Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Mediterranean—Have Your Say…

Thursday, February 2, 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

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Mid-winter. Names like Avignon & Bandol & Catalunya, Sicily & Sardinia. Other names like Aglianico & Assyrtiko, Cariñena/Carignan & Garnacha/Grenache & Monastrell/Mourvèdre, Picpoul & Viognier & Vermentino. Still dry rosé, whether from Provence, Languedoc or Lebanon. Cava made from Macabeo, Parellada, & Xarello plus other varieties. Mediterranean is a climate & attitude. So regions in Australia, California & South Africa, for example, may provide a few “new world” selections within these broadened definitions. Vintages tends in early new year to offer many affordable & interesting wines of quality, warming the moods if not the weather. The theme this time suggests anticipation for great stalwarts and a few fine surprises.

Please register early. Members signed up by Saturday, January 28th, will be invited to suggest a few of their preferred choices. Requests will be considered for the final selection, particularly the popular items along with intriguing specific thematic suggestions.

The VPR is a great “try before you buy” tasting opportunity of wines from the upcoming Vintages release. A chance to sample some selected, expensive, highly reputed wines that might not cross your palate otherwise and perhaps also bottles offering exceptional price/quality ratios and affordable lesser-known premium quality products that are unique bargains.

Members: ($45 + HST) $50.85
Sponsored Guests: ($55 + HST) $62.15

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Small Plates Food and Wine Pairing

Monday, January 16, 2017  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Algonquin College,  Restaurant International (H101)
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, ON

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Happy New Year!

The Guild is partnering with Algonquin College Restaurant International again to offer outstanding value for the first wine and food pairing event of the year.
Join us and explore flights of wine, each paired with small plate creations by the Chef and students of this “learning restaurant”.
As we recover from the expenses of the holiday season, we will focus on great food friendly wines that offer excellent value, chosen to compliment and contrast the menu.
The restaurant venue provides a wonderful relaxed atmosphere to meet and socialize with other members while being guided through the flights by Director Sean O’Regan.

Parking is free in the lot in front of the restaurant off of Navaho Drive. We hope to see you there.
Sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Members: ($50 + HST) $56.50
Sponsored Guests: ($60 + HST) $67.80

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Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Holiday Fizz—Have your Say…

Thursday, December 8, 2016 7:00 PM – 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 8, 2016, 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 10, 2016, release as well as some additions from earlier Vintages releases, Vintages on-line and the General List to round out the tasting. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Holiday Fizz—Have your Say…”

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Vintages Finest and Iconic Wines—Have Your Say…

Thursday, November 24, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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 is your chance to taste a number of these wines plus other recommended wines from the release. We encourage you to register early as all members signed up by Saturday, November 19, 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. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Vintages Finest and Iconic Wines—Have Your Say…”

Riesling Tasting Lead by the Winemaker from Germany!

Friday, November 18, 2016 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

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Riesling is considered by some to be the Queen of Grapes, but it can also be the most misunderstood.  But without question, it is the Queen of the Rhineland.

It was long believed that all Riesling wines were sweet, which was an unfortunate combination of demand and cheap exports. And the natural fruity/floral character of Riesling may be regarded by some as “sweetish” even when it’s dry. But what can’t be mistaken is that it is one of the most versatile wines in the world and it is fabulously food friendly. Jancis Robinson states that “Wine made from Riesling is quite unlike any other. It is generally light in alcohol, refreshingly high in fruity natural acidity, has the ability to transmit the character of a place through its extract and unique aromas and, unlike Chardonnay, is capable of aging for decades in bottle.” Continue reading “Riesling Tasting Lead by the Winemaker from Germany!”

Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Bordeaux—Have Your Say!

Thursday, October 27, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108

The last Vintages release of October is featuring wines of Bordeaux. This area not only produces very expensive wines, but also 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 have a discussion of ways to find good values from the region by examining different years, producers and locations. Continue reading “Vintages Pre-Release Tasting—Bordeaux—Have Your Say!”