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Upcoming events

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

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

The last Vintages release of November always features a large selection of high end wines just in time for the holiday season. We will taste a number of these wines plus other recommended wines from the release. Read more »


Thursday, November 12, 20156:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Algonquin College Restaurant International, H101
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa

The Guild is pleased to be back with Rieslings! As wine lovers know, Rieslings are the most versatile white wines, ones that will age graciously and ones that, because of their mouth-watering acidity, will pair with many foods. For this reason, we have partnered with the Algonquin College Chefs to prepare small plates to taste with the wines. Read more »

Lowrey Vineyard Pinot Noir Vertical Tasting – Ontario‘s Best Pinot Noir?

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

Arguably one of the best vineyards for Pinot Noir in Ontario is the Lowrey Vineyard on St. David’s Bench in Niagara. The vineyard was planted in 1984 with Pinot Noir clone 115 at the suggestion of Karl Kaiser (co-founder of Inniskillin). It became the source of Inniskillin’s much loved Pinot Noir as well as the source of the grapes for the Inniskillin-Jaffelin collaboration sold under the Alliance label. The vineyard was also the source of the grapes for Creekside Winery’s much lauded Pinot Noir in the late 90s and early 2000s as well as in Le Clos Jordanne. Since 2008 the Lowrey family has been making their own wine under the label Five Rows Vineyard. In addition they have still been selling their grapes to other wineries such as Leaning Post and Bachelder. Thomas Bachelder was previously with Le Clos Jordanne. Read more »

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From the wine community

U.S. Wines Reign Supreme in Canada as the #1 Import Category

Sales of California Wines surpass both Italy and France

Burlington, ON– For the first time in history, United States (U.S) wine imports, – 90 per cent from California – reached $1 billion in retail sales in 2014, surpassing Italy and France for the top spot in Canada. With a record 6.1 million cases (9L cases) being sold, Canada is now the largest export market for California wines. Read more »

Montreal Counterfeit Wine Ring Busted

i) Police bust Montreal counterfeit wine ring

Authorities allege the ring sold some 1.8 million bottles of wine over a four-year span

May 13, 2015
by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Police have dismantled a Montreal-area contraband wine ring that is accused of taking cheap Italian wine purchased in bulk and passing it off as a finer vintage. Read more »

The Bottom Line on Sulfites in Wine

The Deal with Sulfites in Wine

Those little words “Contains Sulfites” on the bottom of a label often stir up concern. What’s even more confusing is that the US is one of the only countries (along with Australia) that require bottles be labeled. So what gives? How much sulfites are in wine and how do they affect you? Time to get to the bottom of sulfites in wine and how they’re not as bad as you might think. Read more »

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