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Upcoming events

Port, Port and More Port!

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

I’m not sure I’ll ever forget my first taste of Port and the sense of surprise and pleasure that I experienced with that first sip. For some reason, I’d long equated Port with Sherry, but the raisiny sweetness of Port resonated with me. Over time, I learned about Port’s versatility with its many different styles such as Tawny, Colheita, Ruby Port, Reserve or Vintage Character, Rose Port, White Port, Late Bottled Vintage (LBV), Crusted, Vintage Port and Single Quinta Vintage Port. Read more »

Wine and Small Plates with Veronique Rivest at Soif

Monday, April 13, 2015 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Soif Wine Bar 88 Montcalm Street, Gatineau (Hull)

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. Last fall 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 »

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—New Zealand and the New Germany— Have your Say!

Thursday, April 30, 2015 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

The April 30, 2015, Vintage Pre-Release (VPR) tasting features wines from the May 2, 2015, release, which is listed as wines from New Zealand and next generation Germany. Wines from New Zealand run the gambit from refined and elegant Pinot Noirs to the very herbaceous Sauvignon Blancs with numerous other styles and grapes in between. No matter which wines you choose, New Zealand has become well known for the quality of its wines. The other feature of this release, next generation German wines, will focus on the up and coming new wine makers who are leading the charge on producing stylistically different wines as well as using different grapes (i.e. not all off-dry Rieslings). We will feature some wines from both these countries as well as some other hidden gems from the release. The tasting will be led by Marie-France Boudreault-Champagne. Read more »

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From the wine community

In the News

Ontario asks what people want in the budget: The resounding answer? Booze

Allison Jones, Canadian Press | February 27, 2015

TORONTO — Ontarians have given the government a resounding answer to the question what would they like to see in the budget: booze.

Residents were invited to submit ideas online then vote on them during a public consultation period that closed Friday. The most popular idea by far is allowing private

retailers to sell beer, wine and alcohol. Premier Kathleen Wynne has indicated changes to the alcohol distribution system are coming, but selling beer in convenience stores won’t be one of them. The Liberal government tapped TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to examine the relationship between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Beer Store as part of a review of all government assets, and his recommendations are expected to come in the spring budget.

Source: http://bit.ly/1EbZt1s

Did you know?

The 164-outlet Wine Rack, owned by U.S.-based Constellation Brands, and the 104-outlet Wine Shop, owned by Canada?s Andrew Peller Ltd., are exempted from the publicly owned LCBO?s 66.5 per cent markup, instead paying a much lower tax rate of 16.1 per cent for blended wines sold on their own shelves. But, as is required by law, the two private wine chains charge the same retail price as the LCBO, which has 639 stores, for the same products, enabling them to earn higher profits on those bottles.

Source: http://on.thestar.com/1EbZaUq

The Lighter Side of Wine

If I ever go missing, I want my picture on a wine bottle instead of a milk carton. This way, my friends will know I?m missing.

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