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”

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—“Judgement of Paris” Edition

Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

The Judgement of Paris tasting that created global controversy was in 1976, 40 years ago … how time flies!

The May 28, 2016, Vintages release will feature selected wines that are current vintages of the original wines tasted as well as others similar and representative of the competition. We will run our own Ottawa “Judgement”; tasting blind, we will see what attendees think of our own France versus United States tasting. Given unique quality of wines available this will be a premium Vintages Pre-Release (VPR). Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—“Judgement of Paris” Edition”

A Word from Bill — May 2016

As we get closer to the summer break we seem to be busier than ever! At our Wine and Dine event at the NAC a number of our members were on hand to see us award our Wine Person of the Year to Derek Barnett. Although based in Niagara, Derek has been committed to educating the Ottawa wine market and had the vision to introduce Niagara Wine Futures to the market. Modeled after the French example after barrel sampling locally National Capital wine lovers were able to order some great product for future delivery. Always a good friend and dedicated supporter of our market all were in agreement that Derek was a very worthy recipient. Congratulations! Continue reading “A Word from Bill — May 2016”