Wine Events and Tastings in Canada

Wine Fair Emozioni dal Chianti, Florence, ItalyHere 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).

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.

Wine Events in 2015

Niagara  June 2015 Niagara New Vintage Festival: From Vine to Wine

Various locations, Niagara Region – Kimberly Hundertmark, Niagara Wine Festivals, 905/688-0212, kimberlyh@niagarawinefestival.com

July 17-19, 2015 Niagara-on-the-Lake/St. Catharines: International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration 2015

(i4C) – Dorian Anderson, Event Director (905) 401-2023, http://www.coolchardonnay.org/page-schedule/

July 17-19, 2015  Niagara:   The Rebirth of Cool

White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa, 253 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara; The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration 2014 features Chardonnays from over 60 of the world’s foremost winemakers) — Dorian Andrewes, i4c, dorian@coolchardonnay.org, www.coolchardonnay.org

July 14, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Cool Climate Wines Tasting

Venue and Time t.b.a., Toronto — Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289/597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.ca

July 29, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Wines of Chile and Argentina Tasting

8 p.m.; Casa Barcelona, 2980 Bloor Street West, Toronto – Eduardo Riviezzi, Casa Barcelona, casabarcelona@icloud.com

September 23, 2015 Toronto – APVSA Wine Tasting Events

The APVSA hits the road again in an unmissable wine tasting tour stopping in no less than 16 cities! Four weeks to meet North American buyers and leave your mark on them. winetasting@apvsa.ca http://apvsa.ca/en/tasting-events

September 2015 Niagara – Niagara Wine Festival: A Vintage Harvest

Various locations, Niagara Region – Kimberly Hundertmark, Niagara Wine Festivals, 905/688-0212, kimberlyh@niagarawinefestival.com

September 2015 NSLC Port of Wines Festival Halifax

September 3, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Dinner with Lammershoek Pinotage

Time t.b.a.; Boland’s Open Kitchen & Wine Bar, 575 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto — Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289/597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.ca

September10-13, 2015 Amherstberg: 10th Annual Shores of Erie International Wine Festival

(Venue and Times t.b.a.; Amherstberg) – www.soewinefestival.com

September 17, 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia – APVSA Wine Tasting Events

The APVSA hits the road again in an unmissable wine tasting tour to meet  North American buyers and leave your mark on them. winetasting@apvsa.ca http://apvsa.ca/en/tasting-events

September 18, 2015 Calgary, Alberta – APVSA Wine Tasting Events

The APVSA hits the road again in an unmissable wine tasting tour to meet  North American buyers and leave your mark on them. winetasting@apvsa.ca http://apvsa.ca/en/tasting-events

September 18-20, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Toronto Food & Wine Festival

Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto – Judy Merry, Informa Canada, judy.merry@informacanada.com

September 23, 2015 Toronto, Ontario – APVSA Wine Tasting Events

The APVSA hits the road again in an unmissable wine tasting tour to meet  North American buyers and leave your mark on them. winetasting@apvsa.ca http://apvsa.ca/en/tasting-events

September 28, 2015 Montreal, Quebec – APVSA Wine Tasting Events

The APVSA hits the road again in an unmissable wine tasting tour to meet  North American buyers and leave your mark on them. winetasting@apvsa.ca http://apvsa.ca/en/tasting-events

September 29, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Profile Wine Group Portfolio Tasting

2-9 p.m.; Liberty Grand, Governor’s Room, 25 British Columbia Road, Exhibition Place, Toronto – John Turco, Profile Wine Group, 416/598-0033, Ext. 223,  jturco@profilewinegroup.com

October 2015 Newfoundland Labrador Wine Show

St. John’s Convention Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland – Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation, 709/724.1100, info@nlliquor.com, www.nlliquor.com

October Toronto:  Stem Wine Group 10th Anniversary Family of Wines Gala Tasting

By invitation; Time/Venue t.b.a., Toronto — Robert Tomé, Stem Wine Group, 416/548-8824, robert@stemwinegroup.com, www.stemwinegroup.com

October Ottawa:  Stem Wine Group 10th Anniversary Family of Wines Gala Tasting

By invitation; Time/Venue t.b.a., Ottawa — Robert Tomé, Stem Wine Group, 416/548-8824, robert@stemwinegroup.com, www.stemwinegroup.com

October 19, 2015 – Toronto: Rogers & Company Wines 30th Anniversary Portfolio Show

By invitation only; Time/Venue t.b.a., Toronto — Chris McLean, Rogers & Company Wines, 647/955-8872 and/or 416/961-2294, Ext. 29, c.mclean@rogcowines.com, www.rogcowines.com

October Toronto – 9th Annual Chilean Grand Tasting

Trade Seminar, RBC Glass Room, 4th Level; 2-5 p.m., Trade Tasting for registered food and beverage industry professionals and media only; 7-9:30 p.m., Consumer Tasting; Royal Ontario Museum, Peter F. Bronfman Hall, 2nd Level, 100 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto; Featuring 30 wineries and 150 wines with food pairings catered by Daniel et Daniel — Lisa Ulrich, Andros Communications, 905/637-2100 or 416/637-2044, Ext. 124, lisa@androscom.com, www.winesofchile.ca

October Vancouver: 19th Annual Italian Wine Tasting

(Time/Venue t.b.a.; Vancouver) — Piero Titone and Benedetta Marassi, Italian Trade Commission, 416/598-1566, Ext. 108, toronto@ice.it

October 20, 2015 Toronto, Ontario De Torren Vertical Tasting

Venue and Time t.b.a., Toronto – Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289/597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.ca

October -November Moncton: World Wine & Food Expo

Moncton Coliseum Complex, Moncton, New Brunswick; “Atlantic Canada’s #1 Wine and Food Event”) — 506/532-5333, info@wineexpo.ca, www.wineexpo.ca

October 20, 2015 Toronto, Ontario De Torren Vertical Tasting

Venue and Time t.b.a., Toronto — Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289/597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.ca

November 2, 2015 Montreal, Quebec – APVSA Wine Tasting Events

The APVSA hits the road again in an unmissable wine tasting tour to meet  North American buyers and leave your mark on them. winetasting@apvsa.ca http://apvsa.ca/en/tasting-events

November 3, 2015 Toronto, Ontario – APVSA Wine Tasting Events

The APVSA hits the road again in an unmissable wine tasting tour to meet  North American buyers and leave your mark on them. winetasting@apvsa.ca http://apvsa.ca/en/tasting-events

November 5-7, 2015 Montreal, Quebec La Grande Dégustation de Montréal

Place Bonaventure, 800, De La Gauchetière Street, West, Montreal – Catherine Lessard, Association Québécoise des Agences de Vins, Bières et Spiritueux Inc., clessard@lagrandedegustation.com, www.lagrandedegustation.com

November 6-7, 2015 Montreal, Quebec La Grande Dégustation Wines of Spain

Place Bonaventure : 800 Gauchetière St. West, Montreal Catherine Lessard | clessard@lagrandedegustation.com, www.lagrandedegustation.com

 

November 19 – 22, 2015 Toronto, Ontario: Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

November 19, VIP Night, 6-10 p.m.; November 20, 2-10 p.m.; November 21, 12-10 p.m.; November 22, 12-6 p.m.; Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West. Toronto – Melanie Klie, Town Media, 905/522-6117, Ext. 545334, melanie.klie@sunmedia.ca, www.foodandwineexpo.ca

December 4, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Christmas Dinner

Venue and Time t.b.a., Toronto — Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289/597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com,  ww.southafricanwinesociety.ca

Ongoing Events by City

Ottawa, Ontario

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.

Toronto and Ottawa

The LCBO Vintages division hosts regular wine events that sell out quickly, often before I can post them here. Bookmark this page and/or sign-up for their newsletter to be first in line to know about them.

International Wine Events

March    15-17, 2015 ProWein 2015 Düsseldorf Fairgrounds, Düsseldorf, Germany. Featuring more than 40,000 trade visitors from 50 countries, 4,000+ exhibitors from the retail and restaurant industries and 1,000 wines — Corinna Kuhn, +49(0)211/45 60 –01, kuhnc@messe-duesseldorf.de, www.prowein.de

March 22-25, 2015 Vinitaly 2015 (Verona, Italy; Billed as the world’s top exhibition in the wine sector with more than 4,000 exhibitors and 140,000 visitors) — www.vinitaly.com

 

April 29    Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour (7-10 p.m.; New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway Avenue, New York) – M. Shanken Communications, 212/684-4224, events@mshanken.com

May    1    Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour (7-10 p.m.; Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.) – M. Shanken Communications, 212/684-4224, events@mshanken.com

3    Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour (7-10 p.m.; The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard Suth, Las Vegas, Nevada) — M. Shanken Communications, 212/684-4224, events@mshanken.com

11-19    Portugal Wine Tour (Tour of the Bairrada and Dao areas) — AnaBela Torboda, Portugal Wine Club, portugalwineclub@gmail.com, www.portugalwineclub.ca; José Duarte, VistaSol Tours, 416/598-3999, jduarte@vistasol.ca
27-29    Vinexpo Asia Pacific (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong) – Anne Cusson, Vixexpo, +33 (0)5 56 56 01 68, presse@vinexpo.com, www.asiapacific.vinexpo.com

June     2-4    34th London Wine Fair (Olympia Conference Centre, London; Featuring 10,000 wines; Attended by 15, 000 wine trade professionals from 79 countries) – www.londonwinefair.com

14-16    VieVinum International Wine Festival (Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria; Bi-annual wine fair featuring 14,500 visitors and 500 winegrowers from 40 countries) – Dagmar Gross, +43 1 236 26 64, +43 676 319 31 89, dagmar@grosswerk.com

June 14-18, 2015  France: Vinexpo 2015

Bordeaux “Parc des Expositions” Exhibition Centre, France; Featuring more than 2,400 exhibitors from 47 countries and more than 48,000+ visitors from 148 countries; An unrivalled range and quality of products under one roof – info@vinexpo.com, + 33 5 56 56 00 22, www.vinexpo.com

22-24    Food & Wine Classic in Aspen (Grand Tasting Pavilion, Aspen, Colorado) — Lori Lefevre, 914/630.0961, lori@lorilefevre.com, www.foodandwine.com

16-18    Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience (New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway Avenue, New York) – M. Shanken Communications, 212/684-4224, events@mshanken.com

December     4-6    13th Shanghai International Wine & Spirits Exhibition (Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China) – Mr. Yangpeng, (86-21)6439 -6190, 5013-1760, info@winefair.com.cn, www.winefair.com.cn

March    2015 ProWein 2014 (Dusseldorf, Germany; Featuring 4,700 exhibitors from 48 countries, 45,000 trade visitors and 950 journalists from 34 countries; LCBO’s Igor Ryjenkov and Greg MacDonald attending) – Messe Dusseldorf, +49 (0) 211- 4560-7613, prowein@messe-duesseldorf.de

April    2015 Taste of Vail (Various events and venues; Vail, Colorado) — Kristin Yantis, Malen Yantis Public Relations, 970/949-7919, kyantis@myprco.com, www.tasteofvail.com

April 2015 Vinitaly 2014 (Verona, Italy; 48th edition; Billed as the world’s top exhibition in the wine sector with more than 4,000 exhibitors and 140,000 visitors) – Gianni Bruno, bruno@veronafiere.it, www.vinitaly.com

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