Crimson Imports Inc.
Founded in 2006, Crimson Imports is a boutique importer, providing an eclectic range of handcrafted wines from family run wineries to retail stores and restaurants throughout the province of Alberta.
Crimson Imports sources these wines directly from the wineries, and our staff travel extensively to all the world’s best wine regions to meet the craftspeople behind these delicious libations and learn about their unique techniques and wine properties.
We believe in wines made by real people with a real passion, with hands-on techniques and many years of experience—wines with unique and notable properties that relate back to the different regions where their grapes are grown. We also believe in wines with a story, where you can taste the earth, the sunshine, and the history in each glass. These stories become more complex and meaningful through a close connection to the producers, by sitting down face-to-face with the winemaker, over a glass right from the barrel at a rough-hewn table in a dark cool stone room, to learn about the struggles and triumphs of each cask.
If this is what excites you about wine too, you’ve found friends at Crimson Imports.
Who We Are
Tom Kennedy - President
Tom Kennedy is a Calgary, Canada based entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in the wine industry. His company Crimson Imports Inc., created in 2006, is a successful, well-respected importer of unique wines into Western Canada.
From 1997 to 2006 , Tom was instrumental in helping Free House Wine & Spirits grow from a small Calgary based company of three employees to s company with 16 employees across Western Canada. From 1989 to 1997, Tom worked in The Wine Shop, one of the first independent retail boutiques in Alberta.
Tom has taught introductory wine classes for the Calgary Board of Education and travelled extensively to major wine regions in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Chile, as well as California, Oregon and Washington in the U.S.
Jenn Fulford - Senior Accounts Manager
Jenn has been in the wine industry for 15 years, and been with Crimson Imports since 2009. She started her career in the fine wine retail sector and shortly after became a rep with Freehouse Wine & Spirits.With her energy, education, enthusiasm and experience Jen has excelled in the wine industry. Based out of Edmonton, her territory includes most of Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan.
With a Business Degree from the University of Alberta, Jenn is pursuing further education in wine and is currently working on WSET level 4 Diploma Program. She likes to get hands-on experience with wines and has travelled to several wine expos around the globe and as well to Washington, Oregon and California.
Jenn's also an experienced wine writer and wrote a wine column for the Edmonton publication Vue Weekly between and 2009 and 2011.