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”

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”

Dear Guild Member

As a valued member of the National Capital Sommelier Guild, we greatly appreciate your continued support through your membership, and hope you are taking advantage of and enjoying all of the events the Guild organizes for your wine tasting pleasure.

If you know someone who also enjoys wine, and who may be interested in learning more about wine through regular tastings or who would enjoy one of our many food and wine pairing events, we encourage you to share the benefits of the National Capital Sommelier Guild with them.

As an incentive for you to share and encourage your wine-minded friends to join, the Guild is pleased to introduce our membership referral program and a chance to win a $50 dollar LCBO gift card. Continue reading “Dear Guild Member”

A Word from Bill — April 2016

Things are in full swing for our Gala event, our rebranded Spring Wine and Dine at the NAC on April 16, 2016. We will be announcing the Wine Person of the Year and the well deserved recipient will be joining us to share thoughts, ideas and a deep knowledge of wine and the wine industry. This will not only be an amazing evening, but informative for our group. There are a few seats still available so if you haven’t registered, please do so quickly. This year there will be live music as well as the addition of a “mystery wine” that will be sure to please all. We have taken the additional step of upgrading the wine selections to pair with dinner at no additional expense to our members and giving you greater value for the event. In this case, “Guild membership has its privileges”. Here’s hoping we see you there!  Continue reading “A Word from Bill — April 2016”

A Word from Bill — March 2016

Although we had a great start to the winter, late storms forced us into the house and in front of the fireplace. What a great time to enjoy some heavier red and fortified wines. It seems that we wine lovers have a good reason to enjoy wines that pair not only with food, but also with the season. This allows us to effectively cope with whatever Mother Nature throws our way. In any event spring is just around the corner! Continue reading “A Word from Bill — March 2016”