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Upcoming events

Century Club

Thursday, May 14, 2015 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

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 Mantonico Bianco, Ribolla Gialla, Insolia, Maceratino, Sylvaner, Carignan, Mavrodaphne or some other esoteric varietal? Curious? Then come out to our fifth installment of the Century Varietal Read more »

Dominion City Brewing Co. Tour and Tasting

Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
#15-5510 Canotek Road

The world of beer is as fascinating as the world of wine and Ottawa is home to many exciting up and coming micro-breweries. The Guild would like to introduce you to Dominion City Brewing Co. with a tour of their newly expanded brewing facilities. The event will be hosted by Scott Denyer, an Algonquin College graduate and Assistant Brewer for Dominion. Learn about hops, fermentation and brewing process. The tour will end in the tasting bar with a sample of all the beers offered by Dominion and a pint of your choosing paired with a selection of cheeses. Read more »

BBQ Wines and Small Plates at Canvas RestoBar

Monday, June 8, 2015 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Canvas Resto-Bar, 65 Holland Ave

Now that spring has finally arrived after the longest and coldest winter in recent history, we must get ready to fire up that grill for family and friends. Have you selected the wines? As your friends and family know that you are a wine lover, they will be expecting something that will pair well with whatever is sizzling on the grill. Read more »

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From the wine community

In the News

Ontario asks what people want in the budget: The resounding answer? Booze

Allison Jones, Canadian Press | February 27, 2015

TORONTO — Ontarians have given the government a resounding answer to the question what would they like to see in the budget: booze.

Residents were invited to submit ideas online then vote on them during a public consultation period that closed Friday. The most popular idea by far is allowing private

retailers to sell beer, wine and alcohol. Premier Kathleen Wynne has indicated changes to the alcohol distribution system are coming, but selling beer in convenience stores won’t be one of them. The Liberal government tapped TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to examine the relationship between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Beer Store as part of a review of all government assets, and his recommendations are expected to come in the spring budget.

Source: http://bit.ly/1EbZt1s

Did you know?

The 164-outlet Wine Rack, owned by U.S.-based Constellation Brands, and the 104-outlet Wine Shop, owned by Canada?s Andrew Peller Ltd., are exempted from the publicly owned LCBO?s 66.5 per cent markup, instead paying a much lower tax rate of 16.1 per cent for blended wines sold on their own shelves. But, as is required by law, the two private wine chains charge the same retail price as the LCBO, which has 639 stores, for the same products, enabling them to earn higher profits on those bottles.

Source: http://on.thestar.com/1EbZaUq

The Lighter Side of Wine

If I ever go missing, I want my picture on a wine bottle instead of a milk carton. This way, my friends will know I?m missing.

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