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Andrew Facey

Andrew is a proud Newfoundlander who has been lucky enough to work in numerous Canadian provinces – something that helped him realize how great Newfoundland really is! In the early 1990’s Andrew graduated from Memorial University with an Arts Degree in Sociology and headed out west for his second stint in Lake Louise. Andrew worked as a waiter at local restaurants during university and headed out west with the hopes of a lucrative job in the service industry. This was the start of a long career as a fine-dining server. After a year or so in the Rockies he returned to St. John’s and worked at Bianca’s on Water Street for almost three years. In 2000, Andrew moved to Toronto and over the next seven years, worked in four different restaurants – two of which were, according to Toronto’s premier food critic, James Chatto, number one in the whole city at the time. It was during this time that he discovered what a Sommelier was, and how to become one. Once achieving this distinction from the International Sommelier Guild (ISG) Andrew returned home in the spring of 2007. Originally working at The Vault restaurant as it’s Manager and Sommelier, and since February 2008 here at the NLC as our first, and to date only, Senior Product Knowledge Consultant Andrew is a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone Certification Program and the local teacher for the first two levels of the world-renown WSET program here in St. John’s. (WFCL1 and WFCL2)

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Father’s Day Picks

June 2, 2024
NLC has great gift options for those fathers who like to imbibe! If he likes beer, wine, or spirits we have him covered. In this version of Expert Picks our team is also providing one of their favourite gins and rums in honour of World Gin Day on June 8th and World Rum Day on the 13th. Please drink responsibly and have a great summer!

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Rosés, Chardonnays and Victoria Day

May 13, 2024
Apparently mid-May month is time to celebrate! In addition to the Victoria Day long weekend, we are also stoked about International Chardonnay Day on the 25th of May, and the onset of new rosés to our market over the coming days and weeks! In this edition of Expert Picks we provide you with a favourite rosé and chardonnay, as well as some staples for the May 2-4 weekend. To the campers – please bring an extra sweater, you know that you are going to need it!

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Mother’s Day Picks

April 29, 2024
Moscato in the springtime – is there anything better? In honour of World Moscato Day on May 9th our team has shared their favourite fizzy “Aromatic and Sweet” Moscatos below. Not to be outdone we also provide an “Aromatic and Flavourful” Sauvignon Blanc each in celebration of “International Sauvignon Blanc Day” on May 5th. Our mothers are big fans of both styles! We hope yours are as well!

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Wines of South America

March 28, 2024
In this article we are focusing our selections on two powerhouse countries – Argentina and Chile. Both of these South American countries are top ten in terms of world production and are known for their fruit-forward, good-valued wines. We hope that you enjoy these selections. We have also included a favourite malbec each in honour of “World Malbec Day” on April 17, 2024. Our chosen malbecs hail from four different countries with staff including one that is rosé and one that is actually white.

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Go-to Spirits for Spring Cocktails

March 28, 2024
As longer and warmer days are becoming the norm many of us seek out new and exciting spring cocktails. Today our talented team provides you with some of their favourite spirits that they use when concocting such drinks at home. It is great see all the local content contained below – we love having top-notch distilleries in our province! Happy mixing!