Reported by Christian Marcoux
Last night the National Capital Sommelier Guild held an evening of Canadian wine tasting, discovering wine from our own backyard. Matt Steeves animated the event and poured fifteen wines from coast to coast, taking us from the magical regions of British Columbia to the maritime region of Nova Scotia. Each wine was unique and carefully selected by Matt to express the diversity of the wine crafted in Canada.
Matt started with a selection of white wines from BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia, including Chardonnay and Riesling. The group was able to note the differences between each grape and the region it came from, taking into account elements such as ripeness, sun exposure and soil.
The second flight offered two Pinot Noir and two Meritage from Ontario and BC. This flight revealed the good quality of BC Pinot Noir, such as Foxtrot Vineyard from the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley. The group also enjoyed a Meritage from Icellars Estate Winery, a new Niagara winery that opened in 2010.
The third flight provided bold BC wines, showing deep colors, full body and a lot of fruit. I believe this was the preferred flight of the night. Matt explained the bio climate difference in BC, which causes the grape to reach a high level of sugar and ripeness, and results in a rich and bold type of wine.
For the fourth and last flight, Matt surprised us by showcasing three bubblies from Nova Scotia. Although not renowned for its bubbly, Canada has what it takes to produce well-made effervescent wine. All three bubblies impressed the group with impressive freshness and acidity, making these noteworthy choices for upcoming holiday season.
Stating with last night’s event and onward, the group will select the three wines of the night, according to the following three categories: Best of the Night; Best Value; and Hidden Gem.
Thank you to Matt Steeves for introducing these Canadian gems, as I am sure these were new discoveries for many in the group. Thank you to Julie as well, our friendly worker bee.
Looking forward to seeing you at the next event.
Following last year’s successful Iconic Canadian Wine tasting in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the National Capital Sommelier Guild is hosting a follow up special tasting of premium Canadian wines, representing some of the many world-class wines Canada is producing each and every year from our nearly 700 grape-based wineries and 1,700 grape growers/vineyards across Canada.
Join Guild Director Matt Steeves while he explores (and pours) some of Canada's finest wines sourced from across this great country. Don't miss this opportunity to taste some of the finest wines (most wines priced between $40-$80) in one structured tasting with a group of passionate wine lovers. Benjamin Bridge, Icellars, Inniskillin, Foxtrot, Burrowing Owl, and Culmina are a few of the great wineries that we'll be exploring...
Sponsored Guests: $67.80
Tue, June 12, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street Suite C108 Ottawa, Ontario
In 2000 there was a cider producer. By 2004, five wineries. Today there are more than 50 wineries, distilleries, and cider and beer brewers making top quality elixir for those who love to travel. Nestled in the ‘Golden Triangle’ between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal is the much lauded Prince Edward County. Loved by chefs and sommeliers this tiny area has some of the most exciting things happening in wine and food in Canada today.
Join winemaker Mackenzie Brisbois as she takes us through the Trail Estate collection. We will learn first hand the pitfalls and prizes that come with making wine in the County.
Part two will focus on what journalists think is the County’s best grape, Pinot Noir. from the area’s smallest producers. These reds are winery only purchases collected by Ron Melchers and Carola Price from the areas’ smallest and most interesting producers.
Please join us for what will prove to be an enjoyable and educational night!
Guild Members $50.00+Tax
Sponsored Guests $60.00+Tax
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
Algonquin College – Room T117 (Note - New Location this year)
The Guild s Annual General Meeting is part business and part social event. A recap for Members of the 2017-18 seasons activity and ﬁnancial status will be given. Members will be given an opportunity to provide feedback about the Guild and our events and have the opportunity to address questions to the Board as to areas of focus and potential improvements.
The AGM 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.
Please note that free parking is available in lot 8-12, close to T building, after 5pm.
We look forward to seeing you. This event is for Guild members only.
Members Only: Free
Thu, May 24, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street #C108 Ottawa, ON K1R 5B5
Join Guild Director Lisa Isabelle and raise a glass to Women in Wine at one of our final VPR tastings of the season and discover some of the dynamic women contributing to the global wine industry.
This Vintages Pre-Release tasting is an opportunity to try some of the wines before the official release on May 26.
Sign up early and have your say! Join us for this blind tasting experience and enjoy 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. All members signed up by Saturday, May 19 are invited to suggest a few of their choices from the release. All requests will be considered before a final selection is curated into interesting flights for the tasting.
Guild Members $56.50 ($50+HST)
Sponsored Guests $67.80 ($60+HST)
Thu, May 10, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street, Suite C108
This Vintages release is showcasing Bordeaux. This release usually shows wines ranging from great values to some higher end products. If we find other interesting products don’t be surprised if we add a few other well made wines from the rest of the release to keep things interesting and challenging.
The tasting will be lead by Guild Vice President Marie France Champagne and Guild President Bill Ellis who have both spent time in Bordeaux during En Premieur week and can share some thoughts and insights into different vintages and producers with you.
PLEASE HAVE YOUR SAY!! Join us at Vendange for this blind tasting and discover some good value wines as well as wines you might not otherwise try. We encourage you to register early as all members signed up by Saturday, May 4thwill 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” several wines to be released by Vintages on the following weekend. Taste some selected, expensive, highly reputed wines that might not cross your palate otherwise and give you the chance to discover wines offering exceptional price/quality.
Sponsored Guests: $65
Thu, April 26, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street Suite C108, Ottawa, Ontario
Join Guild Director and Algonquin College Sommelier program Instructor Greg Nyman on Thursday April 26th as we taste cool climate whites, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux-style blends and other varietals from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Germany (plus a few other regions!) From light and ethereal to concentrated and full-bodied, this is your chance try several wines ahead of the upcoming Vintages release.
Thu, April 12, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street Suite C108 Ottawa, Ontario
The guild’s exploration of single varietals from the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York started last year with a Riesling tasting lead by Peter Bell, the wine maker for Fox Run Vineyards. For those of you that were fortunate enough to attend Peter’s tasting last year were treated to a selection of stellar Rieslings from the region and came away with a great perspective of the varietal in the Finger Lakes. We are delighted that Peter has agreed to return this year to showcase Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc, a varietal equal to that of Riesling in the region. Like Niagara, the Finger Lakes is becoming increasingly well known for making some outstanding cool-climate wines.
Peter is a highly respected and experienced Finger Lakes winemaker. Originally from Toronto, Peter earned an enology degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia and made wine for Hunter’s Wines in New Zealand. He moved to the Finger Lakes in 1990 and was winemaker at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars for five years. Since 1995, he has been winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards on Seneca Lake. Peter’s broad and varied contributions to the Finger Lakes wine industry have been profiled in the acclaimed book by Evan Dawson, Summer in a Glass – The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes.
Peter is very knowledgeable and is an engaging speaker with a delightful sense of humour. He will bring a variety of Cabernet Franc wines from Fox Run and other wineries in the region that will showcase how the varietal is being produced in the Finger Lakes region.
Sponsored Guests: $62.15
Thu, March 29, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street #C108 Ottawa, ON
Come explore the wines of Sonoma County, California USA. Sonoma County, California, stretches from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Mayacamas Mountains in the east, and is home to almost 60,000 acres of vineyards and more than 400 wineries. Within the borders are 18 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs, or appellations), each with its own distinctive characteristics.
Located on the northern edge of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma County is the largest producer in Northern California's Wine Country. Sonoma County wines enjoy global recognition and have won countless national and international wine awards.
Hosted by Director Don Cook who lived 5 years in the heart of Sonoma.
Sponsored Guests: $67.80
Thu, March 1, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Vendange Institute 440 Albert Street Ottawa, Ontario
Have you ever wondered what the effect of age is on a good wine but haven’t made the investment to find out? Have you ever give any thought to the condition and quality that wines bought at auction may deliver? To answer these questions Guild President Bill Ellis has been assembling a number of well-aged wines through auctions over the past few years for our members to taste and rate.
Having focused on Bordeaux in the past, this time we have added some Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage and even an older Caymus. Please join us to enjoy what will prove to be educational and enjoyable!
Here are the wines for the tasting:
This event has a limited amount of tickets to allow for decanting and sediment ensuring attendees get quality samples, as you can see the ullage and bottles look good. This is a member only event so please register soon to avoid disappointment.
Members Only: $100.00 (Includes HST)