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Jan. 10 John A. Macdonald: 200 Years Strong! (5:30 pm, Reception; 6:30 pm, Dinner; Canadian Room, Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West, Toronto) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca
12 Language & Linguine (10 weeks, skipping Family Day, 6 pm & 8 pm; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring Sarah Savina in a celebration of all things Italian, including fine Italian wines and cuisine) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca
14 Pasta Making 101 (6:30–9:30 pm; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring Kathleen Mackintosh of The Cluinarium Cupboard and Angelo Bean of Ontalia & Artisan Sausages, along with a selection of fine Italian wines and cuisine) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca, www.grano.ca
20 Vintages Presents Union des Grands Crus Taste & Buy Event (6:30–9 pm Walk-Around Tasting, The Carlu, 7th Floor, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring principals from some of Bordeaux's most renowned estates as the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) showcase their 2012 vintage) – LCBO VINTAGES Sales and Service Centre, 416-365-5767, 1-800-266-4764
20 Vintages Presents Union des Grands Crus Taste & Buy Event (6:30–9 pm Walk-Around Tasting, The Carlu, 7th Floor, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring principals from some of Bordeaux's most renowned estates as the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) showcase their 2012 vintage) – LCBO VINTAGES Sales and Service Centre, 416-365-5767, 1-800-266-4764
28 Vinitaly International: Ciao Ontario! Ciao Italia! (6:30 pm, Reception; 7 pm, Dinner; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring Ian D'Agata of Vinitaly International Academy and Magdalena Kaiser of Wine Country Ontario with great examples of varietals from Ontario and Italy, including Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris/Grigio and more, along with fine Canadian and Italian cuisine) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca, www.grano.ca
31 Winterfest 2015 (Formerly Ski Day) – Beaver Valley Ski Club, Markdale; a P.A. Day for most School Boards, so bring the kids; Enjoy an all-day lift ticket, snowshoe and cross-country ski excursions, full breakfast, lunch, and après ski, outdoor snack shack with all day snacks (even beaver tails!) and warm (and cold) drinks, adult tasting stations, fun ski and snowboard races with prizes, outdoor carnival activities, great silent auction and raffle prize tables, discounted next-day lift tickets – Friends of We Care, 905-841-1223, www.friendsofwecare.org
Feb. 5 War of the Wines: Italy vs. South Africa (6:30 pm, Reception; 7 pm, Wine Tasting; Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto; Presented by Amici dell'Enotria and the South African Wine Society) – Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289-597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.ca
9 Simply Italian, Great Wines 2015 (10 am–2 pm, Trade Seminars on Italian wine regions; 2–6 pm, Walk-Around Tasting featuring more than 35 wineries representing the diverse Italian regions of Tuscany, Piedmont, Lombardy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto and many others; Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto) – Piero Titone, Italian Trade Commission, 416-598-1566, Ext. 108, p.titone@ice.it, toronto@ice.it
11 Sensational Sausage (6:30–9:30 pm; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring Kathleen Mackintosh of The Cluinarium Cupboard and Angelo Bean of Ontalia & Artisan Sausages, along with a selection of fine Italian wines and cuisine) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca, www.grano.ca
20 Vancouver International Wine Festival (Until March 1; Various events and venues; Canada's premier food & wine event; Australia is the theme country; 25,000 attendees; 2,500 trade and media from across Canada; Featuring up to 70 wineries and 20 events) – Harry Hertscheg, 604-872-6623, harry@vanwinefest.ca, www.vanwinefest.ca
Mar. 15–17 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
18 Pasta Making 201 (6:30–9:30 pm; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring Kathleen Mackintosh of The Cluinarium Cupboard and Angelo Bean of Ontalia & Artisan Sausages, along with a selection of fine Italian wines and cuisine) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca, www.grano.ca
19 Indian Dinner (Venue and Time t.b.a., Toronto) – Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289-597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.ca
22–25 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
Apr. 7 Festival des vins de Californie (1–4:30 pm, Trade Tasting; 7–9:30 pm, Consumer Tasting; Espaces Dalhousie, 84 Dalhousie, Québec) – Nicole Paradis, 514-768-0071, nicoparadis@sympatico.ca
8 Festival des vins de Californie (12:00 noon–2:15 pm, Luncheon; 2–5:30 pm, Trade Tasting; 7–9:30 pm, Consumer Tasting; Le Centre Sheraton, 1201 Rene-Levesque Blvd W Montréal, QC) – Nicole Paradis, 514-768-0071, nicoparadis@sympatico.ca
10 California Wine Fair (2–5 pm, Trade Tasting; 7–9:30 pm, Consumer Tasting; The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa) – Gillian Tinsley, 905-336-8932, gillian@calwine.ca
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Good Food & Drink Festival (Noon–9 pm, April 10; 10 am–9 pm, April 11; 10 am–6 pm, April 12; Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Hall D, 100 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto) – Christine Wong, Premier Publications & Shows, 905-842-6591, Ext. 278, 1-800-693-7986, cwong@metroland.com, www.goodfoodanddrinkfestival.com

13 California Wine Fair (11:30 am–2:15 pm, Luncheon; 2:30–5:30 pm, Trade Tasting; 7–9:30 pm, Consumer Tasting; The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West, Toronto) – Gillian Tinsley, 905-336-8932, gillian@calwine.ca
14 Sauvignon Blanc Tasting (Venue and Time t.b.a., Toronto) – Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289-597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.ca
15 Risotto for the Seasons (6:30–9:30 pm; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring Kathleen Mackintosh of The Cluinarium Cupboard and Angelo Bean of Ontalia & Artisan Sausages, along with a selection of fine Italian wines and cuisine) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca, www.grano.ca
15 California Wine Fair (2–4:30 pm, Trade Tasting; 7–9:30 pm, Consumer Tasting; Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax) – Gillian Tinsley, 905-336-8932, gillian@calwine.ca
22 California Wine Fair (2–5:00 pm, Trade Tasting; 7–9:30 pm, Consumer Tasting; Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton) – Gillian Tinsley, 905-336-8932, gillian@calwine.ca
24 California Wine Fair (2–5:00 pm, Trade Tasting; 7–9:30 pm, Consumer Tasting; BMO Centre at Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary) – Gillian Tinsley, 905-336-8932, gillian@calwine.ca
24–25 Italian Wine and Food Show 2015 (4–10 pm, April 24; 12–10 pm, April 25; Fogolar Furlan Windsor - Main Hall, 1800 North Service Road (E.C. Row), Windsor) – Tim Sellan, Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada, 226-975-1469, tim.sellan@gmail.com, www.fogolar.com
26 Winnipeg Wine Festival (Until May 2; Wines of Chile is the theme country; Details t.b.a, Winnipeg) – www.winnipegwinefestival.com
27 California Wine Fair (2–5:00 pm, Trade Tasting; 7–9:30 pm, Consumer Tasting; Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver) – Gillian Tinsley, 905-336-8932, gillian@calwine.ca
May 4 French Wine Connection (Time and venue t.b.a., Toronto) – Carole Ringuet, UBIFRANCE – The French Trade Commission, 416-977-1257, Ext. 205, carole.ringuet@ubifrance.fr
5 The Vine's 15th Anniversary Celebration (By Invitation Only; 2–5:00 pm and 6–9:00 pm; Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto) – Rob Groh & Anne Jasper, 416-693-7994, rob@theVineAgency.ca, anne@theVineAgency.ca, www.theVineAgency.ca
5 New Wines of Greece (Trade/Media Tasting, Time/Location/Details t.b.a., Toronto) – George Athanas, 404-545-2323, gathanas@allaboutgreekwine.com
5 New Zealand in a Glass (Time and venue t.b.a., Montreal) – Robert Ketchin or Anik Gaumond, New Zealand Winegrowers, 705-444-0195, 1-888-993-9927, nzwine@ketchin.com, nzwine.com/events
7 New Zealand in a Glass (Time and venue t.b.a., Toronto) – Robert Ketchin or Anik Gaumond, New Zealand Winegrowers, 705-444-0195, 1-888-993-9927, nzwine@ketchin.com, nzwine.com/events
8 Ontario Wine Awards Annual Gala Dinner (Queen's Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake) – Tony Aspler, 416-488-8597, tony.aspler@rogers.com
12 New Zealand in a Glass (Time and venue t.b.a., Halifax) – Robert Ketchin or Anik Gaumond, New Zealand Winegrowers, 705-444-0195, 1-888-993-9927, nzwine@ketchin.com, nzwine.com/events
14 New Zealand in a Glass (Time and venue t.b.a., B.C.) – Robert Ketchin or Anik Gaumond, New Zealand Winegrowers, 705-444-0195, 1-888-993-9927, nzwine@ketchin.com, nzwine.com/events
14 High End Tasting (Venue and Time t.b.a., Toronto) – Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289-597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.ca
21 Wines of Germany Tasting Event (Details t.b.a. shortly; Toronto) – Ted Kalaboukis, Wines of Germany, 416-637-2044, ted@androscom.com
Jun. 14 Braai (Venue and Time t.b.a., Toronto) – Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289-597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.ca
14–18 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
Jul. 14 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
Sep. 3 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
Oct. 20 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
Dec. 4 Christmas Dinner (Venue and Time t.b.a., Toronto) – Eleanor Cosman, South African Wine Society, 289-597-9261, sawsinfo@rogers.com, www.southafricanwinesociety.ca

 

 

 

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