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Upcoming events

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Chianti and BC—Have Your Say!

Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

What do Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Chianti have in common? All three are almost certainly the most famous names with a birthplace in Tuscany and Chianti is the focus of the Vintages March 7, 2015, release. Read more »

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Australia 2012 Vintage and Red Carpet Ontario Awards—Have Your Say!

Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

This release will feature Australian wines from the 2012 vintage. Wine critic James Halliday had this to say about the 2012 vintages, “I cannot remember a vintage having received such hyperbolic praise right across the board, covering all regions and all varieties, as there is for 2012.” The release also includes some of Ontario’s best, all of them award winners.

This star-packed tasting will be led by Guild Director Marie-France Champagne and it is likely to fill up quickly! Read more »

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From the wine community

Did you know?

A British sommelier holds the world record for the number of wine glasses held in one hand. Philip Osenton, 43, surpassed the previous record of 39 glasses, by holding an incredible 51 wine glasses in his hand.

Wine consultant Osenton, who is based in Beijing, worked at the Ritz and Savoy early in his career and said those jobs laid the groundwork for his ability to set this record. He said, “The carrying of glasses is a sommelier thing. When I was head sommelier at the Ritz hotel, I’ve had a 140-cover restaurant to set up in the morning between breakfast and lunch, so basically with two glasses per setting I had 280 glasses to put out with a very short amount of time.”

See video at eater.com.

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.

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