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Gourmet Food & Wine Expo 

November 17–20, 2005 Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Nov 17, 6 pm–10 pm *VIP evening
Nov 18, 2 pm–10 pm
Nov 19, noon–10 pm
Nov 20, noon–6 pm

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

In response to consumer demand for increased wine education, the 2005 Gourmet Food & Wine Expo has added more wine tasting seminars to their prestigious wine tasting programs. From November 17 to 20, the 11th annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo will present the largest wine appreciation program in Canada. Sessions will offer new information on wines, designed to appeal to everyone from wine enthusiasts to connoisseurs including the Tutored Tasting program and Connoisseur's Corner. These programs reflect emerging trends in the wine world and play a vital role in increasing consumer wine appreciation.

"The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo offers consumers an experience unparalleled in this city," says Gord Froner, Vintages Product Consultant and organizer of the Vintages sessions. "The LCBO and Vintages are proud to be a part of the Tutored Tastings program again this year where anyone from the beginner to the expert can expand their knowledge and comfort zone with wine. Conducted by our experienced and knowledgeable team of LCBO Product Consultants, these educational classes focus on everything from what's hot in wine today to the pairing of wine with food, to learning about and sampling some of the greatest wines ever made. This program is truly a wine lovers' smorgasbord."

The Tutored Tasting Program features over 20 consumer sessions hosted by LCBO Product Consultants, sommeliers and media personalities. Industry leaders conducting these sessions include master sommelier and president of the Chilean Sommelier Association Hector Vergara; wine educator and certified sommelier Gilberto J. Bojaca; certified sommeliers and authors Ric Kitowski and Jocelyn Klemm; wine critic Billy Munnelly; wine writer Richard Best; Chiya Li, founder of Madame Sommelier; and many more.

Tasting session highlights include "Real Wines for Real People," "A Woman's Guide to Wine," "When Only the Best Will Do," and "2002 First Growth Bordeaux." The broad range of topics blend wine history, geography, and tips on tasting with an opportunity to break down the barriers of experiencing and understanding wine whether the participant is knowledgeable or novice. Major wine making countries represented include South Africa, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Australia, France, Germany and Spain.

Many wines available in the Tutored Tasting program will be premiered for the first time in Canada and can be purchased at the on-site Vintages store. Sessions are open to the public and range from $49 to $150 per ticket. The full Tutored Tasting program schedule will be posted on the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo website (, and tickets go on sale in September. Tutored Tasting brochures will also be available at LCBO retail outlets in the Greater Toronto Area.

Trade participants will also find great value in the Tutored Tasting program. In addition to the consumer sessions, two trade sessions will be offered and conducted by The International Wine Education Guild (IWEG). The Guild's pursuit of excellence in wine and spirit education has been key in developing these informative seminars where the content provided will offer valuable insight into trade issues. Sessions include "Balance: Key Recommendations to a Successful Restaurant Wine Program" and "What's Hot & What's Not," which explore the latest trends and best practices in the world of food and wine, including service techniques, boosting profits, securing a wine program to bring in new business and emerging wine regions to consider when enhancing a wine program.

The educational programs at the 2005 Gourmet Food & Wine Expo round out with the launch of Connoisseur's Corner. The Expo is pleased to announce that the IWEG will be leading a number of wine seminars located on the show floor at this new stage. Designed to cover topics such as grape varieties and tasting technique, visitors will be invited to sit in, taste and learn more about the exciting world of wine. The full schedule of the ongoing sessions for Connoisseur's Corner will be available via the show's website (

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo is the foremost food and wine tasting event in Canada and features over 750 wines from every major wine-producing country in the world and 40 informative wine seminars.




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