on Albrecht and Associates is a group of hospitality and liquor specialists with strong connections to the industry. Principal, Marcus Von Albrecht, has a wide variety of specializations that he brings to the table. He is an owner of Mava Foods, a food manufacturer utilizing local ingredients that produces home meal replacements for grocery stores. Marcus has also been the Past President of the BC Chefs' Association, the current President of Companions of the Quaich scotch club, Juror Chair of the Canadian Grand Prix, Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors and Board member of BC Culinary Tourism Society, Provincial Trans Fat Advisory Committee and Food Safety in Canada.
Dino Renaerts, one of the top sommeliers in Vancouver, is a valuable team member in helping pick all new products.
Each year, VAA participates in 7 liquor shows, visits over 200 licensed establishments, has products in privately owned stores and represents the Alberta and British Columbia markets.
VonAlbrecht & Associates major events:
- 6 IVSA shows a year-new product salons
- 100 BCLDB in-store tastings
- 65 private liquor stores tastings
- Hopscotch Vancouver
- Hopscotch Kelowna
- Victoria Whisky Festival
- International Playhouse wine Festival
- Cornucopia Whistler
- 7 Companions of the Quaich whisky dinners
- International Chocolate Festival
- Eat Vancouver Food Show
- ICE-Italian Trade Commission wine festival- Vancouver & Calgary
MARCUS VON ALBRECHT, PRESIDENT
Percy’s Old Fashioned Lemonade
November 10, 2014
XFour™ brands are made with natural ingredients and contain no preservatives, glycerines or emulsifiers making it a better choice for you. Each can contains carefully selected lemons, honey and our four times distilled XFour handcrafted finest premium vodka. Percy’s Old Fashioned Lemonade is made from a family recipe passed down by Great Grandfather Percy who made this regularly to quench the thirst of his friends while sitting in the hot English sun. Made with water from British Columbia’s interior; this handcrafted drink is as pure and natural as its surroundings. XFour is distilled four times and filtered through charcoal. Completely free of any additives or sweeteners, Percy’s Old fashioned lemonade is a refreshingly clean and smooth beverage made with natural ingredients AROMA: Fresh & aromatic full of lemon with hints of honey and clover. PALATE: Full bodied: an initial touch of sweetness, followed with a mouth full of freshness. FINISH: Satisfying, clean, your taste buds are tingling with honey and lemons
XFour™ brands are made with natural ingredients and contain no preservatives, glycerines or emulsifiers making it a better choice for you. Each can contains carefully selected lemons, honey, blueberries, ginger, mint and our four times distilled XFour handcrafted finest premium vodka. Percy’s Punch is made from a family recipe passed down by Great Grandfather Percy who made this regularly to quench the thirst of his friends while sitting in the hot English sun. Made with water from British Columbia’s interior; this handcrafted drink is as pure and natural as its surroundings. XFour is distilled four times and filtered through charcoal. Completely free of any additives or sweeteners, XFour Percy’s Punch is a refreshingly clean and smooth beverage made with natural ingredients
AROMA: Fresh & aromatic full of lemon hints of mint, ginger, honey and clover.
PALATE: Clean, fresh and exciting with a well balanced combination of ginger and fresh mint followed by sweet honey and lemon
FINISH: Satisfying, clean, your taste buds are tingling
Xoxolat – New Chocolate Liquor Release December 14, 2014!
November 7, 2014
X Four Blueberry
XFour™ brands are made with natural ingredients and contain no preservatives, glyserins or imusifiers making it a better choice for you. Each bottle contains ½ pound of fresh blueberries and our four times distilled XFour handcrafted vodka. Bremner’s Farm is a world leader of blueberry juice from Ladner BC and their products are found in 12 countries around the world. XFour is quadruple distilled and filtered three times through charcoal followed by triple filtration.
Fresh & Aromatic with Hints of Anise and the taste of fresh picked blueberries.
A Sustained, Smooth, Long-Lasting Finish Which Boldly Showcases the Complexity and Quality of the Unique Characteristics Highlighted Above.
SKU # 788976.
Awarded with Bronze SIPS International Competition.
X Four Lemonade
XFour™ brands are made with natural ingredients and contain no preservatives, glycerines or emulsifiers making it a better choice for you. Each bottle contains carefully selected lemons, honey and our four times distilled XFour handcrafted finest premium vodka. Made from a family recipe passed down by Great Grandfather Percy who made this regularily to quence the thirst of his friends while sitting in the hot English sun. Made with glacier fed water from British Columbia’s interior; this handcrafted vodka is as pure and natural as its surroundings. XFour is distilled four times and is three times filtered through charcoal. Completely free of any additives or sweeteners, XFour Percy’s Old Fashioned Lemonade is a refreshingly clean and smooth spirit perfect for sipping on the rocks or as a martini.
AROMA: Fresh & aromatic full of lemon with hints of honey and clover.
PALATE: Full bodied: an initial touch of sweetness, followed with a mouth full of freshness.
FINISH: Satisfying , clean, your taste buds are tingling with honey and lemons.
X Four Xoxolat
XFour along with Xoxolat have combined to make a decadent chocolate vodka martini. Made with all natural ingredients including B.C.’s XFour handcrafted vodka and single plantation 100% cocoa, espresso extract, honey and organic vanilla. This smooth delicious Chocolate Martini comes fully prepared. Simply chill, shake, pour and enjoy!
Aroma: Enticing with an intense chocolate aroma and a hint of espresso
Palate: Rich and full with a perfect balance of edginess. The vodka is showcased with underlying notes of dark chocolate, organic vanilla and espresso.
Finish: Smooth and long-lasting the way a perfect dessert martini should be! the intense chocolate fragrance you first get on the nose accumulates in the after taste and offers the ideal experience.
Watch the video of our Xfour-Xoxolat wrestling event at Gay Pride Vancouver 2012.
Xfour™ is British Columbia’s finest premium vodka. Made of only Canadian grown corn, rye and the purest glacier fed water from British Columbia’s interior; this handcrafted vodka is as pure and natural as its surroundings. Xfour is crafted in small batches, distilled four times and is three times filtered. Completely free of any additives or sweeteners, Xfour is a refreshingly clean and smooth spirit perfect for sipping on the rocks or in a martini.
Aroma: Fresh & Aromatic with Hints of Anise and Fruit.
Palate: Crisp & Full Bodied; an Initial Touch of Sweetness, Followed with an Intricate Balance of Anise & Tropical Fruit (Guava and Passion Fruit).
Finish: A Sustained, Smooth, Long-Lasting Finish Which Boldly Showcases the Complexity and Quality of the Unique Characteristics Highlighted Above.
SKU # 139147
See the video of the Xfour launch here
Finlaggan Cask Strength- 58% Vol
Colour: Pale straw with golden amber strands.
Nose: Powerful with tar, and leathery smokiness combined with peat.
Taste: Dry, smokiness is replaced with a heated leathery earthiness and a saltiness of the sea that fills your entire mouth.
Finish: Long & smooth with smokiness and medicinal notes resonating throughout.
Tantallan 10yr old – 40% Vol
Score: 89 out of 100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
Nose: fresh figs and moist barley, a hint of clove.
Taste: The nose tells you what’s coming and there is no disappointment: massive malt surge, mouthwatering and refreshing.
Finish: beautifully textured finish as the barley unites with the light oak.
“The sheer brilliance of this whisky is its simplicity. Limited colouring interference and a severe lack of sherry means that the barley can do as it pleases and pleases it does.”
CRAIGELLACHIE 2002 – 8 YR SHERRY CASK + 137448
Notes: Lovely sweet sherry. Caramel & Ripe fruit, smoky and fresh, clean and big bodied with a slight edge of richness.
GLENDULLAN 1998 – 12 YR PORT FINISH+ 190587
Notes: Sweet summer fruits. Winey, matched with soft fruit overtones of the port finish. Bold, Chewy and mouth-watering.
CLYNELISH 1998- 12 YR HOGSHEAD CASK + 190652
Notes: Fresh and clean. Green apples. Mouthwatering light fruit and spice. Touch of sea salt with Medium length.
GLEN MOHR 1982– 27 YR + 190520
Notes: Vanilla. Oaky edge with fruit and spice. Sophisticated sweetness. The 27 yrs in the barrel create an unrivalled sense of intricacy between all aspects of what scotch is truly about!
Caol Ila 1981 – 29 YR + 131953
Notes: Light and grassy, then some Arbroath smoke and citrus. Lightly perfumed (sage) with a vanilla lift, very subtle sweet smoke. A truly Brilliant balance and intensity.
Ileach Cask Strength – 58% Vol
Score: 97 out of 100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
Amazingly, my tasting notes for the weaker version are exactly the same as for this sea facing monster. Except here the enormity has risen up by a significant factor, as has the intensity of each vital cog in its make-up. Perhaps the only change is the honey thread to the sweetness that pervades throughout. Otherwise, identical. A wonderous, take it with you when you die malt that is easily a contender for whisky of the year.
Jim Murray awarded The Ileach Cask Strength the number two position in the 2008 & 2009 World Whisky of the Year category in his Whisky Bible. This is judged from over 3,400 whiskies!
Ileach Peaty – 40% Vol
Score: 94 out of 100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
Nose: A think chunk of peat has been dissolved in my glass.
Taste: The oil –peat-barley balance is spot on as is the bitter sweet tone: just stunning.
Finish: The peat dissipates slowly to leave a slightly bitterish oaky influence but the spices compensate.
“Fabulous stuff, a bottle of which should sit in every household cabinet. A wonder dram.”
Finlaggan Old Reserve– 40% Vol
Score: 94 out of 100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
Nose: Full and pungent with an earthy smokiness and fresh hints of ozone.
Taste: Dry, smoky and fresh, clean and big bodied, wisps of chocolate.
Finish: Long and smooth with a smoky burnt oak and a very slight edge of richness.
“This bottle offers the intensity of hickory and smoke in the nose and a surprisingly soft and tempered, slightly smoky and sweet finish. A unique bottle that all Islay lovers should experience.”
Aglianico Del VutureSku# 78527 Aglianico del Vulture is the reigning king of red wines from Basilicata and this hearty expression shows territory-driven aromas of slate and charcoal backed by mature fruit, tobacco and spice. The mouth is greeted by intense flavors of raisin, figs and dried prunes. This beautiful cold wave makes us stretch your hands in the pantry of red and here is the Nocte, the other label’s flagship Land of Kings, whose first vintage was the 2004 full of surprises and passions in Lucania as in Irpinia. Impressive in the first place great persistence and intensity of scents: even opened the wine glass remains intact and firm on his positions even after a full day left in the glass and this, as you know, is the first sign that launches a good product . The winemaker Sergio Paternoster explanation map has wanted to focus on the pleasure also in the processing technique, both with the harvest that night with cold maceration. We would say almost a fruit wine, yes, but well away from minerality and tertiary to which we have become accustomed Aglianico del Vulture, but really nice for fans of this type, in fact prevail jam of black cherry, ripe plum followed by the a refreshing balsamic. Even in her mouth Nocte has a sweet entry, quite soft, Aglianico is revealed above all, aside from the perky fresh and inexhaustible, the secret of all pleasure, even with present tannins that make it able to cope with challenging combinations. $55.00/bottle (6)
BarberaVeglio Winery – Piemonte, Italy Production Zone Diano D’Alba Roddi Soil Medium Exposure Southwest Grape Variety Barbera Processing Soft pressing preserved in stainless steel barrels Alcohol Level 13% – 14% Characteristics Full bodied; goes well with dishes of red and wild meats, cheeses, to be served at room temp. BCLCB Product Number +161851 spec
BaroloVeglio Winery – Piemonte, Italy Production Zone Serralunga D’Alba – Diano D’Alba (Piemonte-Langhe) Soil Medium Exposure Southeast Grape Variety Nebbiolo Processing Soft pressing fermentation in stainless steel barrels. Aging In 5000L oak barrels for 2 years; refined in bottles for approximately 6 months. Alcohol Level 13.5% – 14% Characteristics Harmonic body, delicate yet intense bouquet of fruits and spices. To be served at 64F with dishes of fine red meat and game, and perfect in concluding an exquisite meal. BCLCB Product Number +526335 spec
Chateau Beard La Chapelle
– Saint Emilion Grand Cru
SKU +27599• Silver Medal – 2012 BRUSSELS WINE COMPETITION • 88/100 – “Deeply – coloured with crimson highlights. Nose of red fruits entwined with violet accents. On the palate, a more exotic style suggestive of vanilla and eucalyptus. Lovely fleshy wine with stuffing, balance yet also a measure of persistency” – 2013 GILBERT & GAILLARD GUIDE Anthongy Gismondi – 89 Chateau Beard La Chapelle – Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2010 Merlot – Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Sauvignon Saint Émilion, Libourne, Bordeaux, France BC $55.00 Peppery, cedar, earthy, liquorice nose with black cherry, floral and smoky olive aromas. The attack is dry but juicy if somewhat austere with youthful tannins in the finish. More coffee, cedar, black cherry, plum, resin and liquorice flavours mark the palate with a smoky, olive, tobacco finish. Solid concentration but youthful.
DolcettoVeglio Winery – Piemonte, Italy Production Zone Diano D’Alba Soil Medium Exposure Western Grape Variety Dolcetto Processing Soft pressing fermentation in stainless steel barrels. Alcohol Level 13.5% – 14% Characteristics Aromas of cherry, blackberry, mushroom, mountain herb, a range of floral notes, and some peppery spice. On the palate berries and cherries form the core of the fruit, but these are swathed in earth, bark, dried leaves, and cocoa along with a back note of prune. BCLCB Product Number +285064 spec
Ebano 6Ebano Vinedos Y Bodegas – Ribera del Duero, Spain Received a score of 90 points from Robert Parker and 88 points from Wine Spectator Awarded one of Top 100 Wines in its category for the 2012 Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards Awarded GOLD in Selections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2011 Regarded as the of the top 5 wineries of this area, the Tempranillo grapes are selected rigorously on the purpose-built table and are de-stemmed prior to fermentation. This is followed by ageing for four months in French oak and then two months in bottle. Color: Black cherry, Dark ruby and intense ripe Plum coloring Nose: Aromas of ripe Blackberries, Plums and Strawberries Palate: Incredibly smooth and full bodied with ripe Fruit, some black Liquorice and a slight Smokiness on the finish combined with sweet Vanilla notes from having spent 4 months in new French oak barrels. Grape Varietal: 100% Tempranillo Alcohol Level: 14% by Vol. BCLCB Product Number +156166
NebbioloVeglio Winery – Piemonte, Italy Production Zone Diano D’Alba (Pressenda vineyard) Soil Medium Exposure Southeast Grape Variety Nebbiolo Processing Soft pressing fermentation in stainless steel barrels. Aging In 5000L oak barrels for 12 months and then three months in the bottle. Alcohol Level 12.5% Characteristics The wine has a ruby brilliant red color with a gentle and delicate fragrance of raspberry and violet. The wine has a dry and velvety taste and a smooth finish. It goes well with risotto and fondue with truffles. As it ages, the wine is a good match with roasted meat and game. BCLCB Product Number +676841 spec
Colmei ValdobbiadeneBisol Winery – Veneto, Italy Received a score of 89 points from Robert Parker in 2009 “Colmei” is a dialect term referring to the summits of the hills best suited to the cultivation of these vines. The Bisol family owns such marvellous hills in the extreme north of the province of Treviso close to the foothills of the Alps. These vineyards yield Glera grapes that are full in flavour and rich in malic acid. Color Straw yellow. Perlage Fine and vivacious. Bouquet Elegant and full, with pronounced fruitiness Flavour Well rounded and youthful, soft with emerging fruitiness, balanced sapidity, lively. Grape Varieties: 100% Glera grapes Alcohol Level: 11.2% by Vol Residual Sugar: 15 grams per litre BCLCB Product Number +868794 – Cases of 6 – Spec
Cuvée Rosé BrutBisol Winery – Veneto, Italy Received a score of 90 points from Robert Parker in 2009. The rose is a refreshing glass of bubbles with which a brief maceration gives the wine a floral yet fruity characteristic; the long and slow fermentation ensures the extreme delicacy, elegance and duration in the mouth. Color Brilliant Delicate Pink. Perlage Extremely fine and persistent. Bouquet Elegant and complex. Intense scents of rose, accompanied by delicate hints of fresh fruit, citrus and lycis. Flavour Initial but well balanced acidity. Full, harmonious and persistent, with a dry finish and a long lasting aftertaste. Grape Varieties: Merlot & Pinot Noir Alcohol Level: 12% by Vol Residual Sugar: 8 grams per litre BCLCB Product Number +350918 – Cases of 6 – Spec
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