Past Events



Savor Dallas will be held from March 06 to March 07 at 5:00 pm at Downtown Dallas in Dallas, TX. The 5th annual Savor Dallas returns Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, 2009 with renewed flair and exciting new events. North Texas’ international experience of wine, food, spirits and the arts brings consumers the ultimate tasting experience with cuisine from over 50 of the area's top restaurants and ultra-premium wines and spirits - with the special opportunity to interact one-on-one with internationally acclaimed experts in exciting venues. Savor Dallas also generously supports local charities, including the North Texas Food Bank, Greater Dallas Restaurant Association Culinary Scholarship Fund, and the Arts Magnet Building Campaign for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Get tickets and the complete schedule at www.SavorDallas.com or call 866-277-7920. Admission is $50 - $450. For information, call Ellen Hartline at 866-277-7920, e-mail ellen@savordallas.com or visit http://www.savordallas.com.

Colio Wine & Food Pairing - Spring into the Exotic will be held April 6 at Colio Estate Winery in Harrow, Ontario. Wine & Food Pairing featuring cuisine from Caldwell's Grant Restaurant. Laura Giberson, (Caldwell's owner and chef ) will be with us to talk about their cuisine. To see the menu visit our website. Admission is $25 pp. For information, call Jennifer Ring at 1.800-265.1322, e-mail jenniferr@coliowinery.com or visit http://www.coliowinery.com.

Salut! will be held April 10 at 6:00 PM at Restaurant International/Algonquin College in Ottawa, ON. Champions For Children Foundation, wine & food matching event, Salut! is sponsored by MBNA Canada, Bank of America and Algonquin College to help fund the Dare to Dream Bursary program for youth in the care of the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa. An intimate evening that will enrich your palate, your knowledge, and a deserving youth's educational future. Admission is $125 per ticket. Proceeds go to Champions For Children Foundation. This event benefits deserving and qualified youth who will be or are attending Algonquin College. For information, call Zoe Mackenzie at 613-745-1893 x 1, e-mail championsforchildren@gmail.com.

Enviro-Chic Fair will be held from April 11 to April 13 at the LCBO at 275 Rideau Street in Ottawa, Ontario. Come sample about 18 different alternatively packaged beverage alcohol products. ZenKitchen and Bgoods Bakery will be providing food samples. First 100 people each day will take home an ISO glass etched with Enviro-Chic and a re-usable wine bag. Admission is Free. For information, call Michelle Millette at 613-789-5226, e-mail michelle.millette@lcbo.com.

Test your Tastebuds - a blind wine tasting will be held April 12 at 7 pm at Nicholas Hoare Bookstore, 419 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, ON. Join accredited sommeliers Debbie Trenholm & Susan Desjardins as they lead you through an interactive wine tasting that will test your palate. The name of each wine will be hidden giving you the opportunity to identify (or guess) the grape variety of each of the wines in the selection. Admission is $70 includes tax, $60 for Designated Drivers. All proceeds from this event will contribute to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that is used in the diagnosis of breast cancer. One of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital surgeons who will be using this life saving equipment, Neoprobe Bluetooth, will be at the event to answer your questions. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-851-1785, e-mail debbie@thesavvygrapes.com or visit http://www.thesavvygrapes.com.

Prince Edward County Wine Dinner Series will be held from April 14 to May 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Le Chien Noir Bistro in Kingston, Ontario. Three wine dinners featuring Huff Estates and The Grange of Prince Edward on April 14, Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard and Black Price Winery on April 28 and Sandbanks Estate Winery and Rosehall Run Vineyards on May 12. Five-course menu with paired wines, hosted by the winemakers. Admission is $75 per dinner $200 for all three. For information, call Tim Pater at 613-549-5635, e-mail chienn@bellnet.ca or visit http://www.lechiennoir.com.

Ottawa Chamber Music Society's Charity Wine Auction will be held April 15 from 6 pm - 10 pm at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa, ON. The OCMS is holding its annual fundraising wine auction which helps us to present world-class chamber music while keeping concerts accessible and affordable. Admittance to the auction is $50, which can be applied as a credit towards any wine purchase. Registration for the event is at 6 pm, providing an opportunity to enjoy a reception where one can mingle and peruse the live auction lots and participate in the silent auction. Live auction begins at 7 pm.
Further information and the auction catalogue will soon be available at www.chamberfest.com. Admission is $50. For information, call Karen St.aubin at 613-234-8008, e-mail events@chamberfest.com or visit http://www.chamberfest.com/english/events/wineauction.html.

The Canadian Opera Company's Fine Wine Auction will be held April 17 at 6 p.m. at Crush Wine Bar & Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario. Wine lovers can raise their glasses and bidding paddles at the Canadian Opera Company’s 9th Annual Fine Wine Auction on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at the newly-renovated Crush Wine Bar and Restaurant. Returning to lead the live auction is Auctioneer Stephen Ranger of Ritchie’s Auctioneers and Appraisers. The live auction encourages wine enthusiasts, fervent collectors and oenophiles to either add to their collection or start a new collection of some truly magnificent treasures. Guests can also bid in the silent auction that offers an assortment of unique and exciting items including dinner-for-two packages to some of Toronto’s renowned restaurants, as well as wine tours and tastings from Niagara Winery Tours. Admission is $35. All proceeds raised at the Fine Wine Auction are in support of the Canadian Opera Company. For information, call Canadian opera Company at 416-306 - 2305, e-mail media@coc.ca or visit http://www.coc.ca/giving/events_wine.html.

World Tour of Food & Wine will be held from April 19 to April 20 from 11:00 am-5:00 pm at Keuka Wine Trail in Hammondsport, New York. Join us on a tour along Charming Keuka Wine Trail. Each winery has selected a country or regional food to feature with some the finest wines of Keuka Lake. A wonderful event for those who truly love to try unique foods and wines. Admission is $310.00 per couple. For information, call Jim Havalack at 585-455-8294, e-mail qts@frontiernet.net.

A Taste of Hawk Hill will be held April 19 from 7 PM - 11:30 PM at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. This tasting of signature foods and beverages from restaurants in the Philadelphia area is a fundraiser for scholarship money for students in Saint Joseph's University Executive Master's in Food Marketing program. Admission is $35 per person. For information, call Kathy Kennedy at 610-660-3152, e-mail kkennedy@sju.edu or visit http://foodmarketing.sju.edu/executive/hawk-hill-taste.

Chianti Classico & The Tuscan Nose will be held April 21 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM (Trade) / 6:00 - 8:00 PM (Consumer) at 583 Park Avenue in New York, NY. The Chianti Classico Wine Consortium will present an evocative tasting of over 200 Black Rooster wines produced in the Chianti region, kicked off by a sensory experience of Tuscany: 27 different aromas (“The Essence of Chianti Classico”) created by the award-winning Italian perfumer, Lorenzo Villoresi. There are two sessions, the first for the trade from 2:00 to 6:00, and the second for consumers from 6:00 to 8:00. Special educational seminars, one for the trade (2:30) and the other for consumers (6:30) will be conducted by author and sommelier, David Lynch. Admission is $40.00 (The consumers’ $40 entrance fee will be donated in its entirety to Slow Food USA. Proceeds go to The consumers’ $40 entrance fee will be donated in its entirety to Slow Food USA, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to taste education, sustainability and biodiversity. For information, call Seth Dranginis at 212-929-7700, e-mail seth@dunnrobbinsgroup.com or visit http://www.dunnrobbins.com/reg/cc_0408C/index.htm.

Culinary Getaway will be held from April 21 to April 25 in Paris, France. Explore the many culinary delights this city has to offer. We will cook together using the finest of local ingredients chosen each day from the neighborhood markets. We will enjoy cooking lessons from French chefs, dine in outstanding restaurants, learn about French cheeses, learn about French wines and how to pair them with foods, and taste many of the incredible chocolates and confections that are available in the delightful shops of Paris. Admission is $3000/person based on double lodging. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-5187107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/paris/.

ViniPortugal will be held April 22 at Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St. in San Francisco, CA. More than 30 Portuguese wine producers will be at the event: from 2:00 - 5:30 for a complimentary trade tasting; and 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. for a consumer tasting. Sample more than 300 new wines. Admission is $40: the suggested donation for public portion of event with proceeds go to Project Open Hand, which provides food and nourishment to improve the quality of life for the men, women and children it serves. For information, call Carissa Remitz at 415-274-2510, e-mail carissa@wagstaffworldwide.com.

A Wild Night in Sonoma at Olives will be held April 23 6:30 PM at Olives Restaurant, World Center Building, 16000K St. NW in Washington, D.C.. Join St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Chief Executive Officer Christopher Silva for a “Succulent Springtime Supper” at the Olives Restaurant in Washington, D.C. featuring Wild Oak wines and a menu created by Chef Todd English.

DINNER & GIFT! Domaine Carneros Sparkling Rosé reception, followed by a four-course dinner specially designed by Chef Todd English to pair with St. Francis’ new Wild Oak wines. The ticket price includes a gift: a bottle of the coveted Wild Oak Syrah, signed by winemaker Tom Mackey, an elegant champagne stopper and a coy of Chef Todd’s latest cookbook “A Wild Night in Sonoma at Olives” A Wild Oak dinner at Olives Restaurant. Admission is $180 per person. For information, call Suzie Kukic at 800-KOBRAND, e-mail skukic@kobrand.com or visit http://www.kobrandevents.com/wildoak/index.php.

A Wild Night in Sonoma at Olives will be held April 24 6:30 PM at Olives Restaurant, The W Hotel, 201 Park Ave. South in New York, NY. Join St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Chief Executive Officer Christopher Silva for a “Succulent Springtime Supper” at the Olives Restaurant in New York, N.Y. featuring Wild Oak wines and a menu created by Chef Todd English.

DINNER & GIFT! Domaine Carneros Sparkling Rosé reception, followed by a four-course dinner specially designed by Chef Todd English to pair with St. Francis’ new Wild Oak wines. The ticket price includes a gift: a bottle of the coveted Wild Oak Syrah, signed by winemaker Tom Mackey, an elegant champagne stopper and a coy of Chef Todd’s latest cookbook “A Wild Night in Sonoma at Olives” A Wild Oak dinner at Olives Restaurant. Admission is $180 Per Person. For information, call Suzie Kukic at 800 -KOBRAND, e-mail skukic@kobrand.com or visit http://www.kobrandevents.com/wildoak/index.php.

A Wild Night in Sonoma at Olives will be held April 24 at 6:30 PM at Olives Restaurant, The W Hotel, 201 Park Ave. South in New York, NY. Join St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Chief Executive Officer Christopher Silva for a “Succulent Springtime Supper” at the Olives Restaurant in New York, N.Y. featuring Wild Oak wines and a menu created by Chef Todd English. Admission is $180 Per Person. For information, call Suzie Kukic at 800-KOBRAND, e-mail skukic@kobrand.com or visit http://www.kobrandevents.com/wildoak/index.php.

Savvy Supper Series will be held April 24 at 6:30 pm at TRIO Restaurant at Novotel Ottawa Hotel in Ottawa, ON. The Savvy Grapes invite you to the first ‘Savvy Supper Series’ showcasing Canadian winemakers and their wines. At each event, you will meet and mingle with the people devoted to making premium wines. During supper, they will share stories and secrets about their winery, winemaking techniques, and their vineyard. Wines will be paired with a new gourmet tasting menu that includes a series of tasting plates featuring items from TRIO’s menu that changes with each season. During the evening, the featured winemaker, TRIO’s Executive Chef and Sommeliers from The Savvy Grapes will visit your table to answer any wine and food questions. Savvy Supper Series dates: April 24 – Featherstone Estates Winery; June 19 – Huff Estates Winery; and September 11 – Colio Estates Wines. Admission is $85 per person or designated driver $80. Ticket prices include gratuities & taxes. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-851-1785, e-mail debbie@thesavvygrapes.com or visit http://www.thesavvygrapes.com/supperseries.htm.

The California Wine Fair will be held April 24 7-9:30 pm at The Westin Hotel Ottawa in Ottawa, ON. The largest California wine tasting in Canada. Sample more than 400 wines from over 100 California wineries. Admission is $60. For information, call Paula Oreskovich at 905-336-8932, e-mail paula@praxispr.ca or visit http://www.calwine.ca.

St. Michaels Food & Wine Festival will be held from April 24-27 at The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. The 6th annual festival includes presentations by food and wine experts, recipe demonstrations, wine tastings, culinary and wine seminars, book signings and cuisine, wines and spirits from chefs and sommeliers pairing with chefs at local restaurants. Highlights include a VIP charity reception featuring special guest, Michel Richard (Citronelle, Washington D.C) with proceeds going to the following charities: Community Food Bank, Chesapeake Culinary Center, Chesapeake Maritime Museum, FreshFarm Markets, Pickering Creek Audobon Center and Easton High School Culinary Program. Admission is $130 for weekend pass; $45-65 for day pass. For information, call Lucy Parkinson at 646-624-2885, e-mail lparkinson@colangelopr.com or visit http://www.stmichaelsfoodandwinefestival.com.

Adirondack Festival of Food and Wine will be held from April 24 to April 27 in Lake Placid, New York. The Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa's Festival of Food and Wine brings together top chefs and vintners for a series of wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and more. This year there will be an added focus on organic and artisanal foods as well as organic and biodynamic wines. Come meet top food and wine professionals in an elegant and intimate setting - attendance is limited to 120 people. Admission is $699 US per person and includes 3-night stay and entry to all events. For information, call Linda O'leary at 518-523-2544, e-mail linda@inphorminc.com or visit http://www.MirrorLakeInn.com/dining-festival.cfm.

A Wild Night in Sonoma at Olives will be held April 25 at 6:30 PM at Olives Restaurant, 10 City Square in Charlestown, MA. Join St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Chief Executive Officer Christopher Silva for a “Succulent Springtime Supper” at the Olives Restaurant in Boston, M.A. featuring Wild Oak wines and a menu created by Chef Todd English. For information, call Suzie Kukic at 800-KOBRAND, e-mail skukic@kobrand.com or visit http://www.kobrandevents.com/wildoak/index.php.

The Indiana Wine Fair will be held April 27 from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. at The Story Inn in Story, Indiana. Indiana vintners pour their wines for sampling. Judges will present awards in the following categories: dry white; sweet white; dry red; sweet red; dessert; sparkling; dessert; and non-grape. Admission is $15. For information, call Allen dale Olson at 800-881-1183, e-mail olsonallen@msn.com or visit http://www.storyinn.com.

Northern Michigan Wine Summit will be held April 28 1pm-4pm at Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan. The wineries of both Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsula collaborate to increase the awareness and quality of their industry. Admission is free. For information, call Kristin Karam at 231-944-1255, e-mail kkaram@blackstarfarms.com.

Wine dinner will be held April 30 at 6 pm at Ambiente restaurant in Ottawa, Ontario. Italian wine and cuisine. A five-course dinner will be paired with wines supplied by Rob Elvy of Small Winemakers. Rob will be on hand to talk about the wines and those who produce them. Admission is $95. For information, call Michael Guy at 613-744-6509, e-mail info@ambientefood.com.

Toast will be held May 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Distillery District - Fermenting Cellar in Toronto, Ontario. The Canadian Cancer Society would like to invite you to raise a glass and toast to finding a cure. Ticket purchase includes the following: sample wines, beer and spirits; taste delicious international foods; enjoy live musical entertainment; bid on great silent auction items. Admission is $75 in advance/$85 at the door. The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. For information, call Helen Karpouzos at 416-431-1800, e-mail hkarpouzos@ontario.cancer.ca.

Nova Scotia Lobster Festival will be held from May 1 to June 30 at DesBarres Manor Inn in Guysborough, Nova Scotia. This two-day Lobster Festival Package includes a lobster cooking class in the Manor kitchen with special tips and recipes from Executive Chef Shaun Zwarun, a trip to the wharf with the Chef to meet the lobster boat to select a lobster for your evening dinner, a three course seafood dinner and a traditional Maritime lobster dinner. The lobster getaway package also includes two gourmet breakfasts, gratuities and a host of additional five star amenities. Admission is $319 per person, double occupancy. For information, call Audrey Firth at 902-533-2099, e-mail reservations@desbarresmanor.com or visit http://www.desbarresmanor.com/packages/index.html.

California-Style Launch Event will be held May 2 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the LCBO at Brookfield Place, 161-181 Bay Street in Toronto, ON. You’re cordially invited to attend a California-inspired Malibu poolside party starring the wines, food and music from the Golden State. Join radio personality Maureen Holloway to dish the dish on the latest gossip from Hollywood. Admission is free. For further information, contact LCBO Infoline at 416 365-5900 or 1-800-ONT-LCBO (668-5226).

Wine & Herb Festival will be held from May 3 to May 25 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Discover the wonderful connection between wine and herbs during this annual spring celebration throughout the first four weekends in May. Tour the 18 wineries of Niagara-on-the Lake where each stop will feature a different herb-themed food pairing matched to a premium VQA wine selected to highlight the flavour and aroma of the herb. Each passport holder is entitled to one wine and food pairing at each of the 18 member wineries and is valid for four weekends in May. Admission is $25 before April 30th or $30 after May 1st. For information, call Janelle Donn at 905-468-1950, e-mail janelle.donn@andrewpeller.com or visit http://www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com/events.php#herb.

Art and Wine on the Haw River Wine Trail will be held from May 3 to May 4 in Graham, NC. Travel the four wineries on the Haw River Wine Trail and experience the best of local art and wine. Area artists will be displaying and selling their wares on the vineyard grounds of the wineries--all kinds of fine art including pottery, woodworking, oils, pastels, watercolors, fiber art, jewelry, and more. Admission is free. For information, call Nancy Zeman at 336-376-1080, e-mail benjaminwines@cs.com or visit http://www.hawriverwinetrail.com.

Cooking Demo will be held May 04 1-4pm at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY. Cooking Demo with Q Restaurant Admission is Free. For information, call Kylie Hirsch at 631-298-0075, e-mail info@marthaclaravineyards.com or visit http://.

DiVino Wine Studio's Enoteca, a modern Italian wine bar, at 225 Preston Street, in Ottawa, Ontario features an open kitchen, a private room for corporate events, and a wine tasting educational area as well as wine and food pairing seminars, themed dinners, cooking classes and wine and culinary tours of Italy. Contact Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit www.divinowinestudio.com.

The First Annual Green Wine Competition will be held May 5 at Fountain Grove Hotel in Santa Rosa, CA. Enter online at www.greenwinecomp.info. Admission is $95 per entry. For information, call Judith Openheimer at 707-568-3900, e-mail jkoanson@gmail.com.

CIM Uncorked! will be held May 6 at 6 p.m. at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore in Cleveland, OH. Enjoy performances by Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) world-class students and faculty, wines from more than 20 wineries, samples from more than a dozen restaurants and a silent auction. Admission is $75; $125 patrons. All proceeds benefit the CIM Annual Fund supporting student scholarships, free concerts and outreach programs at the Cleveland Institute of Music. For information, call Elizabeth Mull at 216-791-5000, e-mail marketing@cim.edu or visit http://www.cim.edu.

Germany - Wines with Jazz will be held May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Ontario. The German Consulate and German Wine Institute present 18th annual tasting of over 100 German wines many presented by winemakers and winery principals. Setting includes live piano jazz and light foods to match the wines. Draw for Lufthansa travel for two to Germany. Admission is $45 any wine/food club member. Proceeds from the tasting benefit the staging of the diverse array of talent offered on the stages of Roy Thomson and Massey Hall. For information, call Ron Fiorelli at 905-815 1581, e-mail rfiorelli@sympatico.ca or visit http://www.GermanWineCanada.org.

New Zealand Wine Fair will be held May 6 from 7:00pm-9:30pm at Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The New Zealand Consul General and New Zealand Winegrowers invite you to join us for this annual wine tasting event featuring over 135 wines from 32 wineries. Discover the pure, intense and diverse flavours of our most recent vintages, complemented by a sampling of fine food and cheese. Admission is Admission is $50.00. For information, call Joanne Harricks at 888-993-9927, e-mail jharricks@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine-events.ca.

Calling Art and Wine Enthusiasts will be held May 6 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Hambleton Gallery in Kelowna, British Columbia. Hambleton Gallery owner, Stewart Turcotte, along with art consultant Judy Burns will share the fundamentals of collecting art. Karin of Wine Occasions will conduct a tutored tasting featuring a selection of award winning Okanagan Valley wines. Finger foods will be served. Admission is $80. For information, call Karin Vermassen at 250-215-1368, e-mail karin@wineoccasions.ca or visit http://www.wineoccasions.ca/festivals.php.

Live Mic Night will be held from May 06 to May 27 at 7-11pm at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY. Live Mic Night-
All talents welcome, all age groups.
Admission is Free. For information, call Kylie Hirsch at 631-298-0075, e-mail info@marthaclaravineyards.com or visit http://www.marthaclaravineyards.com.

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend will be held from May 7 to May 10 in Charlotte, NC. Since its inception in 1990, the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend has grown into one of the Southeast's largest wine events and has raised over $2.7 million for local charities. Held in the spring of every even-numbered year, the weekend draws notable winemakers from around the world and pairs them with Charlotte's top chefs for four days of fun and educational events. Events include Vintner Dinners at the city's top restaurants,a 1000 Point Tasting, Big Bottles & Blues, Wine 101 and the Grand Live Auction & Gala. Admission is costs vary. Proceeds go to Hospitality House: Since it’s opening in 1985, the mission of Hospitality House is to provide a "home away from home" for out-of-town family members of patients in local hospitals. For information, call Missy Mandel at 704-338-9463, e-mail cltwineandfoodweekend@gmail.com or visit http://www.charlottewineandfood.com.

The Art of Cookbook Writing will be held from May 7 to June 4 on a weekly basis from 7-9 pm at Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, California. This course introduces you to the pleasures of cookbook writing, whether for yourself, your family or publication. Over the course of five weeks, you will develop your cookbook idea, focusing on shape and structure, how to write with a distinct voice, and how to write headnotes and successful recipes. Each class begins with a short workshop, where students review homework assignments, such as writing a recipe. Admission is $240. For information, call Dianne Jacob at 510-923-1770, e-mail dj@diannej.com or visit http://www.bookpassage.com/class_detailed.php?id=257.

Mother's Day Culinary Getaway will be held from May 8 to May 11 in Napa Valley, CA. Join Sherry Page for a Mother's Day Culinary Getaway in Napa Valley where we will cook together using the finest local, seasonal ingredients, explore sea salts, chocolate and artisan cheeses, taste local wines, tour edible gardens, dine in spectacular private settings and local restaurants, tour a local olive mill, shop together and explore the culture in this beautiful location. Groups are kept small to ensure unique, personalized experiences. Admission is $1800/person based on double-occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-5187107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/?g=napaMothersDay.

New Zealand Wine Fair will be held May 8 from 7:00pm-9:30pm at Hotel Arts, 119-12 Ave. S.W. in Calgary, Alberta. The New Zealand Consul General and New Zealand Winegrowers invite you to join us for this annual wine tasting event featuring over 100 wines from 24 wineries.
Discover the pure, intense and diverse flavours of our most recent vintages, complemented by a sampling of fine food and cheese. Admission is Admission $50.00. For information, call Joanne Harricks at 888-993-9927, e-mail jharricks@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine-events.ca.

Cuisine & Cuvée will be held May 8 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at On the Park in Toronto, Ontario. Sample wines, food, gourmet cheeses, live music, and the silent and fine wine auctions, featuring 6 bottles of the 2000 Petrus with an appraised value of $52,560. This will not be a sit-down dinner – you will have the freedom to mix and mingle. Admission is $150 per ticket. Proceeds go to Providence Healthcare Foundation: a leading Toronto health care facility, specializing in rehabilitation for patients who have experienced strokes, orthopaedic surgery, or lower limb amputation, or who require specialized geriatric rehabilitation, assessment and treatment. We also provide complex continuing care, long-term care and community outreach with a particular focus on addressing the medical, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of individuals with geriatric conditions. For information, call Nellie Simtikidis at 416-285-3666 x 4231, e-mail nsimtiki@providence.on.ca or visit http://www.providence.on.ca/provhealth_events_view.asp?id=135.

Wine Tasting will be held May 8 from 5:00pm - 8:0pm at Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minnestoa. Enjoy an evening enjoy an evening of wine, food, and music while viewing the city and river panorama from Nicollet Island Pavilion. Over 200 wines offered, and for the beer enthusiast we offer a selection of microbrews. The Silent Auction offers a large assortment of items for all budgets. Admission is $40 advance, $50 door. Proceeds go to Annual benefit for East Side Neighborhood Services. ESNS provides basic needs resources and social services to individuals, families and neighborhoods Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. For information, call Martha Krueger at 612-781-6011, e-mail ms.krueger@hotmail.com or visit http://www.esns.org.

Cooking Demo will be held May 10 1-4pm at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY. Cooking Demo with Spinach Sensations Admission is Free. For information, call Kylie Hirsch at 631-298-0075, e-mail info@marthaclaravineyards.com or visit http://www.marthaclaravineyards.com.

The Secret Cellar Wineapalooza will be held May 10 from 5:30-8:00pm at The Secret Cellar Wine Boutique in Shueyville, IA. Taste dozens of local and international wines. Enjoy live music and sample delicious appetizers. Register to win door prizes and take advantage of case discounts on the wine you buy. Admission is $15 in advance/ $20 at the door. For information, call Lauren Chalupsky-cannon at 319-841-2172, e-mail wineladylauren@yahoo.com or visit http://www.secretcellarwines.com.

Italy Tour 2008 will be held starting May 11 for 7 days in San Gusme, Tuscany. Arrive at the beautiful estate of San Gusme. Unpack, unwind and get ready for an exciting week of cooking, touring and tasting! We will be visiting the estates of Carpineto, Castello di Gabbiano, Antinori, Vignamaggio, Volpaia, Tolaini, Frescobaldi, Sassicaia and more. Email julie@willowpark.net. For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 248, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

Mother's Day at Martha Clara Vineyards will be held May 11 12-4pm at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY. Enjoy Mother's Day at Martha Clara Vineyards with cooking demos and beauty seminar's while enjoy a complimentary glass of wine. Admission is free. For information, call Kylie Hirsch at 631-298-0075, e-mail info@marthaclaravineyards.com or visit http://www.marthaclaravineyards.com.

Ontario Wine Society 6th Annual New Kids on the Block tasting will be held May 12 at 6pm at University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street in Toronto, Ontario. Ten wines from 6 of Ontario's newest wineries all under one roof including Alvento Winery, Cattail Creek Estate Winery, Cornerstone Estate Winery, The Organized Crime Winery, Riverview Cellars Winery and Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. Admission is $38 for Members ($48 for Non-Members) of the OWS. For information, call Patricia Dinsmore at 416-9219798, e-mail patricia.dinsmore@sympatico.ca or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com/upcoming/wine_tasting_events.htm.

Nederburg Lyric Launch Party will be held May 12 4 pm - 8 pm at Xai Xai South African Wine Bar in New York, New York. Come celebrate South African Style. Join Nederburg Winery, Dreyfus Ashby & Co. & Lauber Imports for a fun filled night of South African wine, authentic South African delights and live African music at Manhattan’s South African Wine Bar - Xai Xai – 369 W. 51st Street, between 8th & 9th Aves. Here is your opportunity to have one of the first 2008 vintage wines available. Lyric is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (51%), Chenin Blanc (26%) & Chardonnay (23%). Admission is free. For information, call Joanne Newborn at 914-642-9200 x 16, e-mail jnewborn@distellusa.com or visit http://www.localwineevents.com/New-York-City-Wine/event-175560.html.

New Zealand Wine Fair will be held May 13 from 7:00pm-9:30pm at Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street in Ottawa, Ontario. The New Zealand Consul General and New Zealand Winegrowers invite you to join us for this annual wine tasting event featuring over 115 wines from 29 wineries. Discover the pure, intense and diverse flavours of our most recent vintages, complemented by a sampling of fine food and cheese. Admission is Admission is $50.00. For information, call Joanne Harricks at 888-993-9927, e-mail jharricks@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine-events.ca.

New Zealand Wine Fair will be held May 15 from 7:00pm-9:30pm at Design Exchange, 235 Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario. The New Zealand Consul General and New Zealand Winegrowers invite you to join us for this annual wine tasting event featuring over 165 wines from 42 wineries. Discover the pure, intense and diverse flavours of our most recent vintages, complemented by a sampling of fine food and cheese. Admission is Admission is $55.00. For information, call Joanne Harricks at 888-993-9927, e-mail jharricks@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine-events.ca.

Rías Baixas Albariño Wines San Francisco Grand Tasting will be held May 15 from 2:30-6:00 pm at The Waterfront Restaurant in San Francisco, CA. This event is open to only the press and trade. Featured Wines include As Laxas, Condes de Albarei, Maior de Mendoza, Fulget, Marqués de Vizhoja, Senor da Folle Verde, Martín Códax, Burgans, Dona Rosa, Alba Rosa, Palacio de Fefiñanes, Pazo de Señoráns, Pazo San Mauro, and others. Admission is free. For information, call Tristan Carpenter at 212-605-0370, e-mail tcarpenter@cornerstonepr.com or visit http://www.riasbaixaswines.com.

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival will be held from May 16 to May 18 in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County in Philo, CA. Enjoy wines, local culinary delights and engaging local artists and entertainers. Pinot Noir: learn from the experts how to grow it, how to make it, how to taste it, and how to sell it. Tentative List of Speakers Includes: Glenn McGourty: Welcome and Overview, John Haegar : “A review of his updated book North American Pinot Noir”, Ginny Lambert: “Pinot noir in the vineyard”, Jessica Cortellj: “Vigor in the vineyard” , Marketing prospective panel: “Distinctive qualities of Anderson valley Pinot Noir” , Annie Bones, Wine Institute: “Update about direct shipping regulations”. Come visit local winery tasting rooms on Sunday, for open houses, including food and wine pairings, vineyard tours, seminars, tastings and more. Admission varies by event. Proceeds from the Festival are distributed to local AV non-profits that provide essential services to those AV residents in most need. For information, call Jim Gaines at 707-895, e-mail stay@highlandranch.com or visit http://www.avwines.com/store.

Martin & Weyrich Winery Spanish Fiesta Dinner will be held May 16 at 6:30pm at 2610 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles, CA. Catered by the 10th Street Vineyard Cafe from San Miguel. Traditional Spanish-Basque multi-course dinner to include items such as: Homemade Bread, Pickled Vegetables, Stuffed Mushrooms, Albacore Fish Cakes, Tomato Bisque Soup and Salad, Potatoes, Cabbage & Fennel, Paella, Moscato Sorbet. Admission is $55/person for club members, $65/person regular. For information, call Maura Osbourn at 805-238.2520, e-mail mosbourn@martinweyrich.com or visit http://www.martinweyrich.com.

Martin & Weyrich Winery Tuscan Italian Dinner will be held May 17 at 6:30pm at Villa Toscana - 4230 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles, CA. Featuring Café Roma of San Luis Obispo, California. Traditional Italian Family Style Dinner in the Villa Toscana courtyard. Menu to include: Caesar, Mixed Green, Seafood, Artichoke, Pasta & Caponata Salads. Roasted Chicken Breast in Rosemary Lemon Sauce, Tuscan Style Braised Lamb Osso Buco, Rigatoni Pasta in Parmesan Cream Sauce Penne Pasta in Tomato Sauce. Central Coast Farmer’s Market Fresh Vegetables, Assorted Cheeses, Fruits & Cookies. Live Music by Guitarist, Doc Stoltey. Admission is $80/person for wine club members, $95/person regular. For information, call Maura Osbourn at 805-238.2520, e-mail mosbourn@martinweyrich.com or visit http://www.martinweyrich.com.

ZinFest Wine Festival will be held from May 17 to May 18 from 12 noon to 7 pm at Lodi Lake in Lodi, CA. ZinFest features 50 Lodi wineries, food, live music, artisen crafters, plus other activities. Noted wine experts and chefs will demonstrate at the Wine & Cooking School. Learn how to be a winemaker at the 'Blend Your Own Zin' tent. ZinFest artist, Vince McIndoe, will be available to sign commemorative posters. On Sunday, Lodi wineries will be hosting open houses allowing festival attendees to taste their complete line of wines. Admission is $35 in advance or $45 at the gate. Proceeds go to California Wine Education Foundation for various charities within the Lodi community. For information, call Anna Goehring at 209-367-4727, e-mail anna@lodiwine.com or visit http://www.zinfest.com.

International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event will be held from May 19 to May 20 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The new Trade-Only, International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event is the first forum focusing exclusively on restaurant and hospitality beverage alcohol sales. IWSB will take place with the National Restaurant Show, the world's largest restaurant and hospitality event, May 17-20. Admission is $135 until April 11; $195 after April 11. The National Restaurant Association, founded in 1919, is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which is comprised of 945,000 restaurant and food service outlets and a work force of 13.1 million employees. Along with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to represent, educate and promote the rapidly growing industry. For information, call Greg Kirrish at 312-853-2525, e-mail gkirrish@restaurant.org or visit http://www.winespiritsbeer.org.

Schramsberg Vineyards and Cellars Wine Dinner with Hugh Davies will be held May 20 from 5-10 pm at Cafe Atlantico in Washington, DC. A selection of wines from Schramsberg paired with the cuisine of Chef Katsuya Fukushima. Hosted by Sommelier/Beverage Director Jill Zimorski with guest Hugh Davies, winemaker and president of Schramsberg Vineyards. Admission is $125. For information, call Alexa Antonuk at 202-393-0812, e-mail aantonuk@yahoo.com or visit http://www.cafeatlantico.com/calendar.htm.

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience will be held from May 20 to May 24 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE), one of the most prestigious
festivals of its kind, celebrates 17 years of wine and food with a five-day extravaganza. The 2008 event brings together world-renowned winemakers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders in a showcase of signature events. Proceeds from the 2007 event benefited the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s School-to-Career Program, The University of New Orleans School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism, The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, Delgado Community College Culinary Arts
Program, New Orleans Firefighter’s Fund, The Deuce McAllister's Catch 22 Foundation, The Broadmoor Improvement Association, Inc, and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. For information, call Elizabeth Goliwas at 504-583-5550, e-mail egoliwas@bellsouth.net or visit http://www.nowfe.com.

Reds, Whites & BBQ Blues Fest will be held May 24 1-4pm at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY. Music by Kerry Kearney
BBQ by Maple Tree Caterers
Food and drink additional
Please RSVP by 5/16/08 631-298-0075 or info@marthaclaravineyards.com Admission is $10pp + tax. For information, call Kylie Hirsch at 631-298-0075, e-mail info@marthaclaravineyards.com or visit http://www.marthaclaravineyards.com.

Uncorked will be held from May 27 to May 28 at Niagara College in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Wine industry professionals and academics from North America and around the world will tackle the challenges that face the grape growers and winemakers today and as they plan for the future. Topics covered: ecology, viticulture, marketing. Find out what's new and what can help you prepare for the evolution of your vineyard or winery. For information, call Sandra Ozkur at 905-641-2252 ext 4471, e-mail sozkur@niagarac.on.ca or visit http://www.uncorked.info.

Montfort Hospital Foundation 6th Annual Wine Auction will be held May 29 at 6 p.m. at Hampton Inn & Conference Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Featuring a 140-year-old cognac. This Cognac Hardy Perfection, bottled in a Daum crystal carafe, comes with four crystal glasses, a colour lithograph and a certificate of authenticity. Several bottles of a Pomerol, Le Pin, and more. Admission is $40 (refundable with any purchase). Proceeds support of the New Montfort Hospital. For information, call Julie Briand at 613-746-4621, ext. 2009, e-mail jbriand@montfort.on.ca or visit http://www.fondationmontfort.ca.

Australian Wine Festival will be held May 30 at 7 pm at Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta. Australian vineyards are spread throughout 63 designated wine regions. Admission is $40. For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 221, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

Ontario Consumers Riesling Challenge will be held May 31 from 11:30 am to 4:00pm at LCBO Store at 615 Scottsdale Drive in Guelph, Ontario. Come meet up to 14 Ontario riesling producers. Coffee, organic cheeses, local breads, local preserves and spreads. Admission is $10 for six samples. Proceeds go to a local doctor who is trying to raise $1 million for an AIDS clinic in South Africa. For information, call Orest Poluch at 519 -823-5080, e-mail orest.poluch@lcbo.com.

Keller Estate. Understanding Pinot Noir Clones will be held May 31 11am - 1pm at 5875 Lakeville Hwy in Petaluma, California. In 2005 we bottled individually 6 different Pinot Noir Clones from our El Coro Block. Our winemake will guide you through a tasting of each clones and explain what each brings to our 2005 Pinot Noir. Limited to 15 guests. Complimentary Club Members. Admission is $20 per person. For information, call Scott Jordan at 707-7652117, e-mail sjordan@kellerestate.com or visit http://www.kellerestate.com/events/index.htm.

Discover the vineyard of Vaucluse will be held from June 1 to September 30 in the southern Rhone Valley in Avignon , France. Wine cooperative cellars of Vaucluse (South Rhône Valley and Provence) invite you to discover vineyards and villages in Côtes du Rhône, Luberon and Ventoux, famous Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Beaumes de Venise. Meet their winegrowers (visits, accommodation…) and experience Provence gastronomy, wine tasting, festivals, and many other leisure activities. Admission is free. For information, call Diane Caillard at 0033-+4 90840828, e-mail diane.caillard@wanadoo.fr or visit http://www.vigneronscooperateurs-84.fr/fcvcv/index.htm.

A Celebration of Wine will be held June 1 from 3-6 pm at Rancho Vista del Rio (Borba Family Ranch) in Madera, California. In its 26th year, A Celebration of Wine is the major fundraiser for the CSUF Viticulture & Enology Department of Fresno State University. Approximately 100 west coast wineries and 40 restaurants sample wine & food to a maximum of 2500 attendees. The event features Central California's most prestigious Silent Wine Auction during the tasting with Coffee & Desserts and live music and dancing post-event. Admission is $70. For information, call Jan Boling at 559-244-5741, e-mail jan@acelebrationofwine.com or visit http://www.acelebrationofwine.com.

Chateau Beychevelle Wine dinner will be held June 1 at 5:30 PM at Minneapolis Marquette hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bordeaux Medoc Grand Cru Chateau Beychevelle Manager will export special wines excuslively for this wine dinner and will talk about them during the dinner. Executive chef Mark Stankey will be in charge of the menu. For information, call Gerard Viardin at 612-333-4545, e-mail gerard.viardin@hilton.com or visit http://www.basilsminneapolis.com.

Interwine China 2008 will be held from June 3 to June 5 at China Foreign Trade Center, Liuhua Complex, Guangzhou, China in Guangzhou, China. With the area of 15,000 sqm, 234 exhibitors, over 9,000 professional visitors and grape wines, Vodka, tequila, fruit wines, sake from 13countries: China, Spain, Italy, France, Mexico, Chile, Korea, Australia, Japan, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and Malaysi involving in Interwine China 2007, Interwine China 2008 will surely offer you a good opportunity of exchange, promotion and cooperation, and build a large platform for wine & spirits companies between domestic and overseas. Exhibitors and visitors from the world can release each unique wine & spirits information and meet your importers, distributors in Guangzhou in order to access into Chinese alcoholic drinks market. For information, call Kay Zhang at 86-020-34072596, e-mail market@faircanton.com or visit http://www.faircanton.com.

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival will be held from June 6 to June 8 at Lake Skinner in Winchester east of Temecula in Winchester, CA. The 25th Anniversary of the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival features wine tasting from more than 21 Temecula Valley Wineries, cooking demonstrations with wine and food pairing, dawn hot air balloon launches and rides, Friday and Saturday evening hot air balloon glows, an arts and crafts fair, kids fair and top concerts on two stages. Friday features Blake Shelton and John Waite in concert, Saturday Kenny Loggins, and Sunday Ambrosia. Also on Sunday is a free-style super moto cross stunt show. For information, call Melody Brunsting at 951-676-6713, e-mail melody@temeculacalifornia.com or visit http://www.tvbfw.com.

The 6th Annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival will be held June 7 from 1 pm - 4pm at Tofino Botanical Gardens in Tofino, BC. An outdoor food and wine tasting event showcasing local culinary talent, BC wines, live music, Traditional Grape Stomping, silent auction fundraiser and more.... Admission is $75. Fundraiser benefits the Community Children's Centre. For information, call Kira Rogers at 250-266 0724, e-mail kira@seaviewcable.net or visit http://www.tofinofoodandwinefestival.com.

A special Evening with guest Christopher Barefoot of Robert Mondavi Winery June 12 at 7 PM at Mrs K's Restaurant at 9201 Colesville Rd. in Silver Spring, Maryland. The dinner will feature a selection of Robert Mondavi Napa Valley wines and reserve wines paired with Executive Chef Maurisee Upshur's cuisine. In addition, guest will also be treated to a special surprise selection brought by Christopher Barefoot from the cellars of the winery. Admission is $75 per person excluding tax and gratuity. For information, call Heather Freeman at 301-589-3500, e-mail heather@heatherfreeman.com or visit http://www.mrsks.com.

Southern Foods Getaway will be held from June 13 to June 15 in Napa Valley, CA. Sherry Page grew up in the south and often has requests for southern-focused events. Join her for a Southern Foods Culinary Getaway in Napa Valley where we will cook a Southern menu together using the finest local, seasonal ingredients, explore sea salts, taste local wines, dine on Southern-style foods in spectacular private settings and local restaurants and explore the culture in this beautiful location. Groups are kept small to ensure unique, personalized experiences. Admission is $1200/person based on double occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-5187107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/?g=napaSouthernWeekend.

Importing Wine For Pleasure & Profit will be held June 14 from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm at The Old Mill Inn & Spa in Toronto, Ontario. Led by C. Steven Trenholme, a 28-year veteran of the Canadian beverage alcohol industry, with details on how to import wine, spirits and beer into the Ontario marketplace. Pre-Registration required. The cost is $295. For information, call C. steven Trenholme at 416-883-3580, e-mail cstrenholme@sympatico.

Eno-Versity will be held June 18 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Chicago, IL. Dusted Valley Vintners winemaker Corey Braunel will visit ENO, the wine, cheese, and chocolate lounge in the InterContinental Hotel Chicago, for a night of wine tastings, stories behind the wines and discussion of the Walla Walla Valley in Washington. Guests will mingle with Braunel, sipping wine by the glass or flight and enjoying the cheese and chocolate flights arranged by ENO Wine Directors Scott Harney and Jennifer Koch. Admission is $25 per person. For information, call Jaime Tunge at 312-321-8738, e-mail jaime@wagstaffworldwide.com or visit http://enowinerooms.com/enoversity.

Saab Vine Dining 2008 will be held June 22 from 1 pm - 5 pm at Vineland Estates Winery in Vineland , Ontario. Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton’s Regional Professional Theatre, is celebrating the 16th anniversary of its annual fundraiser, Saab Vine Dining which has sold out every year for the past nine years. Saab Vine Dining is an unsurpassed gourmet feast and strolling picnic that takes guests though the picturesque vineyard and woods at Vineland Estates Winery. Leading chefs and caterers set up kitchens along the route and are interspersed among wineries who offer samples of their best wines, many not available at the LCBO. Admission is $125 (tax receipt portion of $75). The monies raised play an important role in preserving and improving the programs of distinction at Theatre Aquarius, the regional professional theatre; these much needed funds go towards the theatre's many programs including the Mainstage series, the all-Canadin Stage Write series, the Performing Arts Programme and Directions In Education. For information, call Phyllis Bendig at 905-522-7815 x 237, e-mail pbendig@theatreaquarius.org or visit http://www.theatreaquarius.org.

Cooking, Wine & Volcanoes in Sicily's Mount Etna and Island of Stromboli will be held from June 22 to June 28 in Sicily, Italy. Discover sea and mountain cuisines and wines with a cast of fun loving Sicilians in the exotic Mount Etna area and the beautiful Aeolian island of Stromboli in north east Sicily. Learn chefs' secrets in three cooking classes with two restaurant chefs and one great home cook. Admission is 2380 Euros per person, about $3880 Cdn. For information, call Margaret Cowan at 800-557-0370, e-mail margaret@italycookingschools.com or visit http://www.italycookingschools.com/sicily.html.

Keller Estate. Understanding how a blend is made will be held June 27 2pm - 4pm at 5875 Lakeville Hwy in Petaluma, CA. By tasting a new barrel versus a one year old barrel, you will be able to see for yourself what barrels bring to a wine. We will also venture into the world of barrel producers as we taste through different producers. Your guide will be Michael McNeill, our winemaker Admission is $20 per person. Complimentary Club Members. For information, call Scott Jordan at 707-7652117, e-mail sjordan@kellerestate.com or visit http://www.kellerestate.com.

Hart Davis Hart Wine Company Auction will be held June 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tru Restaurant in Chicago, IL. Auction includes Bordeaux, Burgundy and Californian wines, including First Growth Bordeaux from the Cellar of Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. The sale will offer a staggering selection of large format bottles including lot 93, an 18-liter Melchior of 1999 Château Cheval-Blanc. Highlights of the sale include lot 378 which features three bottles of 2000 Château Lafite-Rothschild, lot 377 which features three bottles of 2000 Château Haut-Brion, and lot 382 which features three bottles of 2000 Château La Mission-Haut-Brion. A five-year vertical of Philipponnat, Clos des Goisses from 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1990. The live auction will take place at Chicago’s restaurant Tru, beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. (CST) on June 28th. Tru is located at 676 N. St. Clair Street in Chicago. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge. Reservations for lunch at Tru during the auction ($75) should be
made by calling Hart Davis Hart at 312.482.9996 or by emailing Maria Elgass, melgass@hdhwine.com. Admission is Auction is free to attend. Lunch at Tru is $75.. For information, call Carrie Gallun at 312-482.9996, e-mail carrie@jarviscommunications.com or visit http://www.hdhwine.com/content.cfm/auctions.

All American Zin Day will be held July 5 from 11:00 am to 4:00pm at 1400 Lytton Springs Road in Healdsburg, CA. A $10 special logo glass, purchased at your first winery, is your ticket to fun for this progressive party. Your trip through the Valley will include tri tip, sausages hot off the grill, paired with a variety of award-winning Zins. Visit all four wineries and enter to win a Wine Country gift basket. Admission is $10.00. For information, call Royalene Mancini at 707-431-8159, e-mail royalene@mazzocco.com.

La Fiesta de Frida - Hands-on Cooking Class will be held July 5 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. Cook with Chef Maria Amalia Garza from the Cultural Kitchen in a celebration of famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's birthday. On the menu will be some of Frida's favourite dishes: Guacamole, Quesadillas de Hongos, Salsa de Tomatillo con Chile Seco, Chiles Rellenos de Picadillo en Salsa de Tomate con Chile Guajillo, and Flan de Chocolate con Kahlua. Admission is $95.00 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Cena e Cinema at DiVino Wine Studio will be held July 6 at 5:30 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. A sparkling wine reception, appetizers and screening of Italian movie "Roman Holiday" (in English). Reception: 5:30, Appetizers: 6:00, Movie: 7:00 to 9:00
Cash bar available throughout the evening. Cost includes: one glass of Prosecco, 4 appetizers and movie ticket. Admission is $45 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Cena e Cinema at DiVino Wine Studio will be held July 6 5:30 - 9 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. A sparkling reception, dinner and screening of Italian movie "Roman Holiday" (in English). Reception: 5:30, Appetizers: 6:00, Movie: 7:00 to 9:00. Cost includes: one glass of Prosecco, 4 appetizers and movie ticket. Cash bar available throughout the evening. Admission is $45.00 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Traveling the Wine Routes of Italy will be held July 9 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm at DiVino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. DiVino Wine Studio and Think Travel launch their Fall 2008 10-day wine tour of Tuscany and Piemonte. Enjoy a reception that will be held at Divino's new Enoteca on Preston St. Watch a slide show from previous tours, talk to the participants that did the tour in the past, and taste a selection of Italian wines from the Enoteca's cellar. Admission is $30.00 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Boys' Night Out will be held July 10 from 7 pm - 10 pm at Fermenting Cellar @ The Distillery in Toronto, Ontario. There will be fine wines, gourmet food, live music, BBQ, games, cigars, oysters, cars, door prizes, live auction and much more. Admission is $95. Proceeds go to prostate cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital. For information, call Pauline Fortier at 416-466-7049, e-mail paulinefortier@sympatico.ca or visit http://www.liffordwine.com.

Understanding Pinot Noir Clones will be held July 12 11am - 1pm at 5875 Lakeville Hwy in Petaluma, California. In 2005 we bottles individually 6 different Pinot Noir Clones from our El Coro Block. Our winemaker will guide you through a tasting of each clones and explain what each brings to our 2005 Pinot Noir. Admission is $20 per person. For information, call Scott Jordan at 707-7652117, e-mail sjordan@kellerestate.com or visit http://www.kellerestate.com/events/index.htm.

The 2008 Riesling Experience will be held July 17 from 9:00-3:00 p.m. at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. Olivier Humbrecht, a producer from Alsace, will be the keynote speaker giving a tutored tasting of four of his wines. Also featuring wines from Germany, Finger Lakes and Ontario. Admission is $75. For information, call Barb Tatarnic at 905-688-5550, e-mail ccovi@brocku.ca or visit http://www.rieslingexperience.com.

Taste3 will be held from July 17 to July 19 at COPIA in Napa, California. A three-day gathering of nimble minds, eclectic palates and provocative ideas. Join Margrit Mondavi and 300 chefs, sommeliers, artisans, authors, executives, journalists and thought leaders in wine, food and the arts for Robert Mondavi Winery’s third annual Taste3 Conference. Admission is $1950. For information, call Jill Greenwood at 707-967 3997, e-mail jill@taste3.com or visit http://www.taste3.com.

Fiesta Buckhorn will be held from July 18 to July 19 at Buckhorn Community Centre in Buckhorn, Ontario. One of the premier wine and cuisine tasting events featuring Ontario wines, Fieseta Buckhorn is a fundraising event for the Buckhorn Community Centre. More than 20 Ontario wineries attend. Discover something different in the Kawarthas. Admission is Friday - $10; Saturday - $12 adults/$10 seniors. Proceeds go to The Buckhorn Community Centre is the hub of this exciting community in the Kawarthas. For information, call Deb Crossen at 705-657-8833, e-mail dcrossen@nexicom.net or visit http://www.fiestabuckhorn.com.

Midsummer Magic, Music and Wine will be held July 19 at 6 pm at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery in Kelowna, BC. This is the Okanagan Symphony’s fundraising event of the season celebrating the best of the Okanagan and bringing world-class musicians and culinary creations paired with award-winning wines of Mission Hill Family Estate. Admission is $275 per person. Proceeds raised from the event will go towards educational program and delivering outstanding programming for the 2008/2009 concert season as the Symphony enters into their 49th season. For information, call Steph at 250-764-3075, e-mail steph@creatia.net.

The 2008 Food & Wine Celebration will be held July 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio. The fund-raising event includes wine tastings from vineyards worldwide, and more than 30 food stations with creations by the nation's most renowned chefs. Meet Food Network Iron Chef Michael Symon and attend wine demos by Barry Wiss of Trinchero Family Estates. Admission is $165 per ticket. Veggie U is a non-profit children's health program offering healthy lifestyles to fourth-graders nationwide through a hands-on classroom curriculum. For information, call Roberta Redfern at 419-499-7500, e-mail robertar@chefs-garden.com or visit http://www.veggieu.org/assets/misc/fwc2008.htm.

French Summer: Demo Cooking Class will be held July 21 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. Learn from Chef Erick LePors, former Master Chef of Le Cordon Bleu, while he demonstrates this summer menu: Tomato terrine roasted pepper coulis, Rabbit with tapenade and roasted garlic sauce, Tagliatelle de légumes and for a sweet ending Charlotte aux fraises. Admission is $75 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Vegetarian Feasting: Demo Cooking Class at DiVino Wine Studio will be held July 26 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. Venture into gourmet nutrition with Nutrition and Wellness Educator and Coach Teri Gentes and discover how fast and fabulous plant-based menus are. On the menu: Nutty Raw Humus with Endive spears (vegan), Feta, Fig n’ Herb Foccacia on gluten free crust, Mediterranean Portobello Mignon with pesto over leafy greens, and Silken Lemon Berry Crème Parfait with Lemoncello drizzle (vegan). Admission is $75.00 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Crested Butte Land Trust Wine & Food Festival will be held July 26 from 4 - 7 p.m. in Crested Butte, Colorado. Enjoy more than 300 wines from around the world along with hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants. This is the main event of the Festival. Room & ticket packages available. Admission is $65 advance / $80 day of event. Proceeds go to Crested Butte Land Trust: an organization whose mission is to protect unrivaled views, provide trails, and preserve wildlife habitat. For information, call Margaret Ebeling at 303-809-0404, e-mail margaret@larimersquare.com or visit http://www.crestedbuttewine.com.

Cool Climate Maritime Wines Symposium will be held from August 5 to August 6 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Southampton, Long Island, New York. The Stony Brook University Center for Wine, Food and Culture will host a major international symposium titled "The Art of Balance: Cool Climate/Maritime Wines in a Global Context," at its Southampton campus on Long Island. The two-day symposium will feature advanced educational presentations and wine tastings led by prominent winemakers and vineyard managers from top wineries in cool climate/maritime winegrowing regions around the world. This event marks the 20-year anniversary of the first groundbreaking conference of its kind, “Maritime Climate Wine Growing: Bringing Bordeaux to Long Island,” which was staged in Riverhead in summer 1988 and drew participants from Chateau Margaux, Chateau Pichon-Lalande, and Institut Technique de la Vigne et du Vin, Montpelier. This new symposium for 2008 is the result of an innovative partnership between the host, Stony Brook University Center for Wine, Food, and Culture, the primary funding agency New York Wine and Grape Foundation, and the organizing committee Long Island Wine Council. For information, call Ginny Clancy at 631-632-9404, e-mail ginny.clancy@stonybrook.edu or visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/winecenter/symposium2008.shtml.

Bordeaux Wine Dinner will be held August 5 at 7pm at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Wine Director Nicole Kosta invites you to celebrate a night where we whisk you away to Bordeaux France to enjoy some amazing wine, paired with exciting new dishes from our summer menu, and discuss the hype about the 2005 vintage and more! Some surprise wines are in store. Admission is $195 per person. For information, call Nicole Kosta at 415-276-9787, e-mail nkosta@mohg.com.

Summer Wine Fest & Marketplace will be held August 10 from 12 noon to 5 pm at Columbia Winery in Woodinville, WA. Taste our lastest wine releases, shop from exclusive merchants and listen to the upbeat rhythms of Todo Es on the patio! Discounts will be offered in the wine shop during the event. Admission includes a logo glass. Admission is $10 plus tax. For information, call Diana Yeck at 425-482-7348, e-mail diana.yeck@ascentiawineestates.com or visit http://www.washingtoncellarclub.com.

The World of Olive Oil will be held August 14 6 - 7:30 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. Come explore the world of olive oil with us. Did you know that Spain produces more olive oil than any other country in the world (about 40%), Greece has the highest per capita consumption of olive oil (26 litres per person) and Tuscany only produces about three percent of the olive oil produced in Italy? Learn how to taste olive oil and sample oils from Andalucia, Kalamata, Tuscany, California and elsewhere. Admission is $45.00 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Herbs and Flavours: Slow Food for a Tasty Summer will be held August 16 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. Join Peggy Hall from Slow Food Ottawa-Gatineau in this hands-on class. Enjoy the bounty of summer with these recipes: chilled Summer vegetable gazpacho, yellow and green bean salad with tarragon vinaigrette, focaccia with dry spice dip, pizzette with fresh tomato, basil, Pingue prosciutto and provolone, and raspberry Charlotte. Admission is $95.00 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com/special_events_camps.html.

Jazz at Jan's will be held from August 16 to September 26 from 6 pm - 9 pm every Saturday at 1305 13th Street Alley off 13th before Spring St. in Paso Robles, CA. Come listen to some hot jazz, blues and R&B will tasting the best wines of the Central Coast Wine Region. Visit our Tuscan Courtyard and experience music and wine under the stars. Admission is $5 cover/person. For information, call Jan Manni at 805-227-4107, e-mail jan@thewineattic.com or visit http://www.WineAttic.com.

Winemaker Dinner Featuring Fisher Vineyards & David Arthur Vineyards will be held August 21 at 6:30 PM at Westbank Grill at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole in Teton Village, Wyoming. Join Whitney Fisher, Winemaker of Fisher Vineyards, Nile Zackerle, Winemaker of David Arthur Vineyards and Four Seasons Executive Chef, Simon Purvis for this outstanding dinner as they share their passion for wine and food. Admission is $150.00. For information, call Michael Ploetz at 307-732-5620, e-mail michael.ploetz@fourseasons.com or visit http://www.fourseasons.com/jacksonhole/.

Feeling terroir. A surprise luncheon at El Coro Block will be held August 23 11am - 3pm at 5875 Lakeville Hwy in Petaluma, CA. Enjoy a fabulous luncheon at our star gazing site amidst El Coro Block, where we will be surrounded with our wines and a majestic view of The Petaluma Gap. Admission is $70. Club Member $60. For information, call Scott Jordan at 707-7652117, e-mail sjordan@kellerestate.com or visit http://www.kellerestate.com.

Cena e Cinema at DiVino Wine Studio will be held August 24 6 - 9 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. A sparkling reception, appetizers, and screening of Italian movie "Roman Holiday" with English subtitles. Reception starts at 6:00, appetizers at 6:30 and movie at 7 pm. Cash bar available throughout the evening. Admission is $25.00 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Sonoma Vineyard Walk will be held from August 24 to August 28 at 10:00 am in Santa Rosa, California. Five-day walking tour of Sonoma County vineyards including accommodations, meals, wine tastings, and inside access to key Sonoma grape growers and vintners. This is an excellent chance to enjoy beautiful Sonoma while staying active on vacation. Admission is $1900. For information, call Allan Wright at 888-758-8687, e-mail allan@zephyradventures.com or visit http://www.ZephyrAdventures.com/locations_Sonoma_Wine_Tour.htm.

Introduction to Wine Tasting Seminar will be held August 26 7-9 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. Explore the world of wine in this beginner level tasting seminar.
Challenge your five senses. Taste and compare 6 wines. Seminar will cover: the process of making wine, colour, taste, tannins and sulphites, how to taste wine and what influences the pairing of wine and food. Admission is $45.00 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

World Sauvignon Congress 2008 will be held from August 26 to August 29 in Graz, Austria. Scientists and professionals from all over the world dedicating their expertise to the grape variety Sauvignon Blanc will come together to exchange their experiences and discuss the latest scientific findings. Some 25 top presenters will cover all aspects of the Sauvignon Blanc grape, for instance the influence of soil and climate (Mike Trought from the Marlborough Wine Research Centre), various viniculture methods for improving quality (Richard Smart, Australia), clone research (Laurent Audeguin, France), development of aroma (Denis Dubourdieu, Bordeaux University), volatile thiols (Chris Winefield, Lincoln University, New Zealand) as well the analysis of consumer trends in different parts of the world by leading wine critics. Admission is € 820 excl. VAT. For information, call Elisabeth Gruber at +43 -664 6025 961419, e-mail e.gruber@wine-partners.at or visit http://www.worldsauvignon.com.

Singles Night Italian Style will be held August 28 5:30 - 7 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. Wine and food reception. You are invited to share the enjoyment of regional Italian wine and food in an informal atmosphere while you mingle and meet new people.
You will be introduced to the world of Italian wine and food. Reception will include a glass of sparkling wine, a glass of white and a glass of red wine paired with samples from our most popular Italian regional antipasto dishes.
Cash bar available throughout the evening. Admission is $25.00 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend will be held from August 29 to August 31 in Healdsburg, California. All of Sonoma County's 13 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) such as the famed Russian River Valley, Carneros and Alexander Valley, prominent local chefs and artisan companies, will come together in one central location for an action-packed weekend including a main tasting event at MacMurray Ranch (normally closed to the public) featuring over 110 wineries and 60 chefs from the region. Also on tap for guests will be winemaker lunches and dinners, where guests can meet the actual winemakers in an intimate setting normally reserved for those in the industry only, and the exciting Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction renowned for its wild themes and winemaker skits. Admission is $150 General Admission; Winery Lunches: $75; Winery Dinners: $160; Har. Proceeds go to Sonoma Wine Country Weekend if hosted by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers, and proceeds directly benefit local charities for students, children, farm workers and people in need. For information, call Kylie Garrett at 707-522-5842, e-mail kylie@calhounwine.com or visit http://www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com.

Wine Tourism in Vaucluse will be held from September 1 to September 30 in Vaucluse, France. Wine cooperative cellars of Vaucluse (South Rhône Valley - Provence) invite you to discover vineyards and villages in Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Luberon and Côtes du Ventoux.
Meet their winegrowers (visits, accommodation…) and experience Provence gastronomy. Admission is free. For information, call Diane Caillard at 0033-490840828, e-mail diane.caillard@wanadoo.fr or visit http://www.vigneronscooperateurs-84.fr/fcvcv/index.htm.

Cooking Classes at the Urban Element will be offered this fall at 424 Parkdale Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario. The Urban Element offers a variety of dynamic hands-on and demonstration style cooking and wine classes each month, available to the general public and taught by the city's leading chefs and culinary experts. All classes highlight organic, local and regional produce and change every four months with the seasons. Topics this fall include comfort foods, Asian tapas, Thanksgiving turkey, vegetarian dishes, pastry and bread, mushrooms, knife skills, and wines of Italy and Spain, among others. Most classes take place on weeknights from 6-9 pm, but a few are scheduled on Saturdays. Admission is $90 + tax per class. You can choose to take one class or several. For information, call Carley Schelck at 613-722-0885, e-mail carley@theurbanelement.ca or visit cooking classes.

Discover the Wines of Nova Scotia Fall Festival will be held from September 4 to October throughout Nova Scotia. Wine tastings, grape stomps, gourmet dinners, cooking classes and food pairing events. More than 35 venues and 10,000 visitors. Admission varies by event. For information, call Christine White at 902-492-9291, ext. 115, e-mail marketing@winesofnovascotia.ca or visit http://www.winesofnovascotia.ca/whatsNew/tour2007/.

Napa Valley Grapegrowers Inaugural Harvest STOMP Evening Celebration will be held September 6 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Round Pond Estate in Rutherford, CA. Kick up your heels with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers at the inaugural Harvest STOMP evening celebration. Enjoy local, exhibition-style cuisine, dancing, great bands, an instant cellar raffle, a live auction and incredible wine. Meet Napa Valley's most notable grapegrowers pouring wines made from their own vineyards. Admission is $100. Proceeds will fund education and outreach programs for the organization’s 500 Napa County grape growers and associate businesses. For information, call Larissa Mccullum at 707-944-8311, e-mail larissa@mgpr.com or visit http://www.harveststomp.com.

Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival Dinners will be held from September 9 to October 21 starting at 5:30 at DesBarres Manor Inn in Guysborough, Nova Scotia. Every Tuesday from September 9th until October 21st, DesBarres Manor Inn Chef Shaun Zwarun and Cellar Keeper Audrey Firth are hosting a special fall Nova Scotia wine dinner. Dinner will begin with a Taste of Nova Scotia reception with Audrey discussing how to match Nova Scotia vintages with local cuisine followed by Chef Shaun's special five course seasonal tasting menu paired with a flight of Nova Scotia wine. Cost is $60. For information, call Douglas Anweiler at 902-533-2099, e-mail danweiler@williamsmoorecapital.com or visit http://www.desbarresmanor.com/packages.

Introduction to Wine Tasting will be held from September 10 to October 01 at 6:30 - 9:30 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. This 4-week course delivers all the basic information you need to appreciate wine and food either at home or in a restaurant. You will be tutored on the effective use of all five senses as you develop your own tasting skills.
All 4 classes feature a dinner, an easy-to-follow lecture and a guided tasting in a relaxed and stylish environment. Admission is $350 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Legal Seafoods Wine Dinner and Month-Long Wine Celebration of Alsace Wines will be held September 11 at 7 PM at Legal Seafoods at 2001 International Drive in Mclean, Virginia. Legal Sea Foods will host an exclusive Alsatian wine dinner at 7 PM, priced at $85 per person (tax and gratuity not included) on Thursday, September 11th at the McLean, Virginia location in Tysons Galleria II. Admission is $85 per person excluding tax and gratuity. For information, call Heather Freeman at 800-987-9806, e-mail heather@heatherfreeman.com.

Culinary Getaway in Napa Valley will be held from September 12 to September 14 in Napa Valley, CA. Join us in Napa Valley for a Culinary Getaway where we will cook together in a spectacular setting using the finest in fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. During our Getaway, we will taste artisan cheeses, learn about sea salts and chocolate and dine in some of the finest restaurants and private settings. We will taste exceptional wines and experience the local culture in beautiful Napa Valley. Groups are kept small to ensure unique, personal experiences. Admission is $1200 per person for double-occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/?g=napaWeekend.

Bobcaygeon Wine & Food Festival will be held September 13 from 12 noon to 7:30 pm at Kawartha Settlers' Village in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. This is a tasting festival of Ontario and international wines, beers & foods from local caterers & restaurants. The venue is a restored village of buildings from the 1800s. Visitors will also be able to enjoy several seminars, partcipate in a silent auction & watch artists at work. Admission is $12 per person. Proceeds go to Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce & Kawartha Settlers' Village. It is a charitable organization & money raised helps with the administration of the village & ongoing maintenance. For information, call Margaret Kupusa at 705-738-2202, e-mail mkupusa@sympatico.ca or visit http://www.bobcaygeonwinefestival.com.

Viva Mexico! Hands-on Cooking Class at DiVino Wine Studio will be held September 13 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. Celebrate Mexico's Independence with Chef Maria Amalia Garza from The Cultural Kitchen in this hands-on class. The patriotic menu features Chile de Uña (tomatillo chipotle relish), Queso con Tomate al Tequila (gooey melted cheese with tomatoes, onions and tequila), Tinga Poblana (spicy shredded chicken Puebla style), Frijoles Veracruzanos (refried beans, Veracruz style) and Mangos Flameados al Tequila (tequila flambeed mangos over ice cream). Admission is $95.00 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

The Third Annual Canadian Smooth Jazz Concert Series will be held from September 14 to September 17 at 12:30pm at 1025 York Road at Chateau des Charmes in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The Bosc family invites you to share award-winning Canadian smooth jazz and wine. Their Vineyard Courtyard, surrounded by the pristine St. David’s Bench Vineyard, will be the setting for home-grown magic. Chef Erik Peacock from Wellington Court Café completes the experience with a perfect Niagara Wine Country casual lunch. All net proceeds will be directed to the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation. Single concert, lunch, a glass of wine $80 pp. All three concerts $215 pp. Lunch served at 12:30. Concert begins at 2:00. Open seating. For information, call Chateau Des charmes at 905905-323-3863, e-mail tourcentre@chateaudescharmes.com or visit http://chateaudescharmes.com/experience/special_events.html.

South African Wine Festival will be held September 19 at 7 pm at Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta. Experience the wonderful wines of South Africa, home to great winemaking for 350 years. A place where old world traditional meets new world style. Uncover wines that range in style from full-flavoured reds to elegant whites with subtle charm. There will also be a number of beautiful recipe books to take away. Talk to knowledgeable South African wine ambassadors on hand at the event who will educate you on all things South African. Admission is $40. For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 221, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

Mangia! Bevi! Italian Wine/Beer and Food Matching will be held September 22 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Pub Italia in Ottawa, Ontario. VINUM NOVUM WINE AGENCY in collaboration with the Vendange Institute celebrates the harvest with a focus on fine Italian wines from small producers. Join us for a taste of Savuto Doc 2003 (Odoardi), Montecucco Doc 2004 (Fattoria Capannacce), Rosso di Montefalco Doc 2005 (Azienda Agricola Scacciadiavoli), Vernaccia di San Gimignano Docg Vigna Aprico 2007 (Le Solive). Admission is $76.50. For information, call David Mollica at 613-715-9399, e-mail info@vinumnovum.com or visit http://mangia-bevi.eventbrite.com.

An Israeli Journey will be held September 24 at 7:00 PM at Eight Wine Bar in Toronto, Ontario. Wineries such as Yarden, Margalit, Pelter, Ella Valley and Sea Horse. wines of Israel are very much in vogue nowadays. A 7-course tasting menu by chef Derek Kennedy. Admission is $175. For information, call Zoltan Szabo at 416-350-8188, e-mail zsz@zoltanszabo.ca or visit http://www.zoltanszabo.ca/events.asp.

Earthsave Canada 10th Anniversary Gala will be held September 26 from 6 PM - 9 PM at 3250 Commercial Drive (Croatian Cultural Centre) in Vancouver, BC. Wine and nibblies featuring vegan wines from Blasted Church; Portland based vegan Chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz prepares the appetizers; Howard Lyman, author of Mad Cowboy takes the stage. Admission is $15.00 in advance; $20 at door. Proceeds go to EarthSave Canada is a nonprofit, educational organization promoting awareness of the health, environmental and ethical consequences of our food choices. www.earthsave.ca For information, call Chris Yli-luoma at 604-731-5885, e-mail christina@earthsave.ca or visit http://tasteofhealth.earthsave.ca/entertainment.

The First Annual Whine, Dine and Silent Auction will be held September 27 at Le Kaprice in Kapuskasing, Ontario. Ontario Wine Guy Enterprises and Animal Rescue of Kapuskasing are joining forces to help raise money for the animals of the Kapuskasing area who have been abused and mistreated. Our first event will be a wine & food pairing held at Le Kaprice Fine Dining Restaurant featuring food from their chef Mylene and the wines of Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery, Pillitteri Estates Winery, Smith & Wilson Estate Wines and Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. Admission is $50 per person. Proceeds go to Animal Rescue of Kapuskasing, a non-profit, all volunteer group that was formed in 2000 and whose sole purpose is to help abandoned, neglected or abused animals in the Kapuskasing area. They receive no help from any government institution or the OSPCA so 100% of their funds come from fundraising - like this event - or through donations. For information, call Patricia Dinsmore at 705-335-4935 (after 6pm), e-mail patricia@ontariowineguy.com or visit http://www.ontariowineguy.com.

Keller Estate Harvest Dinner will be held September 27 5:30pm - 8pm at 5875 Lakeville Hwy in Petaluma, CA. With harvest well on its way, we take a break and thank Mother Nature for her work. Join us as we celebrate harvest in style. We will be tasting the juice and young wines from the 2008 vintage. Admission is $70 per person. Club Members $60.. For information, call Scott Jordan at 707-7652117, e-mail sjordan@kellerestate.com or visit http://www.kellerestate.com/events/index.htm.

Taste of Petaluma will be held September 27 from 11:30am - 4:30pm in Petaluma, CA. Embark on a culinary journey of our finest restaurants, wineries, breweries and food purveyors. Admission is $35 in advance, $40 day of event. Proceeds go to Cinnabar Theater, celebrating 35 years of live community theater in Sonoma County. For information, call Trudee Herman at 707-763-8920, e-mail trudee@tasteofpetaluma.org or visit http://www.CinnabarTheater.org.

Fall Flavours will be held from September 30 to October 5 from 9am - 1am daily in Charlottetown, PEI. For six days, Chef Michael Smith's kitchen is an entire Island. Fall Flavours is a new culinary festival taking place on Prince Edward Island with experiences ranging from the traditional to the gourmet. Some highlights include a Handcrafted Ales and Wine Festival, a Winemaker's Dinner featuring special guest winemaker Peter Dennis and Fortune Feast featuring Chef Michael Smith and winemaker John Rossignol. Admission varies from $15-$175. For information, call Shannon Pratt at 902-393-7300, e-mail spratt@walkandseacharlottetown.com or visit http://www.fallflavours.ca.

Austrian wines by the glass will be held from October 1-31 at the Wellington Gastropub in Ottawa, Ontario. Admission is free. For information, call Shane Waldron at 613 -729 1315, e-mail shane@thewellingtongastropub.com or visit http://www.thewellingtongastropub.com.

Food & Wine Tour of Provence will be held from October 4 to October 10 in Cabrieres d'Avignon, Vaucluse, France. Enjoy the food and wines of the Southern Rhone during a week-long stay in a unique Provencal village. Cookings lessons from a Michelin-starred chef, private professional tasting at Chateau du Beaucastel and visits to other wineries in Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras. When not wine touring or eating in some of the best restaurants of the region, there is time to relax and enjoy the village, or slip in a game of golf or a bike ride. The cost is 2900 Euros. For information, call Lana Quinn at 604-505-6290, e-mail info@lavieenroseprovence.com or visit http://www.lavieenroseprovence.com.

The Loose Goose Wine Festival will be held from October 4-5 in Santa Clarita Valley in Valencia, California. Southern California's largest wine encounter, located 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Admission is $55 presale/$65 door. Proceeds go to Henry Mayo Newhall Health Foundation and Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund. For information, call Cathy Craig at 661-799-9463, e-mail ccatgo@gmail.com or visit http://www.loosegoosewinefestival.com.

Culinary Getaway to Provence will be held from October 5-11 in Provence, France. Join Sherry Page for a Culinary Getaway to Provence. During the Getaway, we will explore the food, history and culture of this area of France. We will visit the markets, restaurants and quaint towns of the region. We will tour vineyards and caves and have special tastings. We will dine in some of the finest local restaurants and private settings. We will cook together with a French chef, tour an olive mill and learn about sea salts and chocolates. We welcome singles, couples, friends, family. Admission is $3500 per person, based on double occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/provence/?g=provenceCulinaryWeek.

South Africa Hiking Wine Adventure & Safari will be held from October 10-18 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This tour starts with a three day Safari in Kruger National Park. We then migrate into wine country starting with Stellenbosch and then the cooler temperatures of the Elgin Valley giving us a great perspective on the biodiversity in the region. Admission is $3200 plus $560 for internal flights. Contact us at info@zephyradventures.com or 888.758.8687 for details. Admission is $3200. For information, call Reno Walsh at 888-758.8687, e-mail reno@zephyradventures.com or visit http://www.zephyradventures.com/locations_South_Africa_Wine_Tour.htm.

Autumn Bounty will be held from October 17 to October 19 at Delta Sun Peaks Resort in Sun Peaks, British Columbia. Autumn Bounty is a showcase of fine food, wine and art, celebrating the best in the Thompson-Okanagan Valley. The signature event of the weekend is the Gala Dinner and Reception...a multi-course dinner that is an ode to the season featuring local producers paired with top regional Delta chefs. Savour the wine that is strategically matched with each course. Admission is $29-$125 (depending on event). For information, call Melanie Simmons at 250-578-6000, e-mail communications@sunpeaksresort.com or visit http://www.deltasunpeaksresort.com/AB2008.

Italy Fall 2008 will be held from October 17 to October 26 in Rome, Italy. A wonderful 10-day journey of Tuscany and Piemonte through gentle hills, vineyards, sea cliffs, and Alpine views organized by DiVino Wine Studio and Think Travel, both based in Ottawa, Ontario. The tour is packed with exciting activities such as visits to wineries and educational wine tastings, olive oil seminars and tastings, cooking classes and much more. The tour starts in Rome and ends in Florence and does not include air travel so you can join in from anywhere in the world and easily extend your stay to visit these marvelous capitals of art, fashion and culture. Tour leader is Antonio Mauriello. Learn about culture, good food and unforgettable wines. The cost is $3,650. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com/wine_tours.html.

Martin & Weyrich Winery's Italian Cars & Food Celebrazione will be held October 18 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Martin & Weyrich's Villa Toscana in Paso Robles, California. Twilight in Tuscany at the luxurious 5-Star Villa Toscana.
Featuring Café Roma, San Luis Obispo, California.
Ferraris & Flat Iron Steak Maseratis, Manicotti & Marsala (Chicken) Lamborghinis & Lasagna (Meat & Vegetarian) Quattro of Salads, Passed Bruschetta, Desserts (Cheeses, Fruits & Cookies) Live Music by Oasis & more! Admission is $90pp for wine club members, $120pp for non-members. For information, call Maura Osbourn at 805-238-2520, e-mail mosbourn@martinweyrich.com or visit http://www.martinweyrich.com/events/winery_events.php.

Martin & Weyrich Winery's Italian Family Celebrazione will be held from October 18 to October 19 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at Martin & Weyrich's Tasting Room in Paso Robles, California. Live Music, grape stomp, barrel samples, wine specials, PIZZA & more. Cooking Demonstration with Villa Toscana’s Executive Chef, Richard Graham: $30/person, $15/person for club members. For information, call Maura Osbourn at 805-238-2520, e-mail mosbourn@martinweyrich.com or visit http://www.martinweyrich.com/events/winery_events.php.

Five Deadly Zins will be held October 21 at 7pm at The Tasting Room at Vintage Irving in New York, new york. Taste five zinfandel varieties including St. Francis "Old Vines" 2004, Rancho Zabaco 2006, Earthquake 2006, Mariah 2004, and Seven Deadly Zins 2006. This event will be hosted by Vintage Irving's resident sommelier, and the wines will be paired with a selection of cheese. Admission is $40. For information, call Melissa Mccarthy at 212-228-4200x8008, e-mail pourhousenyc@yahoo.com.

Worldwide WOW Photo Exhibition & Gala will be held October 23 5:30pm-11pm at Artists of the World in Calgary, Alberta. For one night, the world comes to Calgary in a fusion of cuisine, art, entertainment and culture. Your Worldwide passport provides unlimited access to food, wine, beer and spirits from the four corners of the globe while the great music and dance traditions of the world entertain you. Admission is $125. Proceeds go to Elevate is a dynamic group of Calgary women committed to strong community involvement and dedicated to empowering people. Elevate hosts this annual gala in support of the Empowering Families Program which was created to help low-income families break the cycle of poverty. For information, call Suzanne Ebelher at 403-686-0636, e-mail ebelhers@telus.net or visit http://www.elevatecpc.ca/webpage/1002501/1000625.

The 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration Wine in the Pines will be held from October 24-25 at 6:00 PM at Keystone Resort in Dillon, CO. Banfi Vintners presents Winemakers Dinner on Friday. 500 international wines and gourment food on Saturday. A benefit for Cerebral Palsy of Colorado. Admission is $125 to $350 Per Person. For information, call Liz Neafus-stenzel at 303-691-9339 x 1163, e-mail lizns@cpco.org or visit http://www.wineinthepines.org.

Seattle Food and Wine Experience will be held from October 25 to October 26 from 11 am - 7pm at Qwest Field and Event Center in Seattle, WA. Over 800 wines from around the globe, gourmet foods, demonstration kitchen, World Wine Challenge, "eco" lounge featuring organic wines and food. Admission is $44. Proceeds go to Heroes for the Homeless, committed to making a difference in the lives of those without housing by offering food, a hot beverage, clothing, hygiene products, outdoor survival supplies, and information on how to get social service assistance. For information, call Bonnie Raffo at 206-697-4512, e-mail bonnie@exploregreatwine.com or visit http://www.seattlefoodandwineexperience.com.

Shaw Festival Halloween Gala will be held October 31 at 6 pm in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. A Halloween Gala Reception & Dinner with a Rare Wine & Fine Art Auction in support of the Shaw Theatre. Over 25 lots of wines with many 90+ Parker ratings, great Bordeaux, rare ports and large format bottles. Costumes optional, masks recommended and fun required. Tickets from the Shaw at 1-800-511-7429 Admission is $ 100. Proceeds go to The Shaw Guild endowment fund raises money to support the Shaw Theatre. For information, call Peter Gill at 905-468-5190, e-mail gillhome@cogeco.ca.

Celebrate NC Wines will be held November 1 from 1:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at NC State University Club in Raleigh, NC. NC State and industry experts will lead an afternoon wine symposium, followed by a gala reception and four-course wine dinner that will feature local culinary specialties paired with North Carolina wines. Sessions include "Wine & Food Pairings: Tasting is Believing" and "The Nose Knows: How to Tell When Wine Goes Bad." Admission is $75 - $175. Proceeds benefit wine and grape research in the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. For information, call Mary elizabeth Brake at 919-515-2000, e-mail maryelizabeth_brake@ncsu.edu or visit http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/advancement/NCwines.

Cornucopia will be held from November 6-10 in Whistler, BC. Whistler's Celebration of Wine and Food presents a delectable five days of wine, food and tasting events. Celebrate gourmet food coupled with fine wine in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Sit in on fascinating seminars with wineries, critics and wine professionals, or attend winemaker dinners where sumptuous multi-course meals are paired with a variety of wines. Sniff, sip, swirl and savour a selection of vintages at various tasting events, take a Chef's Trip to the Farm, or make the scene at renowned after-parties and brunches. Cornucopia brings Whistler to life with a feast of food and wine festivities to capture your every sense. Admission varies. For information, call Jasmine Robinson at 604-932-3399, e-mail jrobinson@watermarkinc.ca or visit http://whistlercornucopia.com.

The Art of Food & Wine Palm Desert will be held from November 6-9 in Palm Desert, CA. A four-day celebration attracting thousands of art and culinary enthusiasts from across California and around the country each year to enjoy the very best in art, food and wine education and hospitality. The event features food and wine tastings and competitions, wine pairing dinners, celebrity chef demonstrations, culinary seminars, art, music, shopping and golf - all nestled in Southern California's beautiful Coachella Valley. Already scheduled to appear are David Rosengarten, Rick Tramonto, Ina Pinkney, The Hearty Boys and Tommy Tang – with many more still to come. Admission varies by event. For information, call Tiffany Greco at 866-96-TASTE, e-mail tgreco@kempersports.com or visit http://www.artoffoodandwine.com.

Wine Down Main Street will be held November 7 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Main Street in Franklin, TN. Just 20 miles south of Nashville, more than 30 shops play host to wines from around the world. Participants receive a booklet listing the wines and descriptions and a commemorative wine glass. Taste wines, shop, sample food from area restaurants, listen to music from many live acts and enjoy all for a good cause. Proceeds from this event go to the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/Williamson County in Tennessee. Admission is $75 per person. For information, call Phyllis Hyland at 615-599-9706, e-mail phyhyland@gmail.com or visit http://www.winedownmainstreet.com.

Tutored Tasting: Great Wines of Argentina will be held November 7 at 4:00 pm at Ottawa wine & Food Show in Ottawa, Ontario. This dynamic South American country in an emerging wine region that has more to offer wine enthusiasts than you might expect. This viticultural paradise produces a surprising range of value priced wines. Malbec has become the signature red grape, yet, there is a range of impressive wines made with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and the indigenous Torrontes grape. Join sommelier Debbie Trenholm of The Savvy Grapes as she leads you through a wine tasting of these grape varieties and unlocks the secrets to the key Argentinean wine regions and their distinctive wine styles. This will be a delicious journey to consider Argentina as your next wine adventure. Admission is $25. For information, call Jay Hunt at 613-755-1111, e-mail jay.hunt@sympatico.ca or visit http://www.playerexpo.com/tutored_tastings.php.

Tutored Tasting: Sherry and Umami will be held November 8 at 5:45 PM at Ottawa Wine and Food Show in Ottawa, Ontario. Come and enjoy an introduction to and tasting of Sherry in some of its many styles and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of one of Spain’s great contributions to the wine world. Sherry is well known among food and wine circles for its versatility as an accompaniment and also as an ingredient. Among its most recent, famous adepts, is the owner-chef of the world’s best restaurant (The Fat Duck, as chosen by Restaurant Magazine), Heston Blumenthal. Three Michelin star Blumenthal is a particular admirer of Sherry’s ability to increase the umami of many different foods. He has thirty different offerings by the glass in his restaurant, and also uses it of course as an ingredient in his world-renowned cuisine.way, they are outstanding wine values that are worth looking for and, once found, worth waiting for. Admission is $25. For information, call Maureen Murphy at 613-755-1111, e-mail mcmurphy@rogers.com or visit http://www.playerexpo.com/tutored_tastings.php.

An evening like no other in Niagara will be held November 8 at 11 am at 1025 York Road at Chateau des Charmes in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. This elegant affair is quickly becoming one of the most recognized events in Niagara. Guests will be treated to an exclusive pre-show reception catered by Niagara College Culinary Institute and served award-winning Niagara wines. There will be high-end live and silent auctions, and as always, the highlight is our concert event showcasing some of North America’s finest talent. Over the years, artists like Colm Wilkinson, Colin Mochrie, Women Fully Clothed, Amy Sky, Michael Burgess, David Rogers, Mark Camilleri, Jim Brickman, Carol Welsman & Pavlo have shared their talents. Returning this year as Master of Ceremonies, is the funny and ever popular, Neil Aitchison, along with a variety of extraordinary Canadian talent, including violinist Papa Duke, Niagara’s own The Mantini Sisters. Admission is $150. For information, call Chateau Des charmes at 905-684-7619, e-mail tourcentre@chateaudescharmes.com or visit http://chateaudescharmes.com/experience/special_events.html.

Baccanale will be held from November 8 to November 23 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. at Imola fortress and all over town in Imola (Bo), Italy. festival of Sangiovese in the area with cooking courses, wine tastings, shows, conferences, with winemakers and farmers. Admission is free. For information, call Guido Penso at +39-0547 301989, e-mail guidopenso@vinotour.it or visit http://www.baccanaleimola.it.

A Celebration of Cultures Wine Gala 2008 will be held November 8 from 6:30 pm - 11:00 p.m. at Capitol Centre 150 Main St. E in North Bay , Ontario . Come enjoy drink selections from cellars of the world, expert advice, vintages and brews from specialty beer, whiskey, liqueurs, scotch and martini bar. There will also be auctions and jazz music to listen and dance to. Admission is $75 before Sept 15 after Sept 15 $100 and VIP Pass is $200. For information, call Judy Park at 705-474-1944 ext. 226, e-mail winegalacoordinator@capitolcentre.ca or visit http://www.capitolcentre.ca.

Uncork the Diversity of New York Wines with Robert Ketchin will be held November 9 from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Ottawa Wine & Food Show, Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, Ontario. We will visit three regions, Long Island, Hudson River and Finger Lakes, where we will discover how nature's influence of climate and soil plus the selection of specific varietals and the skills of the winemaker have evolved. Admission is $25. For information, call Dawn Harvie at 613-755-1111, e-mail events@sommelierguild.com or visit http://www.ottawawineandfoodshow.com.

San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival will be held from November 12 to November 16 at Embarcadero Park North in San Diego, CA. The 5th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world's premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. Held November 12-16, 2008, the event benefits the American Institute of Wine & Food culinary arts scholarship program. Over 700 wineries, 60 of San Diego’s top fine dining restaurants and 30 gourmet food companies and exhibitors will participate in the 2008 Festival. Admission varies per Event. Silent and Live Auctions benefit the American Institute of Wine and Food scholarship program. For information, call Mary Crocker at 858-578-9463, e-mail marycrocker2@gmail.com or visit http://www.worldofwineevents.com.

Pittsburgh Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival will be held November 14 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at East Club Lounge at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The second annual Pittsburgh Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival will once again showcase an array of premium whiskeys, but will also offer fine tequilas, vodkas, rum, gins, and cognacs. More than 100 brands representing several countries from around the globe will be poured. Admission is $85 in advance and $95 at the door. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For information, call Samantha Sosniak at 412-281-2681, e-mail ssosniak@elisco.com or visit http://www.pittsburghwhiskeyfestival.com.

International Wine Competition will be held from November 15 to November 16 at 8:00 a.m. at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. Wines judged from across Texas, the United States and throughout the world, where medals will be awarded by our wine experts. Admission is cost. Proceeds go to Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Educational scholarships. For information, call Lisa Ward at 832-667-1000, e-mail lward214@aol.com or visit http://www.hlsr.com/ag.

Importing Wine For Pleasure & Profit will be held November 15 from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM at The Old Mill Inn & Spa in Toronto, Ontario . Featuring C. Steven Trenholme, a 28-year veteran of the Canadian beverage alcohol industry, with details on how to import wine, spirits and beer into the Ontario marketplace. Pre-registration required. Admission is $295. For information, call C. Steven Trenholme at 416-883-3580 or e-mail cstrenholme@sympatico.ca.

The Wine Tasting Challenge will be held November 24 at Four Seasons Hotel & Resort in Toronto, Ontario. Now in its 5th season and with a purse in excess of $100,000 in prizes, cash, trips, stemware and scholarships. Admission is free. For information, call Barb Tatarnic at 905-688-5550, e-mail ccovi@brocku.ca or visit http://www.winetastingchallenge.com.

Sensory Perception & Tasting Seminar will be held November 27 at 6:00 pm at The London Club, 177 Queens Ave. in London, Ontario. Learn about the chemistry of tasting and how genetics play a part in determining whether you are a non-taster or super-taster. This seminar includes a scientific taste test using PROP/PTC, and is ideally suited to chefs, mixologists, vino-thusiasts and anyone interested in culinary and drinks culture. Admission is $25 in advance; $30 at the door. For information, call Paul Mitchell at 519-870-4193, e-mail natural@execulink.com or visit http://www.artofdrink.com.

Thanksgiving Feast at the Carlton Hotel & Grill will be held November 27 11:00 am - 7:00 pm at 6005 El Camino Real in Atascadero, CA. Come join us for a traditional Thanksgiving feast accompanied with wine! Reservations recommended. Admission is $35.00 per person ~ $30.00 seniors ~ $15.00 children under 12 ~ $7.00 children under 7. For information, call Maura Osbourn at 805-461-5100, e-mail mosbourn@martinweyrich.com or visit http://www.the-carlton.com/things_to_do.

The 25th Annual Holiday Open House will be held from November 28 to November 29 from 11 AM - 4:30 PM at Sonoma Valley in Kenwood, CA. Join nineteen wineries throughout the heart of Sonoma Valley for this annual celebration and enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in our caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends & family and relish in wine country holiday cheer! Admission is $30 per person for both days. For information, call Josie Gay at 866-794-9463, e-mail josie@heartofsonomavalley.com or visit http://www.heartofsonomavalley.com/events/event.wine?idx=30.

Diaz Decadence Festival Summer Sun Festival will be held from December 8 to January 8 at Diaz Strand Hotel & Resort in Mossel Bay, Western Cape. This Amsterdam-style street festival forms part of the annual Summer Sun Festival at the Diaz Strand Hotel in Mossel Bay. The festival will feature some of South Africa’s top wine farms showcasing their best wines and to complement the fine wines on offer, a wide selection of delicious food delicacies will also be available to the public. Admission is free. For information, call Mimi Finestone at 044-873 4393, e-mail mimi@matrixads.co.za or visit http://www.diazbeach.co.za.

Diaz Decadence Festival will be held from December 12 to December 14 in Mossel Bay, Western Cape. This Amsterdam-styled street festival will feature some of South Africa’s top wine farms showcasing their best wines. Admission is R60pppd. For information, call Tania Swart at 084-5833144, e-mail tania@matrixads.co.za or visit http://www.summersunfestival.co.za.

Shine at the Carlton's Divine Countdown to 2009! will be held December 31 at 7:00 pm at The Carlton Hotel in Atascadero , CA. Multi-course menu complete with wine pairings, champagne toast, dancing, all catered by Executive Chef Richard Graham. Admission is $95/person, $85 for wine club members (plus tax & gratuity). For information, call Maura Osbourn at 805-461-5100, e-mail mosbourn@martinweyrich.com or visit http://www.the-carlton.com/things_to_do.

Fourth Annual Wine Market Council Research Conference will be held January 12 at The New York Public Library in New York City, NY. Wine Market Council will present the highlights from its 2008 research studies in three cities in January 2009. Conference program will examine attitudes, behaviors and trends among U.S. wine consumers and highlight wine sales trends, the economy and changes in how consumers are shopping for and buying wine. Founded in 1994, the Wine Market Council is a non-profit trade association representing all tiers of the wine industry. Admission is $90.00. For information, call Adele Hazan at 707-967-5511, e-mail ahazan@webershandwick.com or visit http://www.winemarketcouncil.com.

Fourth Annual Wine Market Council Research Conference will be held January 14 9:00 AM at The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, IL. Wine Market Council will present the highlights from its 2008 research studies in three cities in January 2009. Conference program will examine attitudes, behaviors and trends among U.S. wine consumers and highlight wine sales trends, the economy and changes in how consumers are shopping for and buying wine. Founded in 1994, the Wine Market Council is a non-profit trade association representing all tiers of the wine industry. Admission is $90.00. For information, call Adele Hazan at 707-967-9299, e-mail ahazan@webershandwick.com or visit http://www.winemarketcouncil.com.

Fourth Annual Wine Market Council Research Conference will be held January 16 at 9:00 AM at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Merlo Theatre in Santa Rosa, CA. Wine Market Council will present the highlights from its 2008 research studies in three cities in January 2009. Conference program will examine attitudes, behaviors and trends among U.S. wine consumers and highlight wine sales trends, the economy and changes in how consumers are shopping for and buying wine. Founded in 1994, the Wine Market Council is a non-profit trade association representing all tiers of the wine industry. Admission is $90. For information, call Adele Hazan at 707-967-5511, e-mail ahazan@webershandwick.com or visit http://www.winemarketcouncil.com.

Taste BC 2009 will be held January 22 from 4:30-7:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. From wineries to restaurants, cheese to cider and seafood to beer. Attractions include live music, door prizes, a raffle draw and a Silent Auction featuring luxury local items. Tickets are on sale now at all Liberty Wine Merchants. Admission is $49.99. Proceeds go to the BC Children's Hospital - Oak Tree Clinic. For information, call Regan Schwartz at 604-739-7801, e-mail regan@libertywinemerchants.com or visit http://www.libertywinemerchants.com.

International Food & Wine Experience of Charlottesville will be held from January 23 to January 25 from 8am - 10pm in Charlottesville, VA. Includes seminars during which fine foods will be paired with wines, champagne breakfasts, a Grand Tasting, and a final evening Grand Banquet. This will be the first time Virginia wineries will be integrated into the global wine environment. Admission varies by event. A portion of the proceeds from the event will fund scholarships to Virginia residents going to Virginia colleges and universities targeted to the hospitality industry. For information, call Tami Keaveny at 434-296-0001, e-mail shamrockpr@gmail.com or visit http://www.ifweoc.com.

Australia Day tasting - 'Celebrate Australia' will be held January 24 from 7:30 - 10:30pm at Vancouver Library Promenade, 350 W. Georgia St. in Vancouver, BC. Admission is $50 + taxes. For information, call Marnie Williamson at 778-340-7754, e-mail marnie.williamson@wineaustralia.com or visit http://www.wineaustralia.com.

Terroir : Taste the Land Winter Winemaker's Dinner will be held January 24 at 6:30 at Strewn Winery in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario. Celebrate "Le Gout de Terroir" with Strewn's Winemaker Joe Will for a "Terroir Taste of the Land" Winemaker's Dinner. Paired with Chef Alain Levesque of Terroir La Cachette restaurant this evening offers a four course menu with Joe matching each course with his elegantly crafted VQA wines. Admission is $125. For information, call Christine Nicholson at 905-468-1229, e-mail nicholson.ca@gmail.com or visit http://www.strewnwinery.com.

Truffle Getaway in Provence will be held from January 25 to January 31 in Provence, France. Join us for a fun and unique experience in Provence as we focus on the king of truffles, the black melanosporum. During our week together, we will go on a truffle hunt with dogs, visit a truffle market, cook truffle meals together, explore the wines of the region, go behind the scenes in local restaurants, visit the local villages and markets and learn about the history and culture of this beautiful region of Provence. We will meet local sommeliers, winery and wine cave owners and learn directly from them about the wines of Provence and of the Rhone Valley. Groups are kept small to ensure intimate, personal experiences. Admission is $4,000 per person, based on double-occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/provence/?g=provenceTruffleWeek.

Days of Wine and Chocolate will be held January 26 at 6:00 pm at U of T Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St. in Toronto, Ontario. Sue DeGrandis, who grew up on a cocoa plantation in St. Lucia, West Indies and who now owns the store Le Chocolate Belge in Toronto, will speak on the history, growing and manufacturing of cocoa. Sue and Michael Pinkus, the "Grape Guy" and producer of the newsletter Ontario Wine Review, will lead us through a matching of 6 Ontario wines with 6 chocolates made by Sue. To register for the event on-line go to www.ontariowinesociety.com. Or, contact the Ontario Wine Society, Toronto Chapter, at 416 921 9798, owscommunication@hotmail.com or Admission is $47 members, $57 non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-489 0979, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Australia Day tasting - 'Celebrate Australia' will be held January 30 from 7 - 10 pm at The Fermenting Cellar - The Distillery District in Toronto, Ontario. Admission is $50 + taxes. Proceeds go to The Sick Kids Foundation. For information, call Marnie Williamson at 416-323-1893, e-mail marnie.williamson@wineaustralia.com or visit http:// http://www.wineaustralia.com/canada/Default.aspx?tabid=4602.

BOY - Breakfast On Yarra will be held February 1 at 8:30 am in Melbourne, Victoria. The annual ‘Breakfast on the Yarra’ has become a tradition with the Guild for over 30 years. Come along to enjoy a great morning on the banks of the Yarra River. Includes fully cooked BBQ breakfast with a selection of bubbly, reds and whites from the Guild Cellar Admission is $30 (Members $20). For information, call Terry Coles at 61+ 3-9438 5554, e-mail t.coles@bigpond.net.au or visit http://www.wineguild.com.au.

The 20th Annual Wine and Chocolate tasting will be held February 7 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 11455 Old Redwood Hwy in Healdsburg, CA. Celebrate Rodney Strong Vineyards’ 50th Anniversary by attending our 20th annual Wine & Chocolate Fantasy. We provide delicious Rodney Strong wines while local chocolatiers offer up delectable confections to accompany them. Admission is $40 General Admission; $35 Wine Club. For information, call Sara Randall at 707-431-1533, e-mail randall@rodneystrong.com or visit http://www.rodneystrong.com.

CHOCOLATE & WINE IS DIVINE will be held February 7 from 1 pm - 2 :15 pm at Strewn Winery in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario. Join Andre Renaud, member of the Strewn wine making team as he explains the principles and nuances of matching chocolate - from bitter sweet to white - to dry red and sweet white Strewn wines. Chocolate maker Richard Kiermacz of Choclates Etc, will be on hand with decadent chocolates for the pairing. Admission is $20.00 /$15 for Barrel Club Members. For information, call Christine Nicholson at 905-468-1229, e-mail nicholson.ca@gmail.com or visit http://www.strewnwinery.com.

The First Annual New York Ice Wine Festival will be held from February 8 to February 27 in Fairport, NY. Ice Wine takes center stage throughout the month, with a variety of events designed to highlight the splendor of NY Ice Wines. Enjoy Ice Wines from New York Wineries including, Casa Larga, Heron Hill, Hunt Country, Johnston Estate Winery, Lamoreaux Landing and Sheldrake Point. From Ice Wine tastings to “meet the winemaker” nights and an extravagant Fiori Dinner, see why Ice Wine is the pride and joy of New York. Admission is Admission ranges from $15 to $85 depending on the event. For information, call Stacy Kurtz at 585-223-4210, e-mail stacy@casalarga.com.

The Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition will be held February 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. Sample award-winning wines and enjoy signature bites from Houston-area top chefs. Admission is $100/advance; $125/door; $1800/table of 10. For information, call Lisa Ward at 832-667-1000, e-mail lward214@aol.com or visit http://www.hlsr.com/ag.

Valentine’s Day IV will be held February 12 at 6:30pm at Mission Hill Family Estate in West Bank, Okanagan, BC. Join Winery Chef Michael Allemeier as he shares a very special new menu. Admission is $85 per person, plus tax. For information, call Janelle Donn at 250-768-6443, e-mail jdonn@markanthony.com or visit http://www.missionhillwinery.com/guest_experience/CulinaryClasses.html.

Wine, Food, Culture of Calabria and Basilicata will be held February 12 from 6:30 p.m - 9:30 p.m. at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, Ontario. Vinum Novum Wine Agency presents a dinner with Nicola Trotta, owner of Terre Borboniche Vini, from Reggio Calabria, Italy. He will present his wines during a multi-course Calabrese meal designed by chef Gino Mastellotto. The dinner will include five wines - four reds and a white. It will also mark the North American unveiling of Nephele' IGT Calabria, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Dinner and talk about many native grape varieties of these undiscovered regions. On the Studio's big screen they'll show photos of these enchanting areas and vineyards overlooking the sea. Admission is $95 + tax and gratuities. For information, call David Mollica at 613-221 9760, e-mail info@vinumnovum.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

Two Great Wineries: Five Vintners & Tamayo Vineyards will be held February 13 6pm to 8:30pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, California. Savor six different wines, paired with delicious cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a magnificent chocolate fondue with fruit. Overlooking scenic Lake Mission Viejo. It’s truly a memorable evening. Reservation is required at 949-916-4810. Admission is $35 person. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net.

Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend 2009 will be held from February 14 to February 15 from 11am-4pm in Lodi, CA. Lodi wineries will be offering tastes of their delicious Lodi wine paired with various chocolate treats. Enjoy winery activites, including barrel tasting, new releases, wine and food pairings, special events and live music throughout the weekend. Admission is $35 in advance, $45 at door. Proceeds go to Children's Cancer Research. For information, call Sherri Cascaden at 209-365-0621, e-mail sherri@lodiwine.com or visit http://www.lodiwineandchocolate.com.

Now That's Amore! will be held from February 14 to February 15 from 11 am-4 pm at VJB Vineyards and Cellars Tasting Room in Kenwood, Ca. Please join us for a pairing of two of the finest creations on earth – Vino & Pasta. Treat your loved ones to 2005 V’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Sonoma Valley Primitivo, Rosso Family Blend and our award winning 2005 Mendocino Barbera paired with Owner/Executive Chef Maria Belmonte’s delicious Italian Olive Pesto Pasta! Admission is $20/person; Includes logo glass, wine & food.. For information, call Lindsay Evans at 707-833.2300, e-mail lindsay@vjbcellars.com or visit http://vjbcellars.com.

PALATE will be held from February 16 to February 22 at from 9:00 AM-9:00 PM at Gaffer District in Finger Lakes Wine Country in Corning, NY. Includes several wine/beer education seminars including Pairing Finger Lakes Wine with Finger Lakes Cheese by Shannon Brock, Wine Coordinator at New York Wine & Culinary Center. A winemakers dinner with Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars,and other dinners to be announced, are also on the agenda. Admission is $50 per person. Extra fees for Winemaker Dinners. For information, call Melissa Dobson at 800-813-2958, e-mail melissa.dobson@avantguild.com or visit http://fingerlakespalate.com.

Dinner with the Italian winemaker Nicola Trotta will be held February 18 from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM at Napo Farm to Table Italian Cuisine at 1542 Bank Street in Ottawa, Ontario. Vinum Novum in collaboration with Napo Farm to Table Italian Cuisine will be matching wines from Southern Italy produced by Terre Borboniche Vini of Calabria to a seven-course pasta tasting menu. Nicola Trotta, director of Terre Borboniche Vini will present Nephele, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for the first time in North America. The entire menu, including desert, will feature pasta dishes. Admission is $95 plus tax and gratuities. For information, call David Mollica at 613- 523 9595, e-mail info@vinumnovum.com.

Celebrate Passion! A Wine Country Retreat for Loving Couples will be held from February 20 to February 22 at 7:00 pm at Spirit Ridge Resort & Spa in Osoyoos, B.C. . A romantic couples retreat at the luxurious Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa. Tour & taste the South Okanagan at Black Hills, Quinta Ferreira, & Road 13 Vineyards; learn the nuances of wine and food pairing and discover how wine ages with a verticle tasting at Burrowing Owl. Rediscover the passion and deepen your relationship in a fun workshop with Life Coach, Beth. Savour a multi-course dinner that highlights the wines of the local winemaker who will be joining you at your table. Admission is $1195. For information, call Beth Garrish at 877-603-7054, e-mail coach@bethgarrish.com or visit http://www.Life-Uncorked.com/Retreat.

Great Wine Value from Argentina will be held February 20 at 6pm to 8:30pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, California. Savor six different highest-quality wines, paired with delicious cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a magnificent chocolate fondue with fruit. Admission is $35 person. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net.

Pear it with Riesling will be held February 21 at 11:00 at Cave Spring Cellars in Jordan, On. Inn on the Twenty Chef Kevin Maniaci and Cave Spring wine consultant Brian Kelly will explore the joy of pairing Riesling with artisan foods, enhanced with the flavour of the scrumptious pear. The focus will be on four Rieslings of different styles. Admission is $20.00. For information, call Dee dee Cowan at 905-562-3581, e-mail retail@cavespring.ca or visit http://cavespring.ca/events/events1.shtml.

Wine One-Oh-Wonderful will be held February 21 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Grano Restaurant, 2035 Yonge St. in Toronto, Ontario. Colleen Rivard, Certified Sommelier and Niagara wine specialist, will lead you through a series of lively tutorials while sampling some Ontario wines. Her experience running a successful wine event planning business (www.homeadvintage.com) combined with her lifestyle in Beamsville - arguably the beating heart of Niagara’s wine scene – ensures an afternoon to learn about all things Niagara, including a few hidden gems, and "do’s & don’ts" at the tasting bar. Admission is $30. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-489 0979, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Winter + Wine Dinner will be held February 21 at 7:00 at DesBarres Manor Inn in Guysborough, Nova Scotia. Award-winning Chef Shaun Zwarun presents a five-course tasting menu incorporating Nova Scotia icewine as part of the Nova Scotia Winter Icewine Festival. Innkeeper Audrey Firth has paired Nova Scotia wine to match each course. Winter wine getaway packages are also available. Admission is $75. For information, call Douglas Anweiler at 902-533-2099, e-mail danweiler@williamsmoorecapital.com or visit http://www.desbarresmanor.com.

Wine & Women will be held February 25 7pm at Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta. Join the female team of Trusted Experts as we taste our way through the wines of Europe. Linda Robinson of Pacific Wine & Spirits will tour France’s top vineyards featuring the wines of Taittinger, Pierre Sparr, Joseph Drouhin, Chapoutier and Michel Lynch. March: Spain and May: Italy. Optional suggested reading, Natalie Maclean’s "Red,White and Drunk All Over!"

Admission is $30. For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 248, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

Bubbles & Bordeaux will be held February 27 from 6pm to 8:30pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, California. Savor six different wines, paired with cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a chocolate fondue with fruit. Overlooking Lake Mission Viejo. Admission is $35 person. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net.

The Second Annual New York Wine Expo will be held from February 27 to February 28 at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, New York. Swirl and sip wines from around the globe, all in one venue. From New World Wines to French or Italian favorites as well as local New York, Oregon and California wines, sample the products of approximately 170 wineries and chat personally with the winemakers and other winery principals. Attendees can also sign up for seminars that are designed for all levels of wine lovers. Pick up tips on serving, pricing and selecting the right vintage. Admission is $75 to $85. For information, call Karen Pineman at 1-800-544-1660, e-mail kpineman@schwartz.com or visit http://www.wine-expos.com/wine/ny.

BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association (BCAMA) Wine & Cheese Event - We're Better Together will be held March 4 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm at Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown in Vancouver, BC. Join the BCAMA for an exceptional evening of wine and cheese. Learn how great wine makes farming (and farmers) sexy; how cheese became king of the hill, and what your inner cheese is really saying about you. It promises to be an entertaining event, with expert pairings of fine artisan cheeses and unique Vinaroon-crafted, earth-friendly wines. Join us, with special guests. Early-bird rate (ends Feb 20): Members: $55, Non-Members: $65, Students: $40. For information, call Bonnie Vockeroth at 604-983-6262, e-mail bvockeroth@png.canwest.com or visit http://www.bcama.com/events/past_events/09-03-04.htm.

Savor Dallas will be held from March 6 to March 7 in Dallas, TX. Savor Dallas is Texas’ international experience of wine, food, spirits and the arts, where fans of wine and food events scheduled in several beautiful and engaging Downtown Dallas locations. Founded in 2004 by Vicki Briley-White and Jim White, the extraordinary weekend celebration is the ultimate tasting experience, showcasing cuisine from more than 50 of the area's top restaurants and ultra-premium wines and spirits - with the opportunity to interact one-on-one with internationally acclaimed experts in exciting venues. Savor Dallas is the place to learn about Chefs’ best ideas on fine food, and the best wine and spirits to complement fine flavors – perfectly accompanied with the beauty of the arts.
Admission is Ranges from $50 to $300. For information, call Jamie Engle at 469-693-6073, e-mail jamie_engle@tx.rr.com or visit http://www.SavorDallas.com.

Wine Auction and Dinner will be held March 7 at 6:00 p.m. reception/bidding begins @ 8:00 p.m. at Methodist Training Center in Houston, Texas. Enjoy champion wines with a seated dinner to begin the evening of bidding for the award-winning wines from the International Wine Competition. Admission is $325.00/ticket; $2,500, $4,000, $7,500/table of 8. For information, call Lisa Ward at 832-667-1000, e-mail lward214@aol.com or visit http://www.hlsr.com/ag.

Blend & Cabernet from California tasting will be held March 13 6:00pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, CA. Please join us on our beautiful terrace overlooking scenic Lake Mission Viejo. Savor six different highest-quality wines, paired with delicious cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a magnificent chocolate fondue with fruit. Reservations are required at (949) 916-4810. Admission is $35 person. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net.

All Wines from Sonoma tasting will be held March 20 6:00pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, CA. Please join us on our beautiful terrace overlooking scenic Lake Mission Viejo. Savor six different highest-quality wines, paired with delicious cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a magnificent chocolate fondue with fruit. Reservations are required at (949) 916-4810. Admission is $35 person. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net.

Wine & Cheese Show will be held from March 20 to March 22 in Mississauga, Ontario. Selection of foods and wines. It also features cuisine from restaurants, seminars, beers, and forthcoming vintages. Admission is $18. For information, call Amanda Wedgewood at 905-842-6591, e-mail awedgewood@metroland.com or visit http://www.towineandcheeseshow.com.

San Diego International Wine Competition will be held from March 21 to March 22 in San Diego, California. San Diego International Wine Competition is open to all wineries producing wine for commercial sale. Deadline approaches, so enter asap! Admission is $75 per wine entered. Wine And Roses charity event on June 14 benefits the Social Service Auxiliary of San Diego, www.WineAndRoses.net. For information, call Felicia Forbes at 619-246-1964, e-mail sdwinecompetition@yahoo.com or visit http://www.SDIWC.com.

Inside the Wine Seminar Series: Cabernet Sauvignon will be held March 21 11:30 - 12:30 at Strewn Winery in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario. The “Inside the Wine” seminar series is a response to requests for in-depth wine tastings. Who better to conduct the tasting and help you discover the subtle nuances and complexities of Niagara’s leading grape varieties than Strewn winemaker Joe Will. March’s varietal is Cabernet Sauvignon – the King of Cabernets - recognized around the world for its appealing flavour, enduring tannins and ability to shine in “big wines”. Cabernet Sauvignon winemaking styles vary from region to region and this tasting seminar will focus on the signature style found in Niagara. Admission is $15.00. For information, call Christine Nicholson at 905-468 -1229, e-mail nicholson.ca@gmail.com or visit http://www.strewnwinery.com.

Food, Fitness and Spa Getaway to Napa Valley will be held from March 22 to March 27 in Napa Valley, California. Join us in Napa Valley for a Culinary Getaway that is focused on food, fitness and spa. During our week, we will cook healthy meals together using the finest in fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. We will focus on light exercise each day, such as a custom exercise class or long walks through the vineyards. We will explore the local shops and markets, taste local olive oils, cheeses and wines. We will also have a massage in a beautiful local spa. Groups are kept small to ensure intimate, personal experiences. Admission is $3000 per person, based on double-occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/?g=napaFoodFitness.

Wine & Women will be held March 25 at 7 pm at Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta. Join the female team of Trusted Experts as we taste our way through the wines of Europe. February - France; March - Spain and May - Italy. Optional suggested reading, Natalie Maclean’s "Red,White and Drunk All Over!" Admission is $30. For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 248, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

The 4th Annual Food and Drink Fest will be held from March 27 to March 29 at Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. Come and experience an exciting variety of local and international wines, specialty beers, and culinary sensations created by some of the Hamilton, Halton & Niagara Regions' most popular restaurants, breweries, & wineries. Enjoy terrific live entertainment, fun informative cooking demonstrations all in one great location, and all for a great cause. Admission is $12. Proceeds go to Art Gallery of Hamilton - $1.00 from each admissions will be donated to the Art Gallery of Hamilton. For information, call Stacey Vernon at 905-524-3689, e-mail stacey@beaumondeproductions.com or visit http://www.foodanddrinkfest.com.

Keenan, Frank Family Vineyards and Highlands Wineries wine and cheese tasting will be held March 27 6:00pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, CA. Please join us on our beautiful terrace overlooking scenic Lake Mission Viejo. Savor six different wines, paired with cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a chocolate fondue with fruit. Our tasting evening features a personable wine specialist. Reservations are required at (949) 916-4810. Admission is $35 person. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net.

A Touch of Spring demo cooking class and dessert with wine will be held March 30 6:30 - 8:30 pm at DiVino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. Chef Heinrich Stubbe of Stubbe Chocolates will be with us in the Studio to demonstrate a delicious chocolate cake made with dark French cocoa powder and liquid chocolate from Tanzania with a Cointreau ganache filling made with chocolate from St. Domingo. The cake is decorated with truffles made with chocolate from Tanzania and drizzled with white chocolate. Chef Stubbe will also show us how to make an individual dessert using acetate, filled with chocolate mousse and decorated with fruit. Admission is $75 + tax. For information, call Antonio Mauriello at 613-221-9760, e-mail info@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com/special_events_camps.html.

California Wine Fair will be held April 1 at 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at The Westin Ottawa, Confederation I Ballroom, 11 Colonel By Drive in Ottawa, Ontario. Join the California Wine Institute for a unique opportunity to sample a wide selection of more than 350 wines from 100 of California's producers. The evening event is in support of the Sommelier Certificate Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Admission is $60 per person or $55 per person for wine club members. Proceeds go to In support of the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, there will be a silent auction featuring special travel and lifestyle related items. For more information please contact Susan Zorzella, Development Officer, Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) at (613) 236-5192 ext 311 or at devdirector@gctc.ca. For information, call Christina Oreskovich at 905-336-8932 OR 1-800-558-2675, e-mail christina@praxispr.ca or visit http://www.calwine.ca.

California Wine Fair will be held April 06 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, The Canadian Room 100 Front Street West in Toronto, Ontario. Join The California Wine Institute for a unique opportunity to sample a wide selection of more than 450 premium wines from 130 of California's top producers. Admission is $65 per person or $60 per person for wine club members. Proceeds go to In support of the James Fund - Canada's leading neuroblastoma research initiative, there will be a silent auction featuring special lifestyle related items. For information, call Christina Oreskovich at 905-336-8932 OR 1-800-558-2675, e-mail christina@praxispr.ca or visit http://www.calwine.ca/winefair/winefair09.htm.

It's Thyme to be Savvy will be held April 7 7pm at Local Bar - cafe & wine bar in Ottawa, ON. A delicious evening of food and wine requires the talent and expertise of chefs and sommeliers. Savvy Company has teamed with Thyme and Again Creative Catering to create a series of fun wine and food evenings - with a twist! Although trained in our respective areas, wine and food pairing is a personal choice…your choice, that is. We have set the stage by creating a tasting menu featuring seasonal ingredients to be enjoyed with samplings of white and red wines from around the world. Thyme and Again's chef will prepare the tasting menu and the Savvy sommelier will introduce the wines—then will step aside to let you be the judge, determining the best wine with each dish. In the intimate setting of the wine bar, lively discussions about the matches is encouraged. Admission is $80 (includes grats & taxes). For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926), e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.savvycompany.ca.

California Wine Fair will be held April 8 at 7 PM at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Society for American Wines, with the support of the United States Consul General, presents the California Wine Fair 2009. Over 160 wines can be tasted from wineries such as Robert Mondavi, Kenwood, Benringer, Merrvale and Marimar Estate. Admission is 45. Donations to Pier 21, Canada's Immigration Museum, support new exhibits, school programs, the Research Centre and special commemorative events. For information, call Steve Lunn at 902-425-7770, e-mail stevelunn@eastlink.ca or visit http://www.sawhalifax.ca.

The Sixth Annual Wine Fair will be held April 13 at 6:00 pm at U of T Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St. in Toronto, Ontario. The Ontario Wine Society invites you, your family and friends to participate in our wonderful Sixth Annual Ontario Wine Fair. There will be over 300 Ontario VQA wines to taste from crisp and dry to luscious and sweet. This is a ‘walk around’ cocktail party style event! At this event you can sample the most extensive and varied selection of Ontario VQA wines offered in the GTA. This year, to make it even more interesting, we have invited members of the new iYellow wine club to come socialize with us. Appetizers will be passed throughout the evening and, remember, please share. Since the focus of this event is the wine, if possible, please grab a bite before you attend if you feel that a light snack won’t be enough
Admission is $37. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com/flyers/Flyer-2009TAnnualWineFair.pdf.

Vin-formation 2 - Wine & Food appreciation advanced 'class' will be held April 15 6pm at Red Wine Room at Novotel Ottawa in Ottawa, ON. Wednesday evenings - April 15 & 22. Jump right into this 'class' - a journey of the world of wine and food. Over two consecetive evenings, you will explore tasting, serving and selecting wines in greater depth with a Savvy sommelier as your guide. The experience includes tasting wines blind, learning the formalities of serving wines, appreciating winemaking techniques and learning food pairing techniques from an executive chef. At the end of these two classes, you will put your greater appreciation of the world of wine, new wine lingo, and class experience into action over a multi-course gourmet dinner at TRIO Restaurant prepared by Executive Chef Scott Lucas. Admission is Savvy Special $149. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926), e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.savvycompany.ca.

Savvy Supper Series - featuring Creekside Estate Winery will be held April 16 6:30 pm at TRIO Restaurant @ Novotel Ottawa in Ottawa, ON. The Savvy Supper Series showcases Canadian winemakers and their premium wines. This event is a great experience to meet and mingle with the people who are devoted to making premium Canadian wines. The winemaking duo of Canadian and Australian backgrounds, Rob Power and Craig MacDonald from Creekside Estate Winery located in Jordan Station in the heart of the Niagara wine region. A full range of Creekside wines will be paired with the spring menu of TRIO Restaurant's 'tasting plates' (tapas style) featuring local ingredients. Throughout the evening, Craig and Rob - along with TRIO’s executive chef Scott Lucas and Savvy sommeliers - will visit your table and answer any wine or food questions. Admission is $85 per person Ticket prices include gratuities & taxes. . For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926), e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.savvycompany.ca.

The COC’s Annual Fine Wine Auction will be held April 16 6:00 p.m. at Crush Wine Bar in Toronto, Ontario. John Gallagher hosts this year’s Fine Wine Auction, which offers bidders a chance to purchase from a wide variety of incredible wines from around the world including a 1989 Château Léoville-Las Cases, 1989 Château Mouton Rothschild, 1995 Château Lafite Rothschild, 2001, 2002, 2003 Harlan The Maiden, and 1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Echezeaux. Guests can also bid in a silent auction that offers an assortment of exclusive and exciting items including a trip for two to Quebec City, Niagara winery tours, and dinner packages for some of Toronto’s top restaurants. Admission is $50 per person. Proceeds go to Last year, the COC’s Fine Wine Auction raised over $86,000, and all proceeds are in support of the COC. For information, call Katie Rochefort at 416-306-2356, e-mail katier@coc.ca.

Visions at Villa will be held April 17 at 6:30 pm at Martin & Weyrich Winery's Villa Toscana in Pao Robles, CA. "Visions at Villa" is a new art showcase series where different local artists will have their work on display here for one month. In support of these artists, once a month we will be holding a dinner or cocktail/appetizer party where the food is inspired by his or her artwork. Join us for the Grand Opening on April 17th as we display the work of local photographic artist, Prem Ananda while enjoying art-inspired gourmet appetizers and fine wines. Admission is $25/person, $20/wine club members, Free for Villa Toscana Guests. For information, call Annie Weyrich at 805-238-5600, e-mail annie@martinweyrich.com or visit http://www.martinweyrich.com/events/winery_events.php.

Barossa Rare & Distinguished Wine Auction will be held April 17 in Angaston, South Australia. Part of the 2009 Barossa Vintage Festival. Includes rare Imperial of Penfolds Block 42 and Grange, Rockford Basket Press and Henschke Hill of Grace and a double magnum of Chris Ringland Shiraz. Full catalogue is available on website. Admission is $20 entry includes wine and food. All proceeds to Barossa Vintage Festival, a Barossa community event. For information, call Bill Biscoe at 618-85630663, e-mail wbiscoe@bigpond.net.au or visit http://www.barossavintagefestival.com.au.

Sommelier Course - Level 1 will be held from April 18 to April 19 at Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta. Students will receive up-to-date and thorough information about the following: method of viticulture, vinification and local customs for major wines; production methods of wines and spirits; wine service, social skills and legislation; harmony of food and wine; wine tasting skills to enable candidates to recognize typical characteristics of wines and detect basic faults, and characteristics that typify classic wines and wine regions.This course is appropriate for wine professionals and dedicated amateurs.
Admission is $500. For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 248, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

Celebrate Earth Day with Green Valley will be held April 19 11am to 2pm at Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol, CA. Low key, low impact, delicious way to be green. No charge wine tasting and food pairing. Eco art exhibit focusing on re-cycled art. Meet and greet with winegrowers to discuss sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming. Fun loose itinerary to visit five wineries and explore Green Valley Admission is Free. For information, call Joy Sterling at 707-887 1507, e-mail joy@ironhorsevineyards.com.

Bordeaux Wine Tour will be held from April 19 to April 26 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine. Six night, small group, escorted tour of the wine regions around Bordeaux. Tour and taste at wineries in the Medoc, Graves/Pessac Leognan, Monbazillac, Bergerac regions, and others. Admission is from $2466 pp dbl, $2685 single. For information, call Diane O'neil at 406-321-0652, e-mail diane@westwindtours.us or visit http://www.westwindtours.us/wst_page9.html.

Certified Sommelier Course - Level 2 will be held April 20 8:30am - 3:30pm at Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta. The Certified Sommelier represents the primary certification for wine and beverage professionals in the hospitality industry. The Court of Master Sommeliers will identify beverage professionals whose knowledge, training, skills and demeanor are eligible for the title “Certified Sommelier.” The Certified Sommelier Exam is comprised of three parts: Written Exam - 25 questions covering the world of wine; Tasting Exam - blind wine tasting of two wines; and a Service Exam - requires the candidate to exhibit sales and service skills and includes either the decanting of a red wine or the safe and correct opening of a Champagne bottle. Upon completion of the three-part exam, the student will receive a certificate and a pin distinguishing them as a Certified Sommelier, certified by the American Court of Master Sommeliers. Admission is $350. For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 248, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

Ontario ‘Somewhereness’ Structured Tasting presented by VINTAGES will be held from April 21 to April 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto, ON. Join Matt Kramer, author and Wine Spectator columnist, along with six of Ontario’s finest winemakers for a celebration of Ontario’s ‘Somewhereness’ – a term coined by Mr. Kramer to describe the depth and complexity of vineyards, soils and wines. Mr. Kramer will kick off the evening with a keynote address that will provide insights into ‘Somewhereness’. A structured tasting and a meet-and-mingle with winemakers will follow. Guests will also enjoy the wines with foods hand-selected from local farms and prepared by celebrated wine country chefs from Niagara and Prince Edward County. Admission is $99. Proceeds go to Partial proceeds go to the Stop Community Centre. Located in Toronto's Davenport West neighbourhood, The Stop Community Food Centre (The Stop) works to increase people's access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality. For information, visit http://www.vintages.com/events/events-somewhereness.html.

Ottawa Chamber Music Society Wine Auction will be held April 22 at Christ Church Cathedral, 420 Sparks Street in Ottawa, ON. Chief auctioneer Dennis Saikaley of the LCBO will auction off almost 500 bottles of rare and vintage wine in support of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society. Admittance is $50, which can be applied as a credit towards any wine purchase, and includes a reception. Proceeds go to The Ottawa Chamber Music Society presents chamber music of the highest calibre including the highly acclaimed Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, one of the largest chamber music festivals in the world, as well as our fall/winter Concert Series, and the Family Music Fair. For information, call Karen St.aubin at 613-234-8008, e-mail kstaubin@chamberfest.com or visit http://chamberfest.com/english/events/wineauction.html.

St. Michaels Food & Wine Festival will be held from April 24 to April 27 at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. The 7th annual festival includes presentations by celebrity guest chefs, wine and spirit tastings, educational wine seminars with notable vintners and authors. Please check website for entire event schedule. Visitors will be able to smell, sip, and taste to their hearts content under 4 pavilion tents. VIP Charity Kick-off Reception and Auction is Thursday evening, April 23. Admission is Varies per Day. Proceeds go to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Community Food Bank, Chesapeake Culinary Center For information, call Jon Mason at 443-205.2185, e-mail info@stmichaelsfoodandwinefestival.com or visit http://www.stmichaelsfoodandwinefestival.com.

The 2009 Indiana Wine Fair will be held April 25 at 12:30 - 7:00 p.m. at The Story Inn in Nashville (Story), Indiana. Some 35 Indiana wineries will pour samples (and offer for sale) of their wines. Wines in seven categories will be awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals by a panel of consumer judges. Admission is $20. For information, call Allen dale Olson at 812-988-2273, e-mail olsonallen@msn.com.

Culinary Getaway in Paris will be held from April 27 to May 1 in Paris, France. Join us in Paris, France, as we explore the culinary treasures of this amazing city. We will cook together with accomplished French chefs, explore the markets and gourmet shops, taste cheeses, nut oils, chocolates, olive oils and wines. We will dine in some of the finest restaurants, private settings and local bistros. Groups are kept small to ensure intimate, personal experiences. Admission is $3,000 per person, based on double occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/paris/?g=parisWeek.

An evening with Maximilian Riedel will be held April 28 at 6:30 at Capitol Event Theater in Toronto, Ontario. Maximilian Riedel will lead a comparative glass tasting hosted by The Wine Establishment and Halpern Enterprises, featuring wines from Antinori, Pascal Jolivet, Silver Oak Cellars, and Bergstrom Vineyards. Tickets include a Riedel tasting set to take home and a $20 gift certificate from The Wine Establishment. Admission is $250 includes taxes, glassware worth $150 and $20 gift certificate. Proceeds go to Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. The TGWHF raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital as well as for their respective research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and Toronto Western Research Institute. For information, call Angela Heffernan at 416-861-1331, e-mail aheffernan@thewineestablishment.com or visit http://thewineestablishment.blogspot.com.

Open Mic Night will be held April 30 and then every Thursday evening going forward from 7-10 pm at 107 S. 3rd St in Walla Walla, Washington. Join us at Walla Walla Village Winery every Thursday evening for open mic night hosted by Jesse Campos of Blue Mountain Spanish Sound. Evening events will include local musicians, wine by the glass and discounts on bottle and case purchases. For more info. or booking contact Jesse at 509.876.1499 or the tasting room at 509.525.Wine. We are located at 107 s. 3rd street across from Washington Mutual bank. Admission is Free!. For information, call Joel Clark at 509-525-9463 , e-mail wwtastingroom@yahoo.com or visit http://www.wallawallavillagewinery.com/notes.php.

Hospice du Rhone 2009 will be held from April 30 to May 2 in Paso Robles, California. This unique three-day event is internationally regarded as the most essential gathering of Rhône wine producers and enthusiasts. Expand your knowledge of the Rhône varieties while talking with the winemakers whose passions spur the energy created at this celebration. For information, call Faith Wells at 805-784.9543, e-mail faith@hospicedurhone.org or visit http://www.hospicedurhone.org.

Pittsburgh Wine Festival will be held April 30 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The featured wines will come from France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Australia, Germany, Chile, New Zealand, as well as California, Pennsylvania and the Pacific Northwest. More than 150 wineries will be represented. Admission is $250 (VIP Tasting) $125 (Grand Tasting). Proceeds go to Innovation and Discovery at UPMC and The University of Pittsburgh. For information, call Samantha Sosniak at 412-281.2681, e-mail ssosniak@elisco.com or visit http://www.pittsburghwinefestival.com.

Mission Hill Family Estate Spring Wine Dinner featuring Chef Warren Geraghty will be held May 2 at 6:30 pm at Mission Hill Family Estate in Westbank, British Columbia. Join Guest Chef Warren Geraghty and Winery Chef Michael Allemeier as they host this evening in our Chagall Room. Vancouver’s critically acclaimed restaurant West, has published its first book called – West: The Cookbook! Chef Warren Geraghty cooks a five course dinner with reception. The menu, developed from recipes found in the book, will be paired with Mission Hill’s wines. All guests will receive a receive a copy of West: The Cookbook as part of the evening experience and a book signing will follow the dinner. (Semi formal attire requested.) Admission is $155 per person plus taxes and service charges. For information, call Janelle Donn at 250-768-6483, e-mail jdonn@markanthony.com or visit http://www.missionhillwinery.com.

Vin-formation 1 Intro to wine 'class' will be held May 2 10am to 4pm at Red Wine Room @ Novotel Ottawa in Ottawa, ON. Theory and practice are what this class is all about. The primary goal is to explore the contexts of wine by learning basic skills and knowledge that will allow you to taste, serve and select wines with more confidence. During this class, you will acquire hands-on experience in tasting techniques, characteristics and profiles of wine, the importance of glassware, wine service, the many kinds of wine & deciphering the wine list. Admission is Savvy Special $99 when you register by March 31. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926), e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.savvycompany.ca.

The 2009 Wine & Herb Festival will be held from May 2 to May 31 from 11 am to 5 pm at 21 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. The Wine & Herb Festival is back again for five weekends in May, bringing together the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada for a casual celebration of great wine and fresh herbs. Spend a weekend touring the 21 Wineries of Niagara-on-the Lake where each stop will feature a different herb-themed food pairing matched to a premium VQA wine selected to highlight the flavour and aroma of the herb. Passes can be used any weekend in May. Admission is $30 (until April 24) $35 (as of April 25). For information, call Chris Alderson at 905-468-1950, e-mail chris@aldersonandco.ca or visit http://wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com/wineandherb.html.

Craft Wine Fair - St. Catharines will be held May 2 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Fairview Mall LCBO - 311 Geneva Street in St. Catharines, ON. Back by popular demand, this year’s Craft Wine Fair features four of Niagara’s top emerging wineries - Coyote’s Run Estate Winery, Harbour Estates Winery, Kacaba Vineyards and Stonechurch Vineyards. LCBO customers will have the opportunity to sample from a selection of eight premium wines, nosh on perfectly matched food pairings, meet the winemakers and/or winery owners, get their favourite wine bottles signed and watch a cooking demonstration by Marie Mavridia from Port Dalhousie’s Portview Restaurant – all for free! For information, call Nina Hofer at 905-646-1818 or visit http://www.lcbo.com/learn.

Mediteranian Wine Cruise will be held from May 2 to May 15 departing from Rome, Italy. European Wine Cruise aboard Celebrity new "Solstice" starting in Rome for 2 days, and then travelling to Santorini, Mykanos, Athens, overnight in Istanbul, Rhodes, Naples, 2 days at sea, lectures and wine tasting aboard ship, and private tour in Santorini of Winery. Price includes air, cruise, taxes, hotels, private tours in Rome and Santorini, lectures etc. Ocala Orchards will be hosting event and offering endless activities for everyone. Admission is Starting at $4646.00 per person inclusive. For information, call Virginia Patten at 905-391-2008, e-mail vpatten@cruiseshipcenters.com or visit http://www.virginiapattenbrooklin.cruiseshipcenters.ca.

Icon Argentina Tasting will be held May 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto, ON. The Icon Argentina tasting is Toronto’s premier opportunity to experience a tutored tasting of Argentina’s top wines. Savour world-class, collectible wines in this unique comparative line-up. The tasting will showcase 16 best wines by grape variety as judged by an International expert panel. Admission is $90. For information, call Ariel Menniti at 647-338 4105, e-mail amenniti@winesofargentina.com.ar or visit http://dev.salutewinefestival.com/Events.aspx.

Salute Toronto Wine + Food Festival will be held from May 5 to May 9 in Toronto, Ontario. Salute will provide the opportunity to taste a wide range of wines, from ultra premium labels to value brands. Attendees of the festival will enjoy an impressive line-up of tasting events, wine and shopping experiences, educational seminars led by leading wine experts and exclusive menus at Toronto’s top restaurants. For information, visit http://www.salutewinefestival.com.

Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest will be held from May 8 to May 10 in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Official Wine Festival of Kentucky. Grape Growers Barbeque on Thursday; Wine Social, Dinner & Dance on Friday, and outdoor festival on Saturday. Ricado Ullrich of Chile's Vina La Rosa vineyards will be pouring his wines in the International Tent. For information, call Jeff Mcdanald at 859-396-0301, e-mail mcdanald1@insightbb.com or visit http://www.kywineandvine.com.

Craft Wine Fair - Toronto will be held May 9 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Kingsway LCBO - 2946 Bloor Street West in Toronto, ON. The Craft Wine Fair features four of Ontario’s top emerging wineries – Bloomfield Estates Winery, Palatine Hills Estate Winery, Stonechurch Vineyards and Angels Gate Winery. LCBO customers will have the opportunity to sample from a selection of eight unique, premium wines, nosh on perfectly matched food pairings, meet the winemakers and/or winery owners, get their favourite wine bottles signed and watch a cooking demonstration by Albert Ponzo of Le Select Bistro. Admission is free. For information, call Kristen Ellison at 416-239-3066, or visit http://www.lcbo.com/learn.

Bordeaux Prestige will be held from May 11 to May 16 in Bordeaux, France. VIP tastings at the greatest chateaux, including all five First Growths, Sauternes, plus chateaux of Pomerol and Saint Emilion. Your tastings will also include “Super Second” growth chateaux, like Comtesse de Lalande and Léoville Las Cases. You’ll meet with cellarmasters and chateau owners, enjoy accommodations and dinners at one of the Médoc’s private castles, Second Growth Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron de Pichon. Admission is $5800. For information, call Pascale Bernasse at 877-261-1500, e-mail info@wine-tours-france.com or visit http://www.wine-tours-france.com/bordeaux.asp.

A Taste of Australia - Experience the Difference will be held May 12 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm at The Grand Banking Hall, One King Street West in Toronto, Ontario. Celebrate your evening in Australian-style and have a chance to win 2 return air tickets to Australia! Come walkabout and tantalize your palates and stimulate your taste buds with some of Australia's superb wines, gourmet meats, foods and cosmetics! Admission is $C44. Proceeds go to partial proceeds from silent auction to Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank For information, call Marie Ross at 416-323-9472, e-mail marie.ross@austrade.gov.au or visit http://www.australiantrade.ca/en/page.ch2?uid=DiscoverAustralia2009.

G'Day Toronto will be held from May 12 to May 16 at various at various in Toronto, ON. Come Walkabout the week of May 12 when Australia Week Canada presents an exciting program of events in Toronto that will showcase Australian sport, culture, food, wine and top Aussie vacations ideas and celebrate the close business links between our two great countries. Admission is please check website. For information, call Morgan Cates at 416-645-8201, e-mail morgan.cates@fleishman.ca or visit http://www.australia.com/promotions/gday_toronto_ca.aspx?ta_cid=redirect:ca:gdaytoronto.

The Ontario Wine Society's Lailey Vineyard Double Header will be held May 12 at 6:00 pm at U of T Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St. in Toronto, Ontario. Futures have already been sold for the 2007 Ontario vintage. Described as the “vintage of the century” and “the best ever for Niagara reds”, it behooves the OWS to make wines from this vintage available to taste and purchase. To this end, Lailey Vineyard will include an opportunity to buy the wines we taste. After discussions with winemaker Derek Barnett, Lailey agreed to age the same wine, their 2007 Syrah, in three different kinds of oak barrels, using an American oak barrel for the first time. This is also the first known time any consumer will have the opportunity to “blind” taste a wine which has been aged in three different types of oak barrels. Admission is $37 members, $47 non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Wolf Blass Bottle Signing will be held May 14 from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm at the First Canadian Place LCBO in Toronto, Ontario. Join us at the Community Corner (located across from the LCBO) in First Canadian Place. Wolf Blass is touring Canada to celebrate his 75th birthday: Come have your favourite bottles of Wolf Blass wines signed. Admission is free. For information, call Jaime Moore at 416-733-5078, e-mail jaime.moore@am.fostersgroup.com or visit http://http://www.wolfblass.com.au.

ACWC Passport to Canada will be held May 14 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Caboto Club, Parent Ave in Windsor, Ontario. The All Canadian Wine Championships has donated 750 individual wines from the spring judging to Windsor Regional Hospital for a fundraising event. Ticket holders will be able to taste Canadian wines from coast to coast, accompanied by fine Canadian artisanal cheeses. Admission is $30.00, or $25 for 8 or more. Proceeds go to The Cornerstone of Caring, Western Campus Redevelopment Project Facility dedicated to mental health rehabilitation and care. For information, call Bev Carnahan at 519-985-2656, e-mail bcarnahan@mdirect.net or visit http://www.wrh.on.ca or www.canadianwinetrail.com.

ZinFest Wine Festival will be held from May 15 to May 17 in Lodi, CA. Join us at the Friday night Vintner's Grille at Lodi Lake with local winegrowers featuring the Top 12 Zins of Lodi paired delicious cuisine. The Grand Tasting is held on Saturday with 50 Lodi wineries, a Cooking School, the Wine Education Tent, live music, regional restaurants, artisen crafters and much more. Peak behind the cellar doors of our wineries on Sunday for special events, seminars, and barrel tasting. Admission is dinner $75; festival $35 in advance or $45 at the gate. Proceeds go to Local charities - Lodi High School Band, Speech & Debate Team, Cheer & Drill Team, Rotary, Polio Plus For information, call Anna Goehring at 209-367-4727, e-mail anna@lodiwine.com or visit http://www.zinfest.com.

Riesling Week 2009 will be held from May 18 to May 24 at Restaurant or retailer hours at Various restaurants and retailers in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami, NY, CA, IL, NV, FL. Achtung, baby! Riesling Week 2009 is coming to New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami from May 18 - 24. During Riesling Week, you'll have a chance to sample different styles of German, Austrian and Alsatian Rieslings at your favorite restaurants and retailers. Check out the Web site for for locations and more! Admission is Free. For information, call Emerich Gutter at 212-994-7576, e-mail emerich.gutter@rfbinder.com or visit http://www.destinationriesling.com/events/riesling-week-2009.html.

New Zealand Wine Fair 2009 will be held May 19 7pm-9:30pm at Marche Bonsecours in Montreal, Quebec. Discover the fabulous array of over 180 New Zealand wines from more than 40 wineries and enjoy your wine experience with a sampling of fine food and cheeses from Agnus Dei. Admission is $60.00. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Societe pour les enfants handicapes du Quebec. For information, call Anik Gaumond at 888-993-9927, e-mail anik.gaumond@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine-events.ca.

New Zealand Wine Fair 2009 will be held May 21 7pm-9:30pm at Design Exchange in Toronto, Ontario. Discover the fabulous array of over 190 New Zealand wines from 46 wineries and enjoy your wine experience with a sampling of fine food and cheeses from Daniel et Daniel. Admission is $60.00. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of We Care For information, call Anik Gaumond at 888-993-9927, e-mail anik.gaumond@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine-events.ca.

Craft Wine Fair - Burlington will be held May 23 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Millcroft Centre LCBO - 2000 Appleby Line in Burlington, ON. The Craft Wine Fair features four of Ontario’s top emerging wineries – Stonechurch Vineyards, Coyote’s Run Estate Winery, Ridgepoint Wines and Kacaba Vineyards. LCBO customers will have the opportunity to sample from a selection of eight unique, premium wines, nosh on perfectly matched food pairings, meet the winemakers and/or winery owners, get their favourite wine bottles signed and watch a cooking demonstration by Michael Stauffer of The Culinary Office. Admission is free. For information, call Valerie Durham at 905-336-6200 or visit http://www.lcbo.com/learn.

Wilson Winery Fiesta will be held May 23 12.00 - 4.00 p.m. at Wilson Winery in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, Ca. Wilson Winery will host our eighth-annual fundraiser to benefit the Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarship Fund. There will be award-winning wines, amazing food, an exciting silent auction and raffle, all while you are enjoying our beautiful view and listening to live music. What better way to spend the afternoon. Admission is $30. Benefits children of vineyard workers in Sonoma County For information, call Dee Ahlin at 707-4334355, e-mail dee@wilsonwinery.com or visit http://www.wilsonwinery.com.

Austin Wine Festival will be held from May 23 to May 25 at 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. 5/23; 1 p.m - 8 p.m 5/24; 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. 5/25 at The Domain in Austin, TX. The 2009 Austin Wine Festival.A uniquely Austin 3-day Texas wine celebration. Wineries from Lampasas to New Braunfels and Fredericksburg to Dripping Springs have bloomed from a pioneering few, into an internationally awarded and recognized wine region. For three days, thirty-four Texas wineries, 50 food and craft vendors, a 6 guest chefs will be showing their best. AWF is also first of its kind in Texas to offer the opportunity to purchase bottles of the wines you like best on the spot – something that only happens in Texas at the AWF! Designated as the #2 Fastest Growing Wine Destination in the Nation, second only to Napa (Orbitz Insider Index) and the #1 of the best "Places to Go This Summer" (The New York Times), the Austin Wine Festival (AWF) is the place to be and be seen. Admission is $20 for 1 day ticket/$55 for 3 day ticket. Proceeds go to Austin Farmer's Market -The Austin Farmers’ Market is a project of Sustainable Food Center (SFC), a local 501 (c)(3) non-profit that creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant, local food system. http://www.austinfarmersmarket.org For information, call Sabrina Houser at 866-621-9463, e-mail sabrinahouser@drycomalcreek.com or visit http://www.austinwinefestival.com/index.html.

Critics Challenge International Wine Competition will be held from May 23 to May 24 in San Diego, California. Critics Challenge is open to all wineries producing wine for commercial sale. Entry deadline one month before event. Admission is $80 per wine entered. For information, call Felicia Forbes at 619-246-1964, e-mail critics_challenge@yahoo.com or visit http://www.CriticsChallenge.com.

The Ontario Wine Society's Sparkling Spring Evening, Oakville will be held May 24 6:00 pm at Seasons Restaurant in Oakville, Ontario. This is a sampling of Ontario’s finest bubblies in celebration of the Society’s first Oakville event. Fittingly, Donald Ziraldo, one of the people responsible for creating the Ontario Wine Society in 1991, will be leading the tasting. Donald is one of the founders of Inniskillin and is both an Order of Ontario and an Order of Canada recipient. For the reception wines, Jim Warren, Stoney Ridge founder and president of the Ontario Viniculture Association, and Martin Charrois of Stoney Ridge will be on hand to serve two of Stoney Ridge’s new releases, their 2008 Riesling and 2008 Gewurztraminer. Seasons will be serving appetizers to accompany the sparkling wines. Admission is $42. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

New Zealand Wine Fair 2009 will be held May 26 7pm-9:30pm at Hotel Arts in Calgary, Alberta. Discover the fabulous array of over 130 New Zealand wines from more than 30 wineries and enjoy your wine experience with a sampling of fine food and cheeses. Admission is $55.00. For information, call Anik Gaumond at 888-993-9927, e-mail anik.gaumond@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine-events.ca.

Wine & Women will be held May 27 7pm at Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta. Join the female team of Trusted Experts as we taste our way through the wines of Europe. February - France; March - Spain and May - Italy. Optional suggested reading, Natalie Maclean’s "Red,White and Drunk All Over!" Admission is $30. For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 248, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

Phantom Rivers Wine Tasting will be held May 30 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Central Coast Wine Services - 2717 Aviation Way in Santa Maria, CA. Tasting of Phantom Rivers Wine and Pick Up Party for Wine Club Members. Sample the wine, meet the winemaker and all the rest of us. Music, snacks and on premises sales. Admission is Free. For information, call Steve Mathis at 877-742-6748, e-mail smathis@phantomrivers.com or visit http://www.phantomrivers.com.

The 3rd annual Ontario Consumers Riesling Challenge will be held May 30 from 11:30 am to 4 pm at LCBO 495 615 Scottsdale Drive in Guelph, Ontario. This is another great way to introduce Ontario Riesling to our customers. Patrons to come in, do a walk-about and taste more than 10 of Ontario's finest Riesling producers that are available at the LCBO.
Monies raised will be going to the MASAICentre.ca now braceletofhope.ca. Includes local cheeses, local breads, a selection of decadently topped apples, local eatery participation, and local coffee all have be arranged. Admission is $10 a ticket for 4 educational pours. For information, call Orest Poluch at 519-823-5080, e-mail orest.poluch@lcbo.com.

Field to the Fork will be held May 31 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Leonesse Cellars 38311 De Portola Road in Temecula, CA. Join us for a taste of Southern California Wine Country and indulge yourself in food and wine from some of the area's finest chefs and winemakers. Admission is $45. Proceeds go to Slow Food Temecula Valley. This group is devoted to the promotion of local, fresh and affordable food for all! For information, call Regina Marston at 951-302-7601, e-mail regina@ideationunlimited.com or visit http://www.temeculavalleyslowfood.org.

Italian Wine Tasting Tour (Brunello, Amarone, etc.) will be held June 5 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, CA. Please join us on our beautiful terrace overlooking scenic Lake Mission Viejo. Savor six different highest-quality wines, paired with delicious cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a magnificent chocolate fondue with fruit. Admission is $35 person. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net.

Craft Wine Fair - Guelph will be held June 6 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Scottsdale Drive LCBO - 615 Scottsdale Drive in Guelph, ON. The Craft Wine Fair features four of Ontario’s top emerging wineries – Ridgepoint Wines, Oak Heights Estate Winery, Palatine Hills Estate Winery and Harbour Estates Winery. LCBO customers will have the opportunity to sample from a selection of eight unique, premium wines, nosh on perfectly matched food pairings prepared by Appetizingly Yours Events, meet the winemakers and/or winery owners and get their favourite wine bottles signed – all for free! For information, call Greg Watson or Michael Laforge at 519-823-5080, or visit http://www.lcbo.com/learn.

Importing Wine For Pleasure & Profit Seminar will be held June 6 from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM at The Old Mill Inn & Spa in Toronto, Ontario . A one-day seminar that outlines how to import wines for your own cellar or as a business. C. Steven Trenholme, who has over 30 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry leads the discussion. The seminar, written material,lunch and 30 days post seminar email consulting is provided. Admission is $295. For information, call C. steven Trenholme at 416-883-3580, e-mail cstrenholme@sympatico.ca.

Balloon & Wine Festival will be held from June 6 to June 8 in Winchester, CA. Includes Wine tasting from over 20 wineries, over 50 hot air balloons in dawn mass ascensions and a dozen in evening balloon glows, major concerts featuring top country on Friday, Rock/Classic Rock on Saturday, and Jazz and top 40 on Sunday. Sunday also features a free-style super moto cross show. Food and Wine Pairing event on Saturday and Sunday. Kids Faire features activities for children. Commercial and food booths for shopping. For information, call Colleen Huber at 951--676-4713, e-mail adworks2@aol.com or visit http://www.tvbwf.com.

A Celebration of Wine will be held June 7 from 3-6 PM at Rancho Vista del Rio (Borba Family Ranch) in Madera, California. Taste wines from approximately 100 west coast wineries while sampling house specialties from some 40 restaurants. As the major annual fundraiser for CSU Fresno's Viticulture & Enology Department, this 27-year-old event also features Central California's largest and most prestigious Silent Wine Auction. End your day of winetasting while dancing to live music from the Joe Lenigan Band provided during the Coffee & Dessert Hour from 5:30 to dusk. Admission is $70. Proceeds go to CSU Fresno Viticulture & Enology Department: to its students and to build the on-campus Vincent E Petrucci Library located at the Viticulture & Enology Research Center (VERC)and now continue to support it through staffing, computers, publications and other expenses. For information, call Jan Boling at 559-244-5741, e-mail jan@acelebrationofwine.com or visit http://www.acelebrationofwine.com.

Southern Foods Getaway in Napa Valley will be held from June 12 to June 14 in Yountville, California. Sherry Page grew up on a farm in rural Georgia. Join her for a weekend in Napa Valley that focuses on Southern cooking. We will cook together in a beautiful winery setting, taste regional wines, and use the finest in local, seasonal ingredients. Our recipes will include slow roasted pork, fried chicken, creamed corn, collard greens, buttermilk biscuits, sweet potato hash and bourbon-laced shrimp over grits. Admission is US$1200 per person for double occupancy, US$1500 for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-5187107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/?g=napaSouthernWeekend.

Wine Tasting: Blends & Cabernets from California will be held June 12 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, CA. Please join us on our beautiful terrace overlooking scenic Lake Mission Viejo. Savor six different highest-quality wines, paired with delicious cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a magnificent chocolate fondue with fruit. Admission is $35 person. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net/.

Visions at Villa, an Art Showcase will be held June 13 6:30 pm at 4230 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles, CA. Please Join us at Martin & Weyrich’s Villa Toscana on Saturday, June 13th at 6:30 pm as we Showcase the Work of Local Abstract Artist Adrienne Allebe. Come Enjoy an Evening of Fine Art, Gourmet Cuisine, Martin & Weyrich and York Mountain Wines and Live Entertainment by The Unfiltered Jazz Trio!
Admission is $50 per person, $40 for wine club members and Villa Toscana Guests. For information, call Annie Weyrich at 805-238-5600, e-mail annie@martinweyrich.com or visit http://www.martinweyrich.com/events/winery_events.php.

The Ontario Wine Society's Annual Bus Trip - Niagara-on-the-Lake will be held from June 13 to June 14 from 7:45 am to 6:30pm in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. With the recent trend of wineries in the Niagara region not only focusing on the quality of their wines, but on the architectural quality of the wineries themselves, the Ontario Wine Society felt that it was time to visit three wineries where major architectural firms helped develop the site. The input of an international team of experts, winemakers, Brock University professors, architects and vineyard managers assisted in the design each winery. Learn how terms like LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design) from the Canadian Building Council or principals of environmental sustainability and biodynamic farming apply to these wineries when explained by on-site experts. In addition to the tours, the wineries have each been asked to present their best available 2007 wines for tasting. Admission is $ 85 each - member and one guest, $95 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Vintages presents Wine 101 will be held June 16 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Bellvue Manor, 8083 Jane Street in Vaughan, ON. VINTAGES WINE 101 is an interactive evening to help you unravel the mysteries of the wine world in a fun environment. It’s everything you wanted to know about wine, but were afraid to ask – and it’s easier than you think! Sample over 30 wines from around the world; learn how to read a wine label; understand the dos and don’ts of ordering wine in a restaurant and learn food and wine matching tips from a restaurateur. Admission is $55. Participate in an on-site silent auction with proceeds in support of Down Syndrome Association of York Region. www.dsayr.on.ca For information, call Trina Hendry at 416-365-5767, e-mail trina.hendry@lcbo.com or visit http://www.vintages.com/events/wine101_event.html.

Savvy Supper Series - featuring Peninsula Ridge Winery will be held June 18 6:30 pm at TRIO Restaurant @ Novotel Ottawa in Ottawa, ON. The Savvy Supper Series showcases Canadian winemakers and their premium wines. This event is a great experience to meet and mingle with the people who are devoted to making premium Canadian wines. Meet wine industry pioneer Jean-Pierre Colas, who left Chablis, France to develop impressive wines at Peninsula Ridge Winery in Grimsby located in Niagara wine region. A full range of Peninsula Ridge wines will be paired with the summer menu of TRIO Restaurant's 'tasting plates' (tapas style) featuring local ingredients. Throughout the evening, Jean-Pierre - along with TRIO’s executive chef Scott Lucas and Savvy sommeliers - will visit your table and answer any wine or food questions. Admission is $80 (includes grats & taxes). For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926), e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.savvycompany.ca.

Wines from Mendocino with Alex MacGregor, winemaker will be held June 19 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, CA. Please join us on our beautiful terrace overlooking scenic Lake Mission Viejo. Savor six different wines, paired with delicious cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a magnificent chocolate fondue with fruit. Reservations are required at (949) 916-4810. Admission is $35 person. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net.

Zola Wine & Kitchen Hosts Exclusive Wine Dinner with Wine Guru Terry Theise will be held June 19 at 6:30-8:30 PM at Zola Wine & Kitchen in Washington, DC. Zola Wine & Kitchen, the exclusive wine shop and chef’s test kitchen situated in the heart of Penn Quarter, extends an opportunity to wine and dine with Wine & Spirits Professional Terry Theise of Terry Theise Estate Selections in Silver Spring, MD. This one of a kind dinner, created by Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello, is priced at $115 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and will consist of creative trio preparations of scallops, rabbit and veal each paired the Austrian and Champagne estate selections including Minges Gleisweiler Holle Riesling, Spatlese 2005, Schrock Furmint 2007, Pierre Gimonnet Champagne, NV Blanc de Blancs Cuis, NV and the Hexamer Riesling, “Quartzit” 2006. Admission is $115 per person. For information, call Elizabeth Presson at 202-654-2855, e-mail elizabeth@heatherfreeman.com or visit http://zolawinekitchen.com/zwk/wine_calendar.

Swirl, Sip and Shop - Summer Wine Release will be held from June 20 to June 21 from 10 am to 5:30 pm at Strewn Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. Be the first to taste new premium whites from the 2008 vintage and Terroir whites from the outstanding 2007 vintage! Discover Strewn Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Pinot Blanc 2008, Gewurztraminer 2008, Riesling 2007 Terroir, Chardonnay French Oak 2007 Terroir and Chardonnay Amalgam 2007 Terroir – plus a bonus, our dry Cabernet Rose 2008. Then stock up for the summer or future occasions! Complimentary tastings on new release wines. Admission is Complimentary. For information, call Christine Nicholson at 905-468 1229, e-mail nicholson.ca@gmail.com.

iYellow Wine Club's - THE BENCH TOUR will be held June 27 9:15am - 6:30pm at p/u & drop/off - 228 Queens Quay West - To WINE COUNTRY in Toronto, Ontario. Exploring the wines of Beamsville Bench & Vineland
Kick off summer 09 with a one-of-a-kind, ALL INCLUSIVE VIP wine tour! This unique tour will be exploring two of Ontario’s most renowned and
beautiful wine regions: Niagara's Beamsville Bench and Vineland. This tour includes return transportation from downtown Toronto, lunch, snacks, tours and tastings at all wineries,
expert wine hosts (Ange & Pax), giveaways, and more! Admission is $150 (per person) or $280 (per couple). For information, call Angela Aiello at 647-519.2643, e-mail info@iyellowwineclub.com or visit http://www.iyellowwineclub.com/2009/05/graze-bench-wine-tour-saturday-june.html.

Pinot Days Grand Festival Tasting will be held June 28 1 pm-5pm at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA. Pinot Days Grand Festival Tasting showcases 200 producers of pinot noir from every region in California, Oregon, New Zealand, and Burgundy. Meet the Winemakers, enjoy their wines and sample a variety of artisan cheeses & specialty foods. Admission is $50. Pinot Days hosts a wine auction during the Grand Festival. Proceeds benefit Ethiopia’s HIV Victim Food Relief Effort. For information, call Monica Granados at 415-246-2967, e-mail monica_granados@yahoo.com or visit http://www.pinotdays.com.

Mission Hill Family Estate Essentials of Grilling & Barbecue will be held June 28 11:00 am at Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna, British Columbia. Join Winery Chef Michael Allemeier for this in-depth session in celebration of our rich and varied Canadian heritage as he covers the cultural mosaic of outdoor cooking. Chef Allemeier incorporates aspects of his own South African roots as well as elements from the southern United States and the Mediterranean. He will cover tools and equipment, rubs, sauces and marinades, and techniques for quick and easy grilling and slow cooking. The class will be held in our vineyard under a Marquee tent so that you can comfortably enjoy Chef’s demonstration and the view. Admission is $130 including taxes. For information, call Ingrid Dilschneider at 250-768-7611, e-mail idilschneider@missionhillwinery.com or visit http://www.missionhillwinery.com.

A Summer in the Vaucluse Vineyard will be held from July 1 to September 30 in 30 villages of Vaucluse (near Avignon), France. Take a wine tour in wine cooperative cellars of Vaucluse which invite you to discover vineyards and villages in Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Luberon and Côtes du Ventoux, and famous Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Beaumes de Venise. For information, call Diane Caillard at 00 33 -(0)4 90 84 08 28 , e-mail diane.caillard@wanadoo.fr or visit http://www.vigneronscooperateurs-84.fr.

Chateau des Charmes Farm to Table Series will be held from July 5 to September 20 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Chateau des Charmes in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Each experience will feature a vineyard walk with Michèle Bosc and discussions with a local food purveyor, culminating in a delectable tasting created by a featured chef and paired with a Château des Charmes wine. Sunday, July 5th - Chefs Anna and Michael Olson. Sunday, July 19th - Chef Eric Peacock. Sunday, August 23rd - Chef Mark Picone Admission is $50 pp for each date. For information, call Michele Bosc at 905-2624219 ext.26, e-mail michele@chateaudescharmes.com.

California's Grape & Gourmet will be held from July 9 at 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. Unlimited Wine & Food Tasting Included with Admission. Proceeds Benefit: Friends of the California State Fair. In 2008, the Friends of the California State Fair scholarship program awarded $29,500 to California’s youth. For information, call Genene Chacon at 916-263.3636, e-mail gchacon@calexpo.com or visit http://www.thebestcaliforniawine.com.

Chateau des Charmes Wine Country Lunch & Smooth Jazz Concert will be held from July 12 to August 16 at Chateau des Charmes in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Delight all of your senses while sharing award-winning Canadian smooth jazz and a superb Wine Country casual lunch complemented by our wines. Bask in the taste and sound of summer on our Vineyard Courtyard while supporting the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation. Sunday, July 12th - Matt Dusk with Chef Stephen Treadwell. Sunday, August 16th - North of Soul with Chef Eric Peacock. Admission is $80pp, single concert, lunch, glass of wine. Proceeds go to St. Catharines General Foundation For information, call Michele Bosc at 905-3233863, e-mail michele@chateaudescharmes.com or visit http://www.scghfoundation.com.

Four-day culinary vacation will be held from July 12 to July 16 at The Waring House Inn in Picton, Ontario. Visit farm markets, wineries, a craft brewery, cheese producers, cook 'ti your heart's content using the freshest local ingredients, and even take home some souvenir preserves. Includes four night's accommodation (double occupancy), all meals, three hands-on cookery classes, Waring House apron, tours to wineries, brewery, cheese producers, meet-and-greet-on Sunday. Other dates: August 9-13, September 13-17. Admission is From $995 pp + taxes. For information, call Ginny Merritt at 613-476-7492, e-mail cookery@waringhouse.com or visit http://www.waringhouse.com/packages.shtml.

Taste: Victoria's Festival of Food and Wine will be held from July 16 to July 19 at Crystal Garden and surrounding area in Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria's first annual festival of cuisine and wine will offer a local taste of Vancouver Island, the wine regions of British Columbia and beyond; July 16-19, 2009. Participate in tastings, seminars, and experience taste through outings to regional farms, a cidery and even a local seafood company. Learn and connect directly with the farmers, vintners, chefs and cheese-makers who celebrate the terroir of BC through their produce, wine, food and more. Admission is $10 and up. Proceeds go to Partial proceeds of Taste will go to Woodwyn Farm, a rehabiliations centre that will encompass food, nourishment, and recovery. For information, call Kathy Mcaree at 250-3851527, e-mail kathymcaree@shaw.ca or visit http://www.VictoriaTaste.com.

Freemark Abbey Winemaker Dinner will be held July 16 7 PM at Zola Wine & Kitchen in Washington, DC, Washington, DC. Please contact Denielle Vendetti at 202.654.2855, or dvendetti@zoladc.com, for more information or secure your reservation.

Music Niagara 2009 Music and Wine at Peller Estates Winery, Inniskillin Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Wine lovers can delight their senses in Niagara-on-the-Lake this summer, at Music Niagara’s special series featuring music and wine. Set the stage for your perfect Saturday at one of our three Music and Wine concerts on July 25, August 1, and August 8, 11:30 a.m. at beautiful Peller Estates Winery. Let the beauty of Haydn's string quartets and the magic sounds of Mozart entrance you as you sip an aperitif while overlooking Peller Estates’ magnificent vineyards. On July 25 we are pleased to welcome guest performers from the world-renowned St. Petersburg String Quartet. Tickets are $15. For information, call Music Niagara at 905-468-5566, e-mail concerts@musicniagara.org or visit http://2009.niagaramusicfest.com/festivalprogramme.jsp.

Beautiful wines of British Columbia will be held July 22 7pm at TRIO Restaurant in Ottawa, ON. Savvy Company is excited to host a first-of-its-kind wine tasting featuring wines from British Columbia - rarely available in Ontario. Join Savvy Sommelier Susan Desjardins – who spends a lot of her time touring Okanagan wineries – to hear the inside scoop on BC wines. Sip & savour wines from Quail’s Gate Winery, Sandhill Estates, Sumac Ridge, Inniskillin Okanagan Winery and Mission Hill Winery. Taste why BC wines rarely escape their home province! We will enjoy this summer evening outdoors on one of Ottawa’s best patios (and little known) at TRIO Restaurant in the Novotel Ottawa. Light hors d’oeuvres and cheeses will be served. Admission is $50 includes taxes OR 2 tickets, dinner & 2 glasses of wine for $145 incl grats & taxes. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-728-8926, e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca.

Crested Butte Land Trust Wine & Food Festival will be held from July 23 to July 26 in Crested Butte, Colorado. Grand Tasting and Evening on Elk Ave. events with more than 500 wines from around the world. Chef dinners with Frank Bonanno and Kent Rathbun. Winemaker Trails: mountain bike rides and gourmet picnics with California winemakers. Admission is $35 - 500 per event. Proceeds go to Crested Butte Land Trust - protects unrivaled views, provides trails, and preserves wildlife habitat. For information, call Margaret Ebeling at 303-809-0404, e-mail margaret@larimersquare.com or visit http://www.crestedbuttewine.com.

That's Amore with WinewomenPSP will be held July 24 6 - 9 PM at Amore Ristorante Italiano in La Quinta, California. Join WinewomenPSP for summer love at Amore Ristorante Italiano. Proceeds from our wine dinner support the Stroke Recovery Center. Five-course dinner features calamari, pancetta-tossed warm spinach salad, mozzarella caprese, Tuscan rigatoni, chicken marsala and dessert trio. Wine pairings include Sandholt Pinot Grigio, Godwin Chardonnay, Mettler Cabernet Sauvignon and Mendelson Muscat Canelli. Come out and feel the love! Admission is $65 members; $75 non-members, guests. Proceeds go to Stroke Recovery Center: Day facility provides free rehabilitative and recreational services for clients in the aftermath of stroke to recover and resocialize. For information, call Matilde Parente at 760-799.7076, e-mail nz10ob-winegal@yahoo.com or visit http://www.winewomenpsp.com.

Creekside Winemaker's Dinner Series will be held July 25 at Creekside Estate Winery in Jordan, Ontario. Chef J. Mark Hand, the man behind the very popular weekend lunch menu at Creekside, makes an evening appearance on our newly renovated deck and is joined by winemaker Craig McDonald for a five course gastronomic experience. Begin with a winemaker tour of the winery and tasting in our Underground Barrel Cellar. After the tour, relax during sunset in the casual atmosphere of The Deck as Mark and Craig take you through the best in local fare matched with Creekside’s most acclaimed wines. Admission is $80. For information, call Erin Harvey at 905-562-0035 x 232, e-mail websales@creeksidewine.com.

Chefs Cook-off at Midsummer HerbFest will be held July 26 11am to 4 pm at The Herb Garden in Almonte (outside of Ottawa), ON. Join Sommeliers and Chefs a for a fun day in the countryside! Under a big top tent, three local Ottawa chefs from Whalesbone Catering, Petit Bill's Bistro and Ballygiblin's Restaurant will demonstrate how they use fresh herbs in their recipe. A group of audience participants will be on hand to judge the demonstration, but more importantly the delicious dishes. Debbie Trenholm from Savvy Company will host & provide wine and food pairing tips and will match each dish with a Ontario wine. Admission is $4 at the door. Proceeds go to Benefits the Ottawa Valley Herb Association For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-256-0228, e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca.

Blends & Cabs will be held from July 31 to July 31 at 6:00pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, CA. Please join us on our beautiful terrace overlooking scenic Lake Mission Viejo. Savor six different highest-quality wines, paired with delicious cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a magnificent chocolate fondue with fruit.

Of course, as you’ve come to expect, our tasting evening features a personable wine specialist who informs and entertains with his love and knowledge of the fruit of the vine. It’s truly a memorable evening. Reservations are required at (949) 916-4810.
Admission is $35/pers. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net/calendar?id=BEUV37Ea&mv_pc=8.

Nils Venge's Wines: Keenan Winery & Saddleback Cellars will be held from August 07 to August 07 at 6:00pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, CA. Please join us on our beautiful terrace overlooking scenic Lake Mission Viejo. Savor six different highest-quality wines, paired with delicious cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a magnificent chocolate fondue with fruit.

Of course, as you’ve come to expect, our tasting evening features a personable wine specialist who informs and entertains with his love and knowledge of the fruit of the vine. It’s truly a memorable evening. Reservations are required at (949) 916-4810.
Admission is $35/pers.. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net/calendar?id=BEUV37Ea&mv_pc=8.

VinoCamp will be held August 8 from 12 noon - 6pm at Graduate Student Centre, UBC in Vancouver, BC. In a more unstructured form than a standard conference, VinoCamp Vancouver, and introducing the world premiere of CheeseCamp, brings wine, cheese, people and technology together in one place, making wine and cheese accessible, educational and fun. A different type of conference, VinoCamp CheeseCamp 2009 is designed for people interested in technology, wine and cheese as participants are encouraged to take photos of what’s happening, to blog, tweet and message their experiences. Whether you’re a speaker, sponsor, cheese aficionado or wine drinker, our aim is to make this day memorable, fun, and interesting. You will learn more about wine and cheese, meet interesting people, and have a simply fabulous time. Admission is $75. For information, call Lori Pike at 604-808-6655, e-mail lpike@missionhillwinery.com or visit http://www.vinocamp.com.

Wine Tasting: Central Coast to Sonoma will be held from August 14 to August 14 at 6:00pm at La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, CA. Please join us on our beautiful terrace overlooking scenic Lake Mission Viejo. Savor six different highest-quality wines, paired with delicious cheeses and charcuteries. Top it all off with a magnificent chocolate fondue with fruit.

Of course, as you’ve come to expect, our tasting evening features a personable wine specialist who informs and entertains with his love and knowledge of the fruit of the vine. It’s truly a memorable evening. Reservations are required at (949) 916-4810.
Admission is $35/pers.. For information, call Louise Cote at 949-916-4810, e-mail info@lamaisongourmet.net or visit http://www.lamaisongourmet.net/calendar?id=BEUV37Ea&mv_pc=8.

Culinary Getaway in Napa Valley will be held from August 14 to August 16 in Yountville, CA. Join us for a weekend of food and wine exploration in Napa Valley, California. We will cook together in a beautiful winery setting using the finest in local ingredients, dine in favorite local restaurants and in private settings, taste regional wines, olive oils and cheeses. Admission is US$1200 for double occupancy, US$1500 for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-5187107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/?g=napaWeekend.

Picnic At The Priory will be held August 18 6:00 - 8:30 PM at The Priory Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. Carefully restored and renovated to modern standards, The Priory is a 24-room European-style hotel on Pittsburgh's North Shore. It features all of the appointments of a large establishment, and the personality and personal service that only a small boutique hotel can offer. Just ask the experts. The Zagat Survey of Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas calls The Priory "...a cozy inn filled with a combination of monastic charm and modern elegance. Other features include a "congenial" staff, happy hour in the library (with complimentary wine) and "wonderful courtyard garden." Admission is 58.00. For information, call Palate Partners at 412-391-8502, e-mail office@palatepartners.com or visit http://www.dreadnoughtwines.com/node/776.

Rootstock: The Best of Canadian Song, Wine & Food will be held August 19 from 6:30pm - 10:30 pm at Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. One Night Only! Tom Cochrane, Steven Page, Jim Cuddy, John Mann & Kathleen Edwards take the stage together at the Jackson-Triggs outdoor amphitheatre for a songwriters circle. Dinner by Niagara Estate Chefs David Penny and Tim Mackiddie along with Anna & Michael Olson. Admission is $209 + tax. For information, call Candis Scammell at 905-468-4637 x 5604, e-mail candis.scammell@leclosjordanne.com or visit http://www.jacksontriggswinery.com/en.

Bobcaygeon Wine and Food Festival will be held August 22 from 12:00 noon to 7:30 at Settlers Village 80 Dunn Street in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Wines from around the world and local foods from Ontario. Corbin Tomaszeski celebrity chef will have three cooking demonstrations. Dave Devall from CTV Weather will be the emcee for the day. All taking place in Settlers Village a living museum of century buildings and artifacts. Admission is $12.00. Proceeds go to The Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce and Settlers Village are the two organizations involved in this event. For information, call Lee Cunningham at 705-7382202, e-mail lee@tmfc.ca or visit http://www.bobcaygeonwinefestival.ca.

The Ontario Wine Society "The Passionate art of Wine" will be held August 22 1:30pm at Harbour Estates Winery in Jordan Station, Ontario. From the dawn of time, wine has created a passionate experience. It was once said, “In water, one sees one’s own face, but in wine, one beholds the heart of another.” No other beverage has inspired so many poets, writers, and artists. To enhance the experience of the passion and romance of wine, join us under the tent in the vineyards. Fraser Mowat, owner and operator of Harbour Estates, will lead us through our
tasting and explain the art and science of aromatic white wines of Niagara. Harbour Estates is a family-owned and operated business. Admission is $35 members, $45 non-members. For information, call Sue Couch at 416-921 9798, e-mail owsmailings@aol.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Passion: A Celebration of Niagara on the Lake Wine, Food and Cultural Arts will be held August 22 12:00 at The Common in Niagara on the Lake, On. Passion, a new and exciting Wine Food & Cultural Arts event is the inspiration of the Rotary Club of Niagara on the Lake in partnership with the Wineries of Niagara on the Lake and local epicurean restaurants.
Come taste the pairings of wine and gourmet food, listen to superb jazz music, ride the hot air balloon and then relax in the Savoia lounge Admission is $100.00 per person. Proceeds go to Niagara on the Lake Rotary Club For information, call James Down at 905-468 3173, e-mail james@niagarapassion.com or visit http://www.niagarapassion.com.

The Ontario Wine Society's Summer Bin End Dinner will be held August 26 at 5:45pm at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. It’s off to the races again! Our annual Bin End Dinner will be at the same price as 2008! This year, though originally planned for the Trackside Tent, the Slots have requested the use of the entire tent area for the evening and are offering each person who attends the dinner a $20 slots voucher and a $10 gift pack. Instead, we will be dining on the fifth floor in the Northern Dancer Room, named for Canada’s most famous thoroughbred. Along with the many TV monitors, you can take in the fabulous view of the races (and most of northwestern Toronto) from the outdoor balcony.
Following a white wine reception, we will have a selection of Ontario VQA wines from our cellars for each table to accompany the buffet meal. Admission is $75 members, $85 non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

The 15th Annual Feast of Fields Fundraiser will be held September 13 from 1 pm to 5 pm at UBC Farm, 6182 South Campus Road in Vancouver, BC. This extravagant event highlights the many connections between farmers and chefs from across British Columbia. Savour a wide variety of delectable appetizers prepared by the best BC chefs, and quench your thirst with the finest wines from across the province, all the while increasing your awareness of local food. Admission is $75 (early bird tickets) $85 (regular priced tickets). For information, call Sara Unrau at 604-730 0450, e-mail unrau.sara@gmail.com or visit http://www.feastoffields.com.

Ottawa's Feast of Fields will be held September 13 from 12 noon to 4pm at Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa, ON. Join us under the majestic canopy of trees at Ottawa's Vincent Massey Park while you savour gourmet delights made by 30+ Ottawa’s acclaimed restaurant and catering chefs. Feast of Fields is a neat gourmet experience – the event brings together local farmers who share their organic harvest with chefs who make their creations right before your eyes. Savvy Company will host a wine bar featuring tastings of VQA wines from each of Ontario’s four wine regions. For the beer lovers, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company will be pouring samples of their locally made beer. Throughout the afternoon, Master of Ceremonies - Adrian Harewood host of CBC’s ‘All in a Day’ - will keep things lively and our Savvy Sommeliers will provide interactive and insightful seminars on wine and food pairings. Admission is $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Proceeds go to Feast of Fields Ottawa is an annual event organized by Canadian Organic Growers (COG) Ottawa Chapter. COG, a volunteer, non-profit organization, is the national voice for organic food producers and consumers in Canada. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-244-4000, e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca.

Antipasti Italiani Hands-on Cooking Class and Wine Dinner will be held September 14 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at DiVino Wine Studio - 225 Preston St. in Ottawa, ON. Chef Cindy Toffanello from Algonquin College will be with us to show you how to get organized in the kitchen, prepare, cook, eat, pair Italian wines and meditate! Menu to be announed. Admission is $84.00 + tax. For information, call Helen Sauve at 613-715-9399, e-mail helensauve@sympatico.ca.

Italian Bubbles Wine Dinner - 12 Course Tasting Menu will be held September 14 6:30 pm at Atelier Restaurant - 540 Rochester St. in Ottawa, ON. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to dine at one of Ottawa's most talked about restaurants - Atelier. Chef/Owner Marc Lepine and his creative team will create a one-of-a-kind Italian inspired menu unlike anything you've ever tasted. Each course of this incredible menu will be paired with a sparkling wine from Italy -covering the rang eof styles from dry to sweet, white to red, and all bubbly! A brilliant way to kick off La Vendemmia! Admission is $75 for 12 courses, $55 optional wine pairings + tax and gratuity.

Italy vs. Niagara Wine Tasting will be held September 15 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Divino Wine Studio - 225 Preston St. in Ottawa, ON. Compare grapes and styles of wine from the two countries we love so much! Antonio Mauriello, owner of DiVino Wine Studio and Karen LaVigne, from Selection de LaVigne and Slow Food Niagara leader will guide this unique tasting. Different styles of wines? Different grape varieties or terroirs? Admission is $39.00 + tax.

Preston Street Moveable Feast will be held September 16 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Preston St. in Ottawa, ON. The Moveable Feast Dining Experience is a multi-course wine paired meal enjoyed in multiple restaurants with a Sommelier as your guide. This event has sold out the last two years, well in adrance. Admission is Price TBD.

Le Strade del Vino - Wine Tasting will be held September 16 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Divino Wine Studio - 225 Preston St. in Ottawa, ON. Join Italian-born and trained Sommelier Antonio Mauriello at his Enoteca - Divino Wine Studio - for a tasting of Italian wines. Admission is $50.00 + Tax.

Monster Wine Night will be held September 16 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Trattoria Caffe Italia - 254 Preston St. in Ottawa, ON. This exclusive tasting is a fabulous opportunity to taste wines you've only ever dreamt about! Join us in Trattoria Caffe Italia's gorgeous VIP wine room where single bottles of select wines including Super Tuscan, Barolo, and Brunello will be opened, tasted and discussed. Wine expert Rob Elvy will lead this incredible tasting opportunity - only 15 spots available! Admission is $200pp inclusive of taxes and service. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-715-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com or visit http://www.prestonstreet.com/lavendemmia/schedule.php#.

La Vendemmia, Mario Pingue Wine Dinner will be held September 16 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at The Urban Element in Ottawa, ON. “La Vendemmia” is Ottawa’s celebration of the grape harvest and a tribute to the fine food & wine of Italy. As part of this festival, we invite you to gather around the table with special guest Mario Pingue, one of North America’s premier producers of artisanal charcuterie. Discover why the age-old art of preserving meats is capturing the imagination of chefs and foodies alike. After years spent honing his craft in Niagara, with occasional trips abroad to learn from relatives in Italy, Pingue has succeeded in bringing the concept of Canadian prosciutto to new heights. We will learn how the craft has been handed down from father to sons as we sample his house-made bresola, succulent prosciutto and artisanal pancetta. This exclusive event also includes Italian wines paired with each course.
For more information on the festival visit: www.prestonstreet.com/lavendemmia.
Admission is $135.00. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-722-0885, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com or visit http://www.prestonstreet.com/lavendemmia.

Do as the Romans Do - Wine and Cuisine of Rome and it's Surrounding Regions will be held September 17 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at DiVino Wine Studio - 225 Preston St. in Ottawa, ON. Join our special guest for La Vendemmia - Chef and Niagara Specialties proprietor Mario Pingue for a Roman-inspired menu featuring his acclaimed artisan products, including his melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto and other incredible prok and beef products. Admission is $89.00 + tax + 15% gratuities. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-715-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com or visit http://www.prestonstreet.com/lavendemmia/schedule.php#.

Wine Dinner with Rob Elvy will be held September 17 6:30 pm at La Roma Restaurant - 430 Preston St. in Ottawa, ON. Join us for an annual favourite - a dinner featuring classic Italian flavours paired with Italian wines hosted by wine expert Rob Elvy. Rob will entertain you with his interesting wine anecdotes throughout the evening, as you enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and perfectly paired wine selections from Small Winemakers portfolio. Admission is Price TBD. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-715-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com or visit http://www.prestonstreet.com/lavendemmia/schedule.php#.

Taste Ontario will be held September 17 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, ON. Ontario's wine country comes to the AGO for one night only. Discover why Ontario wines are causing such a stir and meet some of the province's most talented and passionate winemakers, including those from Tawse, Stratus, Hidden Bench, Closson Chase, Lailey, 13th Street and more. Sample the truly sensational 2007 vintage and more 90 wines, along with h’ors doeurves made with the freshest local ingredients. Admission is $45. For information, call Trina Hendry at 416-365-5767, e-mail trina.hendry@lcbo.com or visit http://www.vintages.com.

Savvy Supper Series featuring Rosehall Run Winery will be held September 17 at 6:30 pm at TRIO Restaurant at Novotel Ottawa Hotel in Ottawa, ON. The Savvy Supper Series showcases Canadian winemakers and their wines. This event is a great experience to meet and mingle with the people who are devoted to making premium Canadian wines. This event features self-taught winemaker and winery owner Dan Sullivan of Rosehall Run Vineyards who will share stories and secrets about his winery, his winemaking techniques and his impressive vineyard. A full range of Rosehall wines will be paired with the autumn menu of TRIO Restaurant's 'tasting plates' (tapas style) featuring local ingredients. Throughout the evening, Dan - along with TRIO’s executive chef Scott Lucas and Savvy sommeliers - will visit your table and answer any wine or food questions. Admission is $85 per person. Ticket prices include gratuities & taxes. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926), e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.savvycompany.ca.

Riverfront Wine Festival will be held from September 19 to September 20 from 1 PM - 6:30 PM at Lewis & Clark Landing in Omaha, NE. Omaha's first annual Riverfront Wine Festival provides an opportunity to sample from more than 100 wines from around the world and learn about new and exciting varieties from the experts. Taste different wines, experience a variety of food pairings and discover what you enjoy! Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Proceeds go to Junior League of Omaha has been selected as the non-profit beneficiary, receiving a portion of the ticket sales. For information, call Jen Kocher at 402-8506776, e-mail jkocher@urbanwineevents.com or visit http://www.riverfrontwinefestival.com.

Tomato, Tomato, Tomatoes will be held September 19 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at DiVino Wine Studio - 225 Preston St. in Ottawa, ON. Join Peggy Hall from Slow Food Ottawa-Gatineau in the kitchen to work with the amazing tomato: grilled, sundried, sauced and more ways to preserve this delicious fruit. Menu to be announced. Admission is $84.00 + Tax. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-715-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com or visit http://www.prestonstreet.com/lavendemmia/schedule.php#.

Amore a Prima Vista - Italian Language Class will be held September 19 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at DiVino Wine Studio - 225 Preston St. in Ottawa, ON. Meet and greet Signor Pasquale in this Free first class! Admission is Free. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-715-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com or visit http://www.prestonstreet.com/lavendemmia/schedule.php#.

Conversations will be held September 19 noon at Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. Our first guest is Victor Sperling, viticulturist from Delheim Wines in Stellenbosch, South Africa and the meal will be hosted by our Director of Winemaking and Viticulture, Ann Sperling. Please join us in our Great Room on September 19th at noon for an afternoon of conversation, starting with a multi-course succulent lunch/barbecue featuring the talents of Chef Erik Peacock of Wellington Court Restaurant. And of course, both the wines of Delheim and Southbrook will figure prominently in the meal. Admission is $95 per person plus taxes and gratuity. For information, call Michael Nazareth at 888-5811581, e-mail michael@southbrook.com.

Sonoma Valley CRUSH will be held from September 19 to September 20 11am-4pm at Sonoma Valley in Kenwood, CA. Have you ever romanticized about getting involved in a wine harvest & crush? Find out what it's like in the Heart of Sonoma Valley. Join us for our first annual Sonoma Valley CRUSH Weekend - a hands-on Harvest experience. Don't miss this event. There is extremely limited availability and we promise you a truly unforgettable experience. Admission is Weekend Pass = $30 per person ($10 Designated Driver Ticket). For information, call Josie Gay at 866-794-9463, e-mail josie@heartofsonoma.com or visit http://www.heartofsonomavalley.com/events/event.wine.

12th Annual Charity Grape Stomp will be held September 20 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at Adult high School Parking Lot - Next to Soccer Field in Ottawa, ON. Grab a friend, co-worker, or family member and register a team. Stomp grapes to make as much juice as you can in one minute. This is one La Vendemmia event not to be missed! Help raise funds for a great charity and have a barrel of laughs! Admission is FREE. Proceeds go to Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation For information, call Sean Moher at 613-713-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com or visit http://www.prestonstreet.com/lavendemmia/schedule.php#.

Taste Little Italy will be held September 20 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Sala San Marco - 215 Preston St. in Ottawa, ON. Our signature closing event features your best opportunity to Taste Little Italy! Restaurants from the street will be offering up their best dishes for you to sample, plus a range of Italian wines will be available for tasting too. A fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon. SPECIAL two events for one price! Your ticket to access Taste Little Italy at Sala San Marco will also give you access to the olive oil and balsamic vinegar show at DiVino Wine Studio. Admission is $49 before Sept 1 - $45 after Sept 1. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-715-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com or visit http://www.prestonstreet.com/lavendemmia/schedule.php#.

Culinary Getaway in Tuscany will be held from September 20 to September 26 in Chianti region, Italy. Join Sherry Page for a week of culinary exploration in Tuscany. We will cook together with local chefs and explore regional wines, olive oils and cheeses. We will explore the Chianti countryside and visit small towns there, in addition to Florence, San Gimignano and Siena. We will dine in local restaurants and explore the markets of this bountiful area of Italy. Admission is US$3850 for double occupancy, US$4200 for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-5187107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/tuscany/?g=tuscanyWeek.

Sonoma Wine Festival will be held September 23 7pm at Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta. Tasting over 90 premium wines from more than 20 Sonoma wineries, presented by the vintners themselves including: Kendall-Jackson, Chateau St. Jean, DeLoach, Foppiano, Francis Ford Coppola, Gloria Ferrer, Pezzi King, Rodney Strony, Ravenswood, Schug, Seghesio and many more! Californa fare created by Executive Chef Ryan Pollnow of Kendall-Jackson Winery, Tommy Burger, Metropolitan Grille and Seven. Silent auction. All proceeds will support "Local Families in Crisis" Admission is $40. Proceeds go to "Local Families in Crisis" For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 248, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

Women & Wine Sonoma Luncheon with Mary T. Colhoun of Landmark Vineyards will be held September 23 11am at Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta. Mary T. Colhoun, owner of Landmark Vineyards, will host this very special luncheon. Enjoy delicious wine and food as our palates travel to the rolling hills of Sonoma. Wonderful wines and fresh fare combine for a perfect med-week getaway celebrating Sonoma at Willow Park Wines & Spirits. Admission is $65. For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 248, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

All That Glitters: Beyond the Grape! will be held September 26 7pm-10pm at T. Pepin Hospitality Center in Tampa, FL. Join us for an evening of signature wines, specialty beers and spirits paired with tantalizing dishes prepared by some of Tampa Bay's best restaurants and caterers. Event includes a live swing band, casino games, live and silent auctions, and much more! Admission is $60.00 general admission; $100 VIP admission. Proceeds go to MacDonald Training Center. Our mission is to empower people with disabilities to lead the lives they choose. For information, call Marianne Monoc at 813-870-1300, ext. 283, e-mail mmonoc@macdonaldcenter.org or visit http://www.macdonaldcenter.org/subpages/wine_tasting_2009.asp.

The Ontario wine Society's Sipping with the Stars will be held September 29 6:30 pm reception, 7:00pm tasting at Seasons Restaurant, 134 Lakeshore Road East in Oakville, Ontario. "Sipping with the Stars", presented by Linda Bramble, provides video clips of such stars as Humphrey Bogart, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe sharing the silver screen with wine. Linda's presentation will also introduce us to the "dramatic" pleasures of wine – how to taste, serve and dine with wine. Admission is $40 per person. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-996 6700, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Big Crush will be held from October 3 to October 4 from 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. at Amador County Wineries in Plymouth, CA. The vintners of Amador County will stage their annual Big Crush Harvest Festival. For $30 per person ($20 for Sunday-only tickets), wine lovers can partake of world-class wines poured from barrel and bottle at 30 family-owned Amador wineries while savoring tasty eats, swinging to live music, and enjoying special harvest activities. Admission is $30. For information, call Jamie Lubenko at 209-245-6992, e-mail jamie@amadorwine.com.

Old World Classics Festival will be held October 3 at 7pm at Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta. Join us to taste some of the world's most prestigious wines and beers. This festival showcases the old world regions of France, Spain and Austria plus the traditional beers of Belgium. Tantalize your tastebuds with classic "amuse bouche" while sipping some of the worlds most heralded wines and beers. A rare opportunity to taste the most famous wine regions of Europe including Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Priorat. A must-attend event with exclusive vintages, unusual beers and delicious food pairings. Only 120 tickets available. Admission is $95. For information, call Julie Fitzsimmons at 403-296-1640 ext 221, e-mail julie@willowpark.net or visit http://www.willowparkwines.com/events.htm.

Culinary Getaway in Provence will be held from October 4 to October 10 in Goult, France. Join Sherry Page in October as we explore the food, wine, culture and history of the Provence region of France. We will cook with local French chefs, taste wines in Chateauneuf du Pape, shop the local markets for seasonal ingredients, visit the small villages and historical interests, dine in local restaurants and taste regional olive oils, cheeses and chocolates. Admission is US$3500 per person - double occupancy; US$3850 per person - single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-5187107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://www.culinarygetaways.com/getaways/provence/?g=provenceCulinaryWeek.

The Ontario Wine Society's and the Porsche Club of America's - An Afternoon in the Country will be held October 4 11:30 am at Motor Tour in Toronto, Ontario. This is an afternoon navigator-swapping fun tour west, north, and east of Toronto. Here is how it will work. You, or your navigator, or another passenger in your vehicle, may swap with the navigator of the Porsche for part of the trip, giving you a chance to experience a ride in a Porsche. This is not mandatory and is dependent on balancing the number of riders and cars on each leg of the tour.

Itinerary for the Tour:

Porsche and Ontario Wine Society folks assemble at the PetroCanada Service Centre, Hwy 400 northbound, south of King Rd. for instructions, signing of waiver and navigator/passenger swapping.

Ted Fullerton’s home and studio, north of Schomberg, for a talk and tour of Ted’s art work in his house, on his grounds and in his studio.

Ocala Orchards Farm Winery for a wine/local foods tasting.

Willow Springs Winery for a wine tasting.

Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall for a sit-down dinner.

Admission is $ 65 each for members and one guest, $75 for additional guests and non-members.. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Wine Tour & Culinary Arts Event will be held from October 12 to October 18 at All Week at Napa, California in Napa Valley, California. Rail car trip to the new Avia Hotel in Napa, Ca. Food Network Chef Ted Allen, Saxophonist Michael Lington, vocalist Kevyn Lettau, legendary sounds of Nancy Wilson with Celebrity Golf Event at Bodega Harbour Golf Course. Admission is $3750 p/p. Proceeds go to Watoto. Helping the Aids inflicted children and people of Gulu, Africa. For information, call Sherry Brinckerhoff at 888-763-7577 Ext 5, e-mail sherryb@smoothjazztravelagency.com or visit http://smoothjazztravelagency.com.

Big Reds wine tasting will be held October 15 at 6:30 pm at Biagio's Italian Kitchen in Ottawa, Ontario . Explore the wines with a sommelier accompanied by a four course Italian cuisine to match. Admission is $75. For information, call Emily Tait at 613-828 0770, e-mail emily@biagios.ca.

Wine in the Wilderness will be held from October 16 to October 17 at West Coast Wilderness Lodge in Egmont on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. A weekend gala with seven-course gourmet meals and excellent B.C. & international wine pairings. Includes an optional champagne boat cruise through the Skookumchuck Rapids, fastest salt water rapids in North America. This is our sixth annual Wine in the Wilderness and each one has been a great success. Admission is Starting at $464. For information, call Paul Hansen at 604-883-3667, e-mail lodge@wcwl.com or visit http://wcwl.com/site/specials/wine_in_the_wilderness.html.

The 26th Annual Wine in the Pines will be held from October 23 to October 24 at 6 PM at Keyston Resort in Keystone, CO. International Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting featuring Rodney Strong Vineyards. Savor creations from AAA Four Diamond restaurants Keystone Ranch, Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge and Der Fondue Chessel plus 500 international wines. Admission is Starts at $100 PP. Proceeds go to United Cerebral Palsy Colorado, providing service to nearly 33,000 people annually. For information, call Liz Neafus-stenzel at 303-691-9339, e-mail lizns@cpco.org or visit http://www.wineinthepines.org.

Scenes of Sandbanks and beyond will be held from October 23 to November 8 from 11am - 5pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Black Prince Winery in Picton, Ontario. An original art show and sale featuring over 40 artists that celebrates all that is Prince Edward County particularly the burgeoning wine industry and the Provincial Parks of this glorious area. A limited edition Cabernet will be available during the show and showcase a piece of work from Richard Brzozowski. Admission is free. Proceeds go to Proceeds from this show will be directed through the Friends of Sandbanks to support the ongoing reforestation project at Sandbanks Provincial Park. For information, call Carrie Taylor at 613-476-4888, e-mail ctaylor@blackprincewinery.com or visit http://www.blackprincewinery.com/index.php?id=6.

The Ontario Wine Society presents Shari Darling's Afternoon Delight will be held October 24 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. This fun and educational workshop will be led by Shari Darling. It is based on the principles in her best selling and award-winning cookbooks -- Harmony On the Palate and Orgasmic Appetizers and Matching Wines. Orgasmic Appetizers and Matching Wines was awarded Best Food and Wine Pairing Cookbook in Canada at the international 2009 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris, France. In this workshop, you'll learn the basic principles for pairing wine with food by thinking wine styles first. You’ll quickly learn how to pair any wine with food on a consistent and dependable basis to experience a culinary orgasm every time! Admission is $67. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Nightlife will be held October 27 8-10:30 at The Great Hall (Queen and Dovercourt) in Toronto, Ontario. Exposing and Celebrating Napa Valley's Crush on Toronto with 22 Winemakers Showcasing their own wines, 1 Local DJ. Exclusive VIP Tickets (max 48) offered for Winemaker Speed tasting from 7-8pm. Admission is $48 | VIP HOUR $58. Proceeds go to Rebecca's Hope - Leukemia Research For information, call Angela Aiello at 647-519.2643, e-mail info@iyellowwineclub.com or visit http://www.iyellowwineclub.com.

Around the World in Beer will be held October 28 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Glebe Community Centre - 175 Third Ave. in Ottawa, ON. Explore the world of beer with a Groovy Grapes Beer Expert as your guide. Sample 8 different beers and learn about the flavor profile and beer making techniques used in each. Interact with your own personal Beer expert and take-away special tasting notes on each product sampled.
Admission is $35.00 per pseron. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-715-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com or visit http://Groovy Grapes.

Gold Medal Plates will be held October 28 at 6:00 pm at Hilton Lac Leamy - 3 boul de Casino in Gatineau, QC. The ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, entertainment and athletic achievement. Admission is $300. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-715-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com.

Vino della Vita will be held November 2 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, ON. Support the Heart and Stroke Foundation while enjoying a taste of Italy! Vino della Vita 2009 Sample from more than 100 exceptional Italian wines, served to you by the vintners themselves. Enjoy the opportunity to order these exclusive wines from the vineyards directly to your private cellar. Savour authentic Italian cuisine as you circle the elegant Roy Thomson Hall rotunda. Admission is $125. Proceeds go to This event is in benefit of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery, a world renowned facitiliy located in Chatham, ON. The goal of the facility is to provide faster recovery and improved quality of life for those affected by strokes. For information, call Michelle Palmer at 416-489-7111 ext 839, e-mail mpalmer@hsf.on.ca or visit http://heartandstroke.ca/vinodellavita.

Fith Town Cheese Tasting will be held November 4 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at The Urban Element - 424 Parkdale Ave. in Ottawa, ON. Located in nearby Prince Edward County, The Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company produces fine hand-made cheeses using fresh, locally produced goat and sheep milk. Situated on 20 acres of agricultural land, the 4200 square foot dairy processing, retail and educational facility enhances the practice of artisan cheese making with advanced, sustainable design. The environmentally responsible enterprise integrates traditional methods and craftsmanship ethics with local terroir. During this evening's interactive tasting workshop, cheese connoisseur & sommelier, Andrew Laliette, demystifies the art of wine and cheese pairing, highlighting six selections of Fifth Town cheese with his top pick of Ontario wines. Admission is $75.00 per person. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-715-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com.

Penfolds Tasting with Peter Gago will be held November 04 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Le Meridien King Edward, Windsor Room in Toronto, ON. Join us for an intimate event with easygoing Aussie icon Peter Gago and discover why Penfolds is Australia’s most famous winery. Taste a whole spectrum of Penfolds’ most exciting wines, including the much-anticipated 2004 Grange which has already been scored 98 points by both Wine Spectator and Australian Wine Companion! Admission is $75.00. For information, call Matt Wade at 416-365.5767, e-mail matt.wade@lcbo.com or visit http://www.vintages.com/events/penfolds-events.html.

Meet the Winemaker and Wine Sampling will be held November 6 from 6pm - 8pm at Crown Wine and Spirits in Boca Raton, Florida. Join Mark Tobin, Proprietor of Mattebella Vineyards, for a 'meet and greet' and get to know the creator of Mattebella Wines. Mark will also be offering a complimentary sampling of four wines that Mattebella currently offers: 2005 Old World Blend, Mattebella Familigia, Chablis-style Chardonnay, and a Rose. Admission is Free. For information, call Lauren Simo at 954-370-8999, e-mail lsimo@boardroompr.com or visit http://www.mattebellavineyards.com.

Taste the Season 2009 will be held from November 7 to November 29 11 am to 5 pm at wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Admission is $40 (plus applicable taxes). For information, call Taste the season Wineries of niagara-on-the-lake at 905-468-1950, e-mail contact@wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com.

Importing Wine For Pleasure & Profit Seminar will be held November 14 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM at Old Mill Inn & Spa in Toronto, Ontario. Featuring C. Steven Trenholme, a 30-year veteran of the international beverage alcohol industry, with details on how to import wine, spirits and beer into the Ontario marketplace $295 Pre-Registration Required Contact -- C.S. Trenholme & Associates, cstrenholme@sympatico.ca Admission is $295. For information, call C. steven Trenholme at 416-883-3580, e-mail cstrenholme@sympatico.ca or visit http://www.canmarketwine.com/seminars.html.

Tutored Tasting - "Dessert wines - Not just for dessert!" will be held November 21 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at The Urban Element - 424 Parkdale Ave. in Ottawa, ON. Ever wonder what to do with your stash of sweet wines in the cellar? Late Harvest Icewine and fortified wine need not be reserved for the end of the meal. Join a Groovy Grapes sommelier for an enlightening tour of the world of dessert wines and learn how to pair them with any course of your meal, from starters and salads, to mains, cheese, and of course, desserts. Includes a tasting of 8 sweet wines and nibbles paired with each. Admission is $75.00 per person. For information, call Sean Moher at 613-715-9399, e-mail sean@groovygrapes.com.

The third annual Ontario Consumers Icewine Challenge will be held November 21 11 to 4pm at LCBO Tasting Room 615 Scottsdale Drive in Guelph, ON. It will be held as a drop in style afternoon. Any icewine tried,
the consumer drops a ticket in the container provided. The category with the most ticket stubs win. It’s just that simple and a fun way to discover Ontario Icewines. There will be three classifications. Vidal, Riesling and Red. Up to 14 Ontario wineries to participate. Local food stuffs, fair trade coffee, local artisan breads, local cheeses, and other sweets have been arranged. Admission is $10 ( 4 samples). Proceeds go to to the Guelph Wish fund for Children. They are celebrating their 25th year as a charity here in Guelph. The President, Mr. Ron Asselstine retired NHL referee will be present. For information, call Orest Poluch at 519-823-5080, e-mail orest.poluch@lcbo.com.

Ride to Conquer Cancer Fundraising Party will be held November 22 6:00-9:00pm at Red Canoe Bistro in Burlington, Ontario. Burlington's new restaurant the Red Canoe, presents an evening of fine food complemented by a silent auction and door prizes. Chef Tobias Pohl-Weary and Sous Chef Phil Lalonde
will prepare a mingling menu of Chef’s Stations featuring their “Modern Canadian Cuisine” Admission is $100 per ticket. Proceeds go to The evening is proudly in support of the 2010 Ride to Conquer Cancer For information, call Belinda Stadnyckyj at 905-637 6137, e-mail stad@cogeco.ca or visit http://www.redcanoebistro.com.

The French Connection will be held November 27 7:00 PM at Eight Wine Bar & Restaurant, 8 Colborne St., Cosmopolitan Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. Internationally acclaimed Sommelier, Zoltan Szabo and Eight Wine Bar & Restaurant Executive Chef, Derek Kennedy will be presenting an evening of glorious cuisine, accompanied with some of the best Bordeaux-style wines from across the country, served "blind" with their cousins from France. If you ever said that French Wine is better, then this is your chance to prove to yourself wrong! Or right? This affair will indeed bring you a taste buds-tantalizing, heart-seducing gastronomic, excitement and unexpected surprises! Ten wines to be tasted along with ten culinary masterpieces. $100.00 per person. Space is limited. Reservations are first come first serve. Admission is $100 + tax & gratuity. For information, call Zoltan Szabo at 647-381 9463, e-mail zoltan@zoltanszabo.org or visit http://eightwinebar.com/events.php.

The 26th Annual Holiday Open House will be held from November 27 to November 28 from 11am - 4pm at 9077 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, CA. Toast the Holiday Season in the Wine Country. Heart of Sonoma Valley Association invites you to our 26th Annual Holiday Open House. Join 24 wineries throughout the Heart of Sonoma Valley for this annual celebration and enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in our caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends & family and relish in wine country holiday cheer. Purchase tickets online at or call (866) 794-9463. Admission is $30.00 per person in advance ($35 at the door)/ Designated Driver tickets are $10 each. For information, call Josie Gay at 866-794-9463, e-mail josie@heartofsonoma.com.

The Ontario Wine Society presents Our Premier - Taste and Order Event November 30 6:00pm to 9:00pm at U of T Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St. in Toronto, Ontario. 43 Ontario Wineries and more than 200 of some of Ontario’s best VQA wines. The Toronto Chapter of the Ontario Wine Society decided that there is a need for a no-frills, serious, but, at the same time fun, tasting event in Toronto that brings together as many Ontario wineries as possible for the sole purpose of tasting their VQA wines with the intent to order. In Ontario, the wineries, by law, are not allowed to physically provide you with bottles of their wines at this event. You will be able to order the wines for delivery to your home or office. Also available to order at this event, by cheque or cash only, will be Eisch breathable glasses and Schott Zwiesel, titanium-crystal break-resistant glasses at a 15% discount from retail prices. Here’s a great opportunity to do some holiday season shopping. Bring some friends!Admission is $25 each for members and one guest, $35 for additional guests and non-members.. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

21 Stocking Days of Christmas will be held from December 1 to December 21 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Make Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country your destination for holiday shopping and cellar stocking! Visit us in December for 21 special days of touring and tasting as we dust off an exclusive selection of wines available only at our cellar doors. From wines available in extremely limited supply to back vintages that will be available to purchase during this event only, we’ve assembled 21 exceptional VQA wines for you to sample and purchase for gifting, collecting or to celebrate the season. Once you’ve stocked your cellars for holiday entertaining, discover the shops and boutiques of Niagara-on-the-Lake for unique gifts for everyone on your list. Special offers for touring pass holders are being offered by our retail partners during this event. See our website at www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com for full details. Tasting and Shopping Passes: $25 per person (plus applicable taxes). Passes can be used any day from December 1 to 21, 2009. Order online at www.niagaraonthelake.com or by phone at 905-468-1950. Admission is $25 per person (plus applicable taxes). For information, call 905-468-1950, e-mail lynn@aldersonandco.ca or visit http://www.niagaraonthelake.com.

Taste - A celebration of BC wine & cuisine will be held December 4 from 7-11pm at Lark clothing store in Vancouver, BC. This charity event highlights BC's small and hard to find wines in a blind tasting to engage peoples minds and palates. You won't find these wines at most tastings, meet the hidden gems of the BC wine world. Food pairings for each wine will be served; local BC fare is highlighted like chantrelle ravioli and huckleberry truffles. Admission is 40. Proceeds go to Mount Pleasant Elementary School - to help with funding cuts to school programs. 100% of proceeds go to help the students and teachers of the school. For information, call Robin Kort at 604-8795275, e-mail robin@swallowtailtours.com.

Icewine & Jazz Celebrations - Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake will be held from January 1 to January 31 at 11:00 am to 12:00 am at Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Niagara-on-the-Lake comes alive in January with a full month of Icewine & Jazz Celebrations! Our wineries, restaurants, accommodations and Heritage District merchants have put together an outstanding month with hundreds of events that offer something for all wine lovers! The 22 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake have assembled an incredible lineup of Icewine and jazz themed events for your touring experience – from Icewine and food tastings to elegant receptions and winemakers’ dinners – choose your favourites and plan to spend a few days experiencing Winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Country. Check out our website at www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com for a complete list of events being featured during Icewine & Jazz Celebrations. The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake encourage you to taste and tour responsibly. Please designate a driver who won’t be drinking, or enjoy worry-free touring by booking with one of our local transportation providers. Visit our website for accommodation and transportation partners. Admission is Free. For information, call Lynn Maceira at 905-468-1950, e-mail lynn@aldersonandco.ca.

The 15th Annual Xerox Icewine Gala will be held January 15 8pm to 11pm at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This spectacular evening showcases wines from more than 25 of Ontario’s wineries, and features Canada’s largest tasting of internationally acclaimed Icewines and other wines. Combined with exemplary Niagara Cuisine prepared by the Fallsview Casino’s Golden Lotus and 17 Noir, as well as outstanding entertainment, this is a unique and unforgettable evening. For information, visit us online. To purchase tickets, call 905-688-0212. Admission is $175 CAD. Special rate before December 15th, save $50 per couple. For information, call Jessica Mcgarry at 905-688-0212, e-mail jessica@chimpanzee.ca or visit http://www.icewinefestival.com/page/icewine_events.

Wine Seminar will be held January 16 at 11am at Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan , Ontario. Join Host Ed Madronich of Flat Rock Cellars for an educational and fun tasting of the winery’s award winning wines. For information, visit us online. To book, call 905-688-0212. Admission is $10. Limited seating. For information, call Jessica Mcgarry at 905-688-0212, e-mail jessica@chimpanzee.ca or visit http://www.icewinefestival.com/page/icewine_events.

Twenty Valley Winter Winefest will be held from January 16 to January 17 from 12 Noon to 5pm at Main Street in Jordan, Ontario. This year, Icewine will share centre stage with sparkling and premium VQA wines from some of the most celebrated wineries in Twenty Valley. Renowned local chefs will design their culinary offerings around the premium featured wines, creating a unique food and wine pairing experience. Enjoy an enchanting winter afternoon with an open fire, live entertainment and sensational tastings. Free Admission. For information, call Jessica Mcgarry at 905-562-3636, e-mail jessica@chimpanzee.ca or visit http://www.twentyvalley.ca.

Discovery Pass Program will be held from January 16 to January 31 on weekends from 11am to 5pm in Niagara Region, Ontario. The Discovery Pass is your passport to six wineries to enjoy wine and food pairings during the festival. Call 905-688-0212 or visit any of the following wineries to purchase! Admission is $30. For information, call Jessica Mcgarry at 905-688-0212, e-mail jessica@chimpanzee.ca or visit http://www.icewinefestival.com/page/icewine_events.

What is Schott Zwiesel? will be held January 18 at 6:00 pm in Toronto, Ontario. Join us at Cannery Restaurant, nestled at the heart of the Distillery District, as Michael Pinkus, “The Grape Guy”, and our generous host, Lloyd Thistle, President of Fortessa of Canada, guide us through a truly unique tasting experience. We will explore the theory that each varietal can better express its distinctive characteristics when tasted in the appropriately shaped stemware. Michael Pinkus is the head writer for the Ontario Wine Review. Most recently, Michael placed a very respectable, and very Canadian, 4th in the 2009 Tasting Challenge against 250 amateur and professional winos.
The tasting will be followed by a selection of appetizers prepared by The Cannery’s Executive Chef, Eric Pless. After the tasting, each attendee will receive the set of five different glasses used for the tasting. The suggested retail value of the five crystal wine glasses is $65. Admission is $ 55 each - member and one guest, $70 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Sadie Darby at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Spain (2) will be held January 21 at 6:30pm at 1730 Mission Hill Road in West Kelowna, BC. Break up the winter blues with a quick trip to the Mediterranean. In this new class Chef Batey will explore his favourite flavours from this exciting country. Being located on both the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean brings double the seafood options in addition to great land-grown food sources. For more information on this class or the additional winter culinary classes hosted by our chefs, please visit www.missionhillwinery.com or call 250-768-6483. Admission is $79 per class plus applicable taxes.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Experience will be held from January 23 to January from 11am-5pm at Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Join us outdoors in the Heritage District for ice carving demonstrations, superb cuisine and, of course, wonderful Icewine! Admission is free. For information, call Kimberly Hundertmark at 905-688-0212, e-mail kimberlyh@niagarawinefestival.com or visit http://www.icewinefestival.com/page/icewine_events.

Wine Seminar will be held January 23 11am at Legends Estate Winery in Beamsville , Ontario. Join Legends Estates winemaker Serge Papineau, and owner Paul Lizak for an educational and fun tasting of internationally acclaimed Icewine, featured in the Wall Street Journal and Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Discover unique Ontario grape varietals of Sémillon and Malbec. For information, visit us online. To book, call 905-688-0212. Admission is $10. Limited seating. For information, call Jessica Mcgarry at 905-688-0212, e-mail jessica@chimpanzee.ca or visit http://www.icewinefestival.com/page/icewine_events.

Winterfest in the Square will be held January 23 7pm to 11pm at Market Square in St. Catharines, Downtown , Ontario. Sip and savour the magic of winter in St. Catharines. Join us, as we celebrate Winterfest in our historic downtown. Presenting live music, gourmet cuisine, artisanal cheeses, and delectable VQA wines. Purchase tokens for wine and food, and a commemorative glass. For information, call 905-688-0212 or visit us online. Admission is Free Admission . For information, call Jessica Mcgarry at 905-688-0212, e-mail jessica@chimpanzee.ca or visit http://www.icewinefestival.com/page/icewine_events.

Taste of Winterlude will be held from January 28 to February 21 at over 50 restaurants in Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario. Gather some first-rate company, warm up to Winterlude and savour the long winter nights. During Taste of Winterlude, over 50 restaurants in Canada's Capital Region offer exclusive prix-fixe menus at $25, $35, $45 or $65. Or opt for one of the unique fine dining experiences: deliciously interactive winemaker and sommelier-led dinners, walkabout winter feasts, food and wine tastings, and the Wines of Ontario Winter WineFest. Registration required for the fine dining experiences. Admission is Prix-fixe menus start at $25; Fine dining experiences start at $69. Proceeds go to Food Banks Canada; American Express will donate 5% of purchases charged to American Express Cards during Taste of Winterlude to Food Banks Canada (up to a total donation of $40,000). For information, call Groovy Grapes at 613-715-9399, e-mail events@groovygrapes.com or visit http://www.winterlude.gc.ca/taste.

Beer and Wine Tasting for a Cause will be held January 28 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm at The Reserve Wine Bar and Shop in Ladera Ranch, CA. Fundraiser for Breast Cancer -All proceeds benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. $25 wine tasting & $15 beer tasting with $10 of each tasting going toward to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade * Stella & Dot jewelry available for purchase, 20% of all profits being donated * Raffles and silent auction items. Proceeds go to Avon Breast Cancer Crusade -- Benefiting the fight against breast cancer For information, call Erin Markland at 949-276-5688, e-mail simply.stylish@yahoo.com or visit http://www.thereservewines.com.

The Ontario Wine Society's Icewine Weekend will be held from January 30 to January 31 3:00pm to 9:00pm at Konzelmann Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Banish the winter blues by joining us for our famous annual “Icewine Weekend”, this year featuring Konzelmann Winery. We will enjoy an afternoon tour of the winery, where we will be introduced to “Vertical Vine Training”, “Rieger” stainless steel tanks, perfect for fermenting white wines, and their sophisticated “Vino Top Fermenter” method for red wines. Following the tour we will have a unique opportunity to taste some of Herbert’s infamous Icewines, including the 2007 Vidal Icewine which won the Grand Gold medal at the 43rd VinItaly International Wine Competition last April where it was up against more than 3,500 wines from 34 countries. Dinner will also take place at the winery. Accommodations will be at White Oaks Resort & Spa, just off the QEW at Glendale Avenue. As part of our package the use of all the resorts amenities, such as valet parking, the fitness and racquet club and wireless internet access,are all included. We will also enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet Sunday morning. Admission is $390 per couple for members; $425 per couple for non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Michael's Wine Cellar Ooh, La, La Beguiling Bordeaux Wine Dinner will be held January 30 7 pm at Michael's Wine Cellar in Sarasota, FL. Savor the history and intricate wines of the Bordeaux region as Michael’s Wine Cellar presents their Ooh, La, La Beguiling Bordeaux wine dinner featuring four of France’s leading and historic wineries. These four illustrious wineries who are elite members of the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux: Château Camensac, Château Climens, Château Chasse-Spleen, and Château Bouscaut will be pouring their very best wines for your pleasure. Michael’s Ooh, La, La Beguiling Bordeaux wine dinner will be held on Saturday, January 30th at 7pm. Cost for this wine dinner is $125++ per person; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sarasota-Manatee Fresh Originals. This wine dinner is a must for the Bordeaux lover. Help us welcome our special guests for the evening, Virginie Achou-Lepage, Director of Chateau’s Climens and Bouscaut, and Jean-Pierre Foubet, Director of Chateau’s Camensac and Chasse-Spleen for an intimate wine dinner. Savor the unique wines of Château Bouscaut vintages 2007 and 2006 – Château Chasse-Spleen vintages 2006 and 2000 - Château Camensac vintages 2006 and 2000, and Château Climens vintages 1996 and 2005. Rated among some of the best of Bordeaux! Chef Al Massa has planned a beautiful five-course masterpiece feast to bring out the intricate layers of each wine for your joie de vivre. Admission is $125, per person. Proceeds go to Sarasota-Manatee Fresh Originals For information, call Sarah Lansky at 941-366-0007 ext. 223, e-mail selansky@verizon.net.

Truffle Getaway in Provence will be held from January 31 to February 6 in Goult, Provence. Join Culinary Getaways in Provence for a culinary week focused on truffles. During the Getaway, you will go on a truffle hunt with a farmer and his dog, cook with a French chef, enjoy the markets and villages of Provence and dine on truffle meals in some of the finest restaurants. Admission is 4000 USD based on double occupancy, 4400 USD for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=57.

Wine tasting dinner with Marchese Piero Antinori will be held from February 1 to February 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Michael's on East in Sarasota, Florida. Marchese Piero Antinori is the Honored Guest at the Grapes for Humanity U.S., Inc. gala dinner in Sarasota, Florida. Marchese has donated some of his finest wines to the dinner. Marchese Piero Antinori is an honorary director of Grapes for Humanity, U.S., Inc. Admission is $350 per ticket. Proceeds go to Lavalla School and Orphanage for disabled children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, and the Oak Park School for disabled children in Sarasota, Florida.
For information, call Arlene Willis at 800-2181422, e-mail lifeiswine@aol.com or visit http://www.grapesforhumanityus.com.

The Ontario Wine Society's Sumptuous Wine and Seductive Chocolate will be held February 2 6:30pm reception, 7:00pm tasting at CUCCI Ristorante, 119 Jones ave. in Oakville, Ontario. This wine-and-chocolate-tasting event will be led by Sue-Ann Staff, proprietor of Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery located on her family’s 200-year-old estate in Jordan, and winemaster for John Howard Cellars of Distinction producing the Megalomaniac brand in Vineland. Sue-Ann has become one of Canada’s top winemakers, winning over 450 national and international wine awards. The Ontario Wine Society voted Sue Ann as “2002 Winemaker of the Year”. Admission is Members and first guest: $35 each. Addition guests and non-members: $45 each. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Days of Wine and Chocolate will be held from February 6 to February 28 at 11 am to 5 pm at Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Days of Wine & Chocolate 2010 Weekends in February: February 6/7, 13/14, 20/21, 27/28 Warm up your winter with this match made in heaven! Explore pairings of two of your favourite indulgences – wine and chocolate, as you tour the 22 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake in February. Each stop will feature a premium VQA wine matched to a decadent chocolate selection, from classic flavours to unexpected surprises. A romantic celebration for two or a great girls’ getaway weekend! Tour Passes are $30 per person (plus applicable taxes) and can be used any of the four weekends. Passes can be purchased at any of our 22 wineries, online at www.niagaraonthelake.com or by phone through the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce at 905-468-1950. Admission is $30 per person (plus applicable taxes). For information, call Lynn Maceira at 905-468-1950, e-mail lynn@aldersonandco.ca or visit http://www.niagaraonthelake.com.

Terroirs & Signatures de Bourgogne 2010 will be held February 8 in Calgary, Alberta. The Burgundy Wine Board (BIVB) offers to discover the Burgundy experience by participating in a training seminar and walk-around wine tasting on February 8th in Calgary. Burgundy wines, with their 2000 years of history offer a vast range of wines, able to suit all the moment of consumption and satisfy even the most astute consumers. 14 producers and wine merchants will be presenting wines on their own table and on the Exhibitors’ Choice Tables. The training seminar, “Discovering Burgundy wines”, will provide you with the fundamentals on Burgundy wines, bringing together theoretical knowledge and tastings, to better understand the specifics which make Burgundy wines unique. Admission is Free, trade-only event. For information, call Constance Lozet at +33-147424810, e-mail lozetc@fleishman.com or visit http://www.burgundytasting-canada.fr/index.html.

Wine 101 Toronto will be held February 9 from 6pm-9pm at Arcadian Court, Simpson Tower, 8th floor, 401 Bay Street in Toronto, ON. Love Wine? Want to know more? Join us on February 9th for a fun, friendly, interactive evening of wine discovery and tasting. Admission is $55 per person. For information, call Kristy Colina at 416-365.5767, e-mail kristy.colina@lcbo.com.

Sapori d’Inverno: Canadian Terroir meets Italian Wines will be held February 9 in Ottawa, Ontario. Admission is $45 menu, $65 with wine pairings. For information, call David Mollica at 613- 523 9595, e-mail info@vinumnovum.com or visit http://www.napofood.ca.

Wine Down Wednesday will be held February 10 at The Wine Loft in Long Branch, New Jersey. Every Wednesday please join us from 5:00 - 7:00 PM for a complimentary wine tasting. A local or national wine representative will be on hand to present wines for tasting. Please come by, taste some wines and enjoy the experience. Admission is Free. For information, call Michael Triola at 732-222-7770, e-mail mtriola@thewineloft.net or visit http://thewineloftnjpier.com.

Zagreb Wine Festival will be held from February 12 to February 13 at 10 am - 7 pm at Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb, Croatia. The two day gala event will gather up to 550 differently assorted Croatian and foreign wines as well as showcasing the winners of the Decanter golden medals from Croatia. For an educational sense; expert lectures, special degustations and cooking shows can be seen and heard whilst sampling. Festival will be attended by the Vice-President of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Mrs Lynne Sherriff and the Assistant to Director General of OIV, Mr Yann Juban from Paris. Journalists from Decanter, The Independent, Falstaff, BBC Good Food Magazine, Gambero Rosso have already confirmed their arrival. Admission is ticket price: 150 kn . For information, call Irina Ban vukosavic at 00 385-99 222 1561, e-mail irina.ban@1001delicija.com or visit http://zagrebwinegourmet.com.

Julia Child Tribute will be held from February 18 to February 18 at 6:30pm at Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna, BC. Chef Batey pays tribute to the legend that introduced "French Cooking to Americans." Through her many different forms of teaching and unabashed style, Julia Child forged and transformed the way a cuisine could be demystified and executed at home. Chef Batey picks his favourite recipes from Julia's books, TV shows and movies. For more information on this class or the additional winter culinary classes hosted by our chefs, please visit www.missionhillwinery.com or call 250-768-6483. Admission is $79 per class plus applicable taxes.

New York Ice Wine festival will be held February 20 from 12 noon to 7 pm at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport, New York. The event is a celebration of New York State’s award winning Ice Wines. Guests will enjoy an interactive and intimate experience including: NY State Ice Wine tastings, gourmet food stations, live music, seminars, winery tours, live ice carving demonstrations, strolling entertainers, outdoor deck and ice bar. Admission is $35 advance and $45 door. For information, call Nicole Mahoney at 585-223-4210, e-mail nmahoney@frontiernet.net or visit http://www.casalarga.com/IceWineFestival.

The Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition will be held February 21 6:00 p.m. at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo presents The Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition, Sunday, February 21, 2010 in the Reliant Center Halls D and E. You can sample the International Competition's award-winning wines and enjoy signature bites from Houston-area top chefs. Admission is $100 per ticket OR $1,800.00 per table of 10. Proceeds go to The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo was organized for the youth of the future for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. For information, call Lisa Ward at 713-667.1000, e-mail lward214@aol.com.

Mission Emp-Possible will be held February 24 6:30 pm at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia. Join us as we embark on an epicurean journey with Executive Chef, Takashi Ito of The Fairmont Empress, who will challenge Mission Hill Executive Winery Chef, Matthew Batey, in a “battle-of-the-chefs” competition. Each Chef will prepare a decadent five-course tasting menu paired with five exquisite wines personally selected and presented by Mission Hill’s chief winemaker, John Simes. Admission is $150 per person, plus taxes and gratuities. For information, call Janelle Donn at 250-389-2727, e-mail jdonn@markanthony.com.

The Ontario Wine Society's Annual Dinner will be held February 24 6:30pm reception, 7:00pm dinner at The Chefs' House, 215 King St. East in Toronto, Ontario. The Chefs' House is in a 3,200 square foot heritage brownstone. The new restaurant serves up one-of-a-kind dining experiences to the city’s food lovers while providing George Brown Chef School students with the latest in real-world culinary training. Founded in 2003 by Harald Thiel and family, Hidden Bench focuses on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. They also produce limited quantities of a white Meritage, Nuit Blanche, and two distinct red blends, Terroir Caché, and, the super premium, La Brunante. Admission is Members and first guest: $80 each. Addition guests and non-members: $90 each. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Parksville Uncorked will be held from February 25 to February 28 at 6pm - 9pm at Tigh Na Mara Seaside Spa Resort in Parksville, BC. Parksville Uncorked ~ Wine & Food Festival ~ Feb. 25 - 28, 2010
Enjoy this weekend long festival featuring "Swirl" with 25 of BC's top wineries paired with decadent gourmet tapas followed by a four winemakers dinners including: Burrrowing Owl; Mission Hill; Cedar Creek and Averill Creek vineyards. The festival finishes off with two effervescent options: Bubbles and Brunch and Bubbles on the Beach. Visit www.parksvilleuncorked.com for details and locations. Admission is $29 - $99. For information, call Luba Plotnikoff at 250-248-6300 x3, e-mail luba@oceansidetourism.com.

Culinary Getaway in Napa Valley will be held from February 26 to February 28 at in Yountville, California. Join Sherry Page for a weekend Culinary Getaway in Napa Valley. During the weekend, you will cook together in a gorgeous winery using the finest in fresh, local ingredients, dine in local restaurants and in private settings and taste some of the regional specialties, such as cheeses and olive oil. Admission is 1200 USD per person based on double occupancy, 1500 USD for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=58.

Hands on Harvest will be held from February 27 to February 28 at 10 - 2 at Robertson, South Africa in Cape Town, Western Cape. Windfall Wine is at this years Hands on Harvest. Get to meet the wine maker, taste our brandy, wines made on the farm paired with canape's as well as Chelsea buns made from the first stages of wine making, an age old tradition in the area! Come and join us! Admission is R50.00. For information, call Bianca Weingartz at +2721 -6854540, e-mail bee@windfallwine.co.za.

8th Annual Pinot Noir Summit will be held February 27 from noon-8:30 PM at Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael, California. The day long Pinotcentric events includes a blind tasting of 40 top Pinots in a blind tasting, educational workshops. the Pinot Noir Summit Awards Ceremony, and a Grand Tasting of over 100 wines with an array of food…an opportunity to meet and talk with winemakers (David Bruce, Anthony Austin, Ted Elliott, Paul Clifton to name a few) and discover what makes this grape into extraordinary wine.

We have some great food too! It's not dinner but you won't go away hungry. http://budurl.com/wkmn Admission is $125 per person for all activities - $75 for Grand Tasting only . Proceeds go to Ticket sales benefit Palm Drive Health Care Foundation in support of Palm Drive Hospital, located in the heart of some of the best Pinot Noir in the world - the Russian River and the Sonoma Coast. For information, call Barbara Drady at 707-874-1975, e-mail barbaa@affairsofthevine.com or visit http://www.pinotnoirsummit.com.

100 Mile Diet will be held March 2 at 6:30pm at 1730 Mission Hill Road in West Kelowna, BC. Living in the Okanagan Valley, one could not be more fortunate and able to cook from within a '100 mile' area. Chef Bennett is a native of this rich agricultural area and will show you just how readily available local products are and how much better they really do taste coming from our own back yard. Come and enjoy Duck Prosciutto, Enderby Trout, Forest Mushroom Bisque, Nicola Valley Bison Flat Iron and Sugarpie Pumpkin Cake. For more information on this class or the additional winter culinary classes hosted by our chefs, please visit www.missionhillwinery.com or call 250-768-6483. Admission is $79 per class plus applicable taxes.

Ottawa Chamber Music Society Wine Auction will be held March 10 at 6 pm at Christ Church Cathedral 420 Sparks Street in Ottawa, Ontario. From everyday drinking wine to excellently stored ready to drink classic and rare wines are for sale to benefit the Ottawa Chamber Music Society and Festival. These donated wines come from excellent wine cellars where the donors have stored most of the wines since their first offer for purchase. Excellent opportunity to buy vintage wine to celebrate a birth year, anniversary or reward for wine loving family, friends, colleagues, clients or employees. Admission is $100. Proceeds go to Ottawa Chamber Music Society and Festival For information, call Nico Van duyvenbode at 613-729-9007, e-mail nico_van_duyvenbode@hotmail.com.

AOC Wine Education Class will be held March 17 7:00 pm at AOC Fine Wines in New Rochelle, New York. Come taste and learn with two professional sommeliers from the International Wine Center. Admission is $25. For information, call Patrick Brown at 914-355-2690, e-mail patrick@aocfinewines.com.

Culinary Getaway in Napa Valley will be held from March 19 to March 21 in Yountville, California. Join Sherry Page for a Culinary Getaway in Napa Valley where you will cook together in a gorgeous winery setting using the best in fresh, local ingredients, dine in local restaurants and in private settings, and taste regional specialties such as cheeses and olive oils. Admission is 1200 USD per person for double occupancy, 1500 USD for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=59.

The 20th Annual Savor Sonoma Valley will be held from March 20 to March 21 from 11AM – 4PM at Sonoma Valley in Kenwood, CA. Join 21 Wineries as they showcase 2009 vintage wines straight from the barrels, sample new releases, and offer award-winning wines paired perfectly with culinary creations prepared by local chefs and restaurants. Admission is $55.00 per person / Designated Driver tickets are $20 each (Sunday-Only tickets available as well). For information, call Josie Gay at 866-794-9463, e-mail josie@heartofsonomavalley.com or visit http://www.heartofsonomavalley.com.

Oyster Roast at RayLen Vineyards will be held March 20 1-5 pm at RayLen Vineyards & Winery in Mocksville, NC. Join RayLen Vineyards & Winery on Saturday, March 20 for the annual Oyster Roast. Musical guest is Martha Bassett. Oysters and other seafood available for purchase from Full Moon Oyster Bar. Tickets are $10/person at the Cash Gate and includes admission, parking, glass of wine, and a souvenir wine glass. Make reservations at www.raylenvineyards.com . Lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and flip-flops welcome. PETS & COOLERS PROHIBITED. Admission is $10/Cash Gate. For information, call Karyn Howard at 336-998-3100, e-mail info@raylenvineyards.com.

The Ontario Wine Society proudly presents Ontario Chardonnay - Seriously Cool will be held March 24 6:30pm at Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, 44 Price St. in Toronto, Ontario. Take part in an historical Ontario wine event. Cool climate VQA Chardonnays from Ontario will be showcased in England when British wine writers gather at Canada House in Trafalgar Square on May 17th to taste 34 of Ontario’s top VQA Chardonnays selected by a group of Ontario wine critics. This Ontario Wine Society event will be a dress rehearsal for the Canada House tasting. Admission is $ 39 each - member and one guest, $49 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

The Ontario Wine Society presents "Cheers for Cheddar" will be held March 31 6:30pm reception, 7:00pm tasting at CUCCI Ristorante, 119 Jones St. in Oakville, Ontario. Join the OWS for an evening of sampling that irresistible combo, wine and cheese. And not just any cheese, but delectable world-renowned fine aged cheddars produced by Balderson Cheese. This event will be hosted by John Nadeau, co-founder of The Wine Establishment and consultant to Ontario's wineries. The event will pair Balderson’s Extra Old White Cheddar (aged up to 18 months) with a 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Vinyard, Queenston Road Vineyard, a 3-Year Old White Cheddar with a 2006 Reserve Merlot, Creekside Estate Winery, and a 6-Year Old Cheddar with 2005 Reserve Meritage, also from Creekside Estates.
Admission is $ 35 each - member and one guest, $45 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

International Sommelier Guild Level 1 Wine Education Certification will be held from April 6 to May 11 at Pacific Shores Resort & Spa Academy in Nanoose Bay, BC. Students can explore the wines of the world and begin a journey towards becoming a connoisseur of major international grape varieties and wine through an extensive tasting of representative varietal wines from around the world. Students will also develop an understanding of the unique characteristics of grapes used for making wine, discover how grapes are grown and how wine is made and why different approaches to growing grapes and making wine affect its taste. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to taste and learn approximately 40 different wines. The ISG Wine Fundamentals Certificate Level 1 is also one of two prerequisite courses designed to prepare students for ISG's Sommelier Diploma Program. Admission is $600. For information, call Crystal Auffray at 250-468-2400 extension 310, e-mail crystal.auffray@aviawest.com or visit http://www.landinggrill.com.

Naramata Bench Spring Release Event will be held April 12 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, BC. Join the wineries of the Naramata Bench to be the first to taste the annual “Best of the Bench” Spring wine releases, meet the winemakers, and place bids on the annual auction of exclusive award-winning wines. Wine will be paired with food from: CIBO Trattoria, Goldfish Pacific Kitchen, Gramercy Grill, O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar, Salt Tasting Room, the Westin Bayshore, and from Naramata, the Cobblestone Bar from the Naramata Heritage Inn and Hillside Bistro from Hillside Estate Winery. Admission is $85. Proceeds go to Partial proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery. For information, call Cynthia Enns at 604-628-4946 , e-mail cynthia@laughingstock.ca or visit http://www.naramatabench.com/events.aspx.

Food and Wine with Lucy Waverman and Edward Finstein will be held April 14 6 p.m. at The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library in Toronto, Ontario. Chef Lucy Waverman and Wine Doctor Edward Finstein guide you through three delicious food and wine pairings. Featuring recipes from Lucy's new cookbook, A Year in Lucy's Kitchen. This event is part of the 5th annual Keep Toronto Reading Festival presented by Toronto Public Library. Admission is $35. For information, call Ab Velasco at 416-393-7001, e-mail avelasco@torontopubliclibrary.ca or visit http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/appelsalon.

Canadian Opera Company's 11th Annual Wine Auction will be held April 15 7 p.m. at Crush Wine Bar, 455 King St. W. in Toronto, ON. The Canadian Opera Company’s 11th annual Fine Wine Auction brings wine enthusiasts and novices together to bid on over $250,000 worth of hard-to-find fine wines. The live auction, led by Stephen Ranger, features an impressive assortment of exquisite wines from private collections. In addition to bidding on exclusive wines, guests can indulge in an irresistible array of culinary delicacies, cheeses, and Austrian tasting wines, and can participate in a silent auction featuring items such as theatre experiences, restaurant gift certificates, winery tours, plus a raffle for a piece of jewellery, courtesy of Royal de Versailles. Admission is $60. Proceeds go to All proceeds benefit the Canadian Opera Company. For information, call Maria Lioutaia at 416-363-8231, e-mail marial@coc.ca or visit http://www.coc.ca/SupportTheCOC/SpecialEvents/FineWineAuction.aspx.

Design on the Vine will be held from April 15 to May 15 at 12 midnight at everywhere! in Portland, OR. IWalktheVine.com is an apparel company for the wine lover and we are looking to the fans for our next design! Winner gets their design added to the line and other great prizes. Admission is Free. For information, call Liz Healy-kay at 503-547-5833.

Independent Champagne and Sparkling Wine Invitational (ICSWI) will be held from April 16 to April 18 at 11am-4pm at New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ICSWI, the Independent Champagne and Sparkling Wine Invitational, is a world premiere conference (aka “fizz fest”) taking place in the culinary mecca of New Orleans, April 16-18, 2010. Designed to be an unforgettable three days of extravagance, education, and fun, ICSWI will expose consumers and trade to independent global producers who are making exceptional, hand-crafted products in the independent spirit. Nurturing the sparkling wine lover, attendees will be exposed to more than 150 independent growers and producers, 50 top sommeliers and over a dozen leading national chefs who have been invited to participate. Conference activities will include seminars, grand tastings, after parties and more! Bubble options will be endless - the experience will be unbelievable! Admission is $300-$1500. For information, call Katie Callahan at 877-427.9110, e-mail katie@venuepr.cm or visit http://www.icswi2010.com.

The 2010 California Wine Fair will be held April 19 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. Enjoy a unique opportunity to sample a wide selection of more than 400 premium wines from 100 of California's top producers. This is the largest tasting tour of California wines in Canada! Admission is $65.00. Proceeds go to the James Fund for Neuroblastoma research at SickKids. For information, call Christina Oreskovich at 1-800-558-CORK (2675), e-mail christina@praxispr.ca or visit http://www.calwine.ca.

The 2010 California Wine Fair will be held April 20 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Westin Ottawa, Confederation Ballroom I, 11 Colonel By Drive in Ottawa, Ontario. Enjoy a unique opportunity to sample a wide selection of more than 350 premium wines from 100 of California's top producers. This is the largest tasting tour of California wines in Canada! Admission is $60. For information, call Christina Oreskovich at 1-800-558-2675 (CORK), e-mail christina@praxispr.ca or visit http://www.calwine.ca.

Green Evolution Eco-friendly Wine Tasting & Dinner will be held from April 20 to April 20 at Walk Around Tasting: 6:30pm Dinner: 7:30pm at Globe Earth, 1055 Yonge Street in Toronto, ON. Celebrate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary with some of the world’s greenest wineries. Taste extraordinary wines from eight leaders in the fields of organic, biodynamic and sustainable practices. Meet the winemakers, hear their stories, and delight in a superb evening of wine and food, prepared by chefs dedicated to local ingredients. Admission is $150 per person. For information, call Kristy Colina at 416-365-5767, e-mail kristy.colina@lcbo.com or visit http://www.vintages.com.

AOC Wine Education Classes: Southern Italy will be held April 21 7.00pm-8.00pm at AOC Fine Wines Store in New Rochelle, Westchester. Would you like to taste wines from Southern Italy and learn with professional Instructors? On the 21st and 28th of April, we will be tasting wine from the Puglia and Campani. Admission is $25. For information, call Matthieu Christin at 914-355-2690, e-mail matthieu@aocfinewines.com or visit http://www.aocfinewines.com.

Culinary Getaway in Paris will be held from April 26 to April 30 in Paris, France. Join Sherry Page for a Culinary Getaway to Paris, France. During your Getaway, you will cook together using the finest in local ingredients chosen each day from the neighborhood markets. You will enjoy cooking lessons from a French chef, dine in outstanding restaurants and learn about French cheeses. You will also sample the incredible chocolates and confections that are available in the delightful shops of Paris. Admission is 3000 USD per person based on double occupancy, 3500 USD per person for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=60.

Marche Winemaker Dinner-Tenuta Cocci Grifoni will be held April 27 6:30-9:30 pm at DiVino Wine Studio in Ottawa, ON. Discover this beautiful central region, bordering Tuscany, Umbria and Abruzzo. Five courses and five wines, starting your evening with the incredible Passerina sparkling, through to the rare Pecorino - a grape variety that dates back to 1871. Finishing the evening with the famous Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC - a blend of local varieties including Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes. Admission is $95. For information, call Larissa Beznaczuk-smyrnew at 613-221-9760, ext. 21, e-mail larissa@divinowinestudio.com or visit http://www.divinowinestudio.com.

An Austrian-Ontario Wine Experience will be held April 27 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm tasting at U of T Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St. in Toronto, Ontario. The Ontario Wine Society, in cooperation with the Austrian Trade Commission (Toronto) and Inniskillin/Jackson-Triggs, is pleased to invite you to a special experience to taste and compare similar wine varietals from Austria and Ontario, featuring Weingut Rabl and Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs, led by Rudolf Rabl and Karl Kaiser. Admission is $ 42 each - member and one guest, $52 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Gerry Arbus at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

New Zealand Wine Fair will be held April 27 7:00-9:30pm at Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive in Ottawa, Ontario. Come, sample our wines, meet the winemakers and find out why, when it comes to making fine wine, we leave no stone unturned. With over 150 wines from 34 wineries, New Zealand Winegrowers invite you to join us to explore the senses. Admission is $60.00. Proceeds go to A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of We Care. For information, call Anik Gaumond at 1-888-993-9927, e-mail anik.gaumond@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine-events.ca.

Austrian Wine Trade Fair will be held April 28 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Rosehill Venue Lounge in Toronto, Ontario. The Austrian Trade Commission in Toronto, in cooperation with the Austrian Wine Marketing Board in Vienna, Austria, have the pleasure to invite you to the
largest tasting of Austrian wines in Canada.
Wines from 34 Austrian wineries await you.
Meet a number of winemakers and their agents at this special presentation! Admission is free. For information, call Birgitta Samavarchian at 416 -967 3348, e-mail toronto@advantageaustria.org or visit http://www.advantageaustria.org.

Austrian Wine Fair Calgary will be held April 29 2-5 for trade, 5-8 for consumers at La Chaumiere Restaurant in Calgary, Alberta. The Austrian Embassy, in cooperation with the Austrian Wine Marketing Board in Vienna, have the pleasure to invite you to an exclusive wine tasting in Calgary. 20 different wineries await you. Discover the joy of Grüner Veltliner & Co! Admission is Free. For information, call Birgitta Samavarchian at 416-967-3348, e-mail toronto@advantageaustria.org or visit http://www.advantageaustria.org/ca.

New Zealand Wine Fair will be held April 29 7:00-9:30pm at Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario. Come, sample our wines, meet the winemakers and find out why, when it comes to making fine wine, we leave no stone unturned. With over 215 wines from 46 wineries, New Zealand Winegrowers invite you to join us to explore the senses. Admission is $60.00. Proceeds go to A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of We Care. For information, call Anik Gaumond at 1-888-993-9927, e-mail anik.gaumond@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine-events.ca.

The 22nd Vintage Bouquet will be held May 2 at 12 pm to 4 pm at 905 Loma Vista Dr. in Beverly Hills, CA. The Vintage Bouquet will feature hors d’oeuvres presented by some of the best restaurants and chefs in Los Angeles, wine tasting by some of California’s best wineries, and a spectacular live and silent auction. Plus a Martini Bar and tours of Greystone Mansion. Admission is $125-$175. Proceeds go to The Beverly Hills Bar Foundation provides free legal services to the community and teaches children about tolerance and the law. For information, call Leigh Leshner at 818-610-0300, e-mail venturepwb@aol.com or visit http://www.vintagebouquet.coom.

Rioja Grand Tasting 2010 Event: Chicago will be held May 4 1:00pm-4:00pm at The Ivy Room at Tree Studios in Chicago, IL. Rioja Grand Tasting 2010 Event: Chicago. Rioja brings its most exceptional wines from the rolling vineyards of the Sierra Cantabria mountains to the bright lights of New York and Chicago. Join us for a taste of Spain’s greatest wine region with a spotlight on value at all price points. Admission is free but open only to those in the trade and media. For information, call Jonathan Dahl at 312-645-7760, e-mail jdahl@crt-tanaka.com or visit http://www.vibrantrioja.com/GrandTastingRegister.html.

Chef & Sommelier Dinner, featuring the Wines of Mitolo, Australia will be held May 4 6:30 pm at The Chef Upstairs - 516 Mount Pleasant Road in Toronto, ON. This is a monthly series where we present great wines and fantastic foods. The May 4th event features the 'Big Reds' from Australia's Mitolo wines paired with 4 amazing courses prepared by Chef Gabe. Admission is 125.00 plus taxes. For information, call Greg Heller at 416-544-9221, e-mail greg@thechefupstairs.com or visit http://eepurl.com/uCJl.

Rioja Grand Tasting 2010 Event: NYC will be held May 6 1:00pm-5:00pm at The Puck Building in New York, NY. Rioja Grand Tasting 2010 Event: NYC. Rioja brings its most exceptional wines from the rolling vineyards of the Sierra Cantabria mountains to the bright lights of New York and Chicago. Join us for a taste of Spain’s greatest wine region with a spotlight on value at all price points. Please bring a business card for admission as this event is open to trade and media only. Admission is free. For information, call Jonathan Dahl at 212-274-8900, e-mail jdahl@crt-tanaka.com or visit http://www.vibrantrioja.com/GrandTastingRegister.html.

Jazz and Wine Matching will be held from May 11 to May 12 at 6:00pm reception, 6:15pm House Tour, 6:30pm Jazz and Wine Matching at Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. West in Toronto, Ontario. The Ontario Wine Society and Campbell House Museum are once again partnering in 2 evenings of Jazz and Wine Matching. That's right. Eight different award winning VQA wine types will be tasted while eight different jazz tunes are being performed ... one at a time. The jazz tunes will be sung, live, by Elise LeGrow. She brings playful elegance with a rock 'n roll spirit to the stage. She will be accompanied by Asher Ettinger on keyboard and Kiran Sachdev on guitar. Admission is $60 per person. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

The Great South African Wine Show will be held May 11 at 6:00pm at Tribeca Rooftop in New York, New York. Join us at the breathtaking Tribeca Rooftop for the largest tasting of South African wines in United States history. At this walk-around event you will be able to taste over 400 wines from over 80 South African wineries. To complement the wines, a tasty selection of passed and stationary hors d’oeuvre based on traditional South African recipes will be served. Admission is $55 general public, $45 JBF member. For information, call Courtney Luick at 212-627-2308, e-mail courtney@capeclassics.com or visit http://jamesbeard.tix.com.

Rioja Restaurant Week will be held from May 13 to May 27 at All Day at 25+ Restaurants in NYC in New York, NY. From May 13-27, explore the wines of Rioja at more than 25 restaurants across New York City. Each will be offering a $25 lunch or $35 dinner menu, including a glass of Rioja wine. Visit www.riojarestaurantweek.com for participating restaurants, neighborhood maps, to invite friends and reserve a table! Admission is free. For information, call Vibrant Rioja at 212-229-0500, e-mail info@vibrantrioja.com or visit http://www.riojarestaurantweek.com.

Rioja Restaurant Week will be held from May 13 to May 27 at All Day at 30+ Restaurants in Chicago in Chicago, IL. From May 13-27, explore the wines of Rioja at more than 30 restaurants across Chicago. Each will be offering a $25 lunch or $35 dinner menu, including a glass of Rioja wine. Visit www.riojarestaurantweek.com for participating restaurants, neighborhood maps, to invite friends and reserve a table!
Admission is Free. For information, call Vibrant Rioja at 212-229-0500, e-mail info@vibrantrioja.com or visit http://www.riojarestaurantweek.com.

Tulip Festival Vintage Wine Auction will be held May 15 at 11:00 am at Mirror Tent - Major's Hill Park in Ottawa, Ontario. We have exceptional wines carefully stored in some of the finest wine cellars in the country. There are 157 lots, including Brunello di Montalcino, Riserva Biondi-Sati 1995, Champagne Dom Perignon 1976. Advance registration is highly recommended and the number of available tickets is limited. You can purchase your ticket at capitaltickets.ca. Admission is $50. Proceeds benefit the charitable activities of the Canadian Tulip Festival Inc. For information, call Christine Charette at 613-567-5757 ext 226, e-mail charette@tulipfestival.ca or visit http://www.tulipfestival.ca.

The 4th Annual Ontario Consumers Riesling Challenge will be held May 15 in Guelph , Ontario. A unique, customer event. Sixteen wineries are confirmed to attend.
Consumer participants will pay a $10 admission fee, allowing them 4 samples tickets. Walk about and sample great Ontario Rieslings. All available at the LCBO. The collected fees once again being donated to braceletofhope.ca. Local food purveyors will provide refreshments that will include local and /or artisan cheeses, artisan breads, water and fair trade coffee. Admission is $10 (4 samples). For information, call Orest Poluch at 519-823-5080, e-mail orest.poluch@lcbo.com.

Culinary Getaway in Tuscany will be held from May 16 to May 22 in Castellina in Chianti, Italy. Join Culinary Getaways in Tuscany where you will explore the villages, the markets, the regional specialties, the wines and the food in this delightful area of Italy. You will get to know the people, the history and the culture of the region along the way. You will cook together using local, seasonal ingredients, dine in outstanding local restaurants and cook with Italian chefs. Admission is 3850 USD based on double occupancy, 4250 USD per person based on single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=61.

WOSA Sommelier World Cup will be held May 18 at Oasi Restaurant in Toronto , ON . Sommelier competition, structured tasting, exam and oral quiz Admission is free to working trade. For information, call Laurel Keenan at 416-461 6016, e-mail keenan@propellerpr.com or visit http://www.wosasommeliercup.co.za/qualifier.php.

Culinary Getaway in Tuscany will be held from May 23 to May 29 in Castellina in Chianti in Tuscany, Italy. Just added! Join Culinary Getaways in Tuscany where you will explore the villages, the markets, the regional specialties, the wines and the food in this delightful area of Italy. You will get to know the people, the history and the culture of the region along the way. You will cook together using local, seasonal ingredients, dine in outstanding local restaurants and cook with Italian chefs. Groups are kept small so space is limited. Admission is 3850 USD per person, based on double-occupancy; 4250 USD per person for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=70.

Terroir Prince Edward County will be held May 29 from noon - 5pm at Crystal Palace in Picton, Ontario. Presented by Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association, Terroir offers a sampling of our new spring wines, along with local cusine and live entertainment. Admission is $20 . For information, call Lynn Sullivan at 613-399-1183, e-mail lynn.sullivan@rosehallrun.com.

Wine Tasting will be held from May 29 to May 31 at Big Dog Vineyards in Milpitas, CA. Join us for this free event and sample some very yummy estate wines. Gold Medal winner at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition. Admission is free. For information, call Mark Capalongan at 510-710-2005, e-mail winemaker@bigdogvineyards.com or visit http://www.bigdogvineyards.com.

Terroir Wine Celebration will be held May 29 12-5pm at Crystal Palace in Picton, Prince Edward County, Ont. The 5th Annual Prince Edward County Wine Celebration. Come taste the new spring wine releases paired with gourmet local cuisine. Music, Art, prizes and more. Admission is $20. For information, call Sally Peck at 613-399-9000, e-mail terroir-info@thecountywines.com or visit http://www.thecountywines.com.

Wine, dine and a 'taste' of Armagnac will be held from May 30 to June 6 in Estang, Gers in the south of France. These are fully-escorted, boutique 8 day wine, dine and a 'taste' of armagnac tours. Fully inclusive, max. tour size 16. All escorted by a local (American)speaking journalist. All tours commence on a Saturday and end on a Sunday. Tours operated May and June, September, October 2010. Admission is $1900. For information, call Rosemary Droxler at 33-562096712, e-mail rosemaryfr@yahoo.co.uk or visit http://www.canteau.webs.com.

Win an iPad contest runs from May 31 to June 27 from Vineyards Estate Wines in Niagara, Ontario. Starting May 31 to June 27, when you purchase any bottle of XOXO wine, you will receive a note with a "secret word". Create a sentence with the "secret word" and submit your entry online or via Twitter. You can only submit one sentence (one entry) per "secret word". There's a new "secret word" every Monday and Wednesday. So, you can enter up to eight times. There is no cost to enter. For information, visit http://vineyardsestatewines.com/iPadContest.php.

Wine 101 London will be held June 2 in London, ON. Join Vintages for a fun and interactive evening of wine discovery.
* Learn to taste wine like a pro.
* Sample over 30 amazing wines from around the world.
* Explore food and wine pairings.
* Take the mystery out of reading a wine label.
* Get tips on ordering wine in a restaurant ... and much more
Admission is $55 per person. For information, call Kristy Colina at 1-800-266-4764, e-mail kristy.colina@lcbo.com or visit http://www.vintages.com/events/wine101_event.shtml.

Best Ontario Sommelier Competition will be held from June 7 to June 28 in Toronto, Ontario. The 2010 Ontario's Best Sommelier competition is looking for candidates who would like to test their skills while raising the profile of Sommelier in Ontario. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to compete at the national level, subsequently the Pan-American competition, and who knows, perhaps on the world stage! The preliminary round is set to take place in Toronto on June 7th and the finals on June 28th. Admission is $50 Application Fee. For information, call Sara D'amato at 647-407-7728, e-mail sara@saradamato.com or visit http://www.capsontario.ca.

Best of the Braai - South African Wine Tasting & Barbeque will be held June 9 Walk Around Tasting: 6:30pm – 9:00pm at Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street in Toronto, ON. There’s never been a more perfect time to explore South African flavour. This special taste-and-buy event celebrates South Africa’s pride with 33 of its premium wineries including De Toren, Graham Beck, Ken Forrester, La Motte, Meerlust, Porcupine Ridge, Tokara and Spice Route. Taste over 80 wines paired with authentic barbeque fare – the best of the braai (grill).
Admission is $75 per person. For information, call Kristy Colina at 416-365-5767, e-mail kristy.colina@lcbo.com or visit http://www.vintages.com/events/braai_event.shtml.

Luxury cooking tour to Puglia Italy will be held from June 12 to June 18 at 10am at Italy in Lecce, Lecce. Join the two sisters Cinzia and Marika on a culinary tour in Puglia, Italy. This is a special cooking tour happening in June, before all the other tourists arrive. It is a unique chance to visit one of the most beautiful and authentic regions in Italy. Marika is also a Cardiologist; Cinzia is a wine sommelier and olive taster. The tour includes three cooing classes focused on traditional hand made pasta and seafood; a visit to some of the best wineries in the region and an olive oil tasting class. Admission is 2100 euro. For information, call Cinzia Rascazzo at 39348-4514324, e-mail info.stile@gmail.com or visit http://www.italycookingcourses.com.

The Ontario Wine Society's Annual Bus Trip - Lake Erie North Shore will be held from June 12 to June 13 at Saturday 7:30am to Sunday 6:00pm at North Shore of Lake Erie and Windsor in Several, Ontario. Join us on this special tour to see where the Canadian wine industry all began: Essex County, just outside Windsor. The date was one year before confederation- 1866, when 3 gentleman farmers from Kentucky, came to Pelee Island to open the first Canadian commercial estate Winery: Vin Villa Estates. Now with Essex County having 2 VQA designated areas (LENS and Pelee Island) and with 14 wineries and growing, the OWS knew it was time for us to revisit this area for a weekend of tasting pleasure. Trip Includes: 7 Winery Tastings, 2 Lunches and 1 Dinner with wine, Bus Transportation and more. Admission is $ 245 each - member and one guest, $270 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Gerry Arbus at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Twenty Valley Niagara Wine Country Run will be held from June 12 to June 13 at 3:00PM in Beamsville , Ontario . Test Your Legs & Treat Your Taste Buds. Runners of all abilities are invited to Explore the Stunning Vineyards and Sample Niagara's Twenty Valley premium wines at the Runners expo, along the picturesque course and at the Finish Line Street Party. Admission is Registration Cost. Proceeds go to Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada
St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation For information, call Marie Brennan at 905-949-1910, e-mail mbrennan@landmarksport.com or visit http://www.winecountryrun.com.

2010 Seattle Wine Awards will be held June 13 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM at The Rainer Club in Seattle, Washington. Taste and Celebrate more than 150+ Award Winning Washington wines from the 2010 Seattle Wine Awards. The 3rd Annual Grand Awards tasting includes a sumptuous lunch buffet, souvenir Riedel Magnam Logo Glass and an opportunity to meet the award winning winemakers and Taste for yourself this year's top Washington wines. Admission is $85 / $125. For information, call Christopher Chan at 206-853-4677, e-mail wine@seattlewineawards.com or visit http://www.seattlewineawards.com.

Wine, Dine & All That Jazz will be held June 16 at 6 p.m. at The Four Seasons in Toronto, ON. Join us for an evening of discovery as the traditional aesthetic of old world wines meet the ambitious wines of the new world. The night will feature old and new world pairings at an elegant dinner with Sommelier Jamie Drummond; a food tasting with Chef Christine Cushing; and a fine wine auction with selections from some of Canada's best cellars. Admission is $440 or $3,500/table of eight. Proceeds go to All the proceeds go to Covenant House, Canada’s largest youth shelter, which has been opening doors of opportunity and hope to homeless youth for the past 28 years. For information, call Ananda Umar at 416-204-7088, e-mail umar@covenanthouse.ca or visit http://www.covenanthousegala.ca.

Baskets with Panache will be held June 16 6:30 pm at Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, On. This fun fundraising event transforms a barn into a delicious food & wine experience. Featuring wineries from Prince Edward County with gourmet hors d'oeuvres created by the chefs at Thyme & Again Creative Catering using ingredients within 100 miles of the Farm. While music from the live Dixieland band wafts through the barn, attendees can bid on baskets donated by Ottawa celebrities containing items unique to their individuality as well as a live auction conducted by Ottawa's own Stuntman Stu. Admission is $75. Proceeds go to The Canada Agriculture Museum which hosts this event to generate funds to enable children with financial challenges in our community to attend the Museum's school programs and summer day camps and have an unforgettable hands-on farm experience. The proceeds from this event will be used to pay for transportation costs, program fees and other supplies or equipment to enhance the children's visit. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-728-8926, e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.agriculture.technomuses.ca/english/involved/baskets_with_panache.cfm.

Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival will be held from June 17 to June 19 at The Distillery District in Toronto , ON. From tastings in the original Fermenting Cellar of the former Gooderham and Worts distillery and gourmet fair in the Boiler House, to seminars in tented pavilions on the brick lined paths, this truly is a unique setting for this kick off to summer. Guest will enjoy the sounds of live music throughout the venue as local artists perform different genres of music all weekend long. Festival goers can also attend complimentary seminars and learn more about finding that perfect wine, and what goes well with spirits from experts in the industry. Admission is General Admission - $22.00 Admission includes 5 drink/food vouchers and a festival sampling glass. For information, call Scott Rondeau at 416-406 1226, e-mail scott@powerjuncture.ca or visit http://www.wineandspiritfestival.ca/.

Artevino will be held June 19 in Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario. The 6th annual ArteVino art and wine festival takes place on Saturday, June 19 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the Crystal Palace in Picton. The afternoon event showcases local artists and art organizations, wine sampling from ArteVino award-winning wineries and fabulous food from local chefs and restaurateurs. Admission is $35 includes 10 tasting tickets. Proceeds from ArteVino benefit the Quinte Arts Council and the Prince Edward County Arts Council. For information, call Lynn Sullivan at 613-399-1183, e-mail lynn.sullivan@rosehallrun.com or visit http://www.artevino.ca.

Ontario Craft Beer Tasting - celebrate summer! will be held June 23 7pm at Thyme & Again Creative Catering in Ottawa, ON. It is hot. It is humid – it is summer! Time to fire up the BBQ, kick back & enjoy a cold one – a cold beer that is. Savvy Company invites you to celebrate summer & Ontario Craft Beer Week at our first-of-its-kind beer tasting showcasing beers made in Ottawa & nearby cottage country. Meet the dedicated brewery owners & brewmasters to learn about the art of making craft beers, taste a variety of different styles of beers including pale ales, full flavoured ales, pilsners, stouts, lagers, porters, wheat beers - even beer made with strawberries! The chefs at Thyme & Again Creative Catering will fire up the grill & prepare a menu of BBQ & summertime hors d’oeuvres to complement our beer tasting. Admission is $50 per person or bring a group of 6 & save $5 each. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-728-8926, e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.thesavvygrapes.com/Events.htm.

The Thousand Islands Wine and Food Festival will be held from June 25 to June 26 12noon - 9pm at Brockville Country Club in Brockville, Ontario. Wine and food producers to showcase "Savour the Flavour of Ontario"
Accredited Sommelier with be hosting "Wine 101" or for the more advanced "Blind Wine Tasting". Admission is $7. For information, call Kim Barr at 888-261-7676, e-mail kim@brockvillechamber.com or visit http://www.brockvilletourism.com.

Hillebrand Jazz at the Winery will be held July 11 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. For over 20 years Hillebrand Jazz at the Winery has been bringing premier Canadian Jazz talent to Niagara Wine Country. Celebrate Hillebrand Jazz at the Winery with fine wines, great local cuisine and spectacular music on Saturday, July 10, 2010. Hillebrand's award-winning vintages are available for purchase along with seasonally inspired and locally produced culinary items available in Chef Frank Dodd's Market. Admission is Tickets start at $35. For information, call Liz Hendriksen at 800-582-8412, e-mail liz.hendriksen@hillebrand.com or visit http://www.hillebrand.com/Jazz-&-Blues-at-the-Winery.php.

The Ontario Wine Society, Niagara Chapter, presents "Wine - Good Enough to Eat" will be held July 12 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Tasting at Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario. The Chefs from "The Heat Is On Catering" will be using six wines from Southbrook and our OWS wine cellar to show you how wine can be used as a cooking and food ingredient for sauces, marinades, reductions, deglazing, and vinaigrettes, among other things. The demonstration kitchen in the winery is perfect for this event. You will see food being prepared and sample it, along with the wines used as an ingredient. Admission is $40 each - member and one guest, $50 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Clink & Drink Pink - A Rose Wine Tasting will be held July 14 7pm at Thyme & Again Creative Catering in Ottawa, ON. Join the Savvy Sommeliers to celebrate the hot days of summer with our annual Rosé wine tasting. With Rosé wine sales on the rise and the LCBO shelves stocked with more and more Rosé wines - the big question is - which ones to buy? Let the Savvy Sommeliers help you. Join us for this fun Somemlier-led wine tasting to sip & savour our favorite Rosés from around the world. Each wine will be paired with delicious hors d'oeuvres made by the chefs at Thyme & Again Creative Catering. Come to discover a new refreshing Rosé wine to call your favorite summertime sipper. Admission is Savvy Special - $70 before July 7, $75 reg includes tax & grats. Bring 5 friends & save $30 . For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-728-8926, e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://savvycompany.ca/events/.

Taste: Victoria's Festival of Food and Wine will be held from July 15 to July 18 at Crystal Garden and venues around Victoria, BC. Indulge in the best of local cuisine and wine from top Vancouver Island chefs, farmers, cheesemakers, BC vintners and more… This 4 day festival uncorks with The Main Event Thursday July 15th at Crystal Garden in downtown Victoria. Taste over 100 wines from 30 BC vineyards along with an abundance of local cuisine from top Vancouver island chefs. More culinary and wine events will take place around Victoria throughout the weekend. Admission is $79 The Main Event. Proceeds go to The Land Conservancy works saving agricultural land in our backyard. For information, call Kathy Mcaree at 250-385-1527, e-mail info@victoriataste.com or visit http://www.victoriataste.com/2010-calendar-of-events.

Finger Lakes Wine Festival will be held from July 16 to July 18 at 10am - 5pm; Overnight camping is available at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. Perhaps the best introduction to the Finger Lakes wine region this 3 day festival and farmers' market and is the largest in NY State; featuring over 85 wineries, free culinary classes and demos, free wine seminars and a growing Brewer's Garden. VIP offers, On-site camping, food and craft vendors, live bands and comedians as well as pace car rides around the historical 3.4 mile race course make this event one not to be missed! Admission is one-day advance $25 (reg $30); two-day advance $35 (reg. $45). For information, call Brett Powell at 866-461-7223, e-mail bmpowell@theglen.com or visit http://www.flwinefest.com.

Hillebrand Blues at the Winery will be held August 14 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. For over a decade, Hillebrand Blues at the Winery has been bringing premium Canadian Blues talent to Wine Country. Celebrate Hillebrand Blues at the Winery with fine wines, great local cuisine and spectacular musical performances on Saturday, August 14. Hillebrand's award-winning vintages are available for purchase along with seasonally inspired and locally produced culinary items available in Chef Frank Dodd's Market. Admission is Tickets start at $35. For information, call Liz Hendriksen at 800-582-8412, e-mail liz.hendriksen@hillebrand.com or visit http://www.hillebrand.com/Jazz-&-Blues-at-the-Winery.php.

Beckta Suppliers Dinner will be held August 17 at 6:30 pm at Beckta Dining & Wine in Ottawa, ON. Suppliers such as Ian Walker from Mariposa Farms, “Spicolli” from Rideau Pines Farm, Christophe Marineau & Marie Trottier from Le Coprin Mushrooms, Afrim Pristine from the Cheese Boutique in Toronto, Norman Hardie from Norman Hardie Wines, Bill Redelmeier from Southbrook Vineyards and Charles Baker from Stratus Vineyards will be dining amongst our guests that evening to present their products and connect with the people who enjoy the fruits of their labours. To make this dinner much more intimate, seating will be of a communal nature, and the suppliers will be hopping between tables with each course. Chef Michael Moffatt’s incredible four course menu with matched wines will showcase the best ingredients our friends can bring with them. Book as soon as possible by emailing info@beckta.com to be part of this extraordinary event! Admission is $125 + tax and gratuity. For information, call Stephen Beckta at 613-238-7063, e-mail sbeckta@beckta.com or visit http://www.beckta.com.

Niagara Passion will be held August 21 1pm-5pm at Mori Gardens in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. Niagara's Premier event - celebrating - wine, food, Jazz, Art and Auctions: Sip wines from 22 wineries of Niagara on the Lake - Savour the finest cuisine from 17 Niagara Restaurants -swing to live jazz with Juliet Dunn. See local artists create their works of art. Wine and Food seminars: Live and Silent auctions - bid for a Jasper package incluides hotel and sleeper accommodation on VIA Rail. Admission is $100.00. Proceeds go to Raise funds for the new Walker Canacer Centre - in St. Catharines For information, call Colin Sines at 905-938-1719, e-mail csines@marketingsolutionsnetwork.ca or visit http://www.niagarapassion.com.

Give Me Five: Five Chefs and Five Sommeliers will be held August 22 5:30 - 10 pm at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA. Join the fight against childhood hunger at Share Our Strength’s fourth annual Give Me Five: Five Chefs and Five Sommeliers, an evening of gourmet food and wine featuring a reception and five-course dinner prepared by Georgia’s best chefs with wine pairings selected by the chefs and sommeliers, as well as live and silent auctions. The five participating chefs are Michael Diehl of East Lake Golf Club, Kevin Walker of Cherokee Town & Country Club, Gary Donlick of Bistro Niko, Jay Yarborough of The Piedmont Driving Club and Hector Santiago of Pura Vida. Participating sommeliers include Angela Head of East Lake Golf Club, Stephen Clark of the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation, Eric Crane of Empire Distributors, Andres Loazia of Aria Restaurant and Matt Bradford of Canoe Restaurant.
Admission is $250. Proceeds go to Share Our Strength is a national organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America. For information, call Molly Mcferran at 770-436-5151, e-mail molly@thereynoldsgroupinc.com or visit http://www.atlantataste.org.

The Ontario Wine Society's Summer Bin End Dinner will be held August 25 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm dinner at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. The Ontario Wine Society is again at Woodbine Racetrack in the Trackside Tent for our annual Bin End Dinner. Situated right beside the famous E. P. Taylor Turf Course, you can practically touch the horses as they race by, driving for the finish line. Relax with a glass of white wine while taking in the pleasant scenery then sit down and enjoy the delicious buffet dinner complimented by VQA wines from the OWS cellar. Don’t forget to place a friendly wager on a favourite horse. Also, there will be a special race named for The Ontario Wine Society and you might have the opportunity to go to the Winners Circle to make the presentation to the winning owner and horse! Admission is $80 each - member and one guest, $90 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Leavenworth Crush Festival will be held September 18 from 3:00pm - 7:00pm at Leavenworth Festhalle in Leavenworth, WA. Dozens of Washington's favorite wineries, local food vendors, hot jazz music and a chance to "Get Some Juice Between Your Toes!" Yes we are kicking of the Crush with a good, old-fashioned grape stomping! 15 scrip, a souvenir glass and a great day in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth. Let's do the Chicken Dance! Admission is $30. Proceeds go to The Leavenworth Civic Center Foundation. We manage the Festhalle for the City of Leavenworth, providing a beautiful and convenient venue for public and private festivals, meetings, parties and events. For information, call Dave Winters at 509-548.5807, e-mail signaturebiz.winters@gmail.com or visit http://www.LeavenworthCrushFestival.EventBrite.com.

Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival will be held from September 18 to September 26 in Stratford, Ontario. The third annual Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival begins on September 18 with the Garlic Festival, followed by a week of tastings, workshops and special dinners. The celebrations are capped with the festivities of Savour Stratford on September 25 and 26. The festival includes a two-day outdoor Farmers and Artisans' Market, Stratford Chef School Learning Centre and ends with the Savour Stratford Tasting on Sunday. Admission is 0-100$. For information, call Danielle Harding at 519-271-5140, e-mail info@savourstratford.com or visit http://www.welcometostratford.com/culinaryfestival.

The Ontario Wine Society presents "Awaken Your Wine Senses" " September 22 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Tasting at CUCCI Ristorante, 119 Jones St. in Oakville, Ontario. Oakville Chapter’s first event for the 2010–2011 season promises to be educational and entertaining to both new and ‘vintage’ wine lovers alike – making it a perfect event to introduce a friend to wine tasting and to the OWS! “Awaken Your Wine Senses” will be presented by Peter Bodnar Rod, wine educator, certified sommelier, and Director of Sales, Marketing & Hospitality for 13th Street Winery. As an experienced educator, Peter will help us savour the smells and tastes of oak and malo influences, maturing and softening of tannins and acidity, and residual sugars and will lead us in discovering the effect of foods on our perception of these flavours and textures.
Admission is $40 per person. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

ChefmeetsGrape will be held September 23 7 to 9:30 pm at Vancouver Convention Centre West in Vancouver, BC. Fans of BC food and wine should plan to attend the sixth annual ChefmeetsGrape! The event brings quintessential BC cuisine together with new, fall releases from the Wines of British Columbia, with more than forty BC VQA wineries represented. BC’s red-hot culinary landscape is enhanced by BC’s many award-winning wines. The restaurant chefs in this year’s event, renowned for their flair in pairing food with wines, will again compete at ChefmeetsGrape for both “Peoples Choice” and “Judges Choice” honours, as they create appetizer-sized portions of a dish using BC ingredients, paired with a selected BC VQA wine. Come to taste, sip, vote, mingle and enjoy an evening of great BC wine, food and fun! Admission is $80. Proceeds go to $5 from each ticket will suppor the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise program promoting sustainable seafood. For information, call Lindsay Anders at 250-762-9744, e-mail landers@winebc.com or visit http://www.winebc.com/chefmeetsgrape.php.

Culinary Getaway in Paris will be held from September 24 to September 28 in Paris, France. Join Sherry Page with Culinary Getaways as we explore the many culinary delights this city has to offer. We will enjoy cooking lessons from French chefs, dine in outstanding restaurants, shop the local markets, learn about French cheeses, learn about French wines and how to pair them with foods, and taste many of the incredible chocolates and confections that are available in the delightful shops of Paris. Admission is 3000 USD per person for double occupancy, 3500 USD per person for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=60 .

Taste of Petaluma will be held September 25 in Petaluma, CA. Embark on a culinary journey of our finest restaurants, wineries, breweries and food purveyors, galleries and shops. Do you love to combine fine restaurants and great wine, with art and entertainment? Then don’t miss the 5th annual “Taste of Petaluma” where you’ll sample everything that Petaluma’s upscale culinary scene has to offer in one afternoon. Admission is $50 pre-sale, $60 at the door. Proceeds go to Cinnabar Theater, now in its 38th year! For information, call Laura Sunday at (707)- 763-8920
, e-mail laurasunday@comcast.net or visit http://www.tasteofpetaluma.org.

2010 Wine Auction will be held September 29 at 7:00 PM at Chateau Laurier, Laurier Room in Ottawa, Ontario. The Ottawa Chamber Music Society presents its annual Wine Auction at the Chateau Laurier featuring over 500 bottles of fine and vintage wines. Registration and a reception begin at 7 p.m. and the Live Auction begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through the OCMS office at 613-234-6306. To view the catalogue, please visit: chamberfest.com. Admission is $50.. For information, call Alex Macdonald at 613-234-8008.

Ottawa Chamber Music Society Wine Auction will be held September 29 7-10 p.m. at Chateau Laurier Hotel, Laurier Room in Ottawa, Ontario. Here is a rare opportunity to buy well cellared ready to drink every day wines and some of the greatest and rarest wines in the world for special occassions or as birthday or anniversary gifts. About 400 wines dating from the 1928 to 2005 vintages are for sale including such greats as Chateaux Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Mouton, Haut-Brion, Petrus and Le Pin. Proceeds go to the Ottawa Chamber Music Society For information, call Nico Van duyvenbode at 613-234-8008 ext. 225, e-mail nico_van_duyvenbode@hotmail.com or visit http://chamberfest.com.

Autumn Epicurean Dinner with Guest Chef Anthony Walsh of Canoe will be held October 2 6:30pm at Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna, BC. The Mission Hill culinary team invites you to attend their most highly anticipated gastronomic evening: an expert pairing of seasonally-inspired creations and internationally acclaimed wines with cuisine by winery chef Matthew Batey and guest chef Anthony Walsh of Toronto's Canoe restaurant. Critically acclaimed to be among Canada's best restaurants, Canoe's identity is built around Canadiana cooking, a perfect complement to Mission Hill's cuisine du terroir philosophy, a seasonal and regional approach to dining that is meticulously crafted around the wines and local artisanal ingredients. A one-hour wine and hors d'oeuvres reception will be followed by a six-course wine and food pairing dinner in the winery's stunning Chagall Room. Semi-formal attire. Admission is 175.00. For information, call Richard Adams at 250-768 6483.

Prescott-Russell Wine and Food Show will be held October 2 5 pm to 9 pm at Outaouais Golf Club in Rockland, Ontario. Autumn is around the corner, and so is the Prescott-Russell Wine and Food Show! The only Eastern Ontario Show of its kind. The event will gather nearly 50 exhibitors from Hawkesbury, to Embrun, to Rockland and Orléans during an evening full of entertainment and fun! Come and discover local cuisine; sample great wines and local beers! In addition, join Groovy Grapes (www.groovygrapes.com) expert sommelier for a tour of Portugal to discover different styles of port and learn what foods are best paired with this renowned drink! This Port tutored tasting will take place from 5:30 to 6:30. Mark your calendars, Saturday October 2nd 2010 from 5pm to 9pm at the Outaouais Golf Club in Rockland. You can purchase your tickets for the Show for 45$ and the Tutored Tasting for 30$ at 10 different outlets. Proceeds go to United Way of Prescott-Russell and Breast Cancer Foundation For information, call Bernadette Sarazin at 613-446-6378.

Cooking and wine tour in a castle in Puglia Italy will be held from October 2 to October 9 at Puglia in Lecce, Lecce. Join the two sisters Cinzia and Marika on a cooking and wine tour in Puglia. Cook the traditional Mediterranean cuisine of Puglia with the local people. Visit beautiful markets where to buy fresh ingredients for the cooking classes. Taste excellent wines and attend the grape harvest in the season. Stay in a beautiful 17th century castle. Visit one of the most beautiful and still unspoiled regions in Italy. Cinzia is also a wine sommelier and olive oil taster. Marika is also a cardiologist and will tell you about the healthy benefits of the Mediterranean cuisine of Puglia. Cinzia and Marika are native to Puglia and speak fluent English. Admission is 2315 euro double occupancy; 2665 euro single occupancy. For information, call Cinzia Rascazzo at 39-3484514324, e-mail info.stile@gmail.com.

Culinary Getaway in Provence will be held from October 3 to October 9 in Goult, Provence, France. Join Sherry Page for a Culinary Getaway in Provence where you will explore the markets and the quaint villages of this beautiful and historic region. You will cook together with French chefs and dine in some of the finest local restaurants and private settings. You will explore the many specialties that the region has to offer. Admission is 3850 USD based on double occupancy, 4250 USD for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=64.

Chilean Wine and Food Festival will be held October 5 at the Royal Ontario Museum, Peter F. Bronfman Hall in Toronto, ON. Trade and Consumer Tutored Tastings, focus on Carmenere. This festival highlights new Chilean wines coming to Canada for the first time. Enjoy wine, food, music and culture of Chile! Admission is Free for trade, $65 for other guests. Charitable Partner: Royal Ontario Museum For information, call Christine Duarte at 416-637-2044 ext 123, e-mail christineaduarte@gmail.com or visit http://winesofchile.org.

Meadow Vista Honey Wines presents... Joy-sters will be held October 7 17:30 - 19:30 at 1457 Green Bay Rd in West Kelowna, BC. Enjoy an evening at the stunning lakeside community of The Waterfront as we toast in celebration of Joy, Canada's premier Sparkling Honey Wine paired with fresh oysters... have you tasted yummy? This outdoor event features live music, a bonfire and a yummy take home gift! Admission is $55.00. For information, call Sarah Esch at 250-769-2337.

Favourites from the Terrace Dinner will be held October 9 6:30pm at Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna, BC. The Terrace is known for its seasonal menus, which are designed to take advantage of the best and freshest ingredients available at various times. This evening will be a celebration of some of the most popular dishes served at the Terrace during the fall. Held in our Chagall Room, the dinner will be hosted by Chef Matt Batey, who will lead guests through a tasting menu featuring seasonal fare. Each course will be paired with one of our internationally acclaimed wines. Wine country casual attire (we kindly request no jeans please). Admission is 145.00. For information, call Richard Adams at 2-768 6483.

The Great Canadian Cheese Discovery - featuring Ontario cheeses will be held October 18 7pm at Exposure Gallery in Thyme & Again Creative Catering in Ottawa, ON. Join Savvy Company’s Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons - as she leads you through a delicious discovery artisan cheeses of Ontario. And Vanessa knows. She has trained with the Cheese Education Guild in Toronto – Canada’s only comprehensive cheese appreciation program and spends countless hours with local cheesemongers and cheesemakers. With Vanessa showing you the ’whey’, you will sample and savour five to seven cheeses from Ontario with a selection of Ontario wines. Vanessa will also introduce you to the fun-damentals. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-728-8926.

Sonoma in the City: Ottawa will be held October 20 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive in Ottawa, Ontario. A public Wine Fair featuring more than 80 wines from over 30 premium Sonoma County wineries. Select wineries will have their winemakers and/or winery personnel pouring samples. Entry ticket price includes unlimited wine tasting samples. Seasoned attendees spit and/or use public transport or a taxi service. Admission is $95.00. For information, call Christina Oreskovich at 1-800-266-4764.

Sonoma in the City: Toronto will be held October 21 6:00PM - 9:30PM at The Westin Harbour Castle (Frontenac Ballroom, Conference Centre, Ground Level) in Toronto, ON.  Call Christina Oreskovich at 1-800-266-4764.

The Ontario Wine Society, Niagara Chapter, presents "You be the Judge" will be held October 21 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Tasting at Calamus Estate Winery, 3100 Glen Rd. in Jordan, Ontario. This tasting is designed to pull back the curtain on judging wine at competitions. Our guide will be Rick VanSickle. Rick is an avid wine collector and freelance wine writer living in the heart of Niagara. He writes a weekly column on Niagara wines in the St. Catharines Standard and has written extensively in various
newspapers and magazines. While he does travel and write about international wines and judge occasionally, his time is mostly devoted to Niagara wines. Admission is $ 30 each - member and one guest, $40 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Sue Couch at 416-921 9798.

Celebrate Oktoberfest - Craft Beer & Cider Tasting will be held October 22 7pm at Ottawa Rowing Club, 10 Lady Grey Drive in Ottawa, ON. Oktoberfest is celebrated by beer lovers around the world with a pint in hand. And we are continuing the tradition with our first annual Oktoberfest featuring craft beers & ciders from around the world. Calling all beer lovers - join us for this fun beer tasting where you will meet local brew masters while you sample hard apple ciders, pale ales, full flavoured ales, pilsners, stouts, lagers, porters, wheat beers - even pumpkin beer!

Weekend Getaway in Napa Valley will be held from October 22 to October 24 in Napa, CA. Join us in Napa Valley for a Culinary Getaway where we will cook together in a spectacular setting using the finest in fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. During our Getaway, we will taste artisan cheeses, learn about sea salts and chocolate and dine in some of the finest restaurants and private settings. We will taste exceptional wines and experience the local culture in beautiful Napa Valley. Groups are kept small to ensure unique, personal experiences. Admission is 1200 USD per person based on double occupancy, 1500 USD per person based on single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=65.

The Ontario Wine Society Presents Linda Bramble's "Sipping with the Stars" will be held October 24 12:30pm to 3:00pm at Grano Restaurant, 2035 Yonge St., (between Eglinton and Davisville) in Toronto, Ontario. Join the Ontario Wine Society for a wine tasting afternoon that is sure to spark your imagination! Linda Bramble’s entertaining and lively “Sipping with the Stars,” provides nostalgic video clips of such stars as Humphrey Bogart, Kevin Kline, Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe sharing the silver screen with wine. Linda's presentation will also introduce us to the "dramatic" pleasures of wine – how to taste, serve and dine with wine. Admission is $ 65 each for members and one guest, $75 for additional guests and non-members.. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798.

For a current listing of events hosted by the National Capital Sommelier Guild visit http://www.sommelierguild.com/events/upcoming_events.html

Wines of Israel - Mediterranean Inspiration will be held November 1 5:00 to 10:00 P.M. at The Tasting Room at Uptown Park in Houston, TX. Taste over 100 of the finest award winning Israeli Boutique wines. Meet representatives & winemakers from over 20 wineries. Enjoy live music, local art and delicious gourmet food from master chef Michael Kramer. Admission is $35. Proceeds go to Benefiting the Houston Food bank and Save a Child's Heart For information, call Jim Veal at 281-5369166.

Sip, Swirl, Savour & Selebrate! will be held November 4 7pm at National Arts Centre - Le Salon in Ottawa, ON. Join Savvy Company & our Ontario winery partners for our 3rd annual party. Enjoy an evening of premium Ontario wines as you mix & mingle with Savvy Sommeliers, winemakers, winery owners & cheesemakers – and don’t forget your dancing shoes – our Jazz Trio is back! At this cocktail-style wine tasting you will meet the dynamic people who are involved in the wineries that we feature at our Savvy Events and in our ever popular wine of the month club – Savvy Selections. Over 20 Ontario wineries from Prince Edward County, Niagara & Pelee Island North Shore will be pouring their signature wines. Admission is $55 per person before Oct 27. Regular $65 - tax incl. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-728-8926.

Importing Wine for Pleasure & Profit will be held November 6 9:30am to 4pm at Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street in Ottawa, ON. Ever thought about becoming a wine agent? This is a must attend seminar to learn the dynamics of importing wines from renowned wine industry expert - Steven Trenholme. And Steven has over 30 years of experience to share with you. Based in Toronto, his wine career has included being a brand manager of Mosel wines (Germany), a consultant to Wines of South Africa and Steven currently manages the Ontario business of a national wine agency. Admission is $295 includes course material, lunch, HST & 30 day post seminar support . For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-728-8926.

Taste the Season will be held from November 6 to November 28 at 11 am to 5 pm at All 22 Wineries of Niagara on the Lake in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. Don’t miss out as the 22 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake get set for another wine and food extravaganza. Hailed as the ‘go-to’ event of the season, this popular touring and tasting program showcases the unique VQA wines and Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Country cuisine available in the region. Admission is $44.25, plus applicable taxes. For information, call Liz Hendriksen at 905-468.1950.

The Renaud Society 1st Harvest Dinner will be held November 6 6 PM at The Robert Biale Winery in Napa, California. The Renaud Society, a society of medical professionals with an interest in better health and a passion for wine presents magical evening of great food and exquisite Napa Valley wines. Join friends, colleagues,and our hosts,Robert Biale and Dave Pramuk of Robert Biale Vineyards and special guest, Andy Becksdoffer, historic Napa Valley wine-grape grower, for this special activity. Proceeds go to The Renaud Society is an International Society of Medical Professionals with an Interest in Better Health and a Passion for Wine. For information, call Tedd Goldfinger at 520-544 5500.

Renaud Society Wine Competition - Napa 2010 will be held November 06 10AM at Silverado Resort Hotel in Napa, California. The Renaud Society, a society of medical professionals with an interest in better health and a passion for wine, in partnership with the Desert Heart Foundation, a 501 C(3) nonprofit medical research and education foundation, proudly announce the 2nd Renaud Society Wine Competition for the coveted Renaud Tastevin, in Napa California.

Mission Hill Family Estate - Legacy Tasting will be held November 6 2pm-5pm at Everything Wine in Vancouver, BC. Join us in this unique opportunity to taste Mission Hill Family Estate’s premiere Legacy wine series; Compendium, Quatrain, Perpetua, and Oculus, our iconic Bordeaux style blend. General Manager Chris Hoffmeister will be on location to speak to the wine making philosophy that produces some of BC's finest VQA wines. For information, call Rich Adams at 604-929-7277.

Fall Harvest Soup Weekends will be held from November 06 to November 07 at 11am-5pm at AmRhein Wine Cellars in Bent Mountain, Virginia. AmRhein Wine Cellars - Harvest Soup Festival - November 6th-7th and November 13th-14th, 11am-5pm Taste from a selection of five gourmet soups paired with five AmRhein Wines. Then, pick your favorite, and relax with a bowl of soup and a glass of AmRhein Wine. Fee is $10 per person. For information, call Rebecca Spaid at 540-929-4632.

Stratus Taste and Buy & Winemaker's Dinner will be held November 9 6:00-8:00 at Play Food and Wine in Ottawa, ON. Stock your cellar for winter hibernation and the holidays! Play is hosting the Stratus Taste and Buy Event on Tuesday, November 9 from 6-8 p.m. Come to taste a selection of the legendary Stratus wines with winemaker JL Groux and enjoy bites to match. $50.00 per person, please call Stratus at 905.468.1806 to reserve. Following is our Winemaker's Dinner, featuring three course specially designed to match vintage comparisons of Stratus' three Signature wines. $75.00 per person, please call Play at 613.667.9207 to reserve. Admission is $50-$75. For information, call Anne-marie Fore at 613-667-9207.

Stars of Cabernet Beverly Hills will be held November 11 7:00-10:00PM at Penninsula Beverly Hills in Bevery Hills, CA. Learn About Wine’s flagship wine tasting event of the year: STARS OF CABERNET, featuring more than 40 of the world’s leading cabs Some of the industry’s leading vintners, including Christopher Howell of Cain Vineyard and Winery; Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr Wines; Chris Phelps of Swanson; Justin Wylie of Va Piano; classic cabs like Shafer and Opus One; five wines by Phillip Melka; and rare new finds like Knights Bridge, Poem Cellars and Realm. This event is literally the “Best of the Best.” 100% of the silent auction proceeds benefit the TJ Martell Foundation, and funds children's cancer and aids research and Children's Hospital Los Angeles: www.tjmartellfoundation.org. Admission is 150. Proceeds go to 100% of the silent auction proceeds benefit the TJ Martell Foundation, and funds children's cancer and aids research and Children's Hospital Los Angeles: www.tjmartellfoundation.org. For information, call Henry Eshelman at 323-337-9042.

The Ontario Wine Society, Niagara Chapter, presents "The 'F'-ing Annual Dinner" will be held November 13 6:30pm reception, 7:00pm dinner at 13 Mountain Street Bistro, 13 Mountain St., in Grimsby, Ontario. Now what were you thinking? This dinner is all about Friends, Fine dining and Fine wines from Flat Rock Cellars, Featherstone Estate Winery and Fielding Estate Winery! This year’s dinner will be held at 13 Mountain Street Bistro. The restaurant received the VQA Gold Award of Excellence in 2009. Chef Joshua Groom, who was trained at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu School, and his staff will prepare a four-course meal based around the highest quality local ingredients. Each course will be
accompanied by a wine from one of the three ‘F’-ing wineries! For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798.

The Ontario Wine Society (Oakville) Presents "Holiday Wines" will be held November 17 7:00pm at CUCCI Ristorante, 119 Jones ave. in Oakville, Ontario. Join us for an evening of mingling and sampling wines ideal for holiday entertaining. Wines from all of Ontario’s wine regions will be featured and you will have a chance to speak with representatives from each of the wineries - The Grange, Colio and Reif. Because these wines are not available through the LCBO, you will also have the opportunity to place orders at this event for any of the sampled wines. Admission is $ 35 each - member and 1st guest, $45 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798.

An Evening With Miguel Torres will be held November 22 6.30pm at The National Club, 303 Bay St in Toronto, ON. Voted Personality of the Year (Wine International, 2005) and Man of the Year (Decanter, 2002), and honoured with the International Wine Challenge's Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), Miguel Torres is an iconic ambassador for the quality and variety of Spanish wines. Join Miguel as he leads a structuring tasting of select wines from his Spanish estates. Then discover even more of his world-class wines at the walk-around tasting. Admission is 95.00 per person. For information, call James Gordon at 1-800-266-4764, e-mail james.gordon@familywinemerchants.com or visit http://www.vintages.com/events/torres_event.shtml?utm_source=eSept23&utm_medium=Vmail&utm_campaign=TorresEvent.

The Ontario Wine Society (Toronto) Presents 2010 Artevino Award Winning Wines will be held November 23 6:30pm reception, 7:00pm tasting and dinner at Grano Restaurant, 2035 Yonge St., (east side, between Eglinton and Davisville) in Toronto, Ontario. Do you want to taste some of the best wines that Prince Edward County is producing today without traveling to the “County”? Join us as we dine on Lucia’s exquisite cuisine, taste 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze 2010 Artevïno Medal winning wines and listen to David Lawrason’s insights on the wines and the wine industry in Prince Edward County today. Admission is $ 85 each - member and 1st guest, $95 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Fine Wine Auction will be held November 25 in Toronto, Ontario. The Auction’s 20th anniversary catalogue is now available on-line. Highlights of this year’s charity auction sale are: Rare fine wine offerings from many of the great Bordeaux producers including: 1966 Chateau d’Yquem; 1970 Chateau Petrus; Vertical of Chateau Lafite Rothschild from 1995 to 2005; 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild – a Bordeaux that wine critic Robert M. Parker hailed as “perfect”. Wine buyers pay only the hammer price on wine purchases. There are no additional taxes or fees because we are formally recognized as a charity auction. Admission is Free. Proceeds go to The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Fine Wine Auction events have raised more than $5 million in funding for the TSO and its education and outreach programs since its inception 20 years ago. For information, call Linda Mcgeown at 416-593-7769 ext.359, e-mail lmcgeown@tso.ca or visit http://tso.ca/finewineauction.

Vintage Wine Auction will be held November 25 at 6:00 pm. to 10:00 pm at Logo Bar & Grill at Dow's Lake in Ottawa, Ontario. We would like to invite you with our compliments to the annual Vintage Wine Auction in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. The wine-savvy Dennis Saikaley, LCBO Store Manager and Product Consultant, will serve as our Lead Auctioneer as a plethora of vintage wine is on the block. Admission is Free. Proceeds go to The Ottawa Food Bank- Your attendance will help fight community hunger with every dollar donated to the Ottawa Food Bank generating five dollars worth of food into the community. For information, call Maggie Rose at 613-745-7001.

27th Annual Holiday Open House will be held from November 26 to November 27 at 11am - 4pm at Hwy 12 in Sonoma Valley in Kenwood, CA. Toast the Holiday Season in the Wine Country! Heart of Sonoma Valley Association invites you to our 27th Annual Holiday Open House! Join twenty-three wineries throughout the heart of Sonoma Valley for this annual celebration and enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in our caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends & family and relish in wine country holiday cheer! Admission is $40.00 per person in advance ($45 at the door). For information, call Heather Svendsen at 866-794-9463, e-mail heather@heartofsonomavalley.com or visit http://www.heartofsonomavalley.com/products/38.

The Ontario Wine Society (Niagara) Presents "Icewines, Sparkling Wines & Chocolates” will be held December 7 with a 6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Tasting at Vineland Estates Winery in Vineland, Ontario. Icewines, Sparkling Wines & Chocolates: What could be more special than celebrating the holiday season with sparkling wines and Icewines? You will taste those wines in the festively decorated tasting rooms and extensive barrel cellars of Vineland Estates Winery. The wines will be paired with specialty cheeses, hors d’oeuvres and chocolates
from Chocolate FX in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Admission is $35 each - member and one guest, $45 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

London Wine & Food will be held from January 14 to January 16 at Fri:4pm-10pm, Sat: Noon-10pm, Sun: Noon-5pm at Western Fair Entertainment Centre - Progress Building in London, Ontario. Sample the finest cuisine, wines, spirits and beer! Come and enjoy tasting seminars, cooking demonstrations and informative exhibits. Chef Corbin, host of Food Network's "Dinner Party Wars" will be there Sunday to talk about how to wine and dine your dinner guests. Admission is $10 online/$12 at the door. For information, call Angela Colebrook at 519-438-7203 x 305, e-mail acolebrook@westernfair.com or visit http://www.westernfair.com/shows/winefood.html.

Twenty Valley Winter WineFest will be held from January 15 to January 16 at 11:00am - 5:00pm daily at Jordan Village in Jordan, Ontario. 35 wineries, over 100 "sweet, sparkling and sensational" wines. The "not just icewine" festival in Jordan features over 70 award-winning wines from Niagara's Twenty Valley, including the White Wine of the Year from Tawse Winery - Canadian Winery of the Year. For the full list of wines and more details, visit twentyvalley.ca. Admission is Free admission, tokens purchased for $2.50 each. Proceeds go to The Twenty Valley Tourism Association is a not-for-profit association. For information, call Dori Andrewes at 905-933-5737, e-mail dori@twentyvalley.ca or visit http://www.twentyvalley.ca.

The Ontario Wine Society (Toronto) Presents Deconstructing Forty Creek - Kittling Ridge's Whiskies will be held January 17 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm tasting at U of T Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St. in Toronto, Ontario. Join us for our first Toronto event of the Ontario Wine Society’s 20th Anniversary year - 2011 - a rare opportunity to taste the single grain whiskies that make Forty Creek unique. We are also featuring 2 limited edition Forty Creek releases – Forty Creek Double Barrel, aged in first run bourbon barrels, and Forty Creek Confederation Oak – the first Canadian Whisky ever aged in Canadian Oak barrels. Forty Creek Barrel Select is the fastest growing whisky in Canada, and the first successful new Canadian whisky launched in over 70 years! Beth Warner, Vice President Marketing & Retail, or her husband Dave, Territory Manager, Niagara Region, both Kittling Ridge in-house whisky experts, will lead the tasting.Admission is $ 55 each - member and one guest, $65 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Truffle Getaway in Provence will be held from January 30 to February 05 in Goult, France. Join us for a fun and unique experience in Provence as we focus on the king of truffles, the black melanosporum. During our week together, we will go on a truffle hunt with dogs, visit a truffle market, cook truffle meals together, explore the wines of the region, go behind the scenes in local restaurants, visit the local villages and markets and learn about the history and culture of this beautiful region of Provence. We will meet local sommeliers, winery and wine cave owners and learn directly from them about the wines of Provence and of the Rhone Valley. Groups are kept small to ensure intimate, personal experiences. Admission is 4000 USD per person based on double occupancy, 4400 USD per person based on single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=57.

Wine Down Series at The Crossings will be held from February 10 to February 10 at 5:30pm -8:00 pm at 5800 The Crossings Drive in Carlsbad, California. Come join us at The Crossings at Carlsbad for our Wine Down Series. On February 10th Ferrari - Carano will be pouring 4 varietals along with live music from recording artist Mike Tiernan and food samples from Canyons restaurant. Future wine series will include Sanford Cakebread, Gainey and St Francis. Admission is $20.00 per person. For information, call Andy Sheldon at 760-444-1881, e-mail asheldon@kempersports.com or visit http://thecrossingsatcarlsbad.com.

The Ontario Wine Society (Oakville) Presents "Bubbles and Ice" will be held February 16 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Tasting at CUCCI Ristorante, 119 Jones St. in Oakville, Ontario. You are invited to come and celebrate the start of the New Year. And what would a new year’s celebration be without a little bubbly? Try some sensational sparkling wines and a variety of luscious Icewines. Bring your friends, family and colleagues out to begin 2011 with some of the best wines Ontario has to offer.

Sit back, relax and be entertained by renowned winemaker Arthur Harder. Working as a winemaker at some well known wineries such as, Inniskillin and Hillebrand, Harder has spent 20 years in the industry producing excellent grapes, leading to fantastic wines. Admission is $ 35 each - member and 1st guest, $45 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2011 Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition will be held February 20 6:30 at Reliant Center in Houston, TX. • Guests at this Texas-sized food and wine extravaganza have an opportunity to savor the delights of award-winning wines from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2011 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition and taste signature dishes submitted for competition by area catering institutions and restaurants Admission is $125 to $150 individual tickets. Proceeds go to Houston Livestock Show and rodeo, benefiting youth of Texas through scholarships. For information, call Nan Mccreary at 832-667.1128, e-mail nanmccreary@earthlink.net or visit http://www.rodeohouston.com/events/wine/best-bites.aspx.

The Ontario Wine Society (Toronto) Presents "Seriously Cool Chardonnay will be held February 22 6:30pm at Toronoto Lawn Tennis Club, 44 Price St. in Toronto, Ontario. If you missed last year’s historical “Seriously Cool -Ontario Chardonnay” OWS event, you get a second, better, chance to taste the best that Canada has to offer… all in one place.

This year, Bill Redelmeier and gang, and the Seriously Cool - Great Canadian Chardonnay Grape, take on the Big Apple’s critics and trade.

Selected by a panel of experts from the 100 submitted, this year’s top Chardonnays from Ontario and British Columbia will be tasted by OWS members, guests and the public in a dress rehearsal before the wines head to the McGraw Hill building high up in the skyline of New York City in midtown Manhattan.

As a special treat, you will taste the Chardonnays in a commemorative Ontario Wine Society 20th Anniversary, Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic glass, that you keep and take home.
Admission is $ 43 each - member and 1st guest, $53 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

The Ontario Wine Society (Niagara) Presents "Art and Design of Contemporary Wine Labels” will be held February 23 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Tasting at Grantham Lions Club Hall, 732 Niagara Street in St. Catharines, Ontario. Tanya Scholes' book "The Art and Design of Contemporary Wine Labels" has received wide critical acclaim.
The book features labels from all over the world. But, we'll be examining labels and featuring wines from 8 Ontario wineries whose labels appear in her book: Foreign Affair, Megalomaniac, Organized Crime, Henry of Pelham's Sibling Rivalry, Southbrook, Five Rows, Malivoire and Truffle Pig. Tanya will have copies of her book available for purchase and autographing.
Admission is $ 40 each - member and 1st guest, $50 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

4th Annual New York Wine Expo will be held from February 25 to February 27 at Fri., Feb. 25: 6-10pm; Sat., Feb. 26: 2-6pm; Sun., Feb. 27 (trade only): 12-4pm at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, New York. ARE YOU READY TO WINE DOWN?

The 4th Annual New York Wine Expo, February 25th and 26th (27th for trade only), offers attendees a chance to sample more than 600 wines from over 150 winemakers from around the globe. Attendees can casually sip and stroll through old world Italian, French, German Austrian, Spanish and Portuguese wines then let their taste buds lead them through the new world wines of South America, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United States.

Attend the Expo not just for the sampling, but for the learning experience as well. To date, seminar presenters include Gloria Maroti Frazee who oversees Wine Spectator School and Leslie Sbrocco, award winning author, and Founder of “Thirsty Girl.” Admission is Fri. admission: $80 in advance; Sat.: $90 in advance. For information, call Alex Stein at 800-544-1660, e-mail astein@schwartz.com or visit http://www.NewYorkWineExpo.com.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2011 Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Garden will be held from March 01 to March 20 at Monday through Friday, 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m. at Reliant Center in Houston, TX. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2011 Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Garden is the place to be during this year’s rodeo season. Located in Carruth Plaza between Reliant Center and the Astrodome, this popular destination offers visitors an opportunity to relax, chat with friends, listen to music and sample award-winning wines from all over the world. Wine seminars will also be available. Admission is By tasting, glass, or bottle. Proceeds go to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,benefiting youth of Texas through scholarships For information, call Nan Mccreary at 832-667.1128 , e-mail nanmccreary@earthlink.net or visit http://www.rodeohouston.com/events/wine/garden.aspx.

A wine dinner featuring Oded Shakked of Longboard Vineyards will be held March 08 7:30 PM at Ardeo + Bardeo in Washington, DC. California wine maker, Oded Shakked will discuss his "wine, waves and soul" philosophy. The dinner menu will consist of five-courses prepared by Executive Chef Nate Garyantes each paired with highly rated releases. Standout vintages include Longboard Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Longboard Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008, Longboard Vineyards "Point Break Red" (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah Blend) 2008, Longboard Vineyards Syrah 2005 and Longboard Cabernet Sauvignon "Rochioli Vineyard" 2007.

Additional information about Longboard Vineyards can be found at: www.longboardvineyards.com.

Reservations are required
Ardeo + Bardeo
T (202)244-6750 Admission is $65 per person, tax and gratuity not included. For information, call Lindley Thornburg at 703-593-5503, e-mail lindley@heatherfreeman.com or visit http://ardeobardeo.com/index.php.

In the Winemaker's Boots will be held March 20 9:00am at Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan, Ontario. Back by popular demand is one of the original In the Winemaker's Boots events! This is a hands-on full day session that will give you the chance to participate in what really goes on behind the scenes here at Flat Rock Cellars. On March 20th we are focusing on Vineyard Pruning and Elevage in the Cellar - and you will get to help with all of the critical steps that take place as we get our vineyards ready to grow and wines ready to bottle! Admission is $200 per person. For information, call Allie Hughes at 905-562-8994, e-mail retail@flatrockcellars.com or visit http://flatrockcellars.com/events/114-in-the-winemaker-s-boots-full-day-session.

the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2011 Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Auction and Dinner will be held March 20 5:30 p.m. at Reliant Center in Houston, TX. One of the premiere wine events of the Southwest, the evening includes a reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction of champion wines and wine-related items, a sumptuous seated dinner with wines served from the competition, and the excitement of live auction bidding for award-winning and champion wines. Admission is $300 and up. Proceeds go to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, benefiting the youth of Texas through scholarships. For information, call Nan Mccreary at 832-667.1128 , e-mail nanmccreary@earthlink.net or visit http://www.rodeohouston.com/events/wine/auction.aspx.

Yoga in the Vineyard ~ Go With The Flow will be held March 26 1:00pm at Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan, Ontario. Join us for a 1 hour yoga session, tour of the facility and flight of our exceptional wines! You will also receive a bowl of healthy vegan soup, and $15.00 to be spent at our wine shop. As you depart you'll receive a certificate for a tour and taste for 10, because we know you won't be able to stay away for long! Admission is $75.00 per person ($65.00 for wine club members). For information, call Allie Hughes at 905-562-8994, e-mail retail@flatrockcellars.com or visit http://flatrockcellars.com/events/112-yoga-in-the-vineyard.

The Ontario Wine Society (Niagara) Presents "Annual Social & Amazing Wine Race Event” will be held March 26 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Social at Stonechurch Vineyards, 1242 Irvine Rd., in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Come out and enjoy this year’s Social and the Amazing Wine Race at Stonechurch Vineyards! At the suggestion of our members, we have decided to change the Social wine competition to include all who come! At this interactive Wine Competition, you will be put into teams of 6 to 8 people to collectively answer wine trivia questions and identify samples of wines carefully chosen from our OWS Niagara Chapter cellar. Every participant in each team will win a prize! Put your wine knowledge to work for your team! Please note that this year’s Social is being held as an evening event.

Admission is $ 25 each - member and 1st guest, $35 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

ProWein 2011 will be held from March 27 to March 29 Düsseldorf Fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. Attracting over 36,000 trade visitors and featuring 3,300 exhibitors from the retail and restaurant industries, ProWein is further raising its profile as the world's No. 1 communications and order platform for the wine and spirits sector. It's not just the broad spectrum of products from all the key growing regions that gives this event its polished, professional feel. Connoisseurs share their insights at seminars and informative events where the latest findings, trends and market developments are presented by specialists, for specialists. Admission is Varies. For information, call Anne Meerboth at 312-781-5180, e-mail info@mdna.com or visit http://www.prowein.de.

The Ontario Wine Society (Oakville) Presents "Wine Cellaring" will be held March 30 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Tasting at CUCCI Ristorante, 119 Jones St. in Oakville, Ontario. If you’ve ever had a glass of wine, you’ve probably considered the possibility of having your own wine cellar to stock pile your favorite bottles of vino. Maybe you already have the dream cellar. For novices and experts alike, if you have any interest in wine cellaring this event will give you the tips you need to create or maintain your own wine cellar. Admission is $ 35 each - member and 1st guest, $45 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Montfort Hospital Foundation Wine Auction will be held March 31 6 p.m. Cocktail and Silent Auction - 7:30 p.m. Live Auction at Montfort Hospital Auditorium, 713 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON in Ottawa, Ontario. More than 600 bottles of which 350 are vintage wines from the Bordeaux region. Of this number, 73 bottles are of the most prestigious vintage wines from the Bordeaux region produced between 1982 and 2004 : Lafite (8), Mouton (9), Margaux (4), Haut Brion (10), Latour (6), Yquem (1), Pétrus (10), Le Pin (21), Ausone (1), Cheval Blanc (2) et Carbonieux (1). Admission is $50 - redeemable towards any purchase of wine. Proceeds go to Montfort Hospital Foundation For information, call Julie Briand at 613-746-4621, ext. 2009, e-mail jbriand@montfort.on.ca or visit http://www.montfortfoundation.ca.

A Taste of Nova Scotia! A Wine & Seafood Event will be held April 01 6:30 pm at National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Savvy Company along with Nova Scotia Tourism & Wines of Nova Scotia invite you to join us for a delicious discovery of impressive Nova Scotian wines paired with an outstanding seafood feast.

You will sip hard-to-find Nova Scotian wines paired with a multi-course gourmet menu created by Nova Scotia's highly acclaimed Chef Michael Howell of Tempest Restaurant in Wolfville – hailed as the province's best.

Chef Howell will share the spotlight (& kitchen!) with Ottawa’s internationally renowned Executive Chef Michael Blackie of the National Arts Centre & host of Food Network Canada Chef*Off! Admission is $95 or $720 for 8 friends (save $5 each). For information, call Kathryn Flynn at 613-613.728.8926, e-mail kathryn@savvycompany.ca.

F'ing Winery Tour will be held from April 02 to April 10 at Sat & Sun - 11am - 4pm at Flat Rock Cellars, Featherstone Winery, Fiedling Estate Winery in Jordan & Beamsville, Ontario. We are celebrating our F'ifth anniversay of the F'ing Winery Tour! Join us for some Fifth Town fromage, Farmhouse Fresh preserves and of course incredible wines! Passports are available at each of the participating wineries! Admission is $10.00. For information, call Allie Hughes at 905-562-8994, e-mail retail@flatrockcellars.com or visit http://flatrockcellars.com/events/113-f-ing-winery-tour.

Picnic In The Vineyards - Release Party will be held from April 02 to April 03 at 11:00-5:00pm at Scribner Bend Vineyards @ 9051 River Road in Sacramento, CA. Please join us as we release 4 new varieties. Reserve a table. Purchase a picnic basket along with your choice of our new release. Admission is Free. For information, call Kim Portner at 916-744-1805.

The California Wine Fair will be held April 04 7:00PM - 9:30PM at Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario. California wineries and their vintners are coming to Canada this spring to showcase their latest vintages and spread the sustainability message at the 31st annual California Wine Fair. Admission is $70.00. For information, call Christina Oreskovich at 1-800-558-CORK(2675), e-mail christina@praxispr.ca or visit http://calwine.ca/winefair2010/.

The California Wine Fair will be held April 06 7:00PM - 9:30PM at Westin Ottawa, Governor General Ballroom in Ottawa, Ontario. California wineries and their vintners are coming to Canada this spring to showcase their latest vintages and spread the sustainability message at the 31st annual California Wine Fair. Admission is $70.00/ticket. For information, call Christina Oreskovich at 1-800-558-CORK(2675), e-mail christina@praxispr.ca or visit http://calwine.ca/winefair2010/.

The Ontario Wine Society (Toronto) Presents "Ontario Virtual Wineries" will be held April 11 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm tasting at U of T Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St. in Toronto, Ontario. Virtual wineries have been around for nearly two decades around the world, but they are relatively new to the Ontario wine industry. By producing wine at a shared facility, without a “bricks and mortar” retail store, these virtual wineries are championing a return of the artisanal craft of winemaking.
Sharon Marks, President of the OWS Niagara Chapter, will facilitate the evening as we taste wines from 5 different virtual wineries, and compare wines available only through the LCBO to those which are available on-line.
Each virtual winery’s winemaker will be present to share their views on the pros and cons of being virtual and provide their personal winemaking philosophy. Nyarai Cellars – Steve Byfield, Twenty Twenty-Seven Cellars – Kevin Panagapka, Generations Wine – Andrew von Teichman, Ross – Paul Ross, 100 Marks Wines – Jeff Hundertmark. Admission is $ 47 each - member and one guest, $57 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Beautiful Bubblies! A Sparkling Wine Tasting will be held April 13 7:00 pm at 1255 Wellington Street West - Thyme & Again Creative Catering in Ottawa, Ontario. Savvy Sommelier & founder Debbie Trenholm believes that every day is worth celebrating with a glass of bubbly. Throughout this interactive tasting, Debbie will share her love of sparkling wine, the winemaking process & stories about the people who make these premium wines. Admission is $65 per person before March 31. Regular $75 pp, save $40 when you book 4. HST inc.. For information, call Kathryn Flynn at 613-728-8926, e-mail kathryn@savvycompany.ca.

Wine China 2011 - 2011 China International Wine & Spirits Exhibition will be held from April 17 to April 19 at 09:00-17:00 at Beijing National Agricultural Exhibition Center in Beijing, Beijing. Since its inaugural edition in Y2007, Wine China has grown from strength to strength, establishing itself to be the proven platform for global winemakers and exporters to make contact with and do business with wine importers, agents, distributors, retailers in China and promote their brands. The 2011 Topic is “Wine Brand Marketing Year of 2011 - Channel Developing, Brand Building, Sharing Culture”. Wine China 2011 will help to spread the wine culture and wine knowledge, and provide more opportunities for wine marketing and promotion. Admission is 2000. For information, call Mary Ma at 008610-64416542, e-mail info@regalland.com or visit http://www.winechinaexhibition.com.

The Ontario Wine Society (Niagara) Presents "Matching Fruit Wine and Cheese " will be held April 18 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Tasting at Stoney Ridge Estate Winery, 3201 King St, Vineland in Toronto, Ontario. At this event, you will get to taste quality certified fruit wines and an array of artisanal cheeses. Our speaker, Keith Muller, will guide us through this tasting and help us discover how to appreciate fruit wines and pair them with cheeses. As the Academic Chair of the George Brown Chef School, Keith provides academic leadership to the faculty and 1,300 full-time students of the school. He is currently the Chair of the heads of Hospitality and Tourism Ontario. Starting out as a High School teacher, Keith also owned his own restaurant and worked as a Food and Beverage Manager at Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel and The University Club of Toronto. Keith's specialty is Culinary Tourism and Slow Food, and teaches Dessert, Cheese and Wine Pairing.

On hand from Stoney Ridge will be both Jim Warren – Winery General Manager, and Ann McClelland - Cheese Boutique General Manager. Jim is the current Executive Director of Fruit Wines of Ontario. He will speak briefly on the topic and will be able to answer any questions you have about current issues of the fruit wine industry. Ann will also be on hand to answer any questions on the fine cheeses and will be available to open the cheese shop after the tasting.

Admission is $ 35 each - member and 1st guest, $45 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Wine Islands Spring Tasting Event will be held April 19 6:00 - 8:30pm at Fairmont Empress, Crystal Ballroom in Victoria, BC. Spring Tasting Event with 20+ Vancouver Island and Gulf Island wineries, cideries and more. Meet the authors of the newly released “Island Wineries of British Columbia” book. Have the winemakers and authors sign your copy as you sip away! Admission is $39. For information, call Kathryn Mcaree at 250-384-8111, e-mail info@victoriataste.com or visit http://www.wineislands.ca.

Taste of Ontario Artisan Cheese will be held April 20 7:00 pm at 1255 Wellington Street West - Thyme & Again Creative Catering in Ottawa, Ontario. Join Savvy Company’s Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons - as she leads you through a delicious discovery of artisan cheeses from Ontario with Canadian wines. Admission is SAVVY SPECIAL: $55 per person when you register before April 1, 2011 Regular ticket: $60 pp. For information, call Kathryn Flynn at 613-728-8926, e-mail kathryn@savvycompany.ca.

The Great Canadian Cheese Discovery - featuring Ontario artisan cheeses will be held April 20 7pm at Thyme & Again Creative Catering in Ottawa, ON. Join Savvy Company’s Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons - as she leads you through a delicious discovery artisan cheeses from Ontario. And Vanessa knows her cheese! She has trained with the Cheese Education Guild in Toronto – Canada’s only comprehensive cheese appreciation program and spends countless hours with local cheesemongers and cheesemakers. Her passion for cheeses oozes while her knowledge will melt away all notions that Canada only makes cheddar.

With Vanessa showing you the ’whey’, she will introduce you to the fun-damentals of cheese appreciation including how cheese is made and what makes it artisanal, different categories of cheese, cheese-y lingo, buying cheese & caring for cheese.

Being a Savvy Event, of course, Canadian wines will be tasted too! Admission is $55 per person when register before April 1. Regular $60. For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-SAVVYCO (613-728-8926), e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.savvycompany.ca/events/.

The Ontario Wine Society (Toronto) Presents "A Pilot 'Pre-release', 'Release' and 'On Sale' Event" will be held April 26 3:30pm to 6:00pm at Grano Restaurant, 2035 Yonge St., (east side, between Eglinton and Davisville) in Toronto, Ontario. Ontario wineries continually “Pre-release”, “Release” and put wines “On Sale”. However, unless you are travelling through “Wine Country Ontario” - 4 dispersed regions at last count - and are in the right place at the right time, really good, and bargain, wines made from 100% Ontario fruit can be sold out before you are aware of them and get a chance to taste, them. Many of these wines never see the inside of an LCBO store, and you can’t run down to “Wine Country Ontario” every week, right?

For this pilot event, we present up to 30 Ontario wines that are pre-releases, just being released or on sale. Wineries can submit two wines or possibly more depending on the response from the wineries. Some wineries will have representatives there, but you can order any wine you taste.

For those who want to make an evening of it, Roberto and Lucia are offering a $25 prezzo fisso (prix fixe) menu.


Admission is $10 each-member and 1st guest, $20 each-addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

New Zealand Wine Fair Vancouver will be held May 2 7:00pm - 9:30pm at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Vancouver, BC. Sample over 100 proven performers and stars-in-the-making at this once a year exclusive tasting. Meet the winemakers and make this your opportunity to discover New Zealand in a Glass! Admission is $60.00. For information, call Dayna Stockdale at 888-9939927, e-mail dayna.stockdale@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine.com/events/vancouver-new-zealand-wine-fair-trade/.

New Zealand Wine Fair Vancouver will be held May 3 7:00pm - 9:30pm at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Vancouver, BC. In every glass of New Zealand wine is a world of pure discovery. Sample over 100 proven performers and stars-in-the-making at this once a year exclusive tasting. Meet the winemakers and make this your opportunity to discover New Zealand in a Glass. Discover the sensational taste experience of New Zealand wines accompanied by a sampling of fine foods and cheeses. Admission is $60.00. For information, call Dayna Stockdale at 888-993-9927, e-mail dayna.stockdale@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine.com/events/vancouver-new-zealand-wine-fair-trade/.

Calgary New Zealand Wine Fair will be held May 4 7:00pm - 9:30pm at Hotel Arts in Calgary, AB. In every glass of New Zealand wine is a world of pure discovery. Sample over 75 proven performers and stars-in-the-making at this once a year exclusive tasting. Meet the winemakers and make this your opportunity to discover New Zealand in a Glass.

Discover the sensational taste experience of New Zealand wines accompanied by a sampling of fine foods and cheeses. Admission is $60.00. For information, call Dayna Stockdale at 888-9939927, e-mail dayna.stockdale@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine.com/events/calgary-new-zealand-wine-fair-public/.

Australia's First Families of Wine Taste & Buy Event will be held from May 04 to May 04 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario. Experience the heart and soul of premium Australian wine. Collectively, Australia's First Families of Wine have more than 1,200 years of winemaking experience. Their goal is to establish Australia's place among the wine world's premium producers, and to share their unique history and tradition with the world. Taste iconic wines from Australia's renowned wine families at this Walk Around Tasting. Admission is $79. For information, call Brittany Siddall at 416-365-5767, e-mail brittany@praxispr.ca or visit http://www.australiasfirstfamiliesofwine.com.au.

Australia's First Families of Wine "Guardians of the Soil" will be held May 4 at 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairmont Chateau Laurier, The Drawing Room in Ottawa, Ontario. Australia's First Families of Wine, the "Guardians of the Soil," present iconic wines and share the compelling stories behind more than 1,200 years of Australian winemaking. Multi-generational winemaking family representatives from Campbells, d'Arenberg, De Bortoli, Henschke, Howard Park, Jim Barry's, McWilliam's, Tahbilk, Tyrrell's, Wakefield, and Yalumba will be present. Structured tasting begins at 2:30 p.m. Members of the Media and Trade are asked to RSVP to Liz Luzza to be put on the registration list. Admission is There is no charge to invited guests. For information, call Brittany Siddall at 905-949-8255, e-mail brittany@praxispr.ca or visit http://www.australiasfirstfamiliesofwine.com.au.

Tawse, The Taste of Gold will be held May 04 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Tasting at Julia's Ristorante, 312 Lakeshore Rd, E. in Oakville, Ontario. Have you ever wondered what gold tastes like? This will be the closest you will ever come to tasting pure gold. Tawse wines are liquid gold in a bottle! Winning an unprecedented 5 Gold awards, Tawse Winery was named 2010 Winery of the Year by Wine Access Magazine’s Canadian Wine Awards. To add to their collection, they also received 3 silver and 10 bronze medals.

You will have the extraordinary opportunity to taste many of their award winning wines.
Admission is $ 35 each - member and 1st guest, $45 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Australia's First Families of Wine Taste & Buy Event will be held May 5 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Arcadian Court, Simpson Tower in Toronto, Ontario. Experience the heart and soul of premium Australian wine. Collectively, Australia's First Families of Wine have more than 1,200 years of winemaking experience. Their goal is to establish Australia's place among the wine world's premium producers, and to share their unique history and tradition with the world. Taste iconic wines from Australia's renowned wine families at this Walk Around Tasting. Admission is $79 per person. For information, call Brittany Siddall at 416-365-5767, e-mail brittany@praxispr.ca or visit http://www.australiasfirstfamiliesofwine.com.au.

Appleby College Wine Auction - Bottles and Baubles will be held May 12 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. Held on the Appleby College campus, the 2011 Wine Auction is expected to attract approximately 150 of the region’s most influential oenophiles. The evening includes an exclusive silent and live auction with an array of fine wine and jewellery, as well as an extraordinary selection of appetizers showcased by well-known local restaurants. Admission is $125. Proceeds go to Funds from the 2011 Fine Wine Auction will support renovations of the Appleby College Memorial Classroom Building For information, call Ashley Le roux at 905-845-4681, e-mail aleroux@appleby.on.ca or visit http://blg.appleby.on.ca/wineauction.

New Zealand Wine Fair Toronto will be held May 12 7:00pm - 9:30pm at Design Exchange in Toronto, ON. Sample over 140 proven performers and stars-in-the-making at this once a year exclusive tasting. Meet the winemakers and make this your opportunity to discover New Zealand in a Glass! Admission is $60.00. For information, call Dayna Stockdale at 888-9939927, e-mail dayna.stockdale@ketchin.com or visit http://www.nzwine.com/events/toronto-new-zealand-wine-fair-public/.

The Art of Eating: A Tribute to MFK Fisher will be held May 14 2-5:30p.m. at Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch in Glen Ellen, California. Sponsored by the San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Julie Atwood Events, Nancy & Tony Lilly & Bank of Marin this food and wine benefit for Audubon Canyon Ranch will be hosted by author and journalist Georgeanne Brennan and Chef John Ash. Bay Area chefs include Sondra Bernstein of the girl and the fig, Kary Vega of Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol and Sonoma, Sheana Davis of The Epicurean Connection, Belon, Sonoma-Artisan Foie Gras, Pizzaiolo, Pam Ferrari of Pam Ferrari Catering & Jimtown Store. Wineries will include Preston Winery, Michel-Schlumberger, Charles Creek Vineyard, David Noyes Wines, Clarbec Wines & Hamel Family Wines. Admission is $125. Proceeds go to Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) provides over 6,000 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to experience nature first-hand, at no cost to the schools. ACR is the only organization in the area that still offers hands-on science education field trips free of charge. For information, call Paula Maxfield at 415-868-9244, e-mail paula@millermaxfield.com or visit http://www.egret.org/node/478.

Culinary Getaway in Tuscany will be held from May 15 to May 21, 2011 in Chianti Region, France. Join Culinary Getaways in Tuscany where you will explore the villages, the markets, the regional specialties, the wines and the food in this delightful area of Italy. You will get to know the people, the history and the culture of the region along the way. You will cook together using local, seasonal ingredients, dine in outstanding local restaurants and cook with Italian chefs. Groups are kept small so space is limited. Admission is 3850 USD per person for double occupancy, 4250 USD per person for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=61.

The Great Canadian Cheese Discovery, Featuring artisan cheeses of Québec will be held May 18 7pm at Thyme & Again Creative Catering in Ottawa, Ontario. Join Savvy Company’s Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons as she leads you through a delicious discovery artisan cheeses from Ontario. And Vanessa knows her cheese! She has trained with the Cheese Education Guild in Toronto – Canada’s only comprehensive cheese appreciation program and spends countless hours with local cheesemongers and cheesemakers. Her passion for cheeses oozes while her knowledge will melt away all notions that Canada only makes cheddar.

With Vanessa showing you the ’whey’, she will introduce you to the fun-damentals of cheese appreciation including how cheese is made and what makes it artisanal, different categories of cheese, cheese-y lingo, buying cheese & caring for cheese. Being a Savvy Event, of course, Canadian wines will be tasted too! Admission is $55 per person when you register before May 1, 2011; Regular ticket: $60 per person . For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926), e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.savvycompany.ca/events/.

Taste of Quebec Artisan Cheese will be held May 18 7:00 pm at 1255 Wellington Street West - Thyme & Again Creative Catering in Ottawa, Ontario. Join Savvy Company’s Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons - as she leads you through a delicious discovery of artisan cheeses from Quebec with Canadian wines. Admission is SAVVY SPECIAL: $55 per person when you register before April 1, 2011 Regular ticket: $60 pp. For information, call Kathryn Flynn at 613-728-8926, e-mail kathryn@savvycompany.ca.

The Ontario Wine Society (Toronto) Presents "Classic Pinot Noir: Burgundy and Ontario" will be held May 19 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace in Toronto, Ontario. "The most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic." Joel Fleischman of Vanity Fair describing Pinot Noir. Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon calls Pinot Noir "sex in a glass". Peter Richardsson of OenoStyle christened it "a seductive yet fickle mistress!" Winemakers, trying to emulate Burgundy Pinot Noir, call it the “Heartbreak Grape” for its difficulty to grow and make good wine.

Come check it out for yourself at the largest tasting of Burgundy and Ontario Pinot Noir ever held in Toronto ... and, in a fitting venue ... Toronto’s beautiful castle, Casa Loma. The event will occupy the entire ground floor of the Castle including the terrace, weather permitting.

36 Ontario Wineries and 7 Burgundian agents will be on hand pouring over 100 Pinot Noirs.

During the event, Norman Hardie, owner and winemaker of Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard in Prince Edward County, and Thomas Bachelder, former winemaker of Le Clos Jordan in the Niagara Escarpment and now consultant to the industry, will give an interactive talk on Pinot Noir.

Admission is $58 each - member and 1st guest, $68 each - addition guests and non-members. Proceeds go to The Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma (KCCL). KCCL has been involved in helping underprivileged children in Toronto since the 1930’s, under the auspices of Casa Loma. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Wine Auction will be held May 25 pre-tasting 6-7pm, general 7pm at All Saints Anglican Church, Chapel St, Sandy Hill in Ottawa, ON. This sale offers many interesting lots of mature ready-to-drink fine and every day wines. Buy to improve your cellar or for a special occasion. Admission is $125 pre tasting & admission, $50 regular admission, $50 refund with purchase. Proceeds go to Music and Beyond is a registered non profit, all proceeds help support the annual July Festival as well as seasonal events. For information, call David Dollin at 613-241-0777, e-mail media@musicandbeyond.ca or visit http://www.musicandbeyond.ca.

The 6th Interwine China 2011 will be held from May 25 to May 27 at 09:30-18:00 at China in Guangzhou, GuangDong. It is a international wine and spirits exhibition ( Short Name : Interwine China )and 50% exhibitors come from all over the world and others come from china who are the importers and distributors or the related-products. Admission is USD3000. Proceeds go to It's a individuals event. For information, call Elvia Zheng at 86-15920535264, e-mail elviaspace@gmail.com or visit http://www.interwine.org.

5th Annual Ontario Consumers Riesling Challenge will be held May 28 noon to 4 pm at 615 Scottsdale Drive in Guelph, Ontario. Our 5th Annual Ontario Consumers Riesling Challenge. A spring tradition. Come discover up to 16 Ontario Riesling producers, showcasing Dry and Off Dry styles. Celebrate Ontario Wines! A drop in type affair. Local fair trade coffee, great cheeses and bread arranged. The winery with the most ticket stubs collected with the homemade trophies. It's that easy.
The $10 admission fee collected goes directly to the Masai Centre for Local, Regional and Global Health
(Canadian Registered Charitable number 837390947RR0001) braceletofhope.ca campaign.


Admission is $10 for 4 tasting tickets. For information, call Orest Poluch at 519-823 5080, e-mail orest.poluch@lcbo.com.

Vinformation 1 - A Wine Appreciation Intro Class will be held May 28 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Red Room & TRIO Restaurant - Novotel Ottawa 33 Nicholas Street in Ottawa, Ontario. Join Savvy Company’s Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons - as she leads you through a delicious discovery of artisan cheeses from Quebec with Canadian wines. Admission is Lunch included, $129 per person when you register before May 13, 2011 Regular fee: $149. . For information, call Kathryn Flynn at 613-728-8926, e-mail kathryn@savvycompany.ca.

The Ontario Wine Society (Niagara) Presents "Grapes and the Vineyard” will be held May 30 6:30pm Reception, 7:30pm Tasting at Lailey Vineyard, 15940 Niagara Parkway in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Join us at Lailey Vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the first tasting in this series as we explore “Grapes and the Vineyard”. The vineyards at Lailey were first planted in 1970 by Donna and David Lailey. Donna was a Grape Queen in 1991 and will speak to us about some of the techniques she has used in her career as a viticulturist. In addition, we will hear about the life of a vineyard worker and the perspective of the Grape Growers Association of Ontario. We will break into groups and move through three tasting stations in different areas of the winery, each with one or more speakers, wines to taste, and food to eat.


Admission is $ 35 each - member and one guest, $40 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com/events.html.

The Great Canadian Cheese Discovery, Featuring artisan cheeses from Coast to Coast will be held June 08 7pm at Thyme & Again Creative Catering in Ottawa, Ontario. Join Savvy Company’s Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons as she leads you through a delicious discovery artisan cheeses from Ontario. And Vanessa knows her cheese! She has trained with the Cheese Education Guild in Toronto – Canada’s only comprehensive cheese appreciation program and spends countless hours with local cheesemongers and cheesemakers. Her passion for cheeses oozes while her knowledge will melt away all notions that Canada only makes cheddar.

With Vanessa showing you the ’whey’, she will introduce you to the fun-damentals of cheese appreciation including how cheese is made and what makes it artisanal, different categories of cheese, cheese-y lingo, buying cheese & caring for cheese.

Being a Savvy Event, of course, Canadian wines will be tasted too!
Admission is $55 per person when you register before May 27, 2011 Regular ticket:$60 per person . For information, call Debbie Trenholm at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926), e-mail debbie@savvycompany.ca or visit http://www.savvycompany.ca/events/.

The Ontario Wine Society (Toronto) Presents "Our Annual Bus Trip - This Year, Niagara Escarpment" will be held June 11 7:30am to 7:30pm at 5 Niagara Escarpment Wineries in Toronto, Ontario. We decided to visit 5 Niagara Escarpment wineries so our attendees can stock up on excellent bargains as well as the rare finds available only at the wineries. Included will be an opportunity to taste the culinary delights of lunch at Inn On The Twenty & finish a perfect day with a wine & cheese tasting in a beautiful setting.

The wineries that we will be visiting are Mountain Road Wine Company, Kacaba Vineyards, Cave Spring Cellars, Malivoire Wine Company and Peninsula Ridge

Admission is $99 each - member and 1st guest, $115 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Baskets with Panache! A Local Beverage & Food Fundraiser at the Central Experimental Farm will be held June 15 6:30 pm at The Canada Agriculture Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. Featuring wineries from Prince Edward County & local microbrews paired with gourmet hors d'oeuvres created by the chefs at Thyme & Again Creative Catering using local ingredients from 100 miles of the Central Experimental Farm. While music from the live Dixieland band wafts through the barn, attendees can bid on baskets donated by Ottawa celebrities containing items unique to their individuality.

Admission is Advance Tickets - $75 per person. Book before May 15 & receive a $10 coupon to the silent auction.. Proceeds go to The Canada Agriculture Museum hosts this event to generate funds to enable children with financial challenges in our community to attend the Museum's school programs and summer day camps and have an unforgettable hands-on farm experience. For information, call Kathryn Flynn at 613-728-8926, e-mail kathryn@savvycompany.ca.

Guided wine tour to Northern Portugal and Spain will be held from June 17 to June 25 at Departs Newark airport at 8pm on June 16th 2011 (United/TAP flight to Porto) at Porto, Douro, Minho, Rias Baixas and Ribeira Sacra in Porto, Portugal. Small group (20 max) guided tour to premium wine regions in northern Portugal and Spain, including Porto, the Douro, the Minho, Rias Baixas, Ribeira Sacra and Bierzo. Highlights include winemakers tastings at Viña Caneiro, Adega Algueira and Afros and lunch at Grahams' flagship port vineyard, Quinta dos Malvedos and stays at converted manor houses and monasteries in Viana de Castelo and Santiago de Compostela. Our trip concludes at the festival of Sao Joao in Porto with riverside fireworks and rabelo boat races Admission is $3800 per person sharing + $550 single supplement (flights not included). For information, call Jeremy Shaw at 4428-97510777, e-mail jeremy@iberianwinetours.com or visit http://www.iberianwinetours.com/?c=5251.

The Ontario Wine Society (Niagara) Presents "Three-Region, Three-Wine Comparison” will be held June 21 6:00pm reception, 7:00pm tasting at Flat Rock Cellars, 2727 Seventh Ave in Jordan, Ontario. Under the guidance of guest speaker, Michael Pinkus, you will have the opportunity to compare three wines - Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and a red blend each from Niagara, Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shore. Great producers such as Norman Hardie Winery, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, and our host, Flat Rock Cellars will compete in the three different categories. In all, nine wineries will represent their regions. Admission is $ 35 each - member and 1st guest, $45 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit ontariowinesociety.com.

The Ontario Wine Society (Oakville) Presents "Summer Sipping With Coyote's Run" will be held June 22 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Tasting at Julia's Ristorante, 312 Lakeshore Rd, E. in Oakville, Ontario. With all the rain and cool weather we’ve had this spring, it’s time to celebrate summer! We invite you to attend “Summer Sipping with Coyote’s Run Estate Winery”. Coyote’s Run will be presenting several wines that are perfect for sitting on the deck and sipping, or for serving with your summer grilling. To
complement the wines Julia’s will be serving barbeque style foods to give you some inspiration for your summer parties. Admission is $ 35 each - member and 1st guest, $45 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

The Ontario Wine Society (Toronto) Presents "A BBQ Social" will be held June 23 6:30pm at Allen's Restaurant, 143 Danforth Ave. in Toronto, Ontario. Please join us as we sit back, relax and celebrate the beginning of summer in Toronto with our first, and perhaps annual, BBQ Social.

The BBQ will be held in the Backyard Patio at Allen's. The menu will feature a selection of sumptuous entrees from their charcoal grill for you to choose from, as well as your choice of 2 glasses of wine from their special 100% VQA wine list to complement your meal.
Admission is $ 58 each - member and 1st guest, $68 each - addition guests and non-members. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail yvonnken@pathcom.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.

Cooking and wine tour in a castle in Puglia Italy will be held from June 23 to June 30 at 2pm at Puglia Italy in Lecce, Puglia. Join us on a cooking and wine tour in Puglia Italy from June 23 to June 30, 2011! Stay in a 17th century castle. Learn how to make authentic cuisine of Puglia during hands on cooking classes. Taste some of the best Italian wines during our wine tours in Puglia. Cookery classes are provided by the two sisters Cinzia & Marika Rascazzo native to Puglia, who speak fluent English. Marika is also a Cardiologist; Cinzia is a wine sommelier and olive taster. The tour includes everything: 7 night accommodation, all meals, all transfers, three cooing classes focused on traditional hand made pasta and seafood; a visit to some of the best wineries in the region and an olive oil tasting class. Admission is 2100 euro. For information, call Cinzia Rascazzo at 39348-4514324, e-mail info.stile@gmail.com or visit http://www.italycookingcourses.com Admission is 2000. For information, call Cinzia Rascazzo at 0039-3484514324, e-mail info.stile@gmail.com or visit http://www.italycookingcourses.com/puglia-cooking-schools/special-cooking-in-a-castle-in-puglia/.

The Tasting of the year will be held July 7 at hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, Switzerland. The biggest tasting of the year, is to be held in the renovated luxury hotel Schweizerhof in Bern. The evening will be the grand opening for Events and Fine dining, so expect no less than a fantastic night with entertainment, featuring Jancis Robinson.
The best wines in the world with a special designed gourmet dinner, which will be very difficult to match in the future. Proceeds go to We have a tradition for giving money to charity, by auctioning sponsored gift to the participants at the wine event. One organization we support is Lovelight, who is working with children, teenage mothers and children with aids, living at the streets in Romania. It is good to think about giving something to the less fortunate while enjoying the best food and wine in the world For information, call Tore Holmgren at 0045-20892690, e-mail tdh@finest-events.ch or visit www.vinovisitas.ch.

Culinary Camping will be held July 23 All Day at Springwater Conservation Area in Aylmer, Ontario. The Culinary Camping event will be “the” event for “foodies”, “locavores" and live music lovers who also love to camp. And camp in style.

Listen to great music. Learn the coolest campsite cooking trends. See the latest "glamping" toys ... all while saving food miles at the local farmer's market, doing some fishing ... and being entertained by musicians who don't just cook on stage - but can mix it up at our tricked-out cooking demo campsite.

Professional Chefs and Name acts are being confirmed as we speak. Stay tuned for updates. Admission is Start at $60.00 for Saturday only. For information, call Karen Cummings at 226-678-4948, e-mail info@culinarycampingevent.com or visit http://www.culinarycampingevent.com.

Cooking and wine tour in a castle in Puglia Italy will be held from August 28 to September 4 in Lecce, Italy. Join Cinzia & Marika Rascazzo on a wonderful cooking and wine tour in Puglia Italy from August 28 to September 4, 2011! Stay in a 17th century castle. Learn how to make authentic cuisine of Puglia during hands on cooking classes. Taste some of the best Italian wines during our wine tours in Puglia. Cookery classes are provided by the two sisters Cinzia & Marika Rascazzo native to Puglia, who speak fluent English. Marika is also a Cardiologist; Cinzia is a wine sommelier and olive taster. The tour includes everything: 7 night accommodation, all meals, all transfers, three cooing classes focused on traditional hand made pasta and seafood; a visit to some of the best wineries in the region and an olive oil tasting class. Admission is 2100 euro. For information, call Cinzia Rascazzo at 0039-3484514324, e-mail info.stile@gmail.com or visit http://www.italycookingcourses.com.

Labor Day Weekend Open Winery Event will be held from September 03 to September 06 at 10:00 to 5:00pm at 123 Marynhill Hwy in Goldendale, WA. Wine, Music, Food and Fun in The Winery at Waving Tree Winery. Come and Enjoy tasting our unique Italian Style Wines. Admission is Free. For information, call Terrence Atkins at 509--773-6552, e-mail atkins@gorge.net or visit http://wwww.wavingtreewinery.com.

Culinary Getaway in Provence will be held from October 2 to October 8 in the Luberon Region, Provence, France. Join Sherry Page in the beautiful French region of Provence and experience the culinary treasures that this region has to offer. We will cook together with local French chefs, shop the local markets and taste regional wines, olive oils, cheeses, pastries and more. We'll have a great time learning more about the history and the people of this stunning area. Admission is $3850 USD per person for double-occupancy, $4250 USD for single occupancy. For information, call Sherry Page at 415-518-7107, e-mail sherry@culinarygetaways.com or visit http://culinarygetaways.com//getaways/?gid=64.

Independent Winemakers of France Tour & Tasting will be held from November 10 to November 15 at All Day at Paris and Champagne, France in Paris and Champagne, France. Local Food And Wine Tastings & Tours will open the door for you to taste wines from over 200 wineries from all regions of France. Taste French wine like the locals do. Talk, in-person, to the winemakers from legendary regions such as Bordeaux, Chateau-neuf-du-Pape, Bourgogne and Champagne.
Cost is 2300 Euro per person. Price includes 4 days of winetastings, airport transfers, 5 nights' hotel based on Double Occupancy. Single Occupancy 2650 Euro. Optional Paris half-day Culinary Walking Tour.

Dates: November 10 - 14 2011 Reims
November 23 - 27 2011 Paris
Admission is 2300Euro per person. For information, call Paige Donner at Skype-Paige7778, e-mail localfoodandwine@gmail.com or visit localfoodandwine.yolasite.com

Epicurean Adventure with Wade Lynch will be held from May 13 to May 20 in Arles, Burgundy and Provence. Join actor, comedian and sommelier Wade Lynch on an Epicurean Adventure on Uniworld's breathtaking River Royale May 13-20, 2012. Awaken your palette with a special wine and food pairing dinner, taste the Cotes du Rhone mid-valley wines and visit vineyards in Beaune. Wade Lynch, artistic director of the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI, and current star of Shear Madness, will make this Epicurean Adventure hilarious! Admission is starting at $3438 per person. For information, call Melanie Furlong at 902-835-6649, e-mail melanie@cruiseholidays.com or visit http://www.uniworldcruises.ca/Destinations/Europe/Burgundy_and_Provence/2011/Overview.

The Ontario Wine Society (Toronto) Presents "A Taste of Québec's Tasting Soirée" with Tawse Wines will be held March 22 6:45pm Reception, 7:00pm Tasting at Taste of Quebec Shop, 55 Mill St., Building 32, Distillery District in Toronto, Ontario. This Tasting Soirée event promises to be a fun and educational evening with an assortment of artisanal Québec cheeses explained by fromager Thom Sokoloski from ‘A Taste of Québec’ complemented by an in depth exposure to Canadian Wine Awards’ Winery of the Year for 2010 - Tawse Winery. Thom is also going to demonstrate to us how we can make cheese at home!! Admission is $45 Per Person + HST. For information, call Ken Burford at 416-921 9798, e-mail contact@ontariowinesociety.com or visit http://www.ontariowinesociety.com.