A word from Bill — April 2011

Spring is finally here and as I reflect on the beginning of the year the Guild has had three incredible events namely the Gala at the NAC, the Sherry event at Play and most recently the Cheese event at Beckta’s. Again I would like to thank Guild Governors Phil Nicholson and Steve Beckta for making these events possible and huge successes! Both of these events were instrumental in maintaining the scholarship program that the Guild has in place for the furthering of wine education in our National Capital area. A heartfelt thanks to both of you and your staff!

Upcoming in April we will continue to be busy. Besides the California Wine Show we will be working with the Embassy of Argentina to celebrate World Malbec Day, offer a Taste of South Africa as well as offering our monthly VPR (Italy and Southern Italy). Globally this offers something for everyone.

As for the monthly VPRs thanks to our membership for your support. It is becoming increasingly challenging to pick the wines for the event due to the way the LCBO releases their product. As an example, the last release was featuring Spain and Portugal but there was a good selection of California wines with a few hidden gems in the general release. It really is important that with the breadth of the offering the registered guests respond to our call for suggestions so you can help us pick the wines and “Have your say”. At out last tasting (which was sold out) virtually every attendee had at least one of their requests poured for the group!

Living in Ottawa brings us closer to the challenges of the Canadian political system. We had to move our Annual General Meeting to accommodate the Federal election. The new date for the AGM will be Monday May 9th, 7:00 p.m. at Algonquin College Amphitheater. As always we will review the past year and look forward to the year ahead. In the newsletter we have included a call for Directors. If you are interested please reach out to myself or anyone on our current board to discuss what the job entails if you are interested in helping as we have a few vacancies. We’d be more than happy to let you know what is required. If you are not sure that you have the time to be a Director and have a passion for a particular wine or region and would like to help out we are also looking for volunteers. In short, we are always looking for good people!

On a parting note I would like to let you know that we have struck an arrangement with the Ontario Wine Society. This Toronto based wine club will allow members of the Guild to attend their events at member prices if you happen to see something interesting and are in the Toronto area. We will offer OWS members the same courtesy if they happen to be in Ottawa and would like to attend our events. OWS specializes in Ontario wines and has a close relationship with Ontario producers. We look forward to hosting a joint event in the National Capital in the near future.

Here’s looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming event, we’ve got some good ones on the horizon. Remember, life is too short to drink bad wine!


Bill Ellis