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Upcoming events

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Iconic Wines— Have your Say!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

This last Vintages release of November always features a good selection of high-end wines right on time for the holiday season. Guild President Bill Ellis will take you through tasting a number of these wines plus other highly recommended wines from the release. This is a fine opportunity to taste some high-end wines, as potential gift ideas and for serving during the holiday season. Read more »

Le Tour de Cabernet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the most recognized varietal today. Producers the world over strive to find the perfect climate, terroir and vinification methods to produce that perfect glass of Cabernet Sauvignon that will garner big scores from the “experts.”

This world tour will land in six different countries and we will evaluate how well the world of Cab is doing. Many of the wines we will evaluate are from iconic producers. As usual, the wines will be tasted blind and you will be the judge of whether the $100+ wines deserve the elevated price point. Read more »

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Tuscany and Chile—Have your Say!

Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

Tuscany has a wonderfully diverse variety of wines with Chianti, Brunello, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the famous Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGTs) which work outside the classification system by including non-Italian varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Tuscany is also home to the dessert wine, Vin Santo, and white wines made from the Vernaccia grape. In contrast to Tuscany, Chile is seen as an up and coming region with good wines at reasonable prices. So long as there are enough recommended wines, we’ll do our best to feature a number of wines from both Tuscany and Chile with a few other interesting wines from the release thrown in to keep it interesting. Read more »

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From the wine community

Tasty Travels

Melanie Allen is a graduate of the Algonquin Sommelier Program and current Guild member. Here is a link to her blog http://www.tasty-travels.ca/niagara-peninsula-wine-region.html which inlcudes a trip she and her husband took to Niagara last July.

StatsCan on Alcohol

Control and sale of alcoholic beverages, for the year ending March 31, 2013. Check it out at http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily- quotidien/140410/dq140410a-eng.htm.

Magnotta Wine Store

By Brian Brian Preston, The Travelling Sommelier

I am an exuberant supporter of the wines that Magnotta has consistently put out over the years and, like Michael Pinkus of www.OntarioWineReview.com says, any Ontario winery that can fight and beat the LCBO is a winner in my books. All one has to do is try their products and be amazed at the quality and price value because they do not sell through the LCBO, which increases wine costs by over 50%! Read more »

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