A word from Bill — September 2011

Lately I’ve noticed that the summer nights are getting darker and cooler which is a good indication that fall will be upon us soon. Here’s hoping that you’re enjoying the end of the summer and have had a chance to enjoy some good wines. Based on members’ comments that summer is a busy time and many of us are travelling, the Guild did not run events in July and August but rather focused on organizing quality events for the fall and winter seasons. To that end we have a full slate of events planned starting in September and taking us well into the new year.

Here are some highlights:

  • We have moved the Mechoui to the fall. It is now an event that will celebrate some of the best local produce of the season with local lamb.
  • For those that have a taste for old wines or those who have never had the chance to experience them we have an aged wine tasting coming in October.
  • Our regular monthly VPR schedule will resume again in September.
  • The Ottawa Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner and it is time again to offer Guild members the opportunity to volunteer and be a part of the show. Details are included in the newsletter.

As always we have other events that will be added to the calendar and you will be getting regular e- mails on upcoming events.

In Ottawa we are well positioned to visit many wine regions by car. We now have local producers that have products that are becoming more mature and exciting and we are within driving distance of Prince Edward County, New York’s Finger Lakes and Niagara. The Guild has Governors and friends in these areas. Many of your Board of Directors travel regularly to these areas and have thoughts on favourite producers. If you are travelling to these areas and need a few ideas please don’t hesitate to reach out to us as we’d be happy to share our thoughts with you.

For those of you that are interested in the nuts and bolts of winemaking we have included a link to Allyson Bycraft’s blog. Many of you will know her from her days of teaching WSET courses at the Vendange Institute, she is now working at a winery in California and offers her perspective on what it is like to roll up your sleeves and get into winemaking as a full time job. Hard work to be sure!

Here’s one additional note for those that attended our Summer Dining event at Gay Cook’s. Several of the wines that Don Cook provided for the dinner are is now available at the LCBO. The Kato New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is in stock! If you liked the Taltarni Brut Tache there are a few bottles left at some stores and a great value as part of the bin ends sale.

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

Thanks for your confidence.

Bill Ellis