A word from Bill — January 2012

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that you all have had a wonderful holiday season and the chance to enjoy some great wines with good friends and family.

Judy, my wife and I came in from a long walk in the crisp cold winter weather and afterwards it was time to go into the cellar and look for the perfect wine for the afternoon. The decision (finally) was to have a nice Manzanilla Sherry and enjoy it in front of a roaring fire. Phil Nicholson is right—there is a type of Sherry that pairs with everything and it is often overlooked. Best of all, it is a great value!

We would like to congratulate our friends Caroline and Dave at the Zen Kitchen with their Gold Medal Plates performance. This is the second straight year that they have claimed the Silver Medal—proof positive that you can be successful without using foie gras! Zen Kitchen has a loyal local following, but has also garnered international recognition having been written up in publications like the Washington Post and the Globe and Mail. Well done!

I wanted to make sure that you are aware of two great events coming to Ottawa this year. They are:

  • California Wine Show: Thursday, March 29 or Friday, March 30, 2012, Venue TBA. Details to follow. Special Guild pricing will be available for this event.
  • New Zealand Wine Show: May 8, 2012, John G. Diefenbaker Building, Victoria Hall, 111 Sussex Drive. We will again this year be holding a Guild-only tasting with the winemaker’s prior to general admission of the masses! Details will be shared in upcoming newsletters.

We have a full slate of upcoming events in January and February including our Guild Gala. We will be presenting the Wine Person of the Year award at the Gala and have decided on a truly deserving recipient. There are still a few tickets available so don’t miss it. See you there!

Cheers, Bill Ellis President