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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 »

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Holiday Fizz— Have your Say!

Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

Blanc de Blanc or Blanc de Noir? Blanc or rosé? Brut or non-brut? Vintage or non-vintage? Champagne or méthode traditionnelle? Whatever your preference, the festive season always demands sparklers that tickle the tongue and delight the palate in gustatory celebration. Vintages has only one release in December and it always includes a great selection of Champagnes and sparkling wines to celebrate the season. Come and join the Guild at the Vendange Institute on December 4, 2014, for this special holiday Vintages pre-release (VPR) tasting. Get a sneak taste at what will be in store for you to enjoy throughout the festive weeks leading to New Year’s Eve. Try something new or find a gem of value in the world of doubly fermented wines. The sparkling wines will be sourced from the December 6, 2014, release as well as some additions from earlier Vintages releases, Vintages on-line and the General List to round out the tasting. Read more »

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From the wine community

Book Recommendations

Reported by Malcolm Rose

Shadows in the Vineyard (2014) by Journalist Maximillian Potter uncovers a fascinating plot to destroy the vines of La Romane?e- Conti, Burgundy’s finest and most expensive wine. In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romane?e-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison-a crime that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder-unless he paid a one million euro ransom. Read more »

In The News

The Wine Council of Ontario has published a media release entitled: C.D. Howe report findings support Wine Council’s model for private wine shops. For more information.

Did You Know?

Every bottle of Ontario VQA wine sold in the province generates $12.29 in added value (above sales and direct markups) to the Ontario economy (source: KPMG Study of the Ontario Economic Impact of Ontario VQA wines, November 2011). The total value-add of the Ontario VQA wine industry is approximately $215 million.

Link: http://www.winecouncilofontario.ca/Resources-Media/Industry-Facts

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