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More than any other, we’ve welcomed this summer with wide open arms, almost running to catch it and ensure it doesn’t slip away. While we are still facing uncertain times, we can still look forward to long walks by the river, barbecuing in our backyards, creating a great charcuterie board, picnics in the park, and continuing to enjoy great food and drink from local businesses.

This month our Shop Local column also features these amazing local products: Truffles from Say Cheese Fromagerie, Bow Valley BBQ Sauces and Salsa, The Ukey Ukrainian Sausage and Mustards from Tubby Dog and Cedar Wraps from Barbecues Galore.

Vino Jelly Gourmet

Victor Peña is a self-confessed wine and food lover. Traveling, learning about new cuisines, creative cooking and participating with friends in a weekly potluck became the inspiration for the wine jellies. Peña selected Canadian wines, ensuring each wine had body and enough personality to match the jellies they would become. Peña launched Vino Jelly Gourmet in 2019 and his product is now available in select stores in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray. Choose from three varieties, all food grade, 100 per cent wine, gluten-free and vegan containing no preservatives. The most popular of the three is the cabernet sauvignon jelly, offering a robust flavour and rich dark fruity aroma. Discover intense aromas of ripe apple and pear with brown spice and toasted oak notes in the chardonnay jelly. The berry coulis, spice and mint in the rose jelly provides a fruity, crisp flavour. We adore these jellies drizzled onto cheese and a cracker served alongside our favourite vintage, however they are more than just your average cheese topper. Try them in a light pasta sauce, on meat like lamb chops, combine with summer fruit in tarts or galettes, whisk into a dressing, or use as a topper for grilled brie.

Vino Jelly Gourmet | European Market Deli and Produce, Italian Centre Shop,  Lina’s Italian Market, Peasant Cheese, Sunterra Market | $9.45 – $10.00