Indigenous cuisine meets Canadian wine!

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is hosting an unprecedented 5-star fundraising event in Ottawa! An evening of  Indigenous flavours—prepared by Wabano’s Chef Noah Para—paired with specially selected Canadian wines, guided by sommelier Véronique Rivest.

At this special event, you will enjoy seven flavourful food and wine pairings, Indigenous entertainment, a silent art auction, a tour of the  Wabano Meeting and Event Centre and a beverage  on our heated rooftop garden.

Chef Noah Para is an award winning Cree chef. Chef Para has cooked for leaders around the world including Pierre Trudeau, Bill Clinton and Jacques Chirac. He is one of the leaders of modern aboriginal cuisine in Canada

Véronique Rivest is one of the most respected sommeliers in Canada and abroad. She has won multiple sommelier competitions and awards. Véronique owns SOIF wine bar, writes for multiple magazines and has an infectious enthusiasm about sharing the great pleasures of wine.

Cost: $125 per person (Purchase Tickets)
Date: Friday, November 24th, 2017 from 5 PM to 8 PM.
Location: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 299 Chemin Montréal Road (Entrance on Bradley Avenue)

There are limited tickets available, so get your tickets now!

Note that this is not a sponsored National Capital Sommelier Guild event.

For more information, contact the Wabano Meeting and Event Centre:
613.748.0657 ext. 275
299 Montreal Road,
Ottawa, ON K1L 6B8

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Washington and Oregon

Thursday, April 27, 2017 — Reported by Dawn Harvie

The last Vintages release of April was focussed on Washington and Oregon. There was a full house of eager tasters. The first flight was four whites. The Momo Pinot Gris was clean and crisp, had a decent balance with a touch of residual sugar, but was not overly complex. The Elk Cove Pinot Gris had a lot more going on with some minerality and white peach on both the nose and palate. The heavily toasted oak on the Chardonnay was evident through the smokey flavours in the wine and had good acidity. The Riesling had zippy acidity and pear and was off dry. Each of the wines had some fans, but the Chardonnay was the definite favourite. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Washington and Oregon”

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Holiday Fizz—Have your Say…

Thursday, December 8, 2016 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

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Blanc de Blanc or Blanc de Noir? Blanc or rosé? Brut or non-brut? Vintage or non-vintage? Champagne or méthode traditionnelle? Whatever your preference, the festive season always demands sparklers that tickle the tongue and delight the palate in gustatory celebration.

Vintages has only one release in December and it always includes a great selection of Champagnes and sparkling wines to celebrate the season. Come and join the Guild at the Vendange Institute on December 8, 2016, for this special holiday Vintages pre-release tasting. Get a sneak taste at what will be in store for you to enjoy throughout the festive weeks leading to New Year’s Eve. Try something new or find a gem of value in the world of doubly fermented wines. The sparkling wines will be sourced from the December 10, 2016, release as well as some additions from earlier Vintages releases, Vintages on-line and the General List to round out the tasting. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Holiday Fizz—Have your Say…”

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Vintages Finest and Iconic Wines—Have Your Say…

Thursday, November 24, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

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The last Vintages release of November always features a large selection of high end wines just in time for the holiday season. This is your chance to taste a number of these wines plus other recommended wines from the release. We encourage you to register early as all members signed up by Saturday, November 19, 2016, will be invited to suggest a few of their choices from the release. We will consider the requests as we make the final selection, particularly looking at popular items based on multiple responses along with any intriguing thematic suggestions. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Vintages Finest and Iconic Wines—Have Your Say…”

Riesling Tasting Lead by the Winemaker from Germany!

Friday, November 18, 2016 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

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Riesling is considered by some to be the Queen of Grapes, but it can also be the most misunderstood.  But without question, it is the Queen of the Rhineland.

It was long believed that all Riesling wines were sweet, which was an unfortunate combination of demand and cheap exports. And the natural fruity/floral character of Riesling may be regarded by some as “sweetish” even when it’s dry. But what can’t be mistaken is that it is one of the most versatile wines in the world and it is fabulously food friendly. Jancis Robinson states that “Wine made from Riesling is quite unlike any other. It is generally light in alcohol, refreshingly high in fruity natural acidity, has the ability to transmit the character of a place through its extract and unique aromas and, unlike Chardonnay, is capable of aging for decades in bottle.” Continue reading “Riesling Tasting Lead by the Winemaker from Germany!”

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Bordeaux—Have Your Say!

Thursday, October 27, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

The last Vintages release of October is featuring wines of Bordeaux. This area not only produces very expensive wines, but also wines that provide incredible value. The plan is to taste some of the high end wines as well as searching out some of the highly recommended wines that punch above their price point. In addition, we will have a discussion of ways to find good values from the region by examining different years, producers and locations. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Bordeaux—Have Your Say!”