Here are some upcoming wine tastings and events that are worth attending. Let me know if you think I should add others to this list – I’m not trying to create an exhaustive list with every wine event happening across Canada, but rather a carefully curated one of worthy events.
Get yourself on the e-mail list for those that interest you now so that you’re reminded when to register. Many events offer free trade tastings during the day for those who work in the hospitality industry (restaurants, hotels etc who are involved with food and wine) as well as media (writers and bloggers, which is how you quality as trade).
These events are usually followed by evening tastings for the public with a ticket charge. You can attend these if the afternoon events don’t fit your schedule, though you’ll likely have to pay for your ticket.
Brunello Tasting March 10 Toronto: Time and location TBD; 30 winemakers in attendance — Piero Titone and Benedetta Marassi, Italian Trade Commission, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
California Wine Fair April-May 2014
Free events for the trade are usually held in the afternoon for the dates below, while the public/consumer events are in the evening with a ticket cost. No tickets are sold at the door. For more info visit www.calwine.ca. Get yourself on the mailing list now for the trade portion by e-mailing Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Tuesday, April 1st: Quebec City, Espace Dalhousie
• Wednesday, April 2nd: Montreal, Quebec, Le Centre Sheraton
• Friday, April 4th: Ottawa, Ontario, Westin Ottawa
• Monday, April 7th: Toronto, Ontario, The Fairmont Royal York
• Tuesday, April 22nd: Vancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver Convention Centre
• Wednesday, April 23rd: Calgary, Alberta, Hotel Arts
• Thursday, April 24th: Edmonton, Alberta, Shaw Conference Centre
• Wednesday, May 7th: Moncton, New Brunswick, Casino New Brunswick
• Thursday, May 8th: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Pier 21
New Zealand Wine Fair April-May
This series of tastings also offers both free trade events and evening consumer tastings. Contact Robert Ketchin, New Zealand Winegrowers, email@example.com, www.nzwine.com/events.
April 29 (Time and venue t.b.a., Calgary)
May 1 (Time and venue t.b.a., Vancouver)
May 5 (Time and venue t.b.a., Ottawa)
May 8 (Time and venue t.b.a., Toronto)
French Wine Connection 2014
May 5 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Venue t.b.a., Vancouver) – Jérôme Chataigner, French Trade Commission, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing Events by City
Join the National Capital Sommelier Guild. Don’t let the name scare you, they’re a group of wine enthusiasts that make learning and tasting fun! In fact, you don’t have to be a sommelier or work in a restaurant to join. The Guild hosts many wine tastings and dinner events throughout the year that are educational, unpretentious and all about having a good time. Visit the website at sommelierguild.com for more information.