Vintages Pre-Release Tasting – Holiday Fizz

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting— Premium California and Holiday Gifting!
Thursday, December 7, 2017 7:00–9:00 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 7, 2017, 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 9, 2017, release as well as some additions from earlier Vintages releases, Vintages on-line and the General List to round out the tasting.
All members signed up this event by Sunday, December 3, 2017, will be invited to suggest a few of their choices of sparkling wines. We will consider those requests as we make the final selections for the tasting, particularly looking at popular items based on multiple responses along with any intriguing thematic suggestions.
We invite you to join those who make this Guild Signature Event a regular feature of their wine life. The VPR is an opportunity to “try before you buy” a number of wines to be released by Vintages on the following Saturday. Taste some selected expensive, highly reputed wines that might not cross your palate otherwise and also have the chance to discover wines offering exceptional price/quality ratios and affordable lesser-known premium quality products that are well-made bargains. Note that this tasting will be all sparkling wines. Guild Director Rod Story will be leading this tasting.

Members: ($70+HST) $79.10
Sponsored Guests: ($80+HST) $90.40

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Vintages Pre-Release Tasting– Premium California and Holiday Gifting

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting — Premium California and Holiday Gifting

Thursday, November 23, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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 year instead of calling it their ‘Iconic’ release, Vintages has labeled it “California Premium and Gifting’. This is a chance to taste a number of these ‘Premium’ wines plus other recommended wines from the release. We encourage you to register sooner than later as all members signed up by Sunday, November 19 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.

The VPR is an opportunity to “try before you buy” a number of wines to be released by Vintages on the following Saturday. Taste some selected, expensive, highly reputed wines that might not cross your palate otherwise and also have the chance to discover wines offering exceptional price/quality ratios and affordable lesser-known premium quality products that are well-made bargains. This tasting will be lead by guild director Rod Story.

Members ($60+HST) CA$67.80

Sponsored Guests($70+HST) CA$79.10

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KIN Vineyards Tour and Tasting

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Come and join us for an aftertoon at KIN Vineyards for a Tour and Tasting.

KIN Vineyards
2225 Craig Side Road
Carp, ON K0A 1L0

 

KIN is the regions newest vineyard and winery, having just opened their tasting room this year. They tend two vineyards nestled along the Carp Ridge, by the Carp River, and resting upon the grey limestone of the Ottawa Formation. Each vineyard supports a distinct terroir, a unique personality, and a tremendous potential for remarkable wine.

This event provides a two hour tour and tasting which takes you into the vineyard (weather permitted) or the production facility. Our guide will explain the history of the vineyard and what happens on the agricultural side, followed by the tasting of 4 wines inside and including a cheese and charcuterie board to go with the tasting.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets $25.00

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Vintages Pre-Release Tasting– Italian Masterpieces –Have your Say!

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting — Italian Masterpieces and Big Red New World Wines — Have Your Say!

Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

With Fall upon us, thoughts of drinking light fruity wines on the patio turn to thoughts of more robust wines paired with hearty stews and roasts next to a warming fire. The October 28th Vintages release is featuring premium Italian wines and New World powehouse wines. This stands to be a great tasting, and a good opportunity to taste some new releases geared to the season.

We encourage you to register early as all members signed up by Saturday, October 21, 2017, 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 creative thematic suggestions.

The VPR is an opportunity to “try before you buy” a number of wines to be released by Vintages on the following Saturday. Taste some selected, expensive, highly reputed wines that might not cross your palate otherwise and also have the chance to discover wines offering exceptional price/quality ratios and affordable lesser-known premium quality products that are well-made bargains.

The tasting will be lead by Guild Directors Sean O’Regan and Greg Nyman.

Members ($60+HST) CA$67.80

Sponsored Guests($70+HST) CA$79.10

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Vintages pre-release – September 28th

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Tuscany, Thanksgiving & Winemaking Families— Have Your Say!

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

The first VPR of the season will feature wines of Tuscany, wines for Thanksgiving and winemaking families. Come join us as we taste higher end Sangiovese-based 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 highlighting Thanksgiving and winemaking families both here in Canada and abroad.

We encourage you to register early as all members signed up by Saturday, September 23, 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.

The VPR is an opportunity to “try before you buy” a number of wines to be released by Vintages on the following Saturday. Taste some selected, expensive, highly reputed wines that might not cross your palate otherwise and also have the chance to discover wines offering exceptional price/quality ratios and affordable lesser-known premium quality products that are well-made bargains.

The tasting will be lead by Guild Director Lisa Isabelle and Guild President Bill Ellis.

Members: ($45+HST) $50.85

Sponsored Guests: ($55+HST) $62.15

Spring Culinary Adventures with Exotic Food & Beverage

As we are nearing the end of the wine tasting season, the Guild is delighted to announce that we have partnered with Chef Joe Thottungal from Coconut Lagoon for a special evening to be held on Sunday June 4th, 2017, starting at 6:00 pm.

Joe will be on site to explain and describe every one of his dishes, including this year’s Gold Medal Plates Silver Medal winning dish “Kerala Infused Oil Poached Halibut”. We will be offering a 6-course menu at $110 cost (including HST and Gratuity) for Guild members and $125 for Sponsored Guests. There are only 50 seats available for this event. Make sure to reserve early.

The event will be lead by Guild Directors, Marie-France Champagne and Don Cook. They have challenged themselves to pair two beverages with every course and to explore the endless possibilities of wine and food pairing. These will not be typical Indian food pairings. Do not expect to taste a buttery Chardonnay or an off-dry Riesling at this event. You might however encounter some wine varietals that you have not tasted before. Perhaps, a local cider and maybe the odd beer pairing. We will be looking for our guests to provide us with feedback for each of the course’s best pairing.

Joe & his team are very pleased with their new look as they have recently completed renovations to both the exterior and interior of the restaurant. Parking is available on-site.

Please scroll below for the evening’s full menu. We will keep the pairings secret until the event!

http://www.coconutlagoon.ca/index.php

Lobster Samosa with Mango Coconut sauce + Kuchumber

Kerala spice infused Oil Poached Halibut +Fish Curry Crumbs

Mushroom Aviyal + Lentil Emulsion

Tandoori Duck Breast, Bed of Vegetable Slaw + Chili Lime Drizzle

Tellicherry Pepper Lamb Chop

Eggplant Chutney +Potato and Spinach Croquette + Beet Raitha +Rice Pedals

Lime Sorbet

Moong Dal Halwa + Ginger Ice Cream + Rasmalai Essence

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“Tour the World with your Favorite Varietal”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute
440 Albert Street, Room C108
Ottawa, ON K1R 5B5

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The Sommelier Guild continues its “Tour the World with your Favorite Varietal” on Wednesday May 10 th , 7pm at the Vendange Institute.

For this edition, Guild Director Marie-France Champagne will take you around the world to discover the many facets of the second most planted red varietal, Merlot. Often misunderstood, under appreciated and having suffered a reputation issue, Merlot is not only planted widely around the world but is a crucial part of some of the world’s most prized wine regions and blends.

From New World to Old World, Merlot makes its mark everywhere it is planted. Although not really fussy or difficult, the terroir and winemaking techniques will leave a distinct footprint on every Merlot tasted that night!

Looking forward to getting re-acquainted with Merlot.

Please continue to send your suggestions to wine@sommelierguild.com

Members: ($50+HST) $56.50

Sponsored Guests: ($60+HST) $67.80

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