A Word from Bill – September 2015

I would like to thank all of you who attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The board was endorsed and there was great discussion of some suggestions that members had for upcoming events and other venues that we can use to best accommodate events. In the following pages, Robert has included a synopsis of the meeting.

Here we are already nearing the end of summer and as you enjoy the nice weather and hopefully some great wine, the board is planning some great events for the fall. In addition, please take a look through the following pages for our Garden Party with Guild Governor and consummate host Gay Cook. We have partnered with Gay, Tulips and Maple and Kolonaki Wine to create mouthwatering pairings of Greek wines and great food in a beautiful and serene setting. Registration for this event on September 8, 2015, is open now and as space is limited, please do not hesitate to sign up before it fills up.

The fall edition of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival (OWFF) is coming up and it offers two great opportunities for Guild members to get involved.

On September 19, 2015, is the Ottawa Wine Challenge. This is an opportunity to set up and pour for the day long judging of wines that will be showcased during the OWFF. This is a great opportunity to see the

behind the scenes activity of a wine challenge. We have a few spots for volunteers for the Challenge.

The OWFF takes place from October 30 to November 1, 2015. The event is at the Ottawa Convention Centre again and Guild volunteers have a chance to set up and observe wine tastings, allowing them to expand their knowledge.

If you are interested in getting involved in either (or both) events, please reach out to us at bill.ellis@sommelierguild.com.

One last note: Did you know that starting this fall Algonquin College will be offering the Wine Spirits and Education Trust (WSET) Advanced Program? It is being delivered by past Guild Director and Wine Person of the Year recipient Natale Lofaro. Natalie is a WSET Diploma graduate as well as one of the most knowledgeable and passionate wine people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. The course is comprehensive and recognized by the industry. Algonquin will offer this course in addition to the Sommelier Certificate Program which has also added beer and spirits courses. Check out the Algonquin website.

Enjoy what’s left of summer! Hope to see you at an upcoming events!


Bill Ellis, President bill.ellis@sommelierguild.com