Our Story

When it comes to buying wine at The Ferocious Grape, there is only one rule: rules were made to be broken! Since uncorking our unique approach to wine appreciation in 2008, we have been on a mission to remove the ostentation and add some fun to the way this city shops for wine. Whether you are looking for the perfect bottle to live it up on the patio with friends or for unwinding fireside with someone special, our knowledgeable and approachable staff will help you find exactly what you’re after from our carefully curated inventory of remarkable vintages. The way we see it, when there’s this much exceptional wine in store, there’s no room for pretension.

 

Kim – Owner (aka – boss lady)

Living proof that doing what you love really is the key to success, Kim let her passion for great wine guide her to the sweet life. With over 10 years in Calgary’s oil and gas industry on her résumé, Kim’s fascination with the grape led her to part-time work at a local wine store, just for fun. Her lust for more knowledge (and tasting experiences) led her to take the first two levels of the International Sommelier Guild program at SAIT. Three years later she took the plunge, left the oil and gas field and opened her own store in order to continue to share her knowledge and passion for extraordinary wines. The Ferocious Grape opened its doors Dec. 1, 2008 and Kim has never looked back—an accomplishment worth raising a glass to!

 

 

Ben – Wine Consultant (aka – crazy frenchy)

After a stint of 15 years in some of Quebec’s most prestigious bars, Ben decided to move to Calgary in 2005.
Learning the wine business from the ground up at one Calgary’s biggest retailers, Ben built an amazing reputation and loyal customer relationships.
He decided to join us in November 2012.
Not only is he bringing a thick french accent to The Ferocious Grape, his infectious smile and passion for wine will challenge even the most ardent oenophile.
From building your cellar to pairing something with dinner or finding the perfect gift, Ben’s appetite and knowledge for wine is unsurpassed!
If he is not at the store and not traveling, he is probably drinking some bubbles or some Rhone wines.
Always keep in mind: Why make it complicated, It’s only grape juice!!!!!

Angella – Ferocious Floor Sales

With seven years in the business under her belt, Angella has experience on both the wholesale and retail side of the wine industry. Her love of the grape has taken her to California, Washington, Oregon, Germany and France over the course of her career and her quest for the next great sip will soon take her to Italy to explore their old world offerings. Were money no object, Angella would likely be found sipping Puligny Montrachet on a daily basis, but for now she will happily settle for any old glass of white Burgundy.

 

Mika – Ferocious Floor Sales

With two chefs as parents, it’s not all that surprising that Mika found her calling in the food and wine industry. With five years under her belt, Mika’s experience as a server, hostess, bartender and barista has taken her to restaurants and cafes all over Calgary and Edmonton. Another unsurprising effect of being raised by a couple of chef de cuisines is Mika’s enthusiasm for new dining experiences and savouring great food and drink. In Mika’s books, nothing beats kicking back at the end of the work day with a fine glass of wine, so feel free to stop in, say hi and get her advice on the latest bottles you should be sipping on.