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Les Soirées Vins et Gastronomie de Maclean’s – Montréal – 24 mars

Vivez une expérience gastronomique unique et dégustez de grands vins australiens au restaurant Maison Boulud à Montréal, au cours d’une soirée organisée par Maclean’s où vous serez reçu par des sommeliers et des chefs hors pair.

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Vous adorerez le somptueux repas de quatre services, chacun combiné à un grand vin australien. En compagnie de la sommelière Véronique Rivest et du chef de la Maison Boulud, Riccardo Bertolino, vous serez invité à découvrir les subtilités des accords auprès des experts.

Billet à prix courant – 149 $
Abonnés de Maclean’s et membres de Chacun Son Vin – 99 $

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Date de la soirée : Mardi 24 mars 2015

Restaurant : Maison Boulud, Montréal (Ritz-Carlton Montréal, 1288 Rue Sherbrook Ouest, Montréal)

Cocktail : 18 h 30 à 19 h

Souper : 19 h à 22 h

Billets:
149 $  + TPS/TVQ par personne
99 $  + TPS/TVQ pour les abonnés de Maclean’s et membres de Chacun Son Vin

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Les vins qui seront servis:

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coldstream Hill Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012
Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay 2013
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

*Note : Pour demander l’option végétarienne, veuillez communiquer avec la gestionnaire de l’événement à l’adresse Lina.Grahram@rci.rogers.com. Afin de vous offrir une expérience gastronomique de qualité supérieure, votre chef et votre sommelier élaborent le menu à l’avance avec grand soin. Aucune substitution ne sera donc possible.*

Mason Boulud – À Propos:

Chez Maison Boulud, nous vous proposons la cuisine d’un chef formé par la tradition française, mais aussi inspiré par des décennies passées à New York. Le menu de Daniel Boulud accompagne les saisons en côtoyant la richesse de fournisseurs Québécois. Vous trouverez des charcuteries Lyonnaises, des saveurs Méditerranéennes, même notre célèbre hamburger, ainsi que des plats crées uniquement pour Maison Boulud. Le résultat: une cuisine à la fois raffinée et contemporaine, mais aussi très personnelle et chaleureuse, préparée par notre Chef de Cuisine Riccardo Bertolino. Situé au Ritz-Carlton, le restaurant, bar et lounge et ses salons privés maintiennent leur propre identité, pleine de vitalité. Néanmoins, l’ambiance de la rue Sherbrooke reflète la renaissance du Ritz-Carlton et son importance au cœur de la vie Montréalaise. : La véranda adjacente à la salle à manger jouit d’une vue d’une vue splendide sur les célèbres jardins paysagés de l’Hôtel Ritz-Carlton. Le décor intérieur est constitué de riches matériaux naturels avec ses murs de verre coloré et ses fastueux tissus.

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A Four-Course Gourmet Dinner with William Hardy of Hardys Wines – Montreal

On Wednesday, March 4th, Chacun son vin is pleased to present a four-course gourmet dinner paired with wines from the iconic Australian producer, Hardys.

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Join wine agents Mondia Alliance for an exclusive gourmet dinner at O’Thym Restaurant and meet Hardys‘ Brand Ambassador and 5th generation family member, William Hardy.

Nadia Fournier, partner and principal critic at Chacun son vin will be your host for the evening. Please note that the event will be in English.

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Event Details:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

O'Tyme RestaurantLocation:  O’Thym (1112 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Est, Montreal)

Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Tickets:  $75 + taxes and fees (includes 4-course meal and wines)

*Please note tickets are limited to 50, so book early to avoid disappointment.

List of Wines to be Served:

Hardys Butcher’s Gold 2012
Hardys The Gamble 2013
William Hardys Sauvignon Blanc 2013
HRB Riesling 2014
Eileen Chardonnay 2013
William Hardy Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Eileen Shiraz 2010
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William David Hardy, or Bill as he prefers to be known, is the 5th generation of Hardys involved in Hardys wines. As the current champion for the Hardys family of wines, Bill continues to build on the legacy started in 1853 by Thomas Hardy. The Hardys global wine business grew under the stewardship of a line of Hardys, arguably none more famous than Eileen Hardy, Bill’s grandmother.

Bill HardyBill commenced work with the family business as a Trainee Winemaker in 1972, and after an initial vintage at the company’s Tintara Cellars in McLaren Vale, he travelled to Bordeaux, France to undertake the Diplome National d’Oenologue at the Université de Bordeaux, graduating Majeur (dux) of his year. He continued in his winemaking career at several of the Hardys’ properties.

At the same time, Bill continued his commitment to the Australian wine industry on both a national and regional basis, serving as President of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology and Chairman of the McLaren Vale Winemakers’ Association.

In total, as a winemaker, Bill completed 12 vintages in South Australia, six in Western Australia and eight in France before handing over the winemaking reins to the next generation, and in 2012, Bill achieved an even greater milestone when he reached 40 years of continuous service to the company.

Most recently, Bill was paid the great compliment of having the William Hardy range of wines added to the Hardys’ portfolio this year..

Bill has maintained a family commitment to both the Australian wine industry and the environment. In recent years, he has been a member of the Australian Wine Industry Technical Advisory Committee, Australian Delegate to the Oenology Commission of the International Organization of Vine and Wine, and Chairman of Wetland Care Australia.

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Une soirée de dégustation de vins et repas quatre services avec William Hardy de Hardys Wines Australia – Montréal

Chacun son vin a le plaisir de vous proposer, le mercredi 4 mars, un repas quatre services avec une dégustation de vins du célèbre producteur australien Hardys.

Bill Hardy, ambassadeur de Hardys Wines Australia en collaboration avec l’agence Mondia Alliance vous convie à une soirée de dégustation de vins de la maison Hardys accompagnée d’un souper.

Nadia Fournier, partenaire et critique principale pour Chacun son vin sera aussi des vôtres pour la soirée. Veuillez aussi noter que Bill fera sa présentation en anglais, mais que Nadia sera heureuse d’assurer la traduction, si nécessaire.

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Quand:  Le 4 mars de 18h30 à 21h30

TymeOù:  Au restaurant O’Thym, 1112 boulevard de Maisonneuve Est, Montréal

Coût:  75 $ par personne (incluant un repas 4 services en accord avec les vins)

Veuillez noter que les places sont limitées à 50; réservez rapidement.

Vins Hardys en dégustation:

Hardys Butcher’s Gold 2012
Hardys The Gamble 2013
William Hardys Sauvignon Blanc 2013
HRB Riesling 2014
Eileen Chardonnay 2013
William Hardy Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Eileen Shiraz 2010
Whiskers Blake

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William David Hardy, ou Bill comme il préfère qu’on l’appelle, fait partie de la cinquième génération de la famille Hardy travaillant pour le compte des vins Hardys. En tant qu’expert actuel de la famille de vins Hardys, Bill continue de s’appuyer sur l’héritage établi en 1853 par Thomas Hardy. L’entreprise internationale de vins Hardys s’est développée grâce à la direction d’une lignée de la famille Hardy, dont le membre la plus connue est possiblement Eileen Hardy, la grand-mère de Bill.

Bill a commencé son travail au sein de l’entreprise familiale à titre de vinificateur stagiaire en 1972, puis, après un premier millésime aux Tintara Cellars de l’entreprise, à McLaren Vale, il s’est rendu à Bordeaux, en France, afin d’obtenir le Diplôme national d’œnologue de l’Université de Bordeaux, obtenant le titre de major de la promotion. Il a poursuivi sa carrière d’œnologue dans plusieurs propriétés de la maison Hardys.

Bill HardyAu même moment, Bill poursuivait son engagement à l’égard de l’industrie vinicole australienne tant sur la scène nationale que régionale, occupant les postes de président de la société australienne de viticulture et d’œnologie (Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology) et de président de l’association des vinificateurs de McLaren Vale (McLaren Vale Winemakers’ Association).

Au total, à titre de vinificateur, Bill a produit 12 millésimes en Australie-Méridionale, 6 en Australie-Occidentale et 8 en France avant de remettre les rênes de la vinification à la génération suivante. En 2012, Bill a franchi une étape encore plus impressionnante lorsqu’il a atteint la marque de 40 ans de service continu pour l’entreprise.

Plus récemment, Bill a reçu un grand hommage, alors qu’on a donné son nom à la gamme de vins William Hardy, qui fait partie de la gamme Hardys, cette année.

Bill a maintenu un engagement familial tant à l’égard de l’industrie vinicole australienne que de l’environnement. Au cours des dernières années, il a siégé à titre de membre du Australian Wine Industry Technical Advisory Committee et il a occupé les fonctions de délégué australien de la Commission Œnologie de l’Organisation internationale de la vigne et du vin et de président de Wetland Care Australia.

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Taste of Maclean’s Dining Series – Toronto – March 9, 2015

Enjoy a unique fine dining experience and benchmark Australian wines at Toronto’s Nota Bene restaurant as curated by Maclean’s and hosted by outstanding sommeliers and culinary talent.

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You’ll love the sumptuous four-course meal paired with premier Australian wines.  Joined by Master Sommelier John Szabo and Nota Bene’s chef, David Lee, guests are invited to learn the subtleties of the pairings from the experts.

WineAlign members enjoy an exclusive discount and can purchase tickets at the Maclean’s subscriber rate of just $99+HST (regular price $149).

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John Szabo MS and Chef David Lee

Event Details:

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Location:  Nota Bene (180 Queen  St W., Toronto, ON)

Cocktail Reception: 6:30pm

Dinner: 7:00pm – 10pm

Tickets:  $99 plus HST

*Please note tickets are limited to 100, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Wines to be featured Include:

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2011
Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay 2013
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

 

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*A vegetarian option will be available.  To provide the highest quality food and wine experience, your chef and sommelier are carefully curating the menu in advance of the evening.  Unfortunately, this means that substitutions, food restrictions, and allergy considerations cannot be accommodated.*

About Nota Bene

Nota Bene was named Canada’s best new restaurant by Toronto Life and Air Canada’s EnRoute Magazine and was voted as one of Canada’s Top Ten New Restaurants by Where Magazine.  Located at 180 Queen Street West, Nota Bene bridges the Toronto business district with funky Queen West; steps away from the Theatre district and the Opera House.

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Gourmet Dinner & Tutored Tasting Featuring Wynns: A Benchmark in Terroir

On Thursday, February 19th, WineAlign is pleased to present a gourmet dinner and tutored tasting featuring wines from Coonawarra’s pre-eminent wine producer, Wynns.

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Join us for an exclusive tutored tasting and gourmet dinner at Malaparte restaurant at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with Wynns‘ senior winemaker, Sue Hodder.  Sue will guide you through a tasting experience that explores expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz through the microclimates of Coonawarra, showcasing the variety of the region.  The international reputation of  Australia’s Coonawarra is derived from the regionally specific terra rossa soil and like many great wine regions of the world, a marginal climate which ensures a long ripening period.

Wynns is the Coonawarra region’s pre-eminent wine producer, with the largest holding of the region’s best and longest established vineyard sites. Today the wines are regarded as benchmarks for the district, lauded for their consistent quality and depth of flavour.

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Sue Hodder

Sue Hodder is one of Australia’s best-known winemakers and this year celebrates her 21st vintage with Wynns – making wine from wonderful, expressive fruit grown in the heart of the terra rossa. Sue commenced her career as a viticulturist. Sue believes her early viticultural training – assessing vines, analysing mature fruit and tasting the finished wine – gave her an invaluable insight into the importance of the vineyard in quality winemaking. Sue brings valuable experience with vintages in other noted wine regions around the world and has judged extensively in Regional,National and International wine shows.

Sue will be joined by WineAlign’s David Lawrason.

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Event Details:

Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015

Location:  Malaparte (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 6th floor, 350 King St W, Toronto)

Reception: 6:00pm

Tutored Tasting:  6:30pm – 7:30pm

Dinner: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tickets:  $90 including taxes and fees

*Please note tickets are limited to 65, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Wine List for Tutored Tasting:

2011 Wynns “The Gables” Cabernet Shiraz
2012 Wynns V&A Lane Cabernet Shiraz
2012 Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Wynns Black Label Shiraz
2010 Wynns Alex 88 Cabernet
2010 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

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Menu

Chef’s selection of canapés

Warm Goat Cheese Salad
Pesto, Pickled Beets, Sunflower seeds and Mizuna

Thyme & Garlic Strip Loin Steak
Potato Curls, Mustard Greens, Heirloom Carrots, and Red Pepper Jus

OR

Roasted Rock Chicken Suprême
Sweet Potato Cake, Brussels Sprouts, Mustard Greens, Cipollini Onions and Tomato Vierge

Dessert
Crème Caramel Renversée
Hazelnuts, Sea Buckthorn Berries, Shiso and Lemongrass

*A vegetarian option will be available*

*There are no substitutions*

About Malaparte

Malaparte is a spectacular event space on the 6th floor at TIFF Bell Lightbox, in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. With floor to ceiling windows, it features a breathtaking cityscape view. The rooftop terrace and outdoor amphitheatre is reminiscent of the roof of Villa Malaparte in Capri where Jean-Luc Godard shot Le Mépris. Interior designer Anacleto Design has incorporated sophisticated textures, with shimmer and elegance, perfect for exclusive private events and star-studded soirées. O&B’s Corporate Events Chef, Jamie Meireles, directs the cuisine for Malaparte, as well as all onsite facility catering.

 

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Our winemaker events have been consistently and quickly selling out.  If you are interested in attending then we advise you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015

February 20 to March 1, 2015

2015-02-03_11-53-16The 37th Vancouver International Wine Festival, Canada’s top wine show, takes place February 20 to March 1. Over the course of eight days, the festival, which is presented by The Vancouver Sun, pours 1,750+ wines from 170 wineries from 14 countries at 53 events and 30 venues. There are 10 events exclusively for those in the wine and hospitality business.

What sets this festival apart? Vine stars. Every winery at the festival sends a vine star – winemaker, proprietor or senior exec – to Vancouver. You’re quite likely to find that the person pouring your wine has his or her name on the bottle. Vine stars are in their booths in the tasting room, at dinners, lunches, grazing events and everywhere their wines are served. Identify them by the royal blue lanyard holding their name badge.

Vancouver International Wine FestivalThe festival is headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and Australia takes centre stage this year. The global focus is on syrah and shiraz. The heart of the action is the Acura Tasting Room, which, along with its stunning view of the harbour and mountains, offers 750 wines from 170 wineries organized by country. The Savour Australia section features 55 Australian wineries, pouring 220 wines by region. And there are 170+ expressions of syrah/shiraz in the room. When you discover wines you like, you can buy them at the BC Liquor Store wine shop onsite. And should you find a wine you like a lot, if it has a BUY THE CASE sign, you may order a case directly from the booth. Whether you buy one or two bottles, or a case or more, BCLS offers free delivery to your nearest store within two weeks of the festival.

If you’re serious about your wine tasting experience and want more room (30 percent more!) and time to interact with the vine stars behind the bottles, Thursday night (Feb 26, 7-10 p.m.) and Saturday matinee (Feb 28, 3-5 p.m.) are guaranteed to have lower capacity than Friday and Saturday night sessions.

Some highlights for 2015: the luxe five-course, 10-wine Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction kicks off the fest on Friday, February 20 and the “wine list is formidable”, says Anthony Gismondi. Among the special events are four top Australian seminars (with three of them moderated by WineAlign writers). Seminars include Barossa’s Old Vine Heritage, moderated by Anthony Gismondi, and Geological Gems, hosted by Wine Australia’s Mark Davidson, both on Feb 27 at 5:15 p.m. And on Saturday, Feb 28 at 5:15 p.m., choose from McLaren Vale Scarce Earth, moderated by Rhys Pender MW, or Mod Oz, with Treve Ring and Mark Davidson moderating. See VanWineFest.ca  for details on wines, presenters and vine stars present. Check the Festival at a Glance for availability.

Order online 24/7 or call 604-873-3311 or 1-877-321-3121 weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many events are already sold out and others are going fast, so don’t delay.  Click here to see the great events still available.

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Details at vanwinefest.ca.

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Discover diversity at this year’s Chilean Wine Festival – Oct 28th

Wines of Chile and the Trade Commission of Chile (ProChile) are pleased to present their annual celebration of wine, food, music and culture – the Chilean Wine Festival in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum this coming October 28th.

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Chilean Wine Festival Exclusive Offer

WineAlign readers are invited to discover the diversity of Chilean wines with an exclusive offer. Purchase your tickets using the promotional code WINEALIGN and you will get $10 off the regular admission price of $75. (details below)

Explore new wines

Approximately 120 wines will be available for tasting from more than 23 wineries travelling from Chile for this exciting event. Many of the wines will be featured in Canada for the first time. Guests will be treated to a truly rare cultural experience as they discover, taste and learn about the world of Chilean wine.

In a casual relaxed setting, guests will enjoy Chilean fusion cuisine prepared by Daniel and Daniel catering and different styles of red and white wines from the many regions of Chile. A collection of Latin American music will be performed live by Farrucas Latin Duo.

Themed tables will feature Trophy Winners from the 11th Annual Wines of Chile Awards, Top Wines for Licensees (Trade Tasting below) and Cool Climate wines.

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Participating wineries include: Calcu, Carmen, Cono Sur, Cousiño Macul, Concha y Toro, Emiliana, Errazuriz, Indómita, Leyda, Maquis, Montes, MontGras, Morandé, Pérez Cruz, Reqinqua, San Esteban, San Pedro, Santa Alicia, Santa Carolina, Santa Rita, Tarapacá, Siegel, Undurraga, Ventisquero, VIA, Volcanes de Chile.

Event Details

WineAlign readers are invited to discover the wines of Chile with an exclusive offer. Purchase your tickets using the promotional code WINEALIGN and you will get $10 off the regular admission price of $75.

Date & Time:

Tuesday October 28th, 2014
Walk-About Tasting – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Venue:

Royal Ontario Museum, Peter F Bronfman Hall, 2nd level
100 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario

Price: $75 regular, $65 with the promotional code WINEALIGN

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Attention Trade & Media

Qualified members of the food and beverage industry and journalists are invited to register for 2 special events earlier in the day:

Trade & Media Seminar, 11:30 – 1:00 pm. Topic: Cool Climate Wines. Special Guest: Hector Vergara, Master sommelier and president of the sommelier association in Chile

Trade Walk About Tasting, 1:00 – 5:00 pm: 11th AWoCA Trophy and Gold medal winners, Cool Climate Wines & Top Wine Picks for Licensees.

Trade and Media are asked to register online at www.winesofchile.ca or RSVP to Lisa Ulrich at lisa@androscom.com


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Rarer Than Unicorn – A Tasting of Rare Australian Wines

WineAlign presents an exclusive tasting of highly acclaimed and rare wines on October 8, 2014. 

This exclusive tasting will showcase highly acclaimed (including 10 wines rated over 95 pts!) and rare wines from Australia. Alto Vino is the importer of some of Australia and New Zealand’s best wines. They are from numerous producers and all punch above their weight in terms of quality versus price. With the small production of many of the wines, some are rarely ever opened for public tasting. Dumangin Champagne will also be showcased with four cuvee’s available.

There will be approximately 25 wines being poured, most of them retail for over $50 AUD down under. You have the opportunity to try all of them for $50 CDN, all in.

We’re excited about the collection.  Here are comments about just one of the wine being poured, the Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier:

- “Some argue this is Australia’s greatest red wine, it is certainly one of the greatest Shirazs” – The Wall Street Journal

- “An icon wine, one of the best in Australia” – James Halliday

- “One of the most important advances in the development of Australian Shiraz since the release of 1952 Penfolds Grange Hermitage” – Andrew Caillard, MW

All wines tasted will be available for private ordering at great prices. This is a walk-around tasting event at Crush Wine Bar on King St in Toronto. A selection of hors d’oeuvres, including cheese and charcuterie platters will be served.  WineAlign’s David Lawrason will also be in attendance.

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Wines being sampled include:

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Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2012 (97 points James Halliday)
Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2012 (95 points James Halliday)
Clonakilla O’riada Shiraz 2012 (95 points James Halliday)

Rob Dolan True Colours Chardonnay 2012 (89 points James Halliday)
Rob Dolan White Label Pinot 2012 (94 points James Halliday)

By Farr Chardonnay 2012 (96 points James Halliday)
By Farr Tout Pres Pinot 2010 (96 points James Halliday)
By Farr Farrside Pinot 2011 (97 points James Halliday)

Farr Rising Chardonnay 2009 (95 points James Halliday)
Farr Rising Geelong Pinot 2010 (96 points James Halliday)
Farr Rising Saignee(Pinot Rose) 2013 (93 points Winefront)

Philip Shaw Idiot Shiraz 2012 (new release)
Philip Shaw No 17 Merlot Cabernet 2011 (new release)

Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock 2010 (96 points Jeremy Oliver)
Kalleske Pirathon Shiraz 2012 (95 points James Halliday)

Dumangin La Cuvée 17 (93 points Tyson Stelzer, 91 points Wine Enthusiast)
Dumangin Le Rosé 1er Cru (94 points Tyson Stelzer)
Dumangin Le Vintage 2004 (92 points Wine Enthusiast)
Dumangin L’Extra-Brut 1er Cru (93 points Tyson Stelzer, 90 pts Wine Enthusiast)

12,000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2013
12,000 Miles Pinot Gris 2014
12,000 Miles Pinot Noir 2013


 

Event Details:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Location: Crush Wine Bar (455 King St W, Toronto)
Time:  5:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets: $50 (includes all taxes and fees)

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About Crush Wine Bar:

Located in Toronto’s trendy King West entertainment district, CRUSH Wine Bar offers a blend of casual fine food and winning wines in a vibrant atmosphere. From organic meat, fresh fruits and vegetables from surrounding local farms, Executive Chef Trista Sheen constructs a menu rooted in the French style but highlighted with continental flair. Sommelier Tiffany Jamieson-Horne is on hand to guide guests through the extensive wine collection to enhance the flavours of Chef Sheens’ simple yet stunning dishes.

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Gourmet Games – October 2

Special Offer for WineAlign Members:  $15 Off the Ticket Price (Promo Code: WineAlign)

Join Azureau Wine Agency on Thursday, October 2, at the 2nd Gourmet Games to sample over 60 wines from 14 award-winning wineries from around the world.  Guest chefs from some of Toronto’s best restaurants will also conduct high concept cooking demonstrations as top sommeliers engage in a food/wine pairing competition designed to educate consumers on how wine professionals recommend enjoying wine.2014-09-11_14-00-50

“We invented the Gourmet Games as a fun way for consumers to get into the minds of top chefs and sommeliers and learn to think as they do,” says Dan Rabinovitch, President of Azureau Wine Agency. “No one is going to tell you a pairing is wrong, but our guests may learn something new about the magic that can occur when two sets of flavours and textures are combined. Of course, simply walking around and discovering new wines is also welcome at the Games.”

The Gourmet Games features world-class food & wine talent including Master of Ceremonies Bob Blumer of the Food Network, WineAlign’s Sara d’Amato (who will be moderating the Premium Experiences), Sommelier Zoltan Szabo, and chefs from perennial top Toronto restaurants Cava, George on Queen, and newcomer Cluny Bistro. Wineries from Spain, Italy, Argentina, California, Australia, South Africa, and Chile will be pouring wines that are available for order at the show or purchase at the LCBO.

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Premium Experiences (moderated by Sommelier and WineAlign critic Sara d’Amato):

World Wine Bubbles, Exploring Non-Traditional Sparkling Wines 7-7:45 pm

The Winemaker Series by Alpha Crucis  8-8:45 pm

Vino & Smoke, Cigar and Wine Pairing with Mombacho Cigars  9-9:45 pm

Event Details:

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Berkeley Church – 315 Queen St. East
Time:  6:30 to 10 pm
Tickets: $80 for General Admission/$25 for each Premium Experience

WineAlign Members receive $15.00 off ticket price – Use Promo Code: WineAlign

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Participating wineries include:

Bodegas Salentein/Callia – Argentina
Chalk Hill/Alpha Crucis – McLaren Vale, Australia
Armas de Guerra – Bierzo, Spain
Vega Sindoa – Navarra, Spain
Rioja Vega – Rioja, Spain
Casas del Bosque – Casablanca, Chile
Erste + Neue – Alto Adige, Italy
Antica Fratta – Franciacorta, Italy
Winery Exchange – California, USA
Bodega Rejadorada – Toro, Spain
Paca & Lola – Rias Baixas, Spain
Simonsig – Stellenbosch, South Africa

Click here for more information on the wineries and the wines they will be pouring.

About Berkeley Church:

berkeley-st-church1Built in 1871, The Berkeley Church has been transformed into Toronto’s most original event venue. Nowhere else will you find such a beautiful blend of traditional ambiance and modern decor. Details such as the original 17-foot stained glass windows, hard wood floors and Victorian Inspired bar makes the Berkeley Church a stunning escape from the ordinary. This location is accessible by TTC, taxi and Green P parking is available on all surrounding streets for responsible designated drivers.

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Louis M Martini Winery Dinner with Master Winemaker Michael Martini

WineAlign is pleased to present a gourmet dinner with Master Winemaker Michael Martini on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014.

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Join third generation winemaker and Napa Valley Icon Michael Martini as he presents a selection of exclusive wines from his family M_Martiniwinery the Louis M Martini Winery, celebrating over 80 years in the Napa Valley. Mike Martini grew up in his father and grandfather’s vineyards, learning first-hand what it takes to make world-class wines. When he wasn’t in school in rural St. Helena, he was working at the winery, in the vineyard, or out riding horses.

Today, St. Helena has grown up, and so has Mike but he still gets up every day to make Cabernet Sauvignon that will make his family proud. This dinner will be all about CABERNET SAUVIGNON!!  We will showcase Napa and Sonoma Cab’s including two wines that are exclusive to this dinner and the very small production Lot 1.

Michael will be joined by WineAlign’s John Szabo.

Event Details:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Location:  Pangaea Restaurant (1221 Bay Street, Toronto)

Reception and Dinner: 7 pm – 10 pm

Tickets:  $100 including taxes and fees

Please note tickets are limited to 45, so book early to avoid disappointment – our winemaker events sell out quickly.

 

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Menu

Louis M Martini Signature Cocktail

Torchon of Foie Gras with toasted brioche, mushrooms, pearl onion and wild blueberry

Wine pairing:  2012 Louis M Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Duck roulade with spiced roasted cauliflower, raisins, crispy kale and coriander

Wine pairing: 2011 Louis M Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Beef striploin with celeriac-rosemary crust, oven glazed vegetables, roasted king oyster mushroom

Wine pairing: 2011 Louis M Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Braised Lamb Neck with crisp parmesan polenta, root vegetable confetti, fine herb salad

Wine pairing: 2010 Louis M Martini Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon

Local Artisanal Cheeses with stone fruits and honey

Coffee/Tea and petit fours

*There are no substitutions*

About Pangaea

pangaea (pan-gee-ahhh!) is the acclaimed Yorkville restaurant named after the super continent that existed on earth 250 million years ago before the tectonic plates separated to form the land masses on world maps today. Pangaea Restaurant co-owners Peter Geary and Martin Kouprie chose this tricky to spell name because it evokes what they want their restaurant to be: a place where international inspiration and regional ingredients come together to form a unique and wonderful dining concept.

A success since 1996, Pangaea Restaurant continues to be faithful to this original goal. Today, as on the first day our door swung open on to Bay Street, Peter and Martin ensure that Pangaea Restaurant is a place where people can come to experience the best food and service Toronto has to offer. At Toronto’s Pangaea Restaurant plates do indeed move twice a day; but, instead of continental plates, china plates artfully topped with delectable regional cuisine are the ones traveling.

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