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Upcoming events

Wine and Dine at Mekong

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Mekong Restaurant 637 Somerset Street West

The Guild dinners are back by popular demand. Join us on September 16, 2014, at the Mekong restaurant for the first event of the fall season, as we explore how aromatic whites pair with Asian cuisines’ multifaceted flavors and textures. The 5-course meal, prepared exclusively for Guild members and their guests, will feature diverse varietals from around the globe, enhancing your dining experience. The tasting will be hosted by Guild Directors Marie- France Champagne and Don Cook. There are only 40 seats available so make sure to register early and, no later than September 9, 2014. Parking is available at the restaurant as well as on the street nearby. Hope to see you there! Read more »

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—New World Groundbreakers and Portugal—Have your Say!

Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

Our first Vintages Pre-Release (VPR) tasting of the new season features both new world groundbreakers and wines from Portugal. Join Guild Director Rod Story in exploring some of the wines from this release. Portuguese wines provide exceptional value and are very food friendly. It will be interesting to see what wines will be in the release. The plan is to have approximately four Portuguese wines, four new world groundbreakers and another four or so from the rest of the release. Read more »

Century Varietal Club Tasting

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Algonquin College, International Restaurant (H101) 1385 Woodroffe Avenue

Are you stuck in a rut, always buying the same wines or types of wine? Wondering what to try next? How about a glass of Altesse, Moschofilero, Harslevelu, Traminer, Feteasca Alba or some other esoteric varietal?

We are pleased to offer the third Century Club tasting of our on-going quest to experience and learn about out-of-the-ordinary grape varietals and with the goal of tasting over 100 different grape varieties. 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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