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Wines of Argentina – Wine Tasting and BBQ

Toronto, July 29th – The Consulate General of Argentina and Wines of Argentina invite you to:

An Argentine Wine Jam & BBQ!

Wines of Argentina

Located in the Southern Cone of the American Continent, with a population of 42 million inhabitants and a territory that is four times larger than France, Argentina is one of the world’s nature reserves. Privileged with outstanding natural richness and extraordinarily diverse landscapes, Argentina boasts high mountains and plains, lush vegetation and extreme deserts, forests and steppes, glaciers and waterfalls.

This wealth of natural ecosystems includes vast grapegrowing regions stretching at the foot of the Andean strip, to the West of the country, from latitude 22° south to latitude 42° south. The cultivated area covers more than 538,071 acres. Argentina’s vineyards are at varying altitudes with some as high as 3000 meters.

It is in this context, and in the course of five centuries, that Argentina has developed such an extraordinary wine industry. The altitude, the wide range of temperatures, the local know-how, the new technologies and a deeply-rooted popular wine culture lend their wines their unique identity and quality.

 

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Experience this unique environment for the creation of great wines

Join us to taste exciting wines from 20+ wineries from Argentina. Enjoy succulent bites and an ‘asado’ style BBQ. All set to the great tunes from BELLOSOUND

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2105

Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Place: Snell Hall, St. James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St., Toronto, ON M5C 2E9

Price: $65 (plus applicable fees) – Save $5.00 with Promo code: WINEALIGN

 

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“Think Argentina is all about malbec? Here’s your chance to discover the diversity of this vast country not only within the varied, new sub-regions that produce malbec but also the unique expression of both indigenous and international varieties. With some of the world’s most elevated vineyards and arid climates, it is no wonder that Argentina is home to some of the most unique and appealing wines in the world. Although only recently declared, wine has been long been the national beverage of Argentina – a country which has an impressively long history of wine consumption. Learn about some of the world’s most iconic wine personalities who have pushed boundaries, built communities and risked it all to forge new ground.” – Sara d’Amato, WineAlign

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Afternoon Trade Sessions

The Evolution of Argentina – A Trade tasting for professionals

A tasting of wines from the ‘new’ Argentina showcasing wines from 20+ wineries, some new to market.

Wednesday, July 29 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Snell Hall, St. James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St., Toronto, ON M5C 2E9

Open to Media and Trade Professionals – by invitation only – please register here prior to attending.

Wines of Argentina Masterclass:  The Evolution of Argentina

Innovation in the vineyard and the winery. Moderated by Sara d’Amato, Sommelier and WineAlign Critic, and Marcelo Pelleriti, winemaker at Monteviejo.

Rock Talks: Terroir developments
Altitude: It Never Mattered More!
Varietal & style trends: What’s next?

Wednesday, July 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Lecture Room, St. James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St., Toronto, ON M5C 2E9

Limited seating – Open to Media and Trade Professionals – by invitation only – please register here prior to attending.

 

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Web:              www.winesofargentine.org
Facebook:   Wines of Argentina
Twitter:        @winesofarg

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Experience the i4c World Tour Grand Tasting and Dinner – Sat. July 18 – And we’ll do the Driving!

On Saturday, July 18th, please join us on a luxury bus trip to the signature event of the i4c weekend.

The Cool Chardonnay World Tour and Dinner showcases the world’s best Chardonnay and Ontario’s best cuisine. The fourth ‘C’ in i4C stands for Celebration and this is definitely a Celebration of amazing Cool Climate Chardonnays. This is the fifth anniversary of i4c – it’s an incredible event with over 60 wineries attending from around the world.

Your evening begins with the Grand Tasting – the only public tasting event that showcases all of the wines of the i4c. Taste your way through the realm of Cool Climate Chardonnays – from lively unoaked wines to smooth and rich barrel-aged vintages. The popular ‘What Kind of Cool Are You?’ station will return for the 5th anniversary event – an interactive palate profiling tasting of four exemplar Cool Climate Chardonnays.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

14c strolling

Stroll through a pre-dinner reception, exploring the incredible marriage of Canadian oysters and Champagne or Sparkling wine presented by Oyster aficionados Tide & Vine Oyster Co. Then join Chef Paul Harber (Ravine Vineyard Restaurant) and Chef Craig Youdale (Canadian Food & Wine Institute) and their dream team of region’s top Vineyard Chefs who will present a family-style feast highlighting the bounty of Ontario.

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After dinner, enjoy the “Après Chardonnay” bar featuring the Ontario winemakers’ favourite RED varietals, the popular Craft Brewery bar, and dance under the stars.

We feel we’ve put together a fantastic evening. The cost of the i4c tasting and dinner alone is $150 + taxes. Add on the expense of driving from Toronto to Niagara and you’re already well north of $200. By joining WineAlign you’ll not only get round trip luxury transportation, grand tasting & dinner; but you’ll also get reserved seating, a souvenier T-shirt and a Summer of Chardonnay Passport. The price of our trip is $225.00 which includes all wine, food, taxes, fees and gratuities. On top of all that you’ll have the peace of mind of not having to drive.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

All-in Price: $225

Grand Tasting Schedule – Ridley College, St. Catharines Ontario
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Grand Tasting
7:15pm – 8:15pm – Oyster & Sparkling Reception
8:15pm – 9:45pm – Al Fresco Feast served Family Style with a “world tour of Chardonnay” and special library Chardonnays
9:30pm – 10:30pm – Après Chardonnay Bar, live entertainment

Besides the grand tasting & dinner we’ve managed to secure:

  • Reserved seating at i4c
  • i4c t-shirts ($25 value)
  • Summer of Chardonnay Passport*

* To celebrate their 5th Anniversary, the wineries of the i4c have launched The Summer of Chardonnay. This passport entitles guests to special tastings and experiences at 23 Ontario wineries from Chardonnay Day (May 21) to Labour Day (September 7).

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Bus Itinerary:
Depart Kipling Subway Station: 3:15pm
Pickup at Burlington Go Station (Fairview & Brant): 3:50pm
Arrive at i4c, Ridley College, St. Catharines: 4:45pm
Depart i4c: 10:30pm
Arrive at Kipling: 11:45pm

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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We want to make our bus trips a great experience for everyone. So while there will be lots of wine to drink, we encourage our members to spit a lot in order to keep their palates sharp and enjoy the amazing cool climate chardonnays.

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 Kipling, 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 and Burlington.
If you are interested in attending, please purchase your ticket quickly to avoid disappointment.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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An Exclusive Gourmet Dinner Featuring the Critically Acclaimed Wines of Culmina Family Estate Winery

On Thursday, June 25th, WineAlign is pleased to present an exclusive dinner at Toronto’s Canoe restaurant hosted by the Okanagan’s critically acclaimed Culmina Family Estate Winery.

 Due to the tremendous response, a second night has been added
for June 23rd.

Order at info@culmina.ca or phone (250) 498-0789

Culmina Family Estate Winery & Canoe

Culmina Family Estate Winery is thrilled to introduce their unique South Okanagan terroir to Ontario, beginning with a VINTAGES release of their 2012 Hypothesis, a Bordeaux-style red blend made from 100% estate-grown, Golden Mile Bench fruit.

To celebrate, Co-Proprietors Don & Elaine Triggs and Vineyard Manager & Winemaker Pascal Madevon are hosting WineAlign members to an exclusive dinner at renowned restaurant Canoe. Members will have the opportunity to experience Culmina’s critically acclaimed wines, which are expressive of the winery’s vineyard-driven approach and diversity in soil, climate, and elevation, ranging from 380-595 metres.

Please join us for an evening of regionally-inspired cuisine, iconic wines, and of course delightful storytelling from Don, Elaine, and Pascal.

Purchase Your Tickets 

info@culmina.ca or phone (250) 498-0789

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Event Details:

Thursday, June 25, 2015 *** SOLD OUT *** 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 *** info@culmina.ca or phone (250) 498-0789 ***

Due to the tremendous response, a second night will be added for this event. Those on the waiting list will be given first priority. Details will be posted shortly.

Location:  Canoe (66 Wellington St. West)

Reception: 6:30pm

Dinner: 7:00pm – 9pm

Tickets:  $130 (including taxes, fees and gratuities)

*Please note tickets are limited to 38, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Purchase Your Tickets 

info@culmina.ca or phone (250) 498-0789

Menu:

Passed Canapés

West Coast Oyster & Sea Buckthorn
Crispy Pork Belly & Green Tomatoes
Shore Lunch Fried Northern Pike Steam Bun
Wine pairing: 2014 Decora (Riesling)

Dinner Menu:

Yarmouth Lobster
Compressed Watermelon, Licorice Mascarpone & Cucumber
Wine pairing: 2014 Unicus (Grüner Veltliner)

Grandview Farms Pasture Pork
Mixed Charcuterie, Warm Olives & Branston Pickle
Wine pairing: 2014 Saignée (Rosé)

Owen Sound Pheasant
Okanagan Hazelnuts, Apple Butter & Ricotta Gnocchi
Wine pairing: 2013 Dilemma (Chardonnay)

Alberta Waygu Tree Tip
Tree Syrup Glazed Short Rib, Horseradish Greens, Portobello Pickles & Smokey Mustard Aioli
Wine pairing: 2011 & 2012 Hypothesis (Bordeaux-style red) 

Canadian Cheese (TBA)
Raison Buttermilk Biscuit & Crispy Prosciutto
Wine pairing: 2013 Riesling Icewine & 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Sample (Unreleased)

Purchase Your Tickets

info@culmina.ca or phone (250) 498-0789

About Culmina Family Estate Winery

Culmina_Trigg_Fam_cropCulmina is the result of a lifetime of experience in the wine industry for Don, Elaine and daughter Sara Triggs. Having worked in the industry for a combined 40+ years, Don and Elaine began in 2006 with a simple goal: to make the highest quality wines possible from their own family estate in the Okanagan.

Purchasing raw land in 2007 and joined by their daughter Sara in 2012, the Triggs began developing their new estate, naming it ‘Culmina’.  Translating to the ‘peak‘ or ‘apex’ in Latin, they chose the name to reflect not only their lifetime of efforts in the wine industry, but also their desire to coax the highest possible quality grapes from their incredible Golden Mile Bench terroir.

The family was joined in January 2013 by Vineyard Manager & Winemaker Pascal Madevon. Talented, experienced and passionate, Pascal is a classically trained French viticulturalist and winemaker, with over 10 years of experience managing a number of highly regarded Bordeaux estates. For Pascal, Culmina provided the chance to craft unique wines from exceptional terroir, and the opportunity to work with proprietors with whom he shared a desire to achieve excellence, as well as an appreciation for artistry in the winemaker’s craft.

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See what critics are saying about Culmina’s wines:

John Schreiner on Wine: Culmina raises the bar again

Culmina News Story: More accolades from John Schreiner!

Rick Van Sickle: The 2012 Vintage: What a fabulous year for Canadian wines as we look at some stellar wines from the Okanagan Valley

Purchase Your Tickets

info@culmina.ca or phone (250) 498-0789

About Canoe

Critically acclaimed to be among Canada’s best restaurants, Canoe’s unique location high atop the TD Bank Tower affords a breathtaking view of the city. The design is clean and simple, yet absolutely stylish—a brilliant reflection of this country’s rich, raw environment. That same brilliance is captured through the flavours and textures of Chef John Horne’s inspired regional Canadian cuisine and Canoe’s extensive wine list.

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Purchase Your Tickets

info@culmina.ca or phone (250) 498-0789

 


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WineAlign Bus Trip to i4c World Tour Grand Tasting and Dinner – Sat. July 18

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On Saturday, July 18th, please join us on a luxury bus trip to the signature event of the i4c weekend. The Cool Chardonnay World Tour showcases the world’s best Chardonnay and Ontario’s best cuisine. The fourth ‘C’ in i4C stands for Celebration and this is definitely a Celebration of amazing Cool Climate Chardonnays. This is the fifth anniversary of i4c; it’s an incredible event and we are going to the best part.

The evening begins with the Grand Tasting – the only public tasting event that showcases all of the wines of the i4c (60 wineries!). Taste your way through the realm of Cool Climate Chardonnays – from lively unoaked wines to smooth and rich barrel-aged vintages. The popular ‘What Kind of Cool Are You?’ station will return for the 5th anniversary event – an interactive palate profiling tasting of four exemplar Cool Climate Chardonnays.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

14c strolling

Stroll through a pre-dinner reception, exploring the incredible marriage of Canadian oysters and Champagne or Sparkling wine presented by Oyster aficionados Tide & Vine Oyster Co. Then join Chef Paul Harber (Ravine Vineyard Restaurant) and Chef Craig Youdale (Canadian Food & Wine Institute) and their dream team of region’s top Vineyard Chefs who will present a family-style feast highlighting the bounty of Ontario.

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After dinner, enjoy the “Après Chardonnay” bar featuring the Ontario winemakers’ favourite RED varietals, the popular Craft Brewery bar, and dance under the stars.

Early Bird Price (until June 21): $200
Regular Price (after June 21): $225

Grand Tasting Schedule – Ridley College, St. Catharines Ontario
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Grand Tasting
7:15pm – 8:15pm – Oyster & Sparkling Reception
8:15pm – 9:45pm – Al Fresco Feast served Family Style with a “world tour of Chardonnay” and special library Chardonnays
9:30pm – 10:30pm – Apres Chardonnay Bar, live entertainment

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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Besides the grand tasting & dinner we’ve managed to secure:

  • Reserved seating at i4c
  • i4c t-shirts ($25 value)
  • Summer of Chardonnay Passport ($170 value)*

* To celebrate their 5th Anniversary, the wineries of the i4c have launched The Summer of Chardonnay. This passport entitles guests to special tastings and experiences at 23 Ontario wineries from Chardonnay Day (May 21) to Labour Day (September 7).

We feel we’ve put together a fantastic evening. The cost of the i4c tasting and dinner alone is $150 + taxes. Add on the expense of driving from Toronto to St. Catharines and you’re already well north of $200. By joining WineAlign you’ll not only get round trip luxury transportation, grand tasting & dinner; but you’ll also get reserved seating, a t-shirt and a passport. The early bird price of our trip is $200.00 which includes all wine, food, taxes, fees and gratuities. On top of all that you’ll have the peace of mind of not having to drive.

Bus Itinerary:
Depart Kipling Subway Station: 3:15pm
Pickup at Burlington Go Station (Fairview & Brant): 3:50pm
Arrive at i4c, Ridley College, St. Catharines: 4:45pm
Depart i4c: 10:30pm
Arrive at Kipling: 11:45pm

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

i4c John and David

We want to make our bus trips a great experience for everyone. So while there will be lots of wine to drink, we encourage our members to spit a lot in order to keep their palates sharp and enjoy the amazing cool climate chardonnays.

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 Kipling, 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 and Burlington.
If you are interested in attending, please purchase your ticket quickly to avoid disappointment.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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Special Event: Wines of Portugal, A World of Difference.

Challenge Your Senses, Enjoy the Unique and Taste the Soul of Portugal!

You’re invited to discover the exceptional diversity of Portuguese wines during this exciting night where you will meet winery principals and winemakers, travelling to Toronto for this special event. WineAlign members enjoy a special discount on the ticket price.

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“Here’s your chance to kick the varietal habit and come to terms with regional identity instead. Portugal has 200+ grapes, and all old vineyards (and there are many in Portugal) are field blends, like the wines. It’s the region that makes the style difference. This is the way wine has always been made, and understood. We should get back there.” – John Szabo, Master Sommelier

Seize this opportunity to taste more than 250 wines from 34 wineries in one of Toronto’s most historic buildings with a unique range of renowned grape varieties and appellations from Portugal!

In addition to a vast selection of wines, The Food Dudes, one of Toronto’s top caterers will be on hand preparing an array of tasty food pairings. Give in to temptation and be enticed!

Event Details:

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Location: The Burroughes Building, 639 Queen St W., 6th floor, Toronto
Time:  7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tickets: $65.00 with access code WINEALIGN (Regular price $75)

250 Wines from 34 Wineries 

 

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Click here to purchase tickets.

 

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Web:            www.winesofportugal.com
Facebook:   Wines of Portugal Canada
Twitter:      @winesportugalCA

For additional information, contact Dominique Landry at Sopexa E: Dominique.landry@sopexa.com

Wines obtained through diplomatic privilege, courtesy of the Consul General of Portugal.

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La Nouvelle- Zélande dans un verre – mai 2015

Chaque verre de vin de Nouvelle-Zélande est un monde de pure découverte.

Montréal – le 5 mai

Les producteurs de vins néo-zélandais sont heureux de vous inviter à leur dégustation exclusive annuelle « La Nouvelle-Zélande dans un verre », qui auront lieu dans quatre villes au pays soit Halifax, Vancouver, Montréal et Toronto (Pour plus d’informations voir au bas de la page).

Venez rencontrer les producteurs, goûter leurs vins exceptionnels et faire vôtres nos découvertes.

Des tables offrant un assortiment de bouchées viendront rehausser votre expérience gustative néo-zélandaise.

Économisez 5 $ sur le prix d’entrée avec le code d’accès Chacun Son Vin : WA2015.

Achetez vos billets ici

 

Nouveau cette année – deux comptoirs de typicités régionales

PINOT NOIR ET PINOT GRIS
Délectez- vous des styles contrastés de nos pinots gris, tantôt rafraîchissants et élégants, tantôt riches et complexes. Découvrez les caractères typiques que les différents terroirs impriment au cépage pinot noir, alliage d’une structure évoquant l’Ancien Monde et de l’intensité fruitée caractéristique du Nouveau Monde.

Un pays sans pareil. À l’écart , dans un coin reculé du monde, il est un lieu aux somptueux paysages vierges, riche d’une faune et d’une flore uniques et d’une culture renommée pour son esprit de juvénile innovation. La Nouvelle- Zélande est un pays de pure découverte et rien n’en distille plus parfaitement l’essence qu’un verre de vin de ce pays magique.

GB_Quartz Reef Wines_Suellen Boag_09_Bubbles at BendigoLes vins présentés au festival sont certifiés Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. La quête d’amélioration constante, par la recherche et le développement de nouvelles technologies, est également un élément essentiel de leur politiques de durabilité. La Nouvelle- Zélande joue un rôle de leader en recherche industrielle et en développement de projets, et nous contribuons ainsi à hausser les exigences en matière de durabilité.

Rapportés à la production mondiale, les volumes produits en Nouvelle- Zélande sont minimes et représente moins de 1% du volume mondial. Le prix moyen que commande le vin de Nouvelle- Zélande reflète certes l engouement qu’il suscite, mais rare son ceux qui contesteraient la capacité du pays à offrir aussi d’excellents rapports qualité prix.

Pays isolé au climat frais, la Nouvelle- Zélande jouit d’un indéniable avantage pour la production de vins distincts de la plus haute qualité. Aucun lieu n’est à plus de 130km de la mer qui, du fait de cette proximité, a un effet marqué sur le caractère de nos vins. Dans beaucoup de régions, des étés doux et ensoleillés et un écart thermique marqué entre le jour et la nuit ralentissent la maturation du raisin et favorisent le développement de saveurs variétales pure et intenses. C’est là le secret de l’élégance et de la puissance des vins de Nouvelle- Zélande et c’est ce qui explique l’équilibre, la structure et le caractère gastronomique qui font leur renommée. Et grâce à l’étalement des régions vinicoles sur 1600km – de 36o de latitude dans le nord subtropical à 46o dans les montagnes du sud (où se trouvent les vignobles les plus méridionaux du monde)- la diversité régionale est spectaculaire, d’où l’étonnante palette de cépages et de styles.

Informations:

Montréal
Date: Mardi le 5 mai 2015
Lieu: Marché Bonsecours- salles Vieux Montréal & Ville Marie
Professionnels: 14h30 – 17h30
Public: 19h – 21h30
Coût: 60$ avec le code d’accès de Chacun Son Vin WA2015.
Organisme de bienfaisance: Fondation des Aveugles du Québec

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La Fondation des Aveugles du Québec: depuis près de 25 ans, la Fondation des Aveugles du Québec améliore la qualité de vie des personnes aveugles et malvoyantes en leur permettant de développer leur autonomie et de mener une vie active et sociale enrichie. Les principaux services de la Fondation des Aveugles du Québec sont un service de loisirs pour les jeunes, de la prévention et sensibilisation, ainsi que des hébergements à faibles coûts adaptés pour les personnes ayant une déficience visuelle. Nous vous invitons à trinquer à leur épanouissement! http://www.aveugles.org.

À propos de New Zealand Winegrowers: New Zealand Winegrowers est l’organisme national qui représente les producteurs de vins et les viticulteurs de Nouvelle-Zélande. Pour plus d`informations www.nzwine.com/events/canada/.


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New Zealand in a Glass May 2015

In Every Glass of New Zealand Wine is a World of Pure Discovery

Montreal – May 5
Toronto – May 7 – Sold Out
Halifax – May 12
Vancouver – May 14

New Zealand Winegrowers are delighted to invite you to their 2015 New Zealand in a Glass Wine Fairs being held in four major cities across the country. New Zealand Wine Fairs will be held in Halifax, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto (See below for information on each city). All wines presented at the wine fair are certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. All evening wine fairs will benefit charity.

Save $5 with access code WA2015.

Purchase Your Tickets Here

 

New 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.

It was Sauvignon Blanc that put New Zealand on the wine map, however the diversity and sophistication of their portfolio of wine styles has ensured the love affair with New Zealand wine lives on around the world.

GB_Quartz Reef Wines_Suellen Boag_09_Bubbles at BendigoNew Zealand’s expansive coastline enables us to succeed with a range of diverse varieties and styles; from the warmer climate wines, such as Bordeaux-style blends and Syrah, grown in Hawke’s Bay and further north, through to much cooler climate wines, such as Pinot Noir and Riesling grown in the southerly regions.

Whatever your preferences for wine styles, chances are there is a New Zealand Wine to suit your palate. At the wine fair, you will be able to try a wide variety of wine styles. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy the contrast in styles of Pinot Gris – refreshingly elegant or richly complex, and discover the distinctive terroir driven styles of Pinot Noir with old world structure and new world fruit driven intensity.

Sauvignon Blanc is, indeed, New Zealand’s most widely planted variety. That is why on Friday, April 24, 2015 the New Zealand Winegrowers will be leading the charge and holding events across the world to celebrate the variety that awoke the world to New Zealand wine with the 6th annual Sauvignon Blanc Day – 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. Anyone can join the celebration by enjoying a glass of New Zealand #SauvBlanc on April 24 and telling the world how good it is.

Cities:

Montreal
Date: Tuesday 5 May 2015
Venue: Marché Bonsecours- Vieux Montréal & Ville Marie
Trade: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Consumer: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Tickets: $65 ($60 with WineAlign Access Code WA2015)
Charity: Fondation des Aveugles du Québec

Toronto (Sold Out!)
Date: Thursday 7 May 2015
Venue: Royal Ontario Museum- Peter F Bronfman Hall
Trade: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Consumer: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Tickets: Sold Out
Charity: Ashley’s Angels foundation from SickKids

Halifax
Date: Tuesday 12 May 2015
Venue: Pier 21 – Kenneth C Rowe Hall
Trade: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Consumer: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Tickets: $65 ($60 with WineAlign Access Code WA2015)
Charity: Symphony Nova Scotia

Vancouver
Date: Thursday 14 May 2015
Venue: Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront – Vistas 360
Trade: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Consumer: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Tickets: $65 ($60 with WineAlign Access Code WA2015)
Charity: WE CARE / British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities- Easter Seals BC

Purchase Your Tickets Here

Details at www.nzwine.com/events/canada/.


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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.

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.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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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Itinerary: 

PICKUP LOCATION CHANGE: 401 in front of the Michaels store adjacent to the WILSON subway station (one stop north of Yorkdale).  

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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

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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.

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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

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About SIDEDOOR

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.

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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
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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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