Hello, I'm Laurie MacKay
Welcome to Soulvines

I travelled a rather roundabout path to the world of wine. After studying economics and political science, I interned in the Alberta Legislature and worked at the Canadian embassy in Washington DC. After I moved back to Calgary and through a bunch of a weird and wonderful circumstances, I took what I thought would be a 6-month gig in one of the best wine stores in town. That was almost 20 years ago! As interesting as politics can be, there is nothing more fascinating than the world of wine. Geography, history, geology and culture in a constantly changing swirl!

I believe wine is not simply a drink, it’s a journey. Every time you open a bottle, think of the people who crafted it, the country it hails from and when it was made. When you know every bottle has a unique story to tell, the whole experience is enriched.

Being a Sommelier has opened many doors for me.  Since 2006, I have been the wine and craft beer columnist on CBC Radio One, I’ve judged for the: Alberta Beverage Awards, Judgement of BC, Calgary International Beer Festival, Chinook Arch Mead Cup and International Sommelier Guild. I have recently teamed up with Expedia Cruise Ships Centres to offer customized deluxe river cruise vacations centered around wine and beer in Europe.

I’m lucky to live in Calgary for many reasons, one of which is I have access to the only privatized alcohol market in Canada. What does that mean? Alberta has become a mecca for fine wines, spirits & beers, boasting the broadest selection in Canada. There is nothing I like better than finding that little gem and sharing it on the air or across the table!

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