Author: blackmarketwine

Is wine better with cheese?

As we approach Winefest Calgary this coming weekend (Feb 19-20), Shaw TV did a promo interview with Rob Hammersley from Black Market Wine Co. and Shawn McDonald from Springbank Cheese Co. The question? Does wine make cheese better, or is it the other way around. Watch this clip and decide for yourself!

Class of 2015: Black Market Wine Co.

John Schreiner, Canada’s most prolific writer of books on wine, recently published a story about us. Here’s the opening line:

“The name of this winery describes the relationship that the owners, Calgarians Rob Hammersley and Michelle Shewchuk, have with Okanagan wines.”

Please click on the link to read the full story on his blog:

John also reviewed our current releases:

Secret Society White 2014 ($22 for 125 cases). The blend is not disclosed on the label, likely to underline the mystique suggested by the name. But here it is: Gewürztraminer (50%), Ehrenfelser (45%) and Chardonnay (5%). The Ehrenfelser was aged six week in acacia barrels. A dry aromatic white, the wine is crisp and dry, suited to food. It has herbal aromas and flavours, along with a hint of grapefruit. 89.

The Syndicate Red 2012 ($30 for 100 cases).  The blend is Merlot (40%), Petit Verdot (29%), Cabernet Franc (26%) and Malbec (5%). Each varietal was aged in French oak (50% new) for 18 to 21 months before the final blend was assembled. This dark red (that’s the Petit Verdot for you) begins with floral and red fruit aromas. On the palate, there are flavours of black currants, cherries and cranberries, with complexing notes of leather and tobacco. The excellent structure suggests this wine will age well. 90.

The Syndicate Red 2013 ($30 for 120 cases but not yet released).  The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (37%), Merlot (36%), Cabernet Franc (23%) and Petit Verdot (4%). The Cabernet Sauvignon contributes notes of mint to the red fruit aromas. On the palate, there are flavours of black currant and blueberries with hints of coffee and chocolate. The texture is concentrated. 90.

Top 10 Winery Website Designs – We Made the Cut!

Thanks to Message Vineyard (; @messagevineyard) for including us in their Top 10 list of best winery website designs. Many thanks to Bernie Hadley-Beauregard, Emily Pedricks, Karen Poon and the rest of the team at Brandever ( for creating the fantastic branding for our winery. And a special thanks to Cindy Ferrie at and Tamera Miller at TM Designs for bringing our online vision to life on the internet.

Here’s a snapshot from their story. You can check out the full story and see the other great wineries included in the list by clicking this link:

Today we’re sharing our 10 favorite website designs of wineries in Canada to examine current best practices in the wine web design space. Generally, we chose sites that made us want to taste the winery’s wine: those whose websites to tell a compelling story about their wines and brands, using high quality visuals. On the technical side, many of the sites are mobile friendly
, provide both technical and general information, encourage people to visit their tasting rooms, sign up for their mailing list, encourage people to join their wine clubs, and more. Read on to see some of the best winery website design practices in action (and while you’re at it, have a look of some our OREGON and WASHINGTON favorites!)


A modern layout, great graphics, and that hypnotizing eye will overpower you and convince you to buy the wine. Because branding is about the power of suggestion.




Garagiste North: Small Guys Wine Festival

We are so excited that our Secret Society 2014 (white) and The Syndicate 2012 (red) were really well received by a big, fun crowd at Garagiste North: Small Guys Wine Festival.