hints of bread and white cranberry tartness. A surprisingly excellent bottle of bubbles given the unexpected origin. Recommend. — 4 months ago

Jonathan, P and 9 others liked this
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

@Trixie Thanks for the photo compliments. I though it it really showcased the bubbles and our beautiful country!
P A

P A Premium Badge

@Shawn Thompson @Trixie @Michael Bleszynski Yes we have a beautiful country with wonderful people, wines and beers Cheers 🍷
Sharon B

Sharon B

Very nice wintery setting!

Sumac Ridge

Black Sage Vineyard Merlot 2015

A straight up outstanding Canadian red. Bold, dark fruit notes, smooth and well balanced with that softer, more velvety mouthfeel you either love or hate in a Merlot. Prominent cherry, plum and blackberry with a hint of vanilla on the finish. Black Sage by Sumac Ridge in Summerland, BC continues to produce some of my favourite reds. This Merlot is as equally excellent as their Cab Franc. — 5 months ago

P, Sharon and 6 others liked this
AgeyFixey

AgeyFixey

@Shawn Thompson I'll have to give it a try
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

@P A Cheers! 🍷
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

@AgeyFixey I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Jason James, the wine maker, is creating some outstanding juice with Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Zin grapes.

Prunotto

Barolo Nebbiolo 2015

Cherry, raspberry, leather, tar and barnyard floor notes. Medium body, mild taleggio finish. Decanted for an hour. Paired perfectly with grilled pork chop and pork ragu cavatelli. — 4 months ago

P, David and 13 others liked this
P A

P A Premium Badge

@Shawn Thompson Shawn sounds great, good review Cheers 🍷
Trixie

Trixie

Would be a treat! Cheers! 🍷

Waterbrook

Columbia Valley Malbec 2016

Dark, inky with an herbaceous nose, subtle hints of celery. Very smooth and well rounded with a delicious palate of blackberry, boysenberry, mint and a hint of white pepper. Very easy drinking. — 3 months ago

P, Trixie and 8 others liked this
P A

P A Premium Badge

@Trixie Once a year Mrs A and I try and make a wine tasting trip. Other than that there is so much still to do and see in Canada Cheers 🍷🙀
P A

P A Premium Badge

@Shawn Thompson @Trixie make that a🇨🇦 cat by mistake

Clacson

Pays d'Oc Viognier 2015

Delicious expression of Viognier with honeysuckle, vanilla and tangerine on the nose, medium bodied, oily, silky smooth with a predominantly citrus palate and nice lingering finish. — 4 months ago

P, Tyler and 11 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

@Shawn Thompson Thanks for the holiday greeting!⛄ ❄Wishing you a wonderful time this season. 🌲
Kristie M. Connor

Kristie M. Connor

Looooove viogner, what a treat

Château de l'Ercharderie

No. 2 Anjou Chenin Blanc 2014

A wonderful white wine made from Chenin Blanc, from France's Loire Valley. Anjou is the winegrowing district around the Angers in the Loire. This wine is bright gold in colour, perfectly balanced with a reserved palate and excellent acidity. Bright minerality, it has a whisper of butter tray buns followed by pomello, quince and finishing with lemon drops and orange blossom. Paired majestically with our Moroccan inspired dish of harrisa spiced crab bricks and fennel bulb & couscous salad. — 5 months ago

P, Sharon and 16 others liked this
P A

P A Premium Badge

@Shawn Thompson @Trixie I am baseball and hockey and football during the Grey Cup. Cheers 🍷
Peter van den Besselaar

Peter van den Besselaar Influencer Badge

Fine description 👍
Kristie M. Connor

Kristie M. Connor

Sounds delicious

Champalou

Le Portail Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2012

A really gorgeous French Chenin Blanc from Vouvray.Wonderfully aromatic, full and round, with a golden colour. Notes of exotic tropical fruits, honey, & crushed gravel on the nose. The palate opens with pronounced minerality and then reveals smoky notes and a lingering finish. Truly wonderful. — 3 months ago

Tyler, Daniel and 14 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Sounds good! Cheers!
Jeremiah Allen

Jeremiah Allen Influencer Badge

Love this wine, full on Chenin!
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

@Jeremiah Allen Agreed, it was quite excellent!

Orin Swift

Abstract California Grenache Blend 2016

Post Christmas Day celebrations with Orin Swift Abstract. We decanted for over an hour. The wine is a blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Gorgeous aromas of ripe red fruit including raspberry, bing cherries and strawberry open the nose. The aromas continue onto the palate with added layers of barbecued meat, rhubarb, thyme, surrounding a dark fruit core. The smoothness is enveloping and lasting, the wine finishes with a delicate maraschino cherry note. Spectacular and one of my all time favorites. — 4 months ago

P, Daniel and 12 others liked this
Kristie M. Connor

Kristie M. Connor

One of my favorites
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

@Michael Bleszynski I’ve been careful not to be sucked into OS’s very clever marketing, but I have to admit they are producing some tasty juice.
Tyler Martinelli

Tyler Martinelli

Aghhh!!!!! This is on my list of must trys!

Ken Forrester

The FMC Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2016

Utterly spectacular. For those that don’t know the FMC stands for Fucking Marvelous Chenin - and it is just that. The nose is honey, chalk, marzipan and pineapple. Bright gold colour, great acidity that cuts through the spicy Moroccan crab we had tonight. The palate is gorgeous with flavours of dried apricot, vanilla and honey. Currently my favourite white wine. Full stop. — 5 months ago

Jonathan, David and 13 others liked this
Jeremiah Allen

Jeremiah Allen Influencer Badge

Fucking awesome 😎
David Shaw

David Shaw Influencer Badge

Envious