Australian & New Zealand Wine Society of Ottawa

Christmas Bubbles & Wines
Members Only Event

Friday, December 5, 2014
6:30pm - 10pm

The ANZWS have a had a quiet fall so now it's time to celebrate the Holiday season and get you ready for Christmas. Enjoy some of the fine foods that have made Epicuria one of the foremost catering companies with an array of both Australian & New Zealand bubblies, some smooth Australian & New Zealand reds, refreshing Rieslings and Sauvignon Blancs. We're planning to finish the evening with the some cellared stickies that are ready to be enjoyed around the fireplace.

We had a wonderful time.

Some of the Canapes by Epicuria Fine Foods:

  • Roasted Zucchini Roulade / Chevre / Tomato / Scallion
  • Achiote Chicken Skewer / Chimichurri
  • Short Rib Arancini / Roasted Red Pepper Aioli
  • Smoked Salmon, Hot Smoked Candied Salmon, Trout Rillette, and Chili Garlic Shrimp
  • Savoury Dips and Flatbread Platter
  • Selection of Quebec Artisan Cheese, Aged Chedder, Blue Costello, La Savagine and more


ANZWS 2014 Christmas cheer event - 10 wines

  • NZ - Oyster Bay Sparklng Rose Cuvee LCBO/Vin - ANZWS Cellar #163634
  • Aust - The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz - ANZWS Cellar #V221986
  • Aust - Mount Adams Edan Valley Riesling, 2010 Mount Adams #V288266
  • NZ - Marisco "The Kings Bastard" Chardonnay 2012 #V00393694
  • NZ - Bel Echo Pinot Noir, Clos Henri #V159137
  • Aust - Formby & Adams Leading Horse Cab Sauv 2007 ANZWS Cellar #V28750
  • NZ - Villa Maria Reserve Cab Sauv Merlot 2008, Gimblett Gravels #V02387
  • Aust - Gem Tree Vineyards, Bloodstone Shiraz 2005, ANZWS cellar
  • Aust - Grant Buge Tawny Port - ANZWS President's cellar
  • Aust - Grant Burge 10 yr old Muscat, 1998, ANZWS Cellar


Upcoming Events

Past Events

Special Invitation Wine Tasting

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6:30pm - 9pm

ANZWS Ottawa have the pleasure of hosting an exclusive event for its members, a wine and canapes evening showcasing one of New Zealand's most prestigious and renowned wineries - Villa Maria Estate - with special guest, Villa Maria Auckland Winemaker, Dave Roper. We hope you are able to join us for this rare opportunity of meeting the face behind the wines!

Villa Maria Wines presented:

  • Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rose 2013
  • Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
  • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009/2010

Canapes by Epicuria Fine Foods:

  • Shrimp Salad / Crisp Wonton / Chillies / Grilled Pineapple
  • Roasted Zucchini Roulade / Chevre / Tomato / Scallion
  • Coriander Black Pepper Crusted Flank / Crostini / Arugula Pesto/ Pickled Peppers
  • Short Rib Arancini / Roasted Red Pepper Aioli
  • Spanish Frittata / Chorizo / Fingerling Potato / Piquillo Peppers
  • Anise BBQ Glazed Duck Confit / Corn Bread / Sweet Blood Orange


Date:   Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time:   6:30pm - 9pm
Where:   ANZWS President's private residence, Rothwell Heights
Members Only (If not a member, this a great opportunity to join!)


Villa Maria Estate ( ) is New Zealand's most awarded winery. Proudly family owned, Villa Maria sources grapes from the best of New Zealand's wine growing regions to produce wines of exceptional quality enjoyed by wine drinkers around the world. Founded in 1961 by its current owner and Managing Director Sir George Fistonich, Villa Maria Estate is now seen as an icon in the New Zealand wine industry. An unrelenting commitment to producing quality wine has allowed Villa Maria to cement its place as New Zealand's most awarded winery for more than 30 years.

Join us for an exclusive tasting in Ottawa with Auckland winemaker, Dave Roper, to celebrate a select offering of wines from New Zealand's most awarded and iconic winery. Dave will guide you through a range of Villa Maria wines and speak about the unique viticulture and terroir of New Zealand as well as the history of the company that started with one man, George Fistonich, in 1961 and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide and is recognized as New Zealand's Most Awarded Winery.

David Roper

His passion for wine and natural ability has seen Dave become an integral part of the Auckland winemaking team.

Dave was brought up in the sunny Bay of Plenty by two Science teacher parents and embarked on a career in Microbiology after graduating from the Auckland University of Technology.

Drawn toward the wine industry in 1999, Dave studied at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay completing a Certificate in Winemaking.

He began working for Villa Maria at its Auckland winery in 2002 as a Cellar hand. His flair for winemaking was apparent from the outset and, in 2005 he was promoted to Assistant Winemaker.

Having developed his skill and knowledge across all of Villa Maria's wines, Dave's talent was once again recognised and he was promoted to the position of Auckland Winemaker in 2007.


Are You Game?

Meet Australia's Award winning Wine Maker & Owner,
Matt Fowles of Fowles Wines at our
Members Only Wine Tasting
At The Official Residence "Australia House"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:15pm

Another wonderful opportunity for our members to meet a dynamic international award winning wine maker visiting Ottawa. Hosted by H.E Louise Hand, Australian High Commissioner to Ottawa, held at the official residence, with foods prepared and created by the High Commission Chef, Matt Cook.

Date:   Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time:   6:15pm
Members Only (If not a member, this a great opportunity to join!)

Fowles Wines ( is a family owned vineyard and winery led by Matt Fowles located in the dramatic granite landscape of the Strathbogie Ranges wine region in Victoria, Australia.

Are you Game? is a wine range crafted to complement a broad variety of game meats. With labels depicting animal illustrations as they appear in nature - Are you Game? wines are designed to encourage more thought about the origins of food and wine and, will be launching in Ottawa LCBOs in April.

About Fowles Wine Located immediately next to Fowles family vineyards and perched on top of a hill overlooking the central Victoria plains, the winery has the full suite of winemaking tools and gadgetry, including a barrel hall with over 1000 barrels (with some big old English ones over 140 years old). In the winery, Chief Winemaker Victor Nash and Senior Winemaker Lindsay Brown use old world wine making knowledge from the past, with technology from the present, to nurture their fruit to display the elegance and purity of wines from the Strathbogie Ranges.

To see more on the region and wines fast forward to 3 minutes: in this video.

Matt Fowles


Matt Fowles, owner and CEO of Fowles Wines, is also an avid hunter, is renowned as a "game" expert, is a sustainable farmer and a great cook. Matt can discuss the unique characteristics of the Strathbogie Ranges wine region in Australia. His wines were recently sampled at LCBOs in Ottawa to great acclaim.

Matt Fowles, a former lawyer who swapped the vitriol for the vineyard, is an avid food and wine man. While his chief responsibility is the business of wine, he spends much of his time feeding his connection to the Strathbogie Ranges. Whether that is time in the vineyard, playing with wine or hunting for his table - he truly understands this land.

Matt is also the man behind the innovative Ladies who Shoot their Lunch wine - the world's first wine to be blended to complement wild game meat.

In 2007, Matt was selected as part of the 'Future Leaders' program aimed at fostering the next generation of wine industry leaders. The program is run by peak industry bodies; the Winemakers' Federation of Australia and Wine Australia. Matt now sits with the Winemakers' Federation of Australia.

Meet the other people involved at Fowles Wines.


A Barossa Tour with the Yalumba Winery: Terroir & Old Vines
A Members Only Reception At The Official Residence of the
Australian High Commissioner, HE, Louise Hand

Thursday, November 7, 2013,   6 - 7:30 p.m.

This sold-out event was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

Thank you to Australian High Commissioner, HE Louise Hand, Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Soar, First Secretariat Lucas Robson and Chef Matt Cooke. Also, many thanks to Jane Ferrari and Yalumba winery and Elisabeth Muir, Negociants International.

Read more details about the great wines from Yalumba that were enjoyed.

Appetizers and hors d'oeuvres will be served and paired with a beautiful sampling of 9 selected wines from Yalumba.

The Australian High Commission and the ANZWS cordially invite you to an evening reception at the High Commissioner's official residence. This private reception features a guided tasting by Jane Ferrari (Australian Wine Maker who was awarded the Baron of Barossa) sampling a selection of 9 wines featured from Australia's oldest family owned winery. Jane is dynamic, world-travelled, and passionate about Yalumba wines and she is sure to make this a particularly interesting and informative evening as she shares her love of wine and of the winery.

Appetizers and hors d'oeuvres will be served and paired with a beautiful sampling of 9 selected wines from Yalumba.

This is an exclusive event for our members to enjoy the surrounds of the official residence and meet with the High Commissioner and Wine Maker, Jane Ferrari. This is members only event so if you would like to renew or join our membership, now is the time! So come on, be part of this evening and awaken your senses. Cheers!

Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant and English brewer, who had brought his family to Angaston seeking a new life. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch "Yalumba" which is aboriginal for "all the land around".

Five generations and more than 160 years later Yalumba, Australia's oldest family owned winery, has grown in size and stature. Today, Yalumba embodies all that has made the Australian wine success story the envy of winemakers the world over.

With uncompromising focus on quality and innovation along with access to excellent old vine material, Yalumba has consistently produced highly awarded wines. The winery has also received multiple awards for its commitment to sustainability. Yalumba is rated five red stars by James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion 2014) and is a member of Australia's First Families of Wine.

Jane Ferrari

Jane Ferrari is not simply a Yalumba employee, she's a company crusader. Born in Adelaide, brought up in Alice Springs and an inveterate traveller, she's been around enough to know that the blend of elements that makes up Yalumba and the Barossa is rare indeed, and worth taking the time and trouble to explain to people, whether industry insiders or consumers. She's a trained winemaker, a born story-teller, a canny judge of character (people or horses), an olive oil producer and custodian of a treasured gum-studded block of Barossa land.

Jane was recently named 'Wine Communicator of the Year' in Australia, but those who know Ms. Jane, probably think she deserves the title world wide. Calling herself the 'talking head' of Australia's oldest family owned winery (and member of the prestigious, Australia's First Families of Wine), Ferrari travels the world spreading the word of Yalumba Wines.

This is a Members Only Event

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

"Sauvignon Blanc - Where To From Here"

The New Zealand High Commission, ANZWS and New Zealand Winegrowers cordially invite you to an evening at the High Commissioner's residence on Wednesday, October 16, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Our event, "Sauvignon Blanc-Where To From Here", will include an impressive line up of Sauvignon Blancs of different styles and from different regions. New Zealand Winegrowers' Robert Ketchin will be in attendance .

These wines were presented at the New Zealand Wine Fair in Toronto in May 2013. For those of you who were unable to attend this year's Wine Fair in Toronto, this is your opportunity to partake in tasting a number of those wines that were featured at the Wine Fair, right here in Ottawa.

Appetizers and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

If you would like to renew or join our membership, what are you waiting for? Come on, be part of this evening and awaken your senses. Cheers!

Date:   Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time:   6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place:   The Private Residence of the High Commissioner of New Zealand to Ottawa

 Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 6:30pm

1102 Castle Hill Crescent

Please see:
the Notice of Meeting and Proxy Form
the AGM Agenda.

Join your board for
a review of the year past,
and a look at the year ahead.

This is a members-only event. There is no charge for attending.

Please RSVP by July 3, to either:

I WILL be attending the AGM

I am unable to attend the AGM

ANZAC Day Reception at the Courtyard Restaurant

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, 6 - 8pm

The Australia & New Zealand Wine Society proudly invites you to attend our Annual ANZAC Day Reception. This year we will pay homage to the ANZAC spirit and legend at the Courtyard Restaurant.

Join His Excellency, New Zealand High Commissioner Simon Tucker and other honourable guests from the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions as we enjoy a carefully balanced selection of Australian and New Zealand wines with delicious hors d'oeuvres from this award winning restaurant. Our honourable guest will provide some insight into the meaning and significance of ANZAC day in both countries and its brave and proud historical tradition.

This will be a reception that will guide you through some brief and informal tasting notes on the many wines presented for tasting. It promises to be an opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Tickets are limited and are priced at $46 for members and $56 for non members, don't delay as this event will sell out fast!

The event will commence at 6:00 pm and guests are asked to arrive promptly at that time, doors will open at 5:30. This event will finish at around 8:00 pm. Our dress code for this event is informal business attire.

This event is to pay homage to our ANZACS. In Australian and New Zealand this day of remembrance is marked by a national holiday to respect those who gave their lives, those adventurous individuals who were far away from home. On ANZAC day we have the opportunity, wherever we are in the world, to honour and respect the Australian and New Zealand service men and women who served their countries, and also to think of those who are presently engaged in conflict zones around the world.

Date:   Wednesday May 8, 2013

Time:   6 - 8 pm

Where:   Courtyard Restaurant
        21 George Street (near Sussex)

 Veronique Rivest - Top-12 Finalist 2007/2010 'Best Sommelier of the World'

Wine Tasting / Small-Plates Dinner and Wine-Pairing Experience
April 10, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Attend a unique, tutored wine tasting and small-plates dinner experience led by celebrity-sommelier, Veronique Rivest, double winner of "Canada's Best Sommelier", winner of "The Best Sommelier of the Americas' 2012", and top-12 finalist "The Best Sommelier of the World" competition 2007 and 2010.

Watch how it's done and practice how to do it while experiencing the rush of tasting six wines with skill and confidence then pairing those wines with a small-plates dinner. Novice and seasoned wine-lovers welcomed to a unique evening promising a highly enjoyable experience.

This fund-raising event supports and showcases Algonquin College Sommelier Graduate, National Capital Sommelier Guild Governor and former Algonquin Sommelier Program Instructor,Veronique Rivest, in her quest to win "The Best Sommelier of the World" competition in Japan, March 29, 2013. It will help defray lost income and expenses incurred during her six-year quest - all proceeds of the evening go to Veronique.

$100. + HST per person - Purchase tickets here - No tickets sold at door

Date:   Wednesday April 10, 2013
Time:   7 pm
Where:   Restaurant International (Algonquin College)
          Restaurant International 'H' Building, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Nepean, ON

Free Parking - immediately in front of Restaurant International 'H' Building, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Nepean, ON


Friday March 8, 2013

Get the dirt on New Zealand as it's not all about Hobbits, Sheep, Cricket or that flightless bird the Kiwi - it's also about their wine!

New Zealand wine is distinctive for its purity, vibrancy and intensity. The long ripening period - a result of cool temperatures - allows flavour development whilst retaining fresh acidity, a balance for which New Zealand wines are renowned.

You can read more about New Zealand wines & events at the New Zealand Wine website.

This structured wine tasting is to cover off as many varietals and regions as possible that represent the New Zealand wine story. We are especially thrilled to have the acclaimed Janet Dorozynski, Ph.D. AIWS as our guest speaker and moderator for the evening.

We hope you can join Janet and members of the New Zealand High Commission and New Zealand Wine Growers Association at the Vendange Institute to sample the wonderful wines that New Zealand boasts (and that are presently available in Ontario). Food items will also be prepared for your savouring pleasure.

    Wines presented for the structured tasting:
  • Mt Difficulty Target Gully Riesling, Central Otago
  • Villa Marie Pinot Gris 2011, East Coast (regional blends)
  • Kaimira Gewurztraminer 2010 Nelson
  • Giesen the Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough (Wairau Valley)
  • Sacred Hill Halo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough (Awatere Valley)
  • Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2011, Marlborough
  • Hunter Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough
  • Carrick Pinot Noir 2007, Central Otago
  • Alpha Domus Barnstormer Syrah 2010, Hawke's Bay (Gimblett Gravels)
  • Craggy Range Sophia 2009 (Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc), Hawke's Bay

Date:   Friday March 8, 2013

Time:   6:30 - 9 pm

Where:   Vendange Institute
        440 Albert Street (between Bay & Bronson)

PARKING: There is a parking lot adjacent to the building accessible from Slater Street between Bronson and Bay. Street parking is also available in the area at metered spots.

Janet Dorozynski has worked in various capacities in the Canadian and international wine industry for fifteen years and has taught about wine and the business of wine for many years. She holds the Diploma in Wine and Spirits, is an accredited educator with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and a Professional Affiliate of Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). Janet currently works at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada as the global lead on wine, beer and spirits, where she is responsible for working with industry on international business development. She is also a partner and principal critic at Wine Align (, wine advisor to the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival and co-head judge of the Ottawa Wine Challenge and has been judging at wine competitions across Canada, the US, Europe and South America for over a decade.

 Private Reception &
Preview Performance of
Fly Me To The Moon!

Tuesday, October 30, 6pm-10pm

Enjoy this special preview performance of "Fly Me To The Moon", a comedy presented by The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC):

"Have you ever had a workday go from bad to worse? Francis and Loretta are home care workers in Belfast. They take care of an elderly man named Davy, who has a passion for Frank Sinatra and playing the ponies. When Davy dies in the loo, Francis and Loretta tell one lie that leads to another and..." Read more here:

ANZWS is proud to present a private reception in the Fritzi Gallery at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre starting at 6pm until 7:30pm, at which time the theatre will open (show starts promptly at 8pm).

This event includes a selection of Australian and New Zealand wines and tasty foods prior to the show, as well as your $40 ticket to the performance.

Date:   Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Pre-performance Reception:   6:00 pm
Performance Show Time:   7:45 entry; 8pm show (sharp!)
Place:   Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre
    1233 Wellington Street West
    (Corner of Wellington and Holland)

Members Only Event At The Official Residence "Australia House"

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 6pm - 7:30pm


This private reception will provide our current members not only an exclusive opportunity to meet and mingle with the very personable Australian High Commissioner at the official residence "Australia House" but will also enable you to share in her appreciation and knowledge of Australia's new and upcoming artists, with a vast collection of artwork (sourced from Artbank Australia) on display throughout this historic residence in Sandy Hill.

In January 2012, HE Louise Hand is the latest High Commissioner to reside at Australia House. Since her arrival, the residence has been transformed and rejuvenated, every room now boasts a refreshing vibrant energy that all will find appealing. Australia House was built in 1910 by William Davis and believed to have been designed by John WH Watts, it has been the official residence of every Australian High Commissioner since 1940, as well as hosts many Australian Dignitaries and any Australian Prime Ministers who visit Ottawa.

We hope you can join us and enjoy an evening with the High Commissioner, taking in some Australian art and culture whilst sipping on Australian wines and savouring on food items prepared by Residence Chef, Spencer Knight.

If you would like to renew or join our membership, what are you waiting for? Come on, be part of this evening and awaken your senses. Cheers!

Date:   Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Time:   6pm to 7:30 pm
Place:   Australia House, 407 Wilbrod Street
Dress:   Business casual

All sourced by Artbank, Australia (

  1. Nativity Play, Olive Cotton
  2. Public Park #4, Kristin Headlam
  3. Hound with Red Cloth, Adrienne Gaha
  4. Nolan's Hart Dressed as a Girl, Pamela Irving
  5. Cloud, Jim Thalassoudis
  6. Without being there, Graeme Altmann
  7. Untitled Maquette , Anne-Marie May
  8. Edge of Eternity, Tina Fiveash
  9. Aurukun bicycle, Jean Walmbeng
  10. Wandering Worlds, Rebecca Pearson

High Commissioner
H.E. Ms Louise Hand PSM

The Australian High Commissioner to Canada is Her Excellency Ms Louise Hand, PSM. Taking up her appointment in January 2012, Ms Hand is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Ms Hand has previously served as Ambassador for Climate Change, Minister in Jakarta and Ambassador to Cambodia, with earlier postings to Geneva and Vienna.

Ms Hand was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2009 for her work in Indonesia.

Ms Hand holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Qualifying degree from the University of Queensland and a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University. She speaks French and is married with two children.

 Friday, August 10, 2012 - Rideau Carleton Raceway

Friday, August 10, 6:30pm

Giddy up and register for a night out at the horse races!

Summer is well and truly here and we have reserved the patio private courtyard area at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, so dress casual, prepare to mingle, cheer on your winning horses and enjoy the harness racing as we have secured a prime position right by the track near the finishing line. We will be starting the night at 6.30 pm with bubbly followed by several Australian and New Zealand wines, food items will be served during the event. Some of our mates at the Australian High Commission, the New Zealand High Commission and Ottawa Swans Australian Rules Football team will be joining us, so lets keep on enjoying this stunning summer, sink back some Aussie wines and have a fun night out at the GG's!

Directions and also information for free shuttle service to the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino:

Shuttle Service for Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino
For your convenience a shuttle service is available from the Greenboro transit station to Rideau Carleton Raceway, compliments of OLG SLOTS. It runs every hour on the half hour from Greenboro to the facility from 8:30am to 12:30am and returns from Rideau Carleton Raceway to the transit station every hour on the hour from 9am to 1am.

Date:   Friday, August 10, 2012
Time:   6.30 pm
Place:   Rideau Carleton Raceway
    4837 Albion Road, Ottawa, ON K1X 1A3
Dress:   Smart casual (the racetrack does not allow flip-flops)

 Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:30pm

51 Delong Drive, Rothwell Heights

Please see:
the Notice of Meeting and Proxy Form
the AGM Agenda
and the Minutes of the 2011 AGM.

Join your board for
a review of the year past,
and a look at the year ahead.

This is a members-only event. There is no charge for attending.

Please RSVP by June 22, to either:

I WILL be attending the AGM

I am unable to attend the AGM

 An Exclusive Event with Wynns' Chief Winemaker - Sue Hodder
June 19th Ottawa

WineAlign is delighted to offer its members an exclusive tutored tasting and reception with Wynns winemaker, Sue Hodder, in Ottawa on June 19th and Toronto on June 20th.

Wynns Coonawarra Estate is Coonawarra's pre-eminent wine producer and largest single vineyard holder with the longest-established vineyards in the region. The international reputation of Coonawarra is derived from the regionally specific terra rossa soil and like many great wine regions of the world, a marginal climate which ensures a long ripening period. Over the past 15 years, the Wynns Coonawarra Estate vineyards have been meticulously rejuvenated resulting in wines of greater refinement to capture the true essence of Coonawarra - varietal character with finesse. Click here for event details

IMPORTANT: Our winemaker events have been consistently selling out in a matter of hours. If you are interested in attending then we advise you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Bang! Crash! Tap!

Bang! Crash! Tap! features a crew of two tap-dancers, a Beat Boxing Champion and one of Australia's most talented drummers. Bang! Crash! Tap! is a mind-blowing dance and percussion stage spectacular. Each member of the crew offers their talents to create a fun and energetic show that promises laughs, gasps, amazing moves and plenty of raw energy sure to get toes taping, heads nodding and chins wagging for the entire performance.


Company: RAW (Australia)
Language: English
Ages: 4 and up
Length: 60 minutes
Venue: LeBreton Flats Park, Tent 2
Type: Dance, Music

Wed, May 30 @ 7:00pm - Show #13
Thu, May 31 @ 9:30am - Show #16
Thu, May 31 @ 11:30am - Show #21
Fri, June 1 @ 1:30pm - Show #39
Sat, June 2 @ 10:00am - Show #44
Sun, June 3 @ 12:30pm - Show #65
Sun, June 3 @ 2:30pm - Show #69

Visit the Ottawa Childrens Festival for info on this and more.

 New Zealand Wine Fairs Showcase Latest Trends
By Janet Dorozynski

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The New Zealand Wine Fair recently made its way across Canada, touching down in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. As Ottawa is often overlooked for these types of events, I was delighted to take part in the trade tasting and a winemaker's dinner, which was part of the Infinite Dinner Series.

This year's Wine Fair has certainly reinforced that New Zealand as a wine region is at the top of its game, and that its best wines are yet to be discovered. While exports to Canada continue to grow at a steady pace, it is obvious that Kiwi winemakers are not resting on the laurels of their success with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but have ambitiously embraced innovation and are looking towards a future that will include other impressive whites and red grape varieties.

The main trade tasting featured wine from 23 producers and was, not surprisingly, dominated by New Zealand's current flagship white and red, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The standout Sauvignon Blancs included the (almost over the top) Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (to be released in Vintages in June), Churton Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (in Vintages this July) and Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Nelson, available through Churchill Cellars. In addition to the crisp unwooded Sauvignons, with characteristic gooseberry and tropical notes, there were a number made in the Fume Blanc style (i.e. partially or fully oaked). Some, like The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from Giesen Estate (Michael Andrews Brands), with a modest five percent of the blend matured in older French oak, were intriguing and had a creamy richness. However, I couldn't help but wonder if there had to be a better way to diversify or invigorate the Sauvignon Blanc category, rather than subjecting this aromatic and crisp cool climate white to varying degrees of butter and toast.

The reds I tasted were mostly Pinot Noir, both from well-known Central Otago, as well as from lesser-known (for Pinot), but equally appealing, Marlborough. The Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir 2010, available through the Small Winemakers Collection for $43.75, and the TeMara Estate Mount Pisa Pinot Noir 2009, both from Central Otago, were particularly enjoyable, with the vibrant fruit and complexity one has come to love in Central Otago Pinots. The Rock Ferry Pinot Noir Bendigo 2009, also from Central Otago, and in fact most of the wines from this small winery looking to make inroads into the Canadian marketplace, also stood out and are worth keeping an eye out for (

The success and focus of the New Zealand wine industry, along with the overall quality of the wines, has been nothing short of remarkable over the past decade or two. We can see however, the desire to branch out and become known for more than just Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. It was in this vein that the self-pour format wine seminar for the trade highlighted some of the country's up and coming aromatic white varieties – Pinot Gris (and thankfully not Grigio), Riesling and Gewürztraminer, along with Syrah, whose plantings and interest from winemakers has been dramatically outpacing that of other white and red varieties over the past decade. The well-priced Waipara Hills Pinot Gris 2011 ( and Waimea Nelson Dry Riesling 2006 ( stood out for me among the aromatic whites, with a good buzz among the trade.

As for the Syrah from Hawkes Bay and Waiheke Island, the stunning Trinity Hill 2009 Homage Syrah from Gimblett Gravels ( and John Forrest Collection 2007 Syrah (, also from Gimblett Gravels, both showed a "Northern Rhone" finesse and elegance, along with bright and spicy fruit flavors, which the Waiheke Island Syrah didn't have.

The multi-course dinner was held at SideDoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar, with Executive Chef Jonathan Korecki at the top of his game. We began dinner with a glass of Oyster Bay Cuvee Rose NV "methode", which is what New Zealanders call sparkling wine. We also tasted wines from well-known producers Villa Maria, Babich and Coopers Creek, alongside the new kid on the block (for Canada anyway), Marlborough-based Rock Ferry. The torched Albacore tuna sashimi was a perfect companion for the fresh and lively Babich Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Marlborough, which offers great value at $14.95. With the delicious roasted New Zealand lamb rack, we tried the Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009, also from Marlborough and coming to Vintages, which drove home the point that Central Otago is not the only place where good Pinot Noir can be made in New Zealand

Visit the National Post at this link for the full article and all the links.

Date:   Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Where:   John G. Diefenbaker Building (Old City Hall)
        111 Sussex Drive

You can get more info on all their events at the New Zealand Wine website.

 ANZAC Day Remembrance
    Australian & New Zealand Wine Tasting

Thursday April 26, 2012

Honourable Guests, New Zealand High Commissioner Andrew Needs, Australian Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Soar, and Australian First Secretary Thomas Fuller were joined by Australian & New Zealand Wine Society members and guests to compare a selection of new released Australian and New Zealand wines paired with a fine array of delectable olives, pates and cheeses that Jacobsons had prepared.

This event is to pay homage to our ANZACS; in Australian and New Zealand this day of remembrance is marked by a national holiday to respect those who gave their lives, those adventurous individuals who were far away from home. On ANZAC day we have the opportunity wherever in the world to honour and respect the Australian and New Zealand service men and women who served their countries and also to think of those who are presently engaged in conflict zones around the world.

Wines Tasted:
    Jacob's Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling - Aust
    D'Arenberg The Stump Jump Lightly Wooded Chardonnay - Aust
    McPherson Basilisk Cabernet Balzac 2005 - Aust
    Cariole Redstone Shiraz 2009 - Aust
    Momo Pinot Gris 2010 - NZ
    Sileni Cellar Selection Cabernet Franc Rose - NZ
    The People's Wine Pinot Noir - NZ
    Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red 2008 - NZ

Why is this day special to Australians and New Zealanders?

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

When war broke out in 1914, Australia had been a federal commonwealth for only 13 years. The new national government was eager to establish its reputation among the nations of the world. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.

The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers had been killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli had made a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.

Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left us all a powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as the "ANZAC legend" became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways they viewed both their past and their future.

Official service in Ottawa

Date:   Wednesday 25 April 2012

Time:   8:00am

Where:   Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place

Details:   Service will be followed by a 'gunfire breakfast' in the Museum's cafeteria.

Dress:   Uniform/business attir

Contact:   Mr Dallas Frazer, Australian High Commission (

The service will be hosted by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions, in partnership with the Canadian War Museum, and attended by Canadian and Provincial Government officials and representatives, current and retired military personnel, members of the diplomatic corps and dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome.

 The Becoming: Australian
    AND New Zealand Wine Society

Friday March 9, 2012 at 7pm

In collaboration with the New Zealand High Commission and New Zealand Wine Growers we are thrilled and delighted to announce our Australian and New Zealand Wine Society launch. This was held in the elegant Quebec Room of the stunning Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

Honourable Guest New Zealand Deputy High Commissioner Felicity Buchanan and Second Secretary Sarah Ireland were joined by by Australian & New Zealand Wine Society members and guests.

This stylish black tie event showcased a four course meal of New Zealand cuisine paired with select wines from New Zealand. Chef John Young and his team of culinary specialists designed and sourced a scrumptious menu of NZ mussels, NZ Lamb, designed a Pavlova with Passion Fruit Mousse and Kiwi Sorbet and finished off the evening with a fine array of Cheeses.

Oyster Bay Brut Sparkling Cuvee

Lemon grass steamed New Zeland green lip Mussels risotto
Hijiki seaweed & scallion
Ostler Blue House Vines Pinot Gris 2010

Dijon & pepper crusted rack of New Zealand Lamb
cipollini Onions, Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potato, Haricots Vert
Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2009

Pavlova with passion fruit mousse
Kiwi Sorbet
Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2009

Select Artisanal Cheese Board & Fig Chutney
with baguette & sesame crispst
Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2009
This wine is a blend of primarily Merlot, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec in support.


Felicity Buchanan (BA, Victoria University of Wellington, 1990) is Deputy High Commissioner at the New Zealand High Commission, Ottawa.

A career diplomat, Ms Buchanan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1992. She has previously served in New Zealand's High Commission in Nuku'alofa (1994 - 1997) and at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (2001-2005).

Prior to her current assignment, Ms Buchanan was Deputy Director in the Ministry's Environment Division, based in Wellington. Other roles in Wellington have included working in the Chief Executives Office and the Economic Division.

Ms Buchanan is married to Adrian McCleland, and has two children.

 Australia Day Cenebration

January 27, 2012
President's residence, Rothwell Heights by Karina Rolland-Sardana

Australia Day was celebrated at this exclusive Members only event for the special introduction and meet and greet for the the incoming Australian High Commission, HE Louise Hand, this was very social event where all celebrated Australia Day, all foods were based on traditional menu from Australia paired by the Tracey Black and her creative team from Epicuria Fine Foods, pumpkin soup shooters, prawn skewers, lamb croquette etc followed by our sweet tooth cravings, lamingtons and of course tim tam's!

Wines Tasted:
    Petaluma Croser Sparkling Brut 2005
    Peos Estate Four Aces Manjin Chardonnay 2008
    Robert Oatley Pinot Grigio 2010
    Pike & Joyce Pinot Noir 2009
    Hewitson Miss Harry GSM 2009
    Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
    Step Road Shiraz 2005
    D'Arenberg, The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognoier 2005
    Penny's Hill McLaren Vale Vintage Fortified Shiraz 2001
    Black Noble Debortoli port
    Bundaberg Rum

 AWS Taster's: Seasonal Event at Cafe Paradiso

Monday December 5th, 2011 starting at 6:30pm

Ring in the season early with the AWS!

Cafe Paradiso's unique atmosphere and professionalism guarantee that our special Christmas time event will be an unforgettable food and wine experience.

The Cafe's Taster's Menu has been specially prepared by the Paradiso's head chef and will be complimented by the wonderful wines selected specifically by AWS's experienced sommeliers.

Here is the planned menu:

Petaluma Croser Sparkling Brut

Pulled duck confit serve on potato waffle with cranberry relish
Jansz Premium Sparkling Rose N/V

Radichio and Napa cabbage salad
with double smoked bacon, green apple and blue cheese dressing
Peter Lehmann Riesling 2008 South Australia

Butternut squash soup with roasted beet and mint garnish
Frogmore Creek Pinot Noir 2006, Victoria

The Cafe's house made crab cake with Asian coleslaw and mango chutney
Binder Mitchell Unheralded Maiden Viognier 2006

Roasted beef tenderloin
with mashed potatoes demi-glace and onion frite garnish
Clairault Cabernet/Merlot 2004 Margaret River, WA

Le Migneron, a semi soft, surface ripened cheese with full bodied taste from Charlevoix
served with candied walnuts and fig
Campbell's Rutherglen Muscat

Dark chocolate strawberry cream cube
Dutschke Old Codger Fine Old Tawny

Date:   Monday December 5th, 2011

Time:   Starting at 6:30pm

Where:   Cafe Paradiso, 199 Bank Street, Ottawa

Dress:   Business Casual. Feel free to dress up a little!

 Friday, August 19, 2011 - Rideau Carleton Raceway

Friday, August 19, 6:30pm

Giddy up and register for a night out at the horse races!

Summer is well and truly here and we have reserved the patio private courtyard area at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, so dress casual, prepare to mingle, cheer on your winning horses and enjoy the harness racing as we have secured a prime position right at the track near the finishing line. We will be starting the night at 6.30 pm with bubbly followed by several Australian wines, food items will be served during the event. Some of our mates at the Australian High Commission and Ottawa Swans Australian Rules Football team will be joining us, so lets keep on enjoying this stunning summer, sink back some Aussie wines and have a fun night out at the GG's!

Directions and also information for free shuttle service to the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino: OR

Shuttle Service for Rideau Carleton Raceway Casio
For your convenience a shuttle service is available from the Greenboro transit station to Rideau Carleton Raceway, compliments of OLG SLOTS. It runs every hour on the half hour from Greenboro to the facility from 8:30am to 12:30am and returns from Rideau Carleton Raceway to the transit station every hour on the hour from 9am to 1am.

Date:   Friday, August 19, 2011
Time:   6.30 pm
Place:   Rideau Carleton Raceway
    4837 Albion Road, Ottawa, ON K1X 1A3
Dress:   Smart casual (the racetrack does not allow flip-flops)

 Wine Cruise on the Rideau Canal

Sunday, July 10, 4pm-6pm

Most of us have lived in Ottawa for years and perhaps only once taken the Rideau Canal Boat Tour - likely when we had guests from out-of-town. What epitomizes summer more than a boat cruise along this famous waterway? This July we were able to sip some delightful Australian wines and nibble on a selection of appetizers as we glided along the Rideau Canal in the company of fellow AWS members and guests.

A previous board member and enthusiastic supporter, Meridy Foster, organized the last AWS Boat Cruise on the Rideau Canal in July 2008. In her memory we organized this special event for all members and their guests to enjoy.

The weather was wonderful, with a slight overcast that mitigated the full heat of midsummer in Ottawa. Breeze flowed through the cabin windows on all sides of the boat as people sampled the appetizers and sandwiches. The back deck was also enjoyed by people who watched the homes, buildings, and the various canal path bikers, roller bladers, joggers and walkers.

The wines were thoroughly enjoyed by a great group of people which included members, new members, and guests. New friendships were made and old ones renewed.

Wines from both the AWS Cellar and LCBO were tasted at this event.

Vintages 37499 | $24.95

The Premium Non-Vintage Rose is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay receiving 2.5 - 3 years on its lees. With a very pale salmon color, it reveals aromas of rose petals, strawberries and crumbled biscuits plus subtle notes of peaches and honeysuckle. A nice backbone of high acidity is balanced by 9 g/l of dosage and some autolytic richness lending pleasantly toasty/creamy flavors. Drink now. Score - 90. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW,, June 2010)

Vintages 229872 | $17.95

The 2006 Viognier 'Unheralded Maiden' received no oak treatment. Light gold-colored, it has an alluring perfume of mineral, rose petal, white peach, and apricot. This leads to a medium-bodied, vibrant wine with excellent concentration and length that will partner well with rich fish dishes and white meats. Score - 89. (Jay Miller,, Oct. 2007)

JEANNERET RIESLING 2005, Clare Valley, South Australia
AWS Cellar | $16

2005 was another great vintage for Riesling in Clare Valley with a cooler than average ripening season producing wonderful intense flavours. Jeanneret's effort is among the pick of the bunch. This is great news for the small, family-owned and operated winery run by Ben and Carissa Jeanneret, one of the industry's nicest couples. They source the fruit for their Riesling from a high quality grower with 35 year old low yielding vines. This wine has been has been fined with skim milk and contains traces of sulphates. Great with fish and prawns or natural oysters drizzled with lemon.

FROGMORE CREEK PINOT NOIR 2006, Tasmania, Australia
Vintages 182972 | $26.95

Appearance: deep ruby. Nose: earthy, red berry. Taste: medium-bodied, well extracted sweet raspberry with spicy notes; firm finish. Score: 4 1/2 Stars (out of 5). (Tony Aspler, Aug. 25, 2010,

TAMBURLAINE SHIRAZ/CABERNET 2008, Barossa Valley, South Australia
VINTAGES 178699 | $11

This red blend really works to win your heart. Deep purple in the glass, with lovely aromas of pepper, dark fruit and berries. The palate is peppery, lively and loaded with juicy berries, leading to a dry finish. You'll love it even more with gourmet burgers. (Vintages panel, Jan. 2010)


A year ago, the AWS Board lost a wonderful friend and colleague to cancer. As an Aussie, Meridy loved the water, so enjoying a glass of wine whilst cruising along the Ottawa river was an event she had planned for the AWS and hosted beautifully, she was determined to be there and her smile was radiant. In her honour and loving memory, we will continue her summer tradition and will hold our glasses high, she was an inspiration to all of us.

Cheers to you darl, we miss you.

'A butterfly captures our hearts
from the moment they appear.
They are vibrant and graceful
as their presence lifts our spirits.
Gone much too soon,
they will never be forgotten.'

 Best cocktail party of the year - Bon Appetit

The AWS was at its first Bon Appetit event which took place in Ottawa on Tuesday May 3rd at Landsdowne Park in Ottawa.

For those of you who may not know the Bon Appetit event is a food and wine show and features over 90 restaurants and caterers and dozens of wineries and breweries. This event attracts over 2000 people who come to sample all of the products, food and wine on display. It is labeled "the best cocktail party of the year" and was a fantastic way to showcase the AWS and all that it has to offer in the interests of charity. The event varies from a traditional wine tasting as it targets a larger audience that might not necessarily attend a wine tasting but who enjoy wine. The demographic is the affluent 25-45 age group, as well as foodies and wine enthusiasts; as such this was from all accounts a great success for the AWS and Bon Appetit organizers.

The Australia Wine Society (AWS) sponsored a booth at the Bon Appetit event with the aim of promoting Australian wine and our own Society. Our ambition was to expand our membership base and turnout to AWS events. We served 1 oz tastings during the event, from 5:30 to 9:00, and as you can imagine with this kind of turnout the Board of the AWS who were supporting the booth were kept extremely busy, offering guests wine and other tid bits of information about the AWS and the various wines being showcased.

The level of exposure was enormous as was the fun and other delights on offer. We had a great time and all enjoyed our Aussie wines, we had line ups for most of the event. All in all, it was a great first entrance and will likely be considered as a regular AWS fixture in the future, so be prepared for Bon Appetit 2012 and share in the fun for a very worthy cause.

2012 January Australia Day in Rothwell Heights
2011 DecemberAWS Taster's: Seasonal Event at Cafe Paradiso
 AugustNight Out At The Races
 July Wine Cruise On The Canal
 June Annual General Meeting & Wine Tasting - Residence of The President
 May 4Australia's First Families of Wine
 May 3Best cocktail party of the year - Bon Appetit
 AprilANZAC Day
 JanuaryAustralia Day Black Tie Dinner
2010 DecemberJingle Bells And Big Aussie Reds
 October An Evening of Art And Wine (cancelled)
 AugustSummer Garden BBQ at the Australian High Commissioner's Residence
 JuneAnnual General Meeting - Vendange Institute.   You can read the minutes here
 AprilANZAC Day, Australia and New Zealand Wine and Cheese Reception & Tasting
 FebruaryAWS Winter Celebration - La Roma
 JanuaryAustralia Day Gala - Royal Ottawa Golf Club
2009 DecemberSeasonal Light Evening - Marriott Hotel
 October Experience Victoria's Wineries, exclusive wine tasting and seminar - Restaurant International, Algonquin College.   View the photos
 JulySummer BBQ - High Commissioner's residence
 JuneAnnual General Meeting - Vendange Institute.   You can You can read the minutes here
 MayCuisine, Passions, & Australian Wines - Cuisine & Passions
 AprilAustralia & New Zealand Wine Tasting - Jacobsons
 MarchPremium Tasting - Vendange Institute
 FebruaryFall in Love with an Australian Red - The Buzz
 JanuaryAustralia Day Gala - Parliament Hill
2008 DecemberFestive Dinner - Crown Plaza
 October Australia vs. Italy - L'Ange
 SeptemberTaste of Barossa with Grant Burge at Signature Le Cordon Bleu.   View the photos
 AugustBBQ at the High Commissioner's Residence
 JulyHappy Hour on the Rideau Canal - Paul's Boat Cruise
 JuneAnnual General Meeting Wine Tasting - Vendange Institute
 MayFabulous Fizz and Film!!! - SAW Gallery
 AprilAnzac Day Wine & Cheese - Jacobsons.   View the photos
 MarchA Taste of Western Australia! - One Fish Two Fish
 FebruaryVoluptuous Valentine Celebration for the Epicurean in Us All! - Anthony's on Elgin
 JanuaryAustralia Day Black-Tie Gala - Rideau Club.   View the photos
2007 DecemberAWS Christmas Gala Lunch - West End Station Bistro
 November BIG RED Wine Blind Tasting - Art Mode
 SeptemberWine And A Movie - Vendange Institute
 AugustAnnual AWS Summer BBQ - Residence of the Australian High Commissioner
 JuneAnnual General Meeting - Vendange Institute
 MayAWS Spring Dinner - Britannia Yacht Club
 AprilANZAC Day event - Jacobsons
 MarchAnything but the usual
 FebruaryBig Reds for your Valentine
 JanuaryAustralia Day Black Tie Gala Event
2006 DecemberChristmas Treasures at Truffle Treasures
 NovemberPeter (Lehmann) at La Pergola
 OctoberAustralia vs. Argentina at Bistro 110
 September'Uncover Australia' at Vittoria Cafe Italia
 AugustAnnual Aussie BBQ
 JuneAnnual General Meeting at the Vandange Institute
 MayWines of Western Australia at Il Negozio Nicastro
 AprilAngove's Wine Tasting at Allegro
 March'Spring Into Spring' Wine & Cheese at Vitoria Cafe Italia
 FebruaryAustralia vs. Chile Wine Challenge
 January'Australia Beyond Shiraz' at The Courtyard
2004 JuneAussie Wines for an Ottawa
 MayLaunch of the Australian Wine Society of Ottawa at the residence of the Australian High Commissioner, HE Tony Hely


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