A Word from Bill – January 2014

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s January already and I am writing another column to begin the year. Here’s hoping for a prosperous year for all of you. This is the time to make resolutions for the upcoming year. Why not resolve to do some wine-related travel, possibly to an area that you have not been to before? How about committing to trying some varietals that you’ve never experienced before? Maybe upgrading your Sommelier Certificate at Algonquin College by taking the new beer or spirits courses? There are lots of options and they all improve our level of knowledge, understanding and appreciation of wine. Have some fun and give one or more a try!

Now that the holidays are over and we’ve put away the decorations for another year, it’s time for a well deserved break. The Guild Gala at the National Arts Centre is a great opportunity for you to kick back and enjoy a fabulous meal prepared by Executive Chef John Morris and paired with some exceptional wines, given a wine budget that has been subsidized by the Guild. There are still a few spots available and if you’d like to entertain a small group of up to 8, you can request your own table. Some impressive door prizes are available. More information and the food and wine pairings are listed in the newsletter. The reviews for this event have always been great; the even is recognized as great value and is our annual signature event.

As for upcoming events, we will begin with a full slate for 2014 starting with the Gala. Outside of our Guild events, I should mention a few others of interest to our members. For Bordeaux lovers, the Union des Grands Crus Taste & Buy event will be making a stop in Toronto on Thursday, January 16, 2014. There are 90 producers pouring their 2011 vintage and the event is often attended by quite a few of the chateau owners. If you’ve never been to this event, it is worth the trip. The second event of note is the California Wine Fair this spring. We have included information on the dates and registration details (including a member discount) in the newsletter. Ottawa will also see a stop by the New Zealand Wine Fair this year and we are working on a Guild event with them; details of which will be made available in the next newsletter.

One last point, it’s time to renew your annual membership. If you haven’t done so yet, details are in the following pages. Maybe the best resolution to make this year is to attend more Guild events! We look forward to seeing you at one!

Cheers, Bill Ellis President