Tutored Tastings program at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo
Toronto , ON – September 18, 2009 – The highly anticipated Tutored Tastings Program returns to the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo this November at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The 2009 schedule includes hot new topics, top sommeliers, wine personalities and celebrities. Tutored Tastings classes are fun, entertaining and engaging 90-minute classroom-style tasting sessions, hosted by wine experts and featuring some of the world's most sought-after wines.
New this year, is an incredible Pre-Expo Theme Country dinner. Taking place at Oasi Restaurant on Thursday, November 12 at 6 pm. Enjoy fabulous Portuguese wines paired with contemporary cuisine. This is sure to be one of the most notable highlights of this year's event. Book online at foodandwineexpo.ca under Tutored Tastings. Tickets are $175 pp and include cocktail reception, all wines, sit-down dinner and VIP admission to the Expo the following week.
2009 Tutored Tastings Highlights include:
v Billy's Best Bubbles will feature fabulous sparkling wines from Champagne and other effervescent regions; admission includes a copy of Billy's Best Wines , 2010 edition.
v InterVin Award Winners presents 10 top picks from this International competition.
v The World of Drinks hosted by Kevin Brauch, The Thirsty Traveler is an unbelievably entertaining way to learn more about incredible wines and spirits from around the globe.
v Cutting-Edge Wines led by John Szabo and Zoltan Szabo offers hot values and insights into wine regions, service and more from this dynamic duo of master tasters.
v Gord on Grapes hosted by famed Toronto Star wine writer Gord Stimmell offers an insider's guide to this years' best buys.
v Bordeaux Spotlight features remarkable wines from a region many consider to produce the best in the world; sample greatness from the 2006 vintage.
v Best of the Best is our most eagerly anticipated session offering a line-up of some of the very best and most exclusive wines in the world.
As always, Tutored Tasting sessions are sure to sell out quickly. Tickets and full class schedule available now at www.foodandwineexpo.ca under Tutored Tastings.
The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, Canada 's premier event returns for its 15 th year November 19-22, 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It offers 35,000 guests an unparalleled opportunity to sample more than 1,500 fine wines, beers and spirits from around the globe and sample gourmet foods and signature dishes from Toronto 's best restaurants. This is a not to be missed event for those wanting to be on top of today's hottest food and wine trends!
Winemaker Andrew Peller Ltd. reported an increase in its first-quarter earnings compared with a year ago as sales grew more than 10 per cent.
Andrew Peller said Thursday that it earned $3.3 million or 22 cents per share for the quarter ended June 30 compared with a profit of $2.7 million or 18 cents per share a year ago.
Sales totalled $70.2 million, up from $61.6 million.
Andrew Peller, which owns wineries in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia, produces several brands including Peller Estates, Trius, Thirty Bench, Sandhill, Copper Moon, Red Rooster, Hochtaler and Domaine D'Or
Halifax, N.S. – The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) Atlantic Chapter released the results of the first Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at the Catch Seafood Festival. 13 wineries from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick received medals.
“ We felt this competition would help to further promote the unique and characteristic wines of our young winemaking region ,” says Drew Curlett, a member of the board of directors for CAPS Atlantic. “ The time was right for a regional competition - more and more local wines are receiving national awards. The numerous participating wineries, both large and small, which received awards reveals the diverse talent and quality of wine Atlantic Canada offers."
In addition to the gold, silver and bronze medals given in 18 categories, the following Best of Show awards were presented:
Best White Wine - 2008 Limited Edition Muscat Chardonnay, Gaspereau Vineyards, Nova Scotia
Best Fruit Wine – 2006 Blackberry Mead, Rossignol Estate Winery, Prince Edward Island
Local wineries submitted 119 wines for the competition. The wines were blind-tasted by a judging panel comprised of CAPS Atlantic members. The awards will be presented annually to showcase the best wine Atlantic Canada has to offer. For more information about CAPS, please visit www.atlanticsommeliers.ca .
Wolfville's Tempest Restaurant Named one of the Healthiest Restaurants in Canada by Best Health Magazine
The summer 2009 issue of Best Health Magazine , a nation-wide Canadian publication, named Wolfville's Tempest Restaurant among four other celebrants as one of Canada's Healthiest Restaurants based on Tempest's commitment to local, organic food. Chef Michael Howell was initially queried by the publication about his restaurant's commitment to regional food. The result was that Tempest was featured in an article about four Canadian restaurants that include Four (Toronto), Dandelion Eatery (Winnipeg) and Sonny's Vegetarian (Montreal).
“Tempest is committed to preparing the best local fresh ingredients that result in a great dining experience,” says chef and co-owner Michael Howell. “We are delighted to be recognized by Best Health Magazine as this vets our raison d'etre as a restaurant. We do not eschew the flavours and techniques that create great cuisine, but if we can reduce unhealthy additives, make a dish completely vegan or prepare a six course completely gluten free menu for a keen diner a la minute , we can be proud of the recognition that Best Health bestows upon us. As a chef who believes inherently in the Slow Food Movement and its relevance in the restaurant sphere, I am as committed as ever to extol the virtues and health benefits of locally produced food.”
Tempest was again recognized as one of the best restaurants in Canada in the 2009-10 edition of Where to Eat in Canada. Tempest Restaurant is a member of Taste of Nova Scotia.
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Tempest Restaurant/The Port Gastropub
Halifax, N.S. – Nova Scotia has been chosen to host the inaugural World Culinary Tourism Thought Leadership World Summit and Consumer Marketplace being coordinated by the International Culinary Tourism Association (ICTA) in September 2010.
The 2010 Culinary Tourism Thought Leadership World Summit and Consumer Marketplace is the first ever conference that will bring together 300 to 500 leaders of the culinary tourism industry to discuss the state of the industry today as well as best practices for sustaining and developing the future of the culinary tourism industry.
June 9, 2009 [Inniskillin Wines, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario]
Victoria's Church and State winery appears to have reached another milestone on the road to rebuilding its reputation -- its 2006 Quintessential wine was named top red wine of the year at the 2009 All-Canadian Wine Championships in Windsor, Ont.
Beaufort Vineyards in the Comox Valley won gold for its 2008 white-wine blend (Panacea). The winery also took home eight medals -- two gold, three silver and three bronze -- from the Northwest Wine Summit in Oregon.
All Canadian award winners