Wine Events and Tastings in Canada

Wine Fair Emozioni dal Chianti, Florence, ItalyHere are some upcoming wine tastings and events that are worth attending. Let me know if you think I should add others to this list – I’m not trying to create an exhaustive list with every wine event happening across Canada, but rather a carefully curated one of worthy events.

Get yourself on the e-mail list for those that interest you now so that you’re reminded when to register. Many events offer free trade tastings during the day for those who work in the hospitality industry (restaurants, hotels etc who are involved with food and wine) as well as media (writers and bloggers).

These events are usually followed by evening tastings for the public with a ticket charge. You can attend these if the afternoon events don’t fit your schedule, though you’ll likely have to pay for your ticket.

Wine Events in 2015

California Wine Fair April-May 2015

Free events for the trade are usually held in the afternoon for the dates below, while the public/consumer events are in the evening with a ticket cost. No tickets are sold at the door. For more info visit www.calwine.ca. Get yourself on the mailing list now for the trade portion by e-mailing Brianne at calwine@sympatico.ca.

•    Tuesday, April 7th:Quebec City, Espace Dalhousie
•    Wednesday, April 8:  Montreal, Quebec, Le Centre Sheraton
•    Friday, April 10: Ottawa, Ontario, Westin Ottawa
•    Monday, April 13th: Toronto, Ontario, The Fairmont Royal York
•    Wednesday, April 15th: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Halifax Convention Centre
•    Wednesday, April 22h: Edmonton, Alberta, Shaw Conference Centre
•    Monday, April 27: Vancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver Convention Centre
•    Friday, April 24: Calgary,BMO Centre, Calgary Stampede, Palomino Room

New Zealand Wine Fair April-May 2015

This series of tastings also offers both free trade events and evening consumer tastings. Contact Robert Ketchin, New Zealand Winegrowers, nzwine@ketchin.com, www.nzwine.com/events.

May    5    Ottawa: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Regional Tour of New Zealand Pinot Noir Seminar – Sommeliers/Media/Wine Buyers only; 2:30-5:30 p.m., Trade Tasting; 7-9:30 p.m., Consumer Tasting; Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa; Annual tasting featuring 15+ premium New Zealand wineries and more than 75 wines

May 8  Toronto: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Regional Tour of New Zealand Pinot Noir Seminar – Sommeliers/Media/Wine Buyers only; 2:30-5:30 p.m., Trade Tasting; 7-9:30 p.m., Consumer Tasting; The St. James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church Street, Toronto

Okanagan – Spring Wine Festival May 2015

What started in 1994 as a kick start to the wine season in a fledging one day festival with just 16 wineries, has blossomed two decades later into a much anticipated ten day celebration of local food and wine.  Now with 119 wineries, over 70 culinary and wine events, a Best of Varietal competition, and a delicious partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada; the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival offers a uniquely Okanagan experience for every palate.

Some delectable new festivities this year include: the Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, Apprentice Chefs competing in the Cheesiest Sweet and Savoury Competition, a Bubbly Bootcamp, and grand openings of the newest architecturally distinctive tasting rooms, to name but a few of the highlights.

A more intimate event with a hint of wine education, the Blind Wine and Cheese Soiree presented by Valley First on Saturday May 10th, is a perfect opportunity to test your palate in a fun environment with local wineries and Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Over 7,500 guests are expected to participate over the ten days of activities this spring.  From farm to table winery dinners, barbeques and picnics in stunning settings, the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival brings visitors face to face with the chefs, winemakers and growers that have not only built our wine and culinary industry but those poised on the leading edge of change.

Visit www.thewinefestivals.com for additional information.

May 2015 every Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Niagara On The Lake, Ontario Sip & Sizzle

At 26 participating wineries. Visit the official website for more info.

May 11, 2015 Toronto: A Tribute to Trius – Celebrate 25 years of Award-Winning Winemaking

Reception & Dinner Montecito Restaurant, Mezzanine Level Dining Room, 299 Adelaide St. West, Toronto 6:30 p.m. Tickets

May 12, 2015 Halifax: New Zealand in a Glass

Pier 21 – Kenneth C Rowe Hall, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7 Seminar: 1.30pm – 2.30pm Trade: 2.30pm – 5.30pm Consumer: 7.00pm – 9.30pm Ticket: $65  — Robert Ketchin or Anik Gaumond, New Zealand Winegrowers, 705/444-0195, 1-888/993-9927, nzwine@ketchin.com, nzwine.com/events

May 14, 2015 Toronto, Ontario: LCBO-Vintages Trade Partnership Symposium

8:30 a.m. Registration; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Trade Symposium, Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre, 2 Harbour Square, Toronto – helloLCBO, 416/365-5900, 1-800/668-5226, VintagesSpecialEvents@lcbo.com

May 14, 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia: New Zealand in a Glass

Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront – Vistas 360, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC V6E 3T3 Seminar: 1.30pm – 2.30pm Trade: 2.30pm – 5.30pm Consumer: 7.00pm – 9.30pm Ticket: $65  – Robert Ketchin or Anik Gaumond, New Zealand Winegrowers, 705/444-0195, 1-888/993-9927, nzwine@ketchin.com, nzwine.com/events

May 14, 2015 Toronto, Ontario High End Tasting

Venue and Time t.b.a., Toronto — Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289/597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.caMay 14, 2015

May 21, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Next Generation Riesling Wines of Germany Tasting

6:30-9:30 p.m., Consumer Tasting in conjunction with Vintages; St. James Cathedral, 65 Church Street, Toronto – Lisa Ulrich, Andros Communications, 905/637-2100, lisa@androscom.com

May 26, 2015 Toronto: Australia’s First Families of Wine Taste & Buy

Art Gallery of Ontario, Baillie Court, 3rd Floor, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto 6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m. Tickets

May 27, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Spanish Red Wine Tasting

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

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

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

June 3, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Elsie Awards

1:30 p.m. Cocktails; 2:30-5:00 p.m. Elsie Presentations; The Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto – helloLCBO, 416/365-5900, 1-800/668-5226, VintagesSpecialEvents@lcbo.com

June 4, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Gambero Rosso’s Best of Italy 2015

Walk-around Tasting: 6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto Main Entrance on Bloor St. West, Currelly Gallery, Main Level – VintagesSpecialEvents@lcbo.com

June 9, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting: The Soul of Portugal

2 p.m.; The Burroughes Building, 639 Queen Street East, Toronto – Maud Chaumet, Sopexa Canada, 416/921-8400, Ext. 3, maud.chaumet@sopexa.com

June 14, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Braii

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

June 18, 2015 Toronto, Ontario: Pop! Sparkle! Sip! Pop! Sparkle! Sip!

Corus Quay – Atrium, (Queens Quay & Lower Jarvis) 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto Walk-around Tasting: 6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m. – VintagesSpecialEvents@lcbo.com

June 24, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Definitive Italian Wines Tasting

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

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

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

July 14, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Cool Climate Wines Tasting

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

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

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

September 2015 Niagara – Niagara Wine Festival: A Vintage Harvest

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

September 2015 NSLC Port of Wines Festival Halifax

September 3, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Dinner with Lammershoek Pinotage

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

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

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

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

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

October 2015 Newfoundland Labrador Wine Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October Toronto – 9th Annual Chilean Grand Tasting

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

October Vancouver: 19th Annual Italian Wine Tasting

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

October 20, 2015 Toronto, Ontario De Torren Vertical Tasting

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

October -November Moncton: World Wine & Food Expo

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

October 20, 2015 Toronto, Ontario De Torren Vertical Tasting

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

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

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

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

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

December 4, 2015 Toronto, Ontario Christmas Dinner

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

Ongoing Events by City

Ottawa, Ontario

Join the National Capital Sommelier Guild. Don’t let the name scare you, they’re a group of wine enthusiasts that make learning and tasting fun! In fact, you don’t have to be a sommelier or work in a restaurant to join. The Guild hosts many wine tastings and dinner events throughout the year that are educational, unpretentious and all about having a good time. Visit the website at sommelierguild.com for more information.

Toronto and Ottawa

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

International Wine Events

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 14-18, 2015  France: Vinexpo 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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