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Upcoming events

Tuscan Treasures—Cellared Wines

Thursday, February 18, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

Tuscany is home to some of the world’s most notable wine regions, with a focus on the Sangiovese grape. This tasting will take us on a tour of Tuscany. But what makes this event even more fantastic is that the wines have been collected and cellared for several years to help enhance their characteristics. Nearly all the wines are from the 2007 to 2009 vintages. Read more »

North of 7 Distillery Tour and Tasting

Saturday, March 5, 2016 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
North of 7 Distillery 1733 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa

Not your grandpa’s hootch!

Vodka, rum, whisky, and gin … Did you know that these were being distilled right here in Ottawa? And no, I’m not talking about your grandpa’s secret backyard still and the ole family “recipe”! Read more »

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—California Premium—Have your Say!

Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

California offers so many more options than just Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay that it deserves some attention in a focused tasting that will not only showcase the wines that we know, but also some that we are not as familiar with. The tasting will showcase both good value but also some premium examples of the wines we know and love. 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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