A word from Bill — December 2011

Now that we have had our first few snowfalls and Christmas is just around the corner, our thoughts are more towards family gatherings and a number of events around the holidays. The Guild will be running its last event of the 2011 season with “Festive Fizz” and that will conclude a busy year of tastings and dinners. Thanks to all of our membership for your support over the year!
At a recent VPR we polled the attendees to see what their favourite wines were to pair with a traditional holiday meal and we got a number of different answers. Among them was everything from the traditional aged Bordeaux and Chardonnay to Rieslings, Zinfandels, Pinots or Burgundys as well as other wines that in their mind were a prefect match with the meals. And after having just attended a session with Tim Hanni, Master of Wine, to learn about his theory that people have sensitivity to different tastes, I am pleased to say that all of the choices are correct.

Most of all enjoy the holidays and your friends and families at the gatherings. For the record, I always look to the season to enjoy a cheese plate and a nice Vintage Port in front of the fire on a cold winter day. I should add the LCBO has a wonderful 2000 Sandelman Vintage Port as a standard offering that really fits the bill. We tasted this

last year at a VPR and there was limited availability when it was priced at $29.95. Our members loved it. Now that it is a general list item, it is availabile at many stores and it is priced at $19.95. Looks like the LCBO is saying Merry Christmas to our members!

To accommodate the hectic holiday season we have moved the Guild Holiday Gala to January 21, 2012 and it looks like a good one again. Chef Blackie, at the NAC, is finalizing a special menu for the Guild and we are selecting wines to pair specifically with each course. This is the 6th event we have run with Chef Blackie and he is again ensuring a dining experience that we will all be talking about for some time to come. Details will be coming shortly and will be emailed to you.

In closing, I would like to add that we have a full slate of events starting in January including our regular VPR’s, aged wine tasting and a variety of dining events. Stay tuned for the details. On behalf of the board directors and myself, we wish you Happy Holidays!

Cheers, Bill Ellis President