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Second annual WineAlign Bus Tour to the Terroir Wine Festival and Much More! – Saturday May 9th.

Please join us for a fun (and wine) filled day in the ‘County’. We’ve planned an excellent adventure to Terroir, the County’s premier wine festival, as well as stops for lunch and dinner and wine tasting at several of our favourite wineries. Terroir is the annual showcase for new County wines.

Last year’s sold-out trip was so much fun and the feedback so overwhelmingly positive, that we decided to add a second bus this year.

Get on the bus!It’s a full day including:

  • Luxury coach travel between Toronto & Prince Edward County
  • Sparkling wine introduction to the county at Hinterland Estates
  • Gourmet lunch/dinner with wine at Rosehall Run Winery
  • Gourmet pizza lunch/dinner with wine at Norman Hardie Winery
  • Terroir Wine Festival in Picton, Ontario
  • Colour commentary by WineAlign’s David Lawrason & Sara d’Amato

Note that both buses will be visiting all the places listed above, only the order will be slightly different for each bus.

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Sparkling Introduction the County – Hinterland Winery

If you haven’t already had the chance to try one of Hinterland‘s sparkling wines, you are definitely in for a treat as we sample wines currently available at the winery. “Vicky Samaras and Jonas Newman decided to focus on sparkling wine from the start in 2007, and today make an excellent range of traditional, charmat and ancestral method bubbly.” – John Szabo, MS.

Terroir Wine Festival 

The Terroir Wine Festival is held annually in the historic Crystal Palace in Picton Ontario.  Many County wineries will introduce their new spring releases and serve their own unique wines paired with delicious cheeses and other gourmet food tastings.  We’ll spend two and a half hours enjoying and sampling the best wines the County has to offer.

Lunch or Dinner at Rosehall Run

Rosehall Run is one of our favourite wineries in the County crafting a wide range of critically aclaimed wines.

Food will be provided by Picnic catering.  Picnic PEC is a food truck operating out of Prince Edward County, ON. They offer picnic style lunches using the freshest, local produce and artisanal ingredients with a focus on healthy and tasty.

Lunch: (includes a gourmet sandwich, salad & wine)

Sandwiches:  Banh Mi, Caprese, Salami ; Salads: Kale Salad, French Fingerling Potato Salad, Quinoa Salad

Dinner: (served buffet style and includes wine)

Choice of pan seared pickerel or Cajun-spiced fried chicken. Salads: Pasta limone with asparagus, Kale salad, Mixed greens salad.

When purchasing tickets you will be able to see more details on the food options and you will be able to choose your lunch or dinner options.

Lunch or Dinner at Norman Hardie Winery

Norm’s gourmet wood-oven pizzas are almost as famous as his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  As his guest you’ll get to enjoy a pizza, salad, wine (and Norm!) during our visit.

Norm Hardie

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We’ve put together a fantastic day.  The cost of the sparkling welcome, lunch, Terroir and dinner including all taxes and gratuities is about $130.00.  Add onto the expense of driving from Toronto and you’re north of $200.00.  The price of our trip is $175.00 which includes all wine, food, taxes, fees and gratuities.  On top of that you’ll have room on the bus to store any wine you purchased at our stops, not to mention the peace of mind of not having to drive.

We want to make our bus trip a great experience for everyone.  The last thing we want to do is deal with anyone who has over-indulged.  So while there will be lots of wine to drink, we encourage our members to spit in order to keep their palates sharp and better enjoy the amazing wines available in the County.

WineAlign promotes the responsible, legal and enjoyable consumption of wine to adults over 19 years of age. Please drink responsibly. Please arrange a designated driver to and from Yorkdale, or take public transit.  We will be emailing a RELEASE, WAIVER OF LIABILITY, AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT out to all participants that will have to be signed and collected when boarding in Toronto.

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Below are comments and survey results from last year’s inaugural bus trip to the county.  We expect many people from last year’s trip to come back… that’s why we added the second bus.  Last year’s bus sold out in only a few days.  If you are interested in attending, please purchase your ticket quickly to avoid disappointment.

Terroir 2014 CommentsSource: 2014 WineAlign County Bus Tour Survey Comments

2014 PEC Bus Trip - Survey Results

Source: 2014 WIneAlign County Bus Tour Survey Results

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Exclusive Beringer Winemaker’s Dinner with Laurie Hook – April 14 – Ottawa

Exploring Regional Estates with Beringer


Since 1876 Beringer has been a pioneer in California winemaking and for more than 30 years, Winemaker Laurie Hook has walked the vineyards of Beringer. From this intimate experience, these wines are born from a desire to highlight the most remarkable of vineyard lots. Join Laurie at SIDEDOOR in Ottawa on April 14 for a tasting that showcases the volcanic, cobbled rock and alluvial soils of Knights Valley, the highest elevations of Napa’s Howell Mountain and the sun-drenched valley floor of Napa’s Oak Knoll district. Laurie will be joined by WineAlign’s Rod Phillips.


Event Details:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: SIDEDOOR (Byward Market, Ottawa)
Reception: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Dinner and Tasting: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tickets: $75.00 plus fees and taxes

Please note tickets are limited to 60. Our events sell out quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Lauire Hook - Beringer Winemaker

Wine List:

Reception wines: to be paired with passed canapés
Beringer Founders’ Estate Pinot Grigio
Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Course 1: to be paired with a chef created tapas dish
Beringer Founders’ Estate Chardonnay
Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay
Beringer Luminus Oak Knoll District Chardonnay

Course 2: A choice between braised beef, cornish hen, or tofu
Beringer Napa Valley Merlot
Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Cheese Course:  to be paired with chef’s choice of artisan cheeses
Beringer Napa Valley Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon



Located in the Byward Market, SIDEDOOR’s menu is inspired by the cuisine of Southeast Asia. With each dish, diners are introduced to a combination of flavors and concepts adopted and refined by our Chefs. Opened in 2011, SIDEDOOR has quickly become famous for unique and memorable sharing style menu options created by executive chef Jonathan Korecki, fan favorite and second runner up on Top Chef Canada season two.

SIDEDOOR contemporary kitchen & bar


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County in the City 2015 – Try and Buy Event with Special Offer

Join us on Thursday, April 16, at Airship 37 in the Distillery District for the 4th Annual County in the City, and sample some of the best wines Prince Edward County has to offer!  Over 20 small-batch and family-owned wineries will sample more than 50 different wines, including many vintage and specialty wines.

County in the City

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

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.

“‘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 (minimum 6 bottles).

County in the City

Special Offer:

Buy a ticket to County in the City and receive a complimentary Thursday night (June 18th) ticket for the Toronto Wine and Spirits Festival ($20 value).  It’s the best outdoor wine beach party you’ve ever seen!

Event Details:

Thursday, April 16, 2014
Location: Airship 37 – 37 Parliament Street, Toronto Distillery District
Time:  5pm to 9pm
Tickets: $49.00 in advance (includes all wine and food samples)
Tickets: $60.00 at the door (subject to availability)

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Participating Wineries:

Karlo Estates Winery
Lighthall Vineyards
Harwood Estate Vineyards
Norman Hardie Winery
Three Dog Winery
Stanners Vineyard
Keint-he Winery
Rosehall Run Winery
Casa Dea Estates Winery
Closson Chase
Sandbanks Estate Winery
Grange of Prince Edward County Vineyards and Estate Winery
Devils Wishbone
Huff Estates Winery
Trail Estate Winery
Black Prince Winery
By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery & Vineyard

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About Airship 37

Airship 37Airship 37, nestled adjacent to the historic Distillery District, is the perfect backdrop for your momentous occasion.

Airship 37 is a blank canvas featuring 2 separate rooms and an outdoor space, each with its own individual look and feel. It is the venue of choice for car shows, product launches, cocktail and wedding parties, private functions and corporate events.

Please always drink responsibly. Take public transit or have a designated driver.

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Taste of Maclean’s Dining Series – Vancouver – April 7, 2015

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


You’ll love the sumptuous four-course meal paired with premier Australian wines.  Joined by Sommelier Rhys Pender MW and Chambar’s chef, Nico Schuermans, 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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Rhys and Nico

Event Details:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Location:  Chambar (568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC)

Cocktail Reception: 6:30pm

Dinner: 7:00pm – 10pm

Tickets:  $99 plus HST

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

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Wines Being Served Include:

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

*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 Chambar

Chef Nico Schuermans and his wife Karri have brought to life their dream of opening a restaurant where guests can experience fine dining in a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Their philosophy is based on a commitment to fresh, innovative, and incredible food this is presented without pretension.  The result is a restaurant with exquisite cuisine, exceptional service, and a room that glows.  They are strong advocates for environmental and social responsibility.  Chambar Restaurant became carbon neutral in 2011.


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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.


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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Vero and Riccardo

Notez à votre agenda:

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

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

*Note : Pour demander l’option végétarienne, veuillez communiquer avec la gestionnaire de l’événement à l’adresse 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.

Maison Boulud

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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.


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
Whiskers Blake

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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.


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.


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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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


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

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.



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  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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