Opimian Wine Concierge, Carl Bird  

Carl has been a fixture at Opimian for over 15 years. He started out as a member, then took over the Northwest Territories (well, Opimian’s chapter there) as Area Representative. In 2015, he moved to Montreal - his hometown - and joined the team at the head office as Area Representative Liaison and Opimian Wine Concierge.

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How can he help you?

  • Build your wine profile
  • Help you navigate the Cellar Offering
  • Explain our wine programs
  • Guide you through the ordering process
  • Suggest wine pairing options for an upcoming event
  • Connect you to our partners all over the world
  • Solve any issues, problems or concerns



Bird's Eye View on Cellar Offering 257


Lot 9672 – Encosta Do Sobral Selection Branco, Vinho Reginal Tejo, 2017, Encosta, DO Sobral

A slight oak treatment gives this wine a bit more complexity than it would otherwise. The 2016 vintage (Lot 9086) was very elegant, yet exhibited intense aromas of white blossoms, apple and melon. Medium body and medium acidity were balanced by the intense fruit and floral flavours on the palate. This elegance and balance were exhibited in a medium length finish. This food-friendly wine is a very good wine that is ready to drink. Don’t keep it around too long. Maybe through summer of 2019.
Served with Tuna and Avocado Tartare.
Wine tasted, Lot 9086:
  • Appearance: Clear, medium, lemon-green
  • Nose: Clean, youthful wine with medium (+) intensity aromas of white blossoms, green apple, pear, citrus.
  • Palate: Dry white wine with medium acidity, medium alcohol and medium (+) body. Medium intensity flavours of green apple, Bosc pear, lime and rose petals. The medium (+) finish exhibits elegance and finesse.
Conclusion: This is a very good wine that is ready to drink now and over the next 12 – 18 months. Perfect for summer barbecue shrimp.



Lot 9638 – Botas de Barro, Old Vine Monastrell, DO Jumilla, 2016 from Spanish Palate

Older, un-grafted vines give produce grapes that provide a wonderful structure and balance to this wine. The Monastrell grape (aka Mourvèdre) thrives in the hot dry climate of the Jumilla DO. I tasted the 2015 (lot 9057 from the 2017 offering season). Cooked fruits, anise, raisins and cocoa were the predominant aromas and flavours that I discovered. This medium-bodied wine had a very nice level of acidity and a tight, medium length finish that warmed the back of the throat. This is a very good wine at a very nice price. The 2015 is ready to drink now and through the next 18 months or so.
Served with soya and sesame infused Grilled Tuna, Cauliflower “RICE” Pilaf, and Grilled Carrots and Brussel Sprouts.
Wine tasted, Lot 9057:
  • Appearance: Clear, deep ruby with lengthy tears
  • Nose: A fully developed wine with medium (+) intensity aromas of stewed fruits, anise, raisins and cocoa. Secondary aromas of toast and dough.
  • Palate: Dry red wine with medium (+) acidity, medium tannins, medium alcohol and body. Medium intensity flavours of raisins, stewed fruit, liquorice and cocoa. A slight hint of tobacco accompanies a medium (+) length finish.


Conclusion: A very good wine that is ready to drink within the next 18 months. Would go well with grilled Asian inspired ribeye steak.