A Word from Bill — March 2015

I don’t know how you feel, but from my point of view, it’s been a long, cold winter and we are all ready for spring. Sure signs that spring is just around the corner are the California Wine Show and the Ottawa Food and Wine Festival Eat Drink Spring Edition.

The California Wine Show is being held on Friday April 10, 2015, at the Westin Ottawa Hotel, Confederation Ballroom from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. The registration link is at http:// http://www.calwine.ca. This has been a very popular event over the years and tends to sell out quickly. Close to 100 wineries will be represented this year, many of which send staff from California. This should again prove to be a great way for Guild members to taste and learn.

The Ottawa Food and Wine Festival Eat, Drink Spring will be held April 17-18, 2015. As always, Guild members will have the opportunity to volunteer and work at the event. This year, preference will be given to those volunteers that have their Smart Serve certification. It’s about

learning and protecting everyone from liability issues (both the Guild’s and your own). As we are around alcohol constantly, it’s a good practice to be certified, the course is inexpensive at $34.95 + GST and is easily taken as the course is online at https://www.smartserve.ca. The course requires an investment of a few hours of your time, so please consider it to work at Guild and other wine- and alcohol-related events.

We are currently planning a special spring event, please watch for details in the next newsletter. As a reminder, this is the Signatures event and it will help us all shake off the winter as we take a look at the new patio renovation prior to a fabulous event.

One last note, as our tastings are selling out, please sign up early. We are also checking for membership renewals for the events. Please ensure that you have a valid 2015 membership in place to register.

Here’s looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Cheers, Bill Ellis, President