2014 Opimian Tastings Events

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No true wine experience is complete without food and great discussion. Opimian's tasting events are the perfect venue to cultivate your palatte. Our events allow new members to taste and sample Opimian wine, meet other Opimian members and learn more about the wine world from vintage Opimians. Our vintage Opimians attend to meet up with long-time friends, enjoy new Opimian wines and challenge their palette. Tasting events are organized by Opimian Area Representatives, creative individuals who love to organize memorable events for members. Every year, over 150 events are held from coast to coast to coast, designed, organized and implemented  by these intrepid volunteers.

Opimian members are welcome to attend any Opimian event across the country. If you are planning a vacation or have a business trip coming up, check back here to see if there will be an Opimian event at your destination - a night out on the town with other like-minded wine lovers will be a great way to unwind after your travels.

Guests and non-members are also welcome to attend any Opimian event; in fact, tasting events are the best way to get to know Opimian!

All of our events are listed below. If you are interested in learning more about an event or attending, please click on the link provided for more information. All reservations must be made with the Area Representative organizing the event (contact information can be found on the PDF).

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2015 Events

Events in April

Friday, April 24th & Saturday, April 25th 2015

Calgary, Alberta
French Gourmet at The Belvedere

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $129.00** per person

We had such positive feedback from last year’s event that we are excited to once again offer two consecutive weekend nights of French Gourmet at The Belvedere. The Belvedere takes great pride in preparing everything in house from scratch and sourced wherever possible from small local producers. They have created an exquisitely crafted 5 course gourmet menu that will be paired with a plentiful array of wonderful wines from several different regions of France. For the reception, we will have a selection of white and red wines from France to choose from. The dinner will begin with a Pinot Noir from southern Beaujolais from an ancient walled estate dating back to 1585. Its superb terroir has given it a reputation for outstanding quality and the wine is part of Opimian’s Founders’ Choice program. Next we move from the east to the west of France. The seafood appetizer course will be paired with an Entre-Deux-Mers, which is a white wine from Bordeaux, made from Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Semillon. From Bordeaux we take a quick journey to Bergerac, which lies just to the east of Bordeaux and therefore has a lot of similarities. The wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and its earthy undertones will be a perfect accompaniment to the Filet Mignon and seared Foie Gras, which is a delicacy in southwest France. Finally we will finish with a wonderful and rich AOC Sauternes from the stunning 2010 vintage. If you have never tried the famous sweet wine from Bordeaux, this is your chance. There will be plenty of wine and food in this gourmet French experience, so please join your fellow Opimians for one of the two nights.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Food & Wine in the Exchange

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $125.00** per person

It is spring and we're heading back in time to a bygone era to Winnipeg's historic Exchange District. An era when it was about sumptuous foods, simple seasonal ingredients, making everything from scratch, and getting back to our roots with food that was healthy for our bodies and taste buds. Welcome to Peasant Cookery. Come out and share the love of food and Opimian wines. Remarkable food created by Chef/Partner Tristan Foucault, brings to the table several jewels of experience from Lumiere in Vancouver to Headingley's Green Gates. He was also one of the first scholarship recipients from "Chefs of the City" which took him to the prestigious French Laundry in the Napa Valley and Bouchon in Las Vegas. With this wealth of knowledge he has planned a five course meal paired with fine Opimian wines which will make for great Opimian comradery – this is an event that cannot be missed. Bring a guest and share the Opimian experience.

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Events in May

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Fort McMurray, Alberta
Return to Bordeaux

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $165.00** per person

Perhaps the most iconic wine region of the world is Bordeaux with the most sought-after wines coming from there. In the past we have visited the wine and food of the region, and it is fitting that we return. Bordeaux and the wines from the region are so vast that, if you can’t live there, one should visit at least once a year! At this event we offer the occasion to try another excellent selection of wines from Bordeaux and the exceptional food it inspires. We are pleased to invite you to the Sawridge Inn on May 9th for a “Return to Bordeaux”. This event is a long overdue revisit to one of our favorite regions. Margaret and I would be excited if you would join us!

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Whitehorse, Yukon
Enjoying Bordeaux at Antoinette's

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $120.00** per person

Karen and Patrice would like to invite you to an unforgettable evening featuring some of the finest Opimian wines from Bordeaux, paired with excellent food from Antoinette’s. This venue was visited by Food Network and has twice been featured on the show “You Gotta Eat Here”. As you walk through the doors of Antoinette’s you are welcomed by an architecturally eye pleasing locally built concrete bar. Antoinette’s endeavors to use all the traditional, authentic ingredients necessary in all their recipes. To accompany our wines, Executive Chef Carl Pearce, has created a four-course dinner to complement the various wines that have been especially chosen for this occasion. We will each get a chance to determine how successful we have been in the pairing of wines and food. Come out, bring a guest, and be transported, at least in spirit to the wine regions of Bordeaux. As we will have less room in the restaurant than we are used to, and seating will be limited, please reserve early. Remember, you can now reserve on line.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Moncton, New Brunswick
An Opimian Evening at Les Brumes du Coude

Time: 6:00 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $100.00** per person

We are pleased and excited to invite you to join Denise and Colette to our next Opimian Event. This time, we have teamed up with Chef Michel Savoie at the newly opened traditional French Bistro Les Brumes du Coude, located at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre. The laid-back rustic style restaurant will no less than “wow” you with its top notch French style cuisine. For this evening, we will focus on wines from Alsace, Spain and Portugal. The menu was specifically created for our enjoyment with locally grown and in-season delicacies, and guaranteed to please the palette. Come and join us in supporting and welcoming a new business venture for what is sure to be an amazing evening of Food and Wine celebration among friends.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
La Dolce Vita

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $119.00** per person

As we anxiously await the coming of Spring, what better way to pass the time than by celebrating an evening with fine food and wines of Italy. For our annual tasting visit to an Italian wine district, we have selected an area which we have not visited for many years. The Alto Adige region is located in the northern part of Italy and has been influenced by German wine making techniques for years… it is however still ITALY. The grapes used to make the wines selected have a distinctive international flair. You will be warmly welcomed to Sirenella's where authentic Italian food and a warm ambiance await you. Chef Italo Marzari has crafted a wonderful menu which will complement our choice of wines for our evening. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for an Italian dining experience bursting with heritage, authentic food and fine Opimian wines.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Saint John, New Brunswick
Spring Has Sprung

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $108.00** per person

Spring is finally here and what a better way to celebrate the Season than to host our Opimian evening at Décimal 81. Located in the heart of historic uptown Saint John, Décimal 81 strives to bring you the finest in dining experience. Red Seal Chef Brad Richard's European cuisine is made with only the freshest ingredients and is guaranteed to captivate the palate. Starting our evening with Champagne George Gardet, we will also enjoy a Shiraz, Voignier blend that comes from the Black Springs small boutique Vineyard located in Mudgee on the Central Ranges of New South Whales. This wine has great length, softness and will provide you with great intensity and fulfill all of its expectations. For dinner we will also enjoy a Sanz Sauvignon and Gewurztraminer Cuvée Prestige paired perfectly with our meal by Chef Brad. Come join in the celebration of great food and wine in a cozy relaxed atmosphere. Please book early. We hope you can make it!

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Calgary, Alberta
Old World - New World: Spain vs South America

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $120.00** per person

With the great success of these events last year, we have come up with a new series of demonstration-style cooking at Cuisine et Château’s state-of-the-art Interactive Culinary Centre to entice your taste buds. Join us for the last dinner in the series, which will feature Old World vs. New World wines paired together with a unique course in a showdown to see which wine you like best! These educational events will give you a chance to learn regional cuisine and to taste some great Opimian wines. Take a virtual trip with us around the world with great pictures, stories and flavours. Sit back and relax while enjoying the food and wines from these different countries. Class sizes are small so make sure to register early and escape on this world tour now!

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Oakville, Ontario
A Return to Ritorno's

Time: 5:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $110.00** per person

Opimians are returning to Ritorno Restaurant for an evening of fun, food, great friends and a collection of Opimian wines. Julia Hanna has been one of the most successful chefs and restaurateurs in the Oakville area for the past 30 years. She was the owner of Café Galleria and Paradiso. In 2003, she opened Julia Ristorante and most recently Ritorno in North Oakville, in 2008. Ritorno means a return to the table, the Italian way. Head Chef, Paul Kavanagh, has come directly from Ireland to head up the kitchen at Ritorno. He brings with him an extensive European culinary background including, working with Chef Gordon Ramsay. He looks forward to showcasing his passion for food. We will start the evening with a selection of delicious assorted hors d’oeuvres followed by a tasting of fine wines from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The tasting will be followed by a wonderful four course meal prepared especially for Opimian to accompany fine New World wines. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate with other Opimians and introduce your friends to Canada’s most successful wine club. Remember to select your choice for the Main Course.

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Peace River, Alberta
Waltzing Matilda

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $114.00** per person

Peace River - please Come 'A Walting Matilda With Me! Our first Opimian dinner in Peace River will be held at the Sawridge Hotel. Come and join us for an enjoyable and educational evening of fine food and wonderful Opimian wines from Australia! Take a look at the fabulous menu we have planned. A four course meal has been designed to pair with the wines that will be provided from South Australia, including Geoff Hardy Wines in Adelaide Hills, as well as Hastwell and Lightoot Winery and Shottesbrooke Winery in McLaren Vale. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate with other Opimians. It is also a great chance to introduce your friends to Canada's biggest and most successful wine club. Space is limited, so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Grande Prairie, Alberta
African Wine Safari

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $104.00** per person

Opimians in Grande Prairie will return to the Acropolis Restaurant for an evening of fun, food, great friends and a collection of Opimian wines. The wines being served are from four different wineries from the rapidly growing wine producing regions of South Africa. The Acropolis Restaurant is known for fine Greek cuisine in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Opimians are well known for having a good time whenever they meet. The stage is set for another successful gathering. Bring a group if you'd like - the more the merrier.

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Events in June

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Edmonton, Alberta
Pasta Wine Please

Time: 6:00 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $114.00** per person

Food and Wine make up a major part of Italian culture. Italy is perennially one of the world's largest wine producers, and their typical cuisine is meant to complement the wines produced. Every year, the Edmonton and area chapter fills the Il Forno Ristorante to the rafters to enjoy fabulous home-style Italian fare along with some of Opimian's best Italian wines. Owner Anna Muze and her staff are preparing a special menu just for us! We will start the evening with Prosecco - an Italian sparkling wine, and some delicious appetizers. This will be followed by a four course meal and plenty of wine. This member favourite venue is known for its friendly service and cozy atmosphere. Bring your friends, sit down and "Pasta Wine Please!"

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