Over the course of the past nine months, the Board of Directors has been busy implementing a number of changes making the Guild the organization that you were looking for when we did the focus group research. Most recently, we launched our redesigned newsletter and website. When you link to www.sommelierguild.com you will find a crisp, clean looking website that is laid out in a way that allows for easy navigation. We have included a section that will provide information and news from the wine community along with Guild events. I would like to thank Nicole Vallée, Dawn Harvie and Dave Isaacs for their creativity and long hours in delivering these new tools to you.
Every March is time to remind those of you that if you have not renewed your membership for 2011 now is the time to do so. Benefits of a Guild membership include:
Monthly VPR’s—this is the only way to taste products in advance of the LCBO’s Vintages release. We have introduced “Have Your Say” allowing you to suggest products that to be featured at the tasting.
Reduced entry rate at the Ottawa Food and Wine Show and opportunity to volunteer for a number of positions.
Access to at least two events per month at member prices. Also, attend our three signature events—
the Mechoui, Summer Dining at Gay Cook’s and the Holiday Gala—at the membership rate as well, getting a super deal.
Special events like Premium Shiraz; member-only events like the South African and New Zealand Winemaker tastings—always offered at low cost to no cost.
We will continue to create unique tastings and special offers to members over the course of the year. If you have not done so yet, don’t forget to renew!
I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.
P.S. One short additional thought—if you have not signed up for the California Wine Show you should do so soon as the show sells out quickly. It’s only a month away.