Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Holiday Fizz—Have your Say…

Thursday, December 8, 2016 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

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Blanc de Blanc or Blanc de Noir? Blanc or rosé? Brut or non-brut? Vintage or non-vintage? Champagne or méthode traditionnelle? Whatever your preference, the festive season always demands sparklers that tickle the tongue and delight the palate in gustatory celebration.

Vintages has only one release in December and it always includes a great selection of Champagnes and sparkling wines to celebrate the season. Come and join the Guild at the Vendange Institute on December 8, 2016, for this special holiday Vintages pre-release tasting. Get a sneak taste at what will be in store for you to enjoy throughout the festive weeks leading to New Year’s Eve. Try something new or find a gem of value in the world of doubly fermented wines. The sparkling wines will be sourced from the December 10, 2016, release as well as some additions from earlier Vintages releases, Vintages on-line and the General List to round out the tasting. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Holiday Fizz—Have your Say…”

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Vintages Finest and Iconic Wines—Have Your Say…

Thursday, November 24, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

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The last Vintages release of November always features a large selection of high end wines just in time for the holiday season. This is your chance to 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, November 19, 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 popular items based on multiple responses along with any intriguing thematic suggestions. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Vintages Finest and Iconic Wines—Have Your Say…”

Riesling Tasting Lead by the Winemaker from Germany!

Friday, November 18, 2016 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

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Riesling is considered by some to be the Queen of Grapes, but it can also be the most misunderstood.  But without question, it is the Queen of the Rhineland.

It was long believed that all Riesling wines were sweet, which was an unfortunate combination of demand and cheap exports. And the natural fruity/floral character of Riesling may be regarded by some as “sweetish” even when it’s dry. But what can’t be mistaken is that it is one of the most versatile wines in the world and it is fabulously food friendly. Jancis Robinson states that “Wine made from Riesling is quite unlike any other. It is generally light in alcohol, refreshingly high in fruity natural acidity, has the ability to transmit the character of a place through its extract and unique aromas and, unlike Chardonnay, is capable of aging for decades in bottle.” Continue reading “Riesling Tasting Lead by the Winemaker from Germany!”

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Bordeaux—Have Your Say!

Thursday, October 27, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

The last Vintages release of October is featuring wines of Bordeaux. This area not only produces very expensive wines, but also wines that provide incredible value. The plan is to taste some of the high end wines as well as searching out some of the highly recommended wines that punch above their price point. In addition, we will have a discussion of ways to find good values from the region by examining different years, producers and locations. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Bordeaux—Have Your Say!”

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Tuscany and Spain (+Thanksgiving)— Have Your Say!

Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

The last Vintages release of September is featuring wines of Tuscany and Spain. Both areas produce very expensive wines plus wines that provide incredible value. The plan is to taste some of the high end wines as well as searching out some of the highly recommended wines that punch above their price point. In addition, we will try to fit in some other recommended wines from the release possibly including a Thanksgiving selection. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Tuscany and Spain (+Thanksgiving)— Have Your Say!”

Tour the World with Your Favourite Varietal: Syrah

September 14, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fraser Café 7 Springfield Rd, Ottawa.
Note: Street parking is available around the neighbourhood

You have asked and we have listened!

We strive to keep your palates fine- tuned and your knowledge of current trends up to date.

A number of members have come forward asking to taste their favourite varietals from across the world. The National Capital Sommelier Guild has decided to launch a series titled “Tour the World with your Favourite Varietal” that will begin this September.
Our series opener will be Syrah! When we think Syrah, we think Australia and Northern Rhône, but there are so many other great terroirs and cooler climate regions where Syrah thrives. Syrah is not always done as a heavy red wine, there are many other great expressions to this grape. Continue reading “Tour the World with Your Favourite Varietal: Syrah”