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”

North of 7 Distillery Tour and Tasting

Saturday, March 5, 2016 —Reported by Dawn Harvie

A group of Guild members and guests gathered together on a Saturday afternoon to taste some local spirits.

Jody Miall (pictured below with the White Dog) and Greg Lipin are the co-owers of North of 7, the first distillery in Ottawa. Jody met us and regaled us with tales about setting up the distillery. They faced all sorts of challenges and red tape. On such example was having to provide a sample of spirit while not legally able to have a still. They got permission to build the still temporarily to produce the sample and then had to disassemble the still.

We tasted their four standard products as well as several products they are working on. Continue reading “North of 7 Distillery Tour and Tasting”

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—California Premium—Have your Say!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Reported by Bill Ellis

We tasted the premium products in the Vintages release. This was a great offer for those that appreciate California wines in that the release had enough for us to taste a full selection from California products. Of note were 2 products, the Treana due to its unique attributes as well as the Josh Cellars due to the value offered. The rest of the wines were well made and well appreciated with the Shafer being the group overall favourite. Guild President Bill Ellis took us through the product tastings while providing a slide deck talking to touring the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—California Premium—Have your Say!”

Tuscan Treasures—Cellared Wines

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Reported by Alexandre Desbarats

Tuscany is immediately evocative of sun-drenched landscapes, picturesque hill-top towns and amazing food. But Tuscany is also an incredibly diverse wine producing region that delivers top quality at prices to suit every purse. Guild secretary Robert White led an enthusiastic group of members on a tour of some of the top Tuscan wines, drawn from his personal collection. We explored wines from the Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino appellations, as well as a few “Super Tuscans”. Robert provided a bit of background on the wines we tasted which I have included here. They were tasted blind, in three flights of four. A listing of wines tasted is given for each flight. Continue reading “Tuscan Treasures—Cellared Wines”

Small Plates and Value Wines

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Reported by Andrea Travill

The Guild launches the 2016 wine tasting season.

As the Christmas carol goes “oh the weather outside was frightful…” With minus 19 degree temperatures and 45 kph winds and snow flurries, only the hardiest Guild members made it out Monday 18 January for the sold out opening event of the year. The event was the small plates dinner and value wine tasting. Director Sean O’Regan was our host at Restaurant International at Algonquin Collage. Continue reading “Small Plates and Value Wines”

Garden Party with Greek Wines

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Reported by Rod Story

On a warm summer-like evening in early September, 37 members joined Gay Cook and her sister Grete Hale to dine al fresco at their lovely stone house in the Civic Hospital area. Built in 1837, the Bayne-Morrison house is the oldest house in Ottawa. It has been several years since the Guild has held an event with Gay Cook and it was great to be back. Continue reading “Garden Party with Greek Wines”