Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Tuscany and Spain (+Thanksgiving)— Have Your Say!

Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

The last Vintages release of September is featuring wines of Tuscany and Spain. Both areas produce very expensive wines plus 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 try to fit in some other recommended wines from the release possibly including a Thanksgiving selection. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Tuscany and Spain (+Thanksgiving)— Have Your Say!”

Tour the World with Your Favourite Varietal: Syrah

September 14, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fraser Café 7 Springfield Rd, Ottawa.
Note: Street parking is available around the neighbourhood

You have asked and we have listened!

We strive to keep your palates fine- tuned and your knowledge of current trends up to date.

A number of members have come forward asking to taste their favourite varietals from across the world. The National Capital Sommelier Guild has decided to launch a series titled “Tour the World with your Favourite Varietal” that will begin this September.
Our series opener will be Syrah! When we think Syrah, we think Australia and Northern Rhône, but there are so many other great terroirs and cooler climate regions where Syrah thrives. Syrah is not always done as a heavy red wine, there are many other great expressions to this grape. Continue reading “Tour the World with Your Favourite Varietal: Syrah”

A Word from Bill — September 2016

Hereʼs hoping that you had a great summer and had some time in wine regions near and far. Locally we have a maturing wine industry as well as growing Spirit and Craft Beer industry that we can take advantage of. There are an increasing number of producers that are making a commitment to local quality. Further afield there is a similar boom in Prince Edward County and Niagara as well as New Yorkʼs Finger Lakes. I would encourage you to share your experiences with us on Twitter. Please follow us at @SOMMguildYOW and let us know what youʼre up to. Continue reading “A Word from Bill — September 2016”

What’s in a barrel? Exploring barrel difference with Southbrook Vineyards.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute – 440 Albert Street Suite C108

In a continuation of the Guild’s exploration of some of Ontario’s unique wineries and vineyards (e.g. Lowrey Vinyard tasting last October and Pearl-Morissette in February), the Guild has been able to source five Chardonnays and eight Cabernet Francs from Southbrook Vineyards that all come from their vineyards at Niagara-on-the-Lake (Four-mile Creek subappelation). All of the wines are from the same vintage (2013) and vineyard and all were made by Ann Sperling. In addition, all wines were hand harvested and natural fermented (wild yeast).

Continue reading “What’s in a barrel? Exploring barrel difference with Southbrook Vineyards.”

Annual General Meeting 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Algonquin College Hospitality Amphitheature Room H102 (across from the Wine lab) 1385 Woodroffe Avenue

The Guild?s Annual General Meeting is part business and part social event. A (very) brief summary of the year?s activity and financial status will be followed by an election to fill Board of Director positions being vacated for 2016-2017. While the votes are tallied, members will be given an opportunity to provide feedback about the Guild and Guild events, and address questions to the retiring Board. This will be followed by a reception where food and wine will be served. There is no cost for this event but we ask you to register to make sure we have enough refreshments. We look forward to seeing you. Continue reading “Annual General Meeting 2016”

Local Craft Beer Tasting—Covered Bridge Brewery

Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
119 Iber Road, Suite #6, Kanata

As part of our ongoing effort to experience the best of locally produced beverages, the Guild has organized a beer tasting at the Covered Bridge Brewery. Guided by Brewery staff, we will enjoy 8 to 9 samples of locally crafted beers and ales.

Recognizing that this tasting is outside the scope of most of our usual offerings, and to further entice members to experience locally designed and produced product, this tasting will be free to members. That?s right … Free! Continue reading “Local Craft Beer Tasting—Covered Bridge Brewery”