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Oct. 9 Sonoma in the City: Toronto 2014 (1–2:30 pm, Invitation-Only Trade Seminar moderated by John Szabo (MS), RBC Glass Room; 2:30–5 pm, Invitation-Only Walk-Around Trade Tasting, Peter F. Bronfman Hall; Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park Circle, Toronto; Featuring 60+ premium wines from more than 30 top Sonoma wineries) – Paula Oreskovich, Praxis, 905-949-8255, Ext. 223, paula@praxispr.com
9 Vintages Presents Taste of Sonoma 6:30–9 pm; Currelly Gallery, Main Level, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park Circle, Toronto; A Walk-Around Tasting featuring more than 80 wines from 41 Sonoma wineries) – LCBO VINTAGES Sales and Service Centre, 416-365-5767, 1-800-266-4764
12 LCBO Promotional Turn 8 (Whisky; October 12-November 8)
14 Hasta la Pasta: Navarra, Espana Sends its Best! (6:30 pm, Reception; 7 pm, Dinner; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring principals from Castillo de Monjardin, Ochoa and Tandem; The menu will be an Italian omaggio to the great cocina espanol!) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca, www.grano.ca
15 Navarra Wine Tasting (10:15 am, Trade only; Patria Restaurant, 478 King Street West, Toronto; Participating Navarra bodegas include: Castillo de Monjardin, Finca Albret, Inurrieta, Irache, Ochoa, Otazu, Principe de Viana and Tandem) – Sheila Swerling Puritt, Swerling Puritt Productions, 416-781-2293, spuritt@hotmail.com
15 Author's Dinner (6:30 pm, Reception; 7 pm, Dinner; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring bestselling award-winning novelist, playwright, actor and broadcast journalist Ann-Marie MacDonald and a selection of fine wines and Italian cuisine) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca, www.grano.ca
16 WineAlign "Champions' Tasting" (3–5 pm, Trade, by invite only; 6:30–9 pm, Public; Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto; Featuring Platinum and Gold winning wines from the 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada and Top Value, Category Champion and Best of Country wines from the 2014 World Wine Awards of Canada) – Heather Riley, WineAlign, 905-637-0492, heather@winealign.com
16 Newfoundland Labrador Wine Show (St. John's Convention Centre, St. John's, Newfoundland) – Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation, 709-724-1100, info@nlliquor.com, www.llliquor.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
20 Language & Linguine (Eight Mondays, 7–9 pm, skipping Thanksgiving; 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
20 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
22 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
22 Vintages Presents Celebrating Wolf Blass (6:30 pm, Reception; 7:15 pm, Dinner; Modus Ristorante, 145 King Street West, Toronto; Celebrating the legacy of Wolfgang Blass and marking the occasion of his 80th birthday; Featuring cuisine prepared by celebrity chef Matthew Stowe) – LCBO VINTAGES Sales and Service Centre, 416-365-5767, 1-800-266-4764
23 Vintages Pre-Release Tasting – Tuscany and Chile (7–9 pm; Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108, Ottawa) – Bill Ellis, National Capital Sommelier Guild, sommelier6@gmail.com, www.sommelierguild.com
24 Vesuvius Ensemble (6:30 pm, Reception; 7 pm, Dinner; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring Francesco Pellegrino, Marco Cera and Lucas Harris and a selection of fine wines and Italian cuisine) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca, www.grano.ca
27 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
27 Language & Linguine (Eight Mondays, 7–9 pm, skipping Thanksgiving; 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
28 9th Annual Chilean Grand Tasting (12:15–2:45 pm, Trade Seminar, RBC Glass Room, 4th Level; 2–5 pm, Trade Tasting for registered food and beverage industry professionals and media only; 7–9:30 pm, 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
28 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
29 World Wine & Food Expo (to November 1; Moncton Coliseum Complex, Moncton, New Brunswick; "Atlantic Canada's #1 Wine and Food Event") – 506-532-5333, info@wineexpo.ca, www.wineexpo.ca
30 19th Annual Italian Wine Tasting (Time/Venue t.b.a.; Calgary) – Piero Titone and Benedetta Marassi, Italian Trade Commission, 416-598-1566, Ext. 108, toronto@ice.it
30 Vintages Presents Eduardo Chadwick: The Berlin Tasting 10th Anniversary (6:30 pm, Reception; 7:15 pm, Dinner; Museum Room, Shangri-La Hotel, 188 University Avenue, Toronto; Featuring Eduardo Chadwick (President, Viña Errázuriz and Viña Seña) and select vintages of the Berlin Tasting wines Don Maximiano, Viña Seña, and Viñedo Chadwick) – LCBO VINTAGES Sales and Service Centre, 416-365-5767, 1-800-266-4764
Nov. 3 19th Annual Italian Wine Tasting (11 am–12:30 pm, Media Preview and Tasting; 12:30–5:30 pm, Trade Tasting; Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto; Featuring 82 wineries from 15 regions and more than 400 wines) – Piero Titone, Italian Trade Commission, 416-598-1566, Ext. 108, toronto@ice.it
3 Language & Linguine (Eight Mondays, 7–9 pm, skipping Thanksgiving; 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
3 Winemaker's Dinner (6:30 pm, Reception; 7 pm, Tasting & Dinner; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring winemaker Franco Campanelli and a selection of San Fabiano's fine wines, olive oil and grappa and a Tuscan-inspired menu) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca, www.grano.ca
6–8 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
7–9 29th Annual Ottawa Wine and Food Festival (Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa) – Ottawa Wine & Food Festival, 613-523-8355, jaime@ottawawineandfoodfestival.com, www.ottawawine andfoodfestival.com
10 Language & Linguine (Eight Mondays, 7–9 pm, skipping Thanksgiving; 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
12 Vintages Presents Chateau Palmer: Among the Elite of Bordeaux (6:30 pm, Reception; 7:15 pm, Dinner; Vertical Restaurant, First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto; Many of the wines (1961-2008) that Robert Parker has proclaimed to be superior to the First Growths will be available to taste and/or order at this event) – LCBO VINTAGES Sales and Service Centre, 416-365-5767, 1-800-266-4764
12 Author's Dinner (6:30 pm, Reception; 7 pm, Dinner; Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto; Featuring Greg Sorbara (The Battlefield of Ontario Politics) and a selection of fine wines and Italian cuisine) – Roberto Martella, Grano, 416-440-1986, rdm@grano.ca, www.grano.ca
13 Toronto Symphony Orchestra Fine Wine Charity Auction (CIBC, Commerce Court West, 56th Floor, 199 Bay Street, Toronto; July 31 deadline for donations) – Kathy Buckworth, TSO Volunteer Committee, 416-885-2967, kathy@kathybuckworth.com
20–23 Gourmet Food & Wine Expo (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front Street West, Toronto; Toronto's biggest food and wine appreciation event!  Featuring 300+ exhibitors and more than 1,500 fine wines, beers and spirits, Toronto's top chefs and spectacular cuisine) – Jennifer Campbell, 905-634-8003, Ext. 309, jennifer.campbell@sunmedia.ca, www.foodandwineexpo.ca
22 International Pinot Challenge (www.internationalpinotchallenge.com; Entries accepted September 1; Deliveries accepted October 1-November 7) – Claire Boulley, Competition Director, Wine Judges of Canada, claireboulley@winejudgesofcanada.com
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LCBO Promotional Turn 10 (Holiday 2; November 30-January 3)

Dec. 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
2015
Feb. 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
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. 10–12

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

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
May 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
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
Jun. 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

 

 

 

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