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Upcoming events

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Pacific Northwest US—Best of Oregon & Washington State

Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

The April 30, 2016, release will feature to wines from Oregon and Washington State. We will taste a number of these wines plus other recommended wines from the release. We encourage you to register early as all members signed up by Saturday, April 23, 2016, will be invited to suggest a few of their choices from the release. We will consider the requests as we make the final selection, particularly looking at well known items based on multiple responses. Read more »

Wine and Small Plates with Veronique Rivest at Soif

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Soif Wine Bar 88 Montcalm Street, Gatineau

Back by popular demand, the Guild is having another wine and small plates event at Soif. For those of you who missed last year’s event, it was a special evening with Veronique, who shared both her immense knowledge and passion for wine in addition to presenting many truly unique varietals. For those of you who don’t know Veronique, she came second at the World Sommelier Competition in Tokyo in 2013. She is also a Governor of the Guild. In the fall of 2014, she opened her long-awaited wine bar in the Hull sector of Gatineau where she serves a diverse selection of interesting wines and delectable small plates. Veronique not only has an amazing palate, but brings passion, excitement, and in-depth knowledge to all her tastings. Read more »

National Capital Sommelier Guild Spring Wine and Dine Evening

Saturday, April 16, 2016 Reception at 6:30 p.m. for Dinner at 7:15 p.m.
Le Salon, National Arts Centre 53 Elgin Street

Following the recent departure of Chef John Morris from the National Arts Centre (NAC), executive sous chef Martin Levesque has ably taken over the reins at Restaurant Le Café. Chef Levesque has played a significant role in preparing the Guild’s Gala dinners in past years. 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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