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Laissez-vous surprendre par les vins d’Allemagne ! – Mardi 17 mai

Salon des vins allemands à Montréal

La tournée canadienne de Riesling & Co. fait escale à Montréal le 17 mai prochain à la Galerie Lounge TD

Afin de promouvoir les saveurs étonnantes et la polyvalence exceptionnelle des vins allemands, l’événement Riesling & Co. arrive à Montréal ce printemps.

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En effet, le 17 mai prochain, une vingtaine de producteurs allemands proposant plus de 100 vins se rassembleront à la Galerie Lounge TD pour offrir aux invités la dégustation de vins allemands la plus exhaustive au pays. Des accords gourmands seront préparés par quatre chefs réputés : Michèle Forgione (Impasto, Gema, Chez Tousignant), Paul-André Piché (Gargantua, Blind Pig, La Tannerie), Tommy et Frédéric (Pork Shop) et Yoan Boullion (Balmoral).

« Quelle meilleure façon pour les amateurs de vins de découvrir la polyvalence des rieslings et pinots allemands, et de partager leur passion avec les vignerons invités, » affirme Mme Ulrike Lenhardt, de l’Institut des vins allemands, qui sera à Montréal spécialement pour l’occasion. Tant les sommeliers que les chroniqueurs, les œnophiles et les gastronomes s’entendent en effet pour dire que les vins allemands s’accordent très bien avec une variété de mets.

Les vins d’Allemagne, soumis dans ce pays à des lois rigoureuses, offrent une très grande variété de produits convenant à toutes les occasions, à toutes les cuisines et à tous les goûts.

Le secret de cette grande compatibilité, c’est la variété des styles (sec à sucré, mousseux ou tranquille), des cépages (riesling et pinot noir notamment, deux des plus populaires) et des degrés de richesse (de léger à corsé). Sans compter que grâce à un climat plus frais, les vins présentent généralement plus d’acidité (un élément vital aux meilleurs accords vins-mets) et un taux d’alcool moins élevé que leurs pairs issus de climats plus chauds.

Autre avantage de l’acidité plus élevée des vins allemands, ceux-ci se conservent mieux une fois ouverts. N’hésitez donc pas à ouvrir plus d’une bouteille et à déguster pour décider du meilleur accord pour l’occasion, car vous pourrez ranger les autres bouteilles ouvertes au réfrigérateur en prévision d’un prochain repas.

« Si vous n’êtes pas déjà friand de vins allemands, c’est que vous n’avez tout simplement pas encore trouvé celui qui vous convient !  »

Chose certaine, rien de tel que le salon des vins allemands du 17 mai prochain pour découvrir, par vous-même, à quel point nos vins et la cuisine apprêtée à toutes les sauces sont faits pour s’entendre.

C’est un rendez-vous !

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Mardi 17 mai – Galerie Lounge TD, 2e étage, 305 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal H2X 3X5

Dégustation informelle – Goûtez à plus de 100 vins

  • Rencontrez plus de 20 vignerons et propriétaires
  • 18 h 30 à 22 h
  • Billets d’entrée : 60 $ avec le code CHACUNSONVIN — tous les échantillons de vins et d’aliments sont compris (prix courant 70 $ )
    Une partie des profits sera remise à la Tablée des chefs

Les amateurs de vins qui souhaitent participer à la dégustation en soirée sont invités à visiter : Soirée Riesling & Co. Vins d’Allemagne

Les abonnés de Chacun son Vin ont droit à un rabais de 10 $ sur le prix courant du billet d’entrée de 70 $. Indiquer le code promotionnel : CHACUNSONVIN

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Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter : Elisabeth Charland, Brad
Tel: 514-871-1616 poste 269 /

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German Wine Fair – Toronto – May 18, 2016

Be Surprised by German Wines!

Riesling & Co. Canadian Tour stops in Toronto on May 18th at the Arcadian Loft

Back by popular demand, the Riesling & Co. 2016 German Wine Fair returns to Toronto this spring.

Wines of Germany logoOn May 18th, 35 celebrated German wineries offering 100+ wines will assemble at the Arcadian Loft to offer guests the most extensive German wine tasting in Canada. Many winemakers and winery principals will be on hand to discuss their fabulous wines with you. Food pairings will be prepared by Oliver and Bonacini.

Picture1“What better way for wine enthusiasts to discover the versatility of German Rieslings and Pinots, than when matched with the passion of the visiting winemakers,” notes Ulrike Lenhardt of the German Wine Institute, who will be in Toronto for the event.

Queen JosefineGuests will also have the opportunity to meet a real live Queen – German Wine Queen Josefine Schlumberger will be attending to educate visitors on German wines.

German wines are generally heralded as great food friendly wines. This is a very bold statement, but most sommeliers and other food and wine professionals will agree. In the belief that food and wine pairing is a very personal experience, you are encouraged to experiment and discover your own favourites.

Following strict wine laws, German wines offer great variety, and one can find a wine for any occasion, matching any food and satisfying almost anyone. If you don’t love German wines, you just haven’t found the right one for you.


WineAlign subscribers receive $10 off the regular ticket price of $75 with promo code WINEALIGN.


Event Details: Walk-around tasting
Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Place:  Arcadian Loft, 8th Floor, 401 Bay Street, Toronto
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm Purchase Tickets
Tickets:  $65 with access code WINEALIGN (regular price $75)

Germany Tasting

Wine lovers interested in attending the evening tasting are encouraged to visit: for ticket information and search Riesling and Co. German Wine Fair.

For further information please contact: Lisa Ulrich, Wines of Germany c/o Andros Communications
Tel: 905 637 2100 .




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An Exclusive Dinner Featuring the Wines of Whitehaven – May 3 – Toronto

On Tuesday, May 3rd, join us for a dinner and tutored tasting featuring the wines of one of New Zealand’s most respected family wine companies, Whitehaven.

This special tutored tasting and gourmet dinner will be at Jump Restaurant with Whitehaven Wines founder and proprietor Sue White and general manager Simon Tonycliff. Whitehaven is located in Marlborough, the heartland of New Zealand winemaking. Sue leads a small, talented, committed team who have carved global recognition for the WHITEHAVEN label, showcasing elegant, single varietal Marlborough wines that are enjoyed around the world.

Gold Medal Plate Winner Chef Luke Kennedy will be preparing a special meal to pair perfectly with each wine showcased during the evening.

Sue and Simon will be joined by WineAlign’s David Lawrason.


About Whitehaven

Whitehaven was founded in 1994 by Sue and Greg White during a sailing expedition along the New Zealand coastline. What was meant to be a mere stop along the way became a spontaneous new course, charted by the Whites. Instead of continuing past Marlborough, they fell in love with the region, dropped anchor permanently and established Whitehaven. Two decades later, the company is headed by Sue White, an enthusiastic advocate of the spectacular Marlborough wine region, who continues to fulfill the dreams she shared with her late husband Greg.

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In Marlborough, the lengthy growing season — coupled with cooling breezes funneled in from the coast through the Wairau and Awatere Valleys — gives the wines intense flavors and crisp acidity. A wide diurnal swing and differentiated sandy soils, which run in east-west bands, converge to create the unique characteristics of Marlborough grapes: vibrant tropical flavors with a crisp and herbaceous edge.

Whitehaven sources fruit from 90 acres of its own vineyards and from more than 20 esteemed local growers located in exceptional vineyard sites across Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere valleys. Whitehaven has formed strong partnerships with the region’s top growers, who consistently produce fruit of extraordinary quality. Whitehaven and many of its partners are active members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ).

Whitehaven’s winemaking philosophy is centered on the pursuit of quality without compromise. Since its first vintage in 1995, Whitehaven has risen in popularity to become the top-selling ultra-premium Sauvignon Blanc in the United States. With this great success has come the need to expand the winery’s facilities. Following two decades of small production, Whitehaven has upgraded its winemaking resources to keep pace with the demand for fine Sauvignon Blanc wines from Marlborough.

Although Whitehaven has grown beyond the expectations of its original visionaries, the management, winemaking and viticultural teams remain small and focused, where their talents can be combined to produce elegant wines with distinctive regional character.


Whitehaven Vineyard

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Location:  Jump Restaurant (18 Wellington Street West, Commerce Court East, Toronto)

Reception: 6:30pm

Dinner: 7:00pm

Tickets:  $100 including all taxes and fees

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.



Hors d’oeuvres
Wine: La Marca Prosecco*

Beet Salad

Hazelnut Vinaigrette, Watercress, Endive, Shrimp
Wine: Whitehaven Pinot Gris*

Fresch Chitarra
Fogo Island Crab, Parmesan Foam
Wine: Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc

Vadouvan, Burnt Orange, Snap Peas, Fresh Peas
Wine: Whitehaven Pinot Noir


* Available through VINTAGES release June/July 2016


About Jump Restaurant

Once a pioneer as the first restaurant in the Financial District, Jump is now a pillar of quality in our downtown dining scene.

Offering food that is robust, honest and full of flavour, Jump showcases modern North American cuisine with Italian influences. Subtly reinventing classic favourites, such as handmade pastas and great cuts of meat, Jump is dedicated to using the finest, freshest ingredients and to serving delicious food.

Renowned for its selection of over 90 types of scotch, whiskey and bourbon and its spirit-forward cocktails, the Jump bar buzzes with warmth and excitement.

Originally inspired by the bustle of a Manhattan café, Jump exudes an irresistible energy and a classic style, paired with distinctive modern notes. This vibrancy is brought to life by the sky-high glass atrium, dramatic lighting elements, striking liquor display, warm palette, signature New York style bar and hidden-gem courtyard patio.


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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The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour – May 2016

Kia Ora!

Kiwis love setting off on a Tiki Tour. It’s a trip where you take the scenic route, sidetrack a little, linger and experience new things.  This year, we invite you to join us on the Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour which will be held in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. Look for an evening of meandering, digressing, indulging and awakening the senses.

Save over $5 with access code NZWA2016.

Vancouver – May 5     //     Ottawa – May 9     //     Toronto – May 11

Tiki Tour

New Zealand is a land like no other. New Zealand wine is an experience like no other. The special combination of soil, climate and water, innovative pioneering spirit and commitment to quality all come together to deliver pure, intense and diverse experiences. In every glass of New Zealand Wine is a world of pure discovery.

Sheep in VineyardNew Zealand produces less than 1% of the world’s wine, yet offers an impressive array of varieties and styles. Central to their success is New Zealand’s temperate, maritime climate, the unswerving passion of their wine producers and the highly distinctive nature of their wine styles.

Whatever your preferences, chances are there is a New Zealand wine to suit your palate.

All wines presented at this event are certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. All evening portions of these wine events will have a silent auction benefiting charity.

Sauvignon Blanc is, indeed, New Zealand’s most widely planted variety which accounts for around 85% of all wines exported. Be part of this year’s 7th annual Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 6 2016 as New Zealand will be leading the charge and holding events across the world to celebrate the variety that awoke the world– an online global social media wine tasting.

Restaurants, retailers and consumers – along with global wine brands – will be celebrating Sauvignon Blanc for the day and participating in the Twitter conversation by using the “hashtag” #SauvBlanc. If you live in Ontario or British Columbia– join in the celebration on Instagram for a chance to win a gift certificate to your local wine store. (Please see below for more details.)

Date: Monday, May 9, 2016
Place: Canadian Museum of Nature – Rotunda Room
Trade: 2:30pm – 5:30pm Reserve Tickets
Consumer: 7:00pm – 9:30pm – SOLD OUT
Charity: Ashley’s Angel foundation from SickKids

Date: Wednesday, May, 11 2016
Place: Royal Ontario Museum – Peter F Bronfman Hall
Trade: 2:30pm – 5:30pm Reserve Tickets
Consumer: 7:00pm – 9:30pm – Sold Out
Charity: Ashley’s Angel foundation from SickKids

Snap, Tag and Win with #NZWine

Anyone can join the celebration by enjoying a glass of New Zealand #SauvBlanc on May 6 and telling the world how good it is.

SNAP A pic of you enjoying your favourite NZ Sauvignon Blanc

TAG Your Instagram or tweet with #sauvblanc #mynzsauvblanc #nzwine to @nzwinecanada

WIN $25 LCBO or BCLDB Gift Certificate (see for terms and conditions)


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An Exclusive Dinner Featuring the Wines of Sonoma-Cutrer – April 26 – Toronto

On Tuesday, April 26th, join us for an exclusive dinner and tutored tasting featuring the wines of California’s Sonoma-Cutrer

Join us for an exclusive tutored tasting and gourmet dinner at Montecito Restaurant with Sonoma-Cutrer’s Winemaking Director, Mick Schroeter. Mick will share his insights on winemaking as he guides you through several of Sonoma-Cutrer’s exceptional wines which will be paired with a delicious dinner.

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Sonoma-Cutrer, based in Sonoma County, California, has a long and rich tradition of craftsmanship in winemaking. Now in its fourth decade, the winery continues to build on its foundation of success that combines a unique blending of Old World Burgundian techniques with New World American innovation. The result is uncompromised quality that produces wines like no other. This distinct approach has earned Sonoma-Cutrer a long-standing reputation as the leading super-premium Chardonnay in fine dining establishments and retail accounts alike.

Today, Sonoma-Cutrer is best known for making world-class Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. As the portfolio continues to grow and expand, the winery offers five distinct labels of each varietal.


About the Winemaker:
Michael “Mick” Schroeter’s decorated and storied wine background makes him superbly qualified to serve as only the third head winemaker in the long history of Sonoma-Cutrer. It’s Mick’s expertise and globe-trotting wine background that eventually brought him to Sonoma-Cutrer in the role as Winemaking Director.

Mick SchroeterWinemaking is often a trade passed down from generation to generation and Mick Schroeter is no exception. Starting out on his own as an enologist at Kaiser Stuhl winery in Australia, Mick wanted to blaze his own trail and had no intentions of following in his father and uncle’s footsteps at the Penfold Winery. Then in 1982, as fate would have it, Penfold bought Kaiser Stuhl and reunited Mick with his family in the business.

Although Mick was already well-versed in winemaking, Penfold allowed him to continue his pursuit of total enlightenment, sponsoring his winemaking education at the famed Roseworthy College, and providing him a scholarship to visit and study Chilean wine country, followed by a 6-month tour around the world with his wife and a stop in California to work the wine harvest.

Mick rose rapidly through the Penfold system and had the privilege to be part of the red winemaking team, and work on Penfold’s legendary Grange Hermitage, the benchmark for Aussie Shiraz. From there, Mick accepted an invitation from Geyser Peak Winery in California to take over as Vice President of Winemaking and for 17 years was in charge of vineyard assessment, harvest scheduling, winemaking direction, budgeting and brand ambassadorship.

It is this long track record of success and illustrious career in Australia and California, along with twice being named “Winemaker of the Year” at the London International Wine & Spirit Competition that gave Mick the encompassing experience to succeed Terry Adams as winemaker at Sonoma-Cutrer. He not only fully understands the huge shoes he stepped into, but is excited and eager to carry on the legacy of success with his own personal touch.

Mick will be joined by WineAlign’s David Lawrason.


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Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Location:  Montecito Restaurant (299 Adelaide St West, Toronto)

Reception: 6:30pm

Dinner: 7:00pm

Tickets:  $125 including taxes and fees

*Please note tickets are limited to 40, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Wine List for Tutored Tasting:

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay (VINTAGES Essentials)
Sonoma-Cutrer The Cutrer Chardonnay *
Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir *
Sonoma-Cutrer Owsley Vineyard Pinot Noir *
Sonoma-Cutrer Late Harvest Chardonnay *

* Wines will be available for purchase through private order.

Family-Style Menu

Selection of house charcouterie and cheese

Kale, anchovy dressing, pecorino, seasonal salad


JW Roast Chicken
with salsa verde


Chef’s choice of side dishes

Dessert Platter

*There are no substitutions*

About Montecito Restaurant

Montecito Restaurant is a partnership between Toronto-native and Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and Master Chef Jonathan Waxman.

MontecitoLogo_HRLike its southern California namesake, Montecito combines a casual elegance with effortless sophistication in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. The two-storey dining room, lounge and outdoor Adelaide Street-facing patio is located steps away from film festival headquarters at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

With hands-on culinary leadership from Jonathan and Executive Chef Matt Robertson, Montecito’s menu changes daily, marrying the simplicity of the California cuisine that Jonathan himself pioneered, with ingredients that pay homage to the best of Canada coast-to-coast.

Highlighted throughout is Jonathan’s passion for Canadian produce – with a focus on working directly with local farmers, seasonal Ontario fruits and veg, organic chicken from Mennonite cooperatives, cheeses direct from the nearby dairies, grass-fed beef, maritime provinces shellfish, just to name a few.

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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Taste of Greece – May 15 – Toronto

Wines of Greece and Friends of Boroume charity are pleased to hold a very special event on Sunday afternoon, May 15th for wine novices and connoisseurs alike. Please join us at the Royal Ontario Museum for an afternoon of Greek wine, a full array of local and international cuisines, and a peek into the authentic Greek way of life.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Friends of Boroume charity, a non-profit organization committed to reducing food waste and the distribution of surplus food to the needy throughout Greece. The price of each ticket will go to cover the cost of food, with the wines donated by Wines of Greece.

Taste of Greece

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From the volcanic soil of Santorini, to the mountainous vineyards of the mainland, experience the modern face of Greek wine and discover why the oldest culture of wine is now the hottest emerging wine region on the planet. The event will feature the wines of nearly 50 of Greece’s most popular wineries. You will also get the chance to savour a variety of local and international culinary fare while you enjoy the live music of Irini Haridou, Nikos Plios and their band, just arrived from Athens, Greece.

Taste of Greece

Royal Ontario Museum // 100 Queens Park

Peter F Bronfman Hall

Sunday, May 15th

Admission 2:00pm – 6:00pm

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Come discover our rich culture and experience a true #TasteofGreece

General Admission $55

All proceeds will go to charity.

Organized by Wines of Greece and Friends of Boroume Charity

with the support of the Greek Consulate, Toronto.

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County in the City 2016 – Try and Buy Event with Special Offers

Join us on Thursday, April 14, at Berkeley Church in downtown Toronto for the 5th Annual County in the City, and sample some of the best wines Prince Edward County has to offer! Small-batch and family-owned wineries will sample more than 70 different wines, including many vintage and specialty wines.

County in the City

This tasting event will delight the palates of Torontonians and introduce them to some of the most enticing flavours of Prince Edward County; Ontario’s hottest growing wine region.

This is the place to taste and buy some of Canada’s top cool climate wines. Most you’ll never see outside of PEC.” – John Szabo MS

“County in the City’ is the most efficient way for city folk to slice and dice the fascinating and increasingly diverse range of Prince Edward County wines, most made in such small quantities that you will never see them at the LCBO.” – David Lawrason

Many of the County wines showcased at the event are not available at retail wine outlets in the GTA, so guests can take part in the “Try and Buy” program and have delicious County wines delivered right to their door. Mix and match bottles from different wineries and receive FREE shipping on 12 bottle orders and only $5 shipping on minimum 6 bottle orders!


Two Special Offers:

Buy a ticket to County in the City and receive a complimentary Thursday night ticket (June 16th) for the Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival ($20 value).  It’s the best outdoor wine beach party you’ve ever seen!

We’ve struck a great deal with Zalto to include their incredible glassware with a special Zalto ticket.

Zalto Universal Wine Glass OfferEvent Details:

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Location: Berkeley Church – 315 Queen Street E, Toronto
Time:  5pm to 9pm

General Admission Tickets: $49 in advance (includes all wine and two food items)

Special Zalto Wine Glass Tickets: $99 in advance (includes all wine, two food items and a beautiful Zalto “Universal” wine glass (retail value of $74.95))

Door Tickets: $60.00 at the door (subject to availability)

 Purchase Your Tickets Here


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Confirmed wineries to date:

Broken Stone Winery
Casa Dea Estates Winery 
Closson Chase
Grange of Prince Edward
Huff Estates Winery
Karlo Estates Winery
Keint-he Winery
Lighthall Vineyards
Norman Hardie Winery
Rosehall Run Winery
Sandbanks Estate Winery
Stanners Vineyard
Three Dog Winery
Trail Estate Winery
Traynor Family Vineyard

 Purchase Your Tickets Here

About Berkeley Church:

Built 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.

Beck Taxi is Drink Inc.’s official Taxi sponsor and will have taxis ready and waiting for safe transportation.

A portion of all ticket sales from this event goes directly to the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.

Please drink responsibly.


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Austrian Wine Fair – Toronto – April 14

We are happy to announce the exclusive Austrian Wine Fair on April 14, 2016 at St. James Cathedral Centre/Snell Hall and Library. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste among 165 Austrian wines!

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“Austria has a terrific culture of wine, producing and drinking. Beyond the world’s best Grüner Veltliner, you’ll also find astonishing Riesling, as well as more exotic white grapes with singular flavours. But it’s the Austrian reds – Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent & co. – that may shock you most, in tune with the zeitgeist of the modern drinker. I look forward to reconnecting with the folks who make them.”  – John Szabo, MS, WineAlign

Consumer Walk-Around Tasting

Austrian Wine Fair

We invite wine lovers to walk around and taste among 165 wines from over 30 prominent Austrian winemakers, featuring our beloved Grüner Veltliners, Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs and our liquid gold, Austria’s sweet wines.

This tasting will be accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and live piano music.

Austrian Wines – A Taste of Culture – April 14

Consumer Tasting: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Place: St. James Cathedral Centre/Snell Hall and Library

Only $55 for WineAlign members (regular cost $60). Your ticket price includes wine samples and hors d’oeuvres.

Purchase Your Tickets Here

We look forward to welcoming you!

Trade and Media sessions

Tutored Tasting for Sommeliers and Media (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

Austrian Wine FairThe Austrian Wine Marketing Board, together with the Austrian Trade Commission, proudly invite Canadian trade professionals to a unique and exclusive Austrian red wine seminar with Willi Klinger, Managing Director of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board.

Traditionally known for its white wines, did you know that a third of Austria’s vineyards are made up of red wines? Join us for an educational seminar featuring flights of the three red aces, the indigenous grape varieties Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, plus a rare flight of Austrian Pinot Noir.

Please register for the tutored tasting at, only confirmed RSVPs will be admitted.

Trade Walk-Around Tasting (12:00 PM – 4:30 PM)  
For trade professionals only. Only confirmed RSVPs will be admitted. You will receive an e-mailed confirmation from

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California Wine Fair 2016 – Canadian Tour

Raise a Glass to California!

2014-03-06_12-52-23Discover for yourself why there really is no other place on earth quite like California. Join owners, winemakers and friends from the vineyards at the 2016 California Wine Fair and enjoy a unique opportunity to sample more than 400 premium wines from 120 of California’s top producers. This is the largest tasting tour of California wines in Canada!

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Place:  The Ottawa Westin, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
2014-03-06_13-13-21Time: 7:00pm-9:30 pm
Regular Price: $75/ticket
(Participating wineries.)

Date: Monday, April 11, 2016
Place: The Fairmont Royal York, 100  Front Street West, Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
Regular Price: $75/ticket (price includes all samples)
(Participating wineries.)

WineAlign Members receive $5.00 off the ticket price for the Toronto and Ottawa Shows – Use Coupon Code: wineclubpromo
(The coupon code can be submitted on the checkout page.)

Purchase Your Tickets Here

Click here for other Canadian cities.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to or contact California Wines at  (905) 336-8932 or 1-800-558-2675.

Read David Lawrason’s thoughts on California and see top California picks in our Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES – March 5, 2016.

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An Exclusive Gourmet Dinner & Tutored Tasting Featuring Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon – Ottawa

‘Terra Rossa Trends’ –Discover the Latest Chapter in the Wynns Coonwarra Estate Cabernet Story

On Thursday, January 28th, WineAlign is pleased to present an exclusive gourmet dinner and tutored tasting featuring wines from Coonawarra’s pre-eminent wine producer, Wynns.

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Join us for an intimate (only 16 tickets) tutored tasting and gourmet dinner at Ottawa’s Restaurant e18hteen with Wynns‘ senior winemaker, Sue Hodder. Sue will guide you through a tasting experience that explores expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon through the microclimates of Coonawarra, showcasing the variety of the region. Subtle changes in soil type within one region can provide quite different grapes, critical from a winemaker’s perspective.

Taste the different Cabernet wines from this revered terroir with creatively matched food selections.

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.

About the Winemaker:


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 Janet Dorozynski.

Purchase Your Tickets Here

Event Details:

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Location:  Restaurant e18hteen (18 York Street, Ottawa K1N 5T5)

Reception: 6:30pm

Dinner: 7:00pm

Tickets:  $125 including taxes and fees

*Please note there are only 16 tickets available for this event, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Reception Wines:

2014 Wynns Coonawarra Chardonnay
2012 Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz

Wine List for Tutored Tasting:

2013 Wynns “The Gables” Cabernet
2012 Wynns V&A Lane Coonawarra Cabernet  Shiraz
2013 Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Wynns “The Siding” Cabernet
2012 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

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Seasonal Soup


Roasted Beet Salad
Sourdough cedar lavash, fromage blanc, lemon confit


Roasted Black Cod
Miso beurre blanc, rutabega, furitake


Spiced Squash Fritter
Vegan walnut velouté, pickled and seasonal vegetables


Grilled Bone in Pork Loin
Caraway, braised cabbage, pine nut cream


Sourdough Babas
Vanilla and brandy, chantilly cream, fruit preserves


Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
Fruit preserves, spoon sweets

*There are no substitutions*

About Restaurant e18hteen

Restaurant e18hteen was named after its unique location in an 19th century heritage building in the ByWard Market Ottawa. Our adaptation of a Modern Steakhouse with a signature “Canadian Freestyle Cuisine” is a destination for local foodies, politicians, artists, celebrities and out of town visitors.


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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WineAlign Reviews

Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2008