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The National Capital Sommelier Guild provides opportunities for wine enthusiasts and sommeliers to share their enjoyment and broaden their knowledge of wine. More about the Guild...

Upcoming events

Garden Party with Greek Wines

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 6:30
Bayne-Morrison House, 40 Fuller Street, Ottawa

Join your Guild President Bill Ellis and Directors Don Cook, Rod Story and Andy Travill for a “Garden Party” at the historic and elegant Bayne-Morrison House, residence of Guild Governor and former Ottawa Citizen food columnist Gay Cook. Premium Greek wines will be provided for this evening of wines paired with small plates created by Tulips and Maple. Look for cool old- world wines with a surprise or two. Full menu and list of wines have been developed and will be posted shortly. Read more »

Olive Oil, Small Plates and Wine Tasting

Monday, September 21, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

We all love to cook; we all love to experiment with food and wine pairings. Let’s take this to the next level with an Olive Oil, Small Plates and Wine tasting with Certified Olive Oil Sommelier Tomasz Michalec. 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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