2015 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 palate. 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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    Email the completed form to the address provided on the invitation.

2015 Events


Events in July


Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Oakville, Ontario
Summer Celebration at Corks

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

Join us for a special evening of fine Opimian wines from Northern France while dining at Corks Restaurant in the downtown area of Oakville. This restaurant has a wonderful relaxing Mediterranean ambiance and fine food. Come and enjoy the atmosphere while meeting old friends and making new acquaintances. We will start the evening with the opportunity to sip on a selection of red and white Opimian wines from Northern France accompanied by a choice of hors d'oeuvres. We have selected an interesting array of Opimian wines from the Bordeaux, Beaujolais and Alsace regions which have been paired with a delicious dinner designed by Chef Edwin Gonzales.

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Events in August


Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Waterloo, Ontario
Summer Patio Party and Wines by You

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $95.00** per person

Our annual Opimian Summer Patio Party is coming up! Peter and I had a number of requests to bring back the wine pairing by you event, so we have. The way it works is that your table of eight has to choose which wines to pair with each meal course. You then explain to everyone why you chose the wine and if the pairing worked. The catch – we only have one or two of each type of wine so your first choice for the pairing may already be gone. So mark your calendars and plan for a relaxed, fun evening at Wildcraft Grill Bar. Don’t worry, if it rains the event is still a go! Our party will move to the Studio, a room that boasts a covered patio! Wildcraft is a premium casual dining and socializing venue operated by the Charcoal Group of Restaurants. It is an upbeat urban environment with an eye to detail from the stunning and integrated design to the attentive service and quality fresh cuisine. The menu has been uniquely designed for Opimian and cannot be ordered off the regular restaurant menu. This no miss event is sure to encourage fun conversations and build new friendships.

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Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Conception Bay South, Newfoundland
An Opimian Sightseeing Boat Tour

Time: 5:45 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $75.00** per person

Join us for an evening of food and wine on a sightseeing boat tour of Conception Bay South. A boat tour with Ocean Quest Adventures is always an exciting trip. We will sail out of Sunset Quay to historic and beautiful Bell Island, look for whales, and enjoy an evening BBQ dinner, all on our very own private charter. We will be sampling various white and red Opimian wines from the Opimian cellar, with plenty of food for everyone. As an added summertime bonus, this event will be available to non-Opimian members at the Opimian members' rate. Timing is perfect with our membership drive underway, Summer Heat Waive, so bring friends and introduce them to the Total Wine Experience. Please book early as space is limited for this boat tour.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Fort McMurray, Alberta
Seafood & White Wine

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $160.00** per person

White wine and seafood is one of the classic pairings of the culinary world; in fact, some of the indisputable pairings are in this realm. We all know the summers in Fort McMurray can be hot and dry and that makes it white wine season! What better way to celebrate than to explore a variety of seafood dishes paired perfectly with white wines. Come celebrate at the Sawridge Inn on August 15th for a celebration of “Seafood & White Wine”.

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Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario
Summer is for Wine & Jazz

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $115.00** per person

Our summer event is changing format this year as we introduce an outstanding evening of Opimian wines paired with some of Eastern Ontario’s best jazz along with a tapas-style menu. And there’s more! This event will be held at one of Ottawa’s best kept secrets, the Britannia Yacht Club’s “Upper Deck” in their historical clubhouse. The Upper Deck also offers a classic hardwood dance floor and a romantic sunset panorama of the Ottawa River. Invite your friends and colleagues to join us for a casual evening of music, wine and food complimented by the top quality service of the BYC’s experienced staff.

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Montréal, Quebec
"Knot" Your Average Opimian Event

Time: 4:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $79.00** per person

Due to popular demand we have added a second departure! Come join us for a leisurely summer cruise around the beautiful Old Port of Montreal on Le Petit Navire, while sampling a selection of fine Opimian wines from around the world, paired with some exceptional local Quebec cheeses. With its electric pollution free propulsion system, the environmentally-friendly Le Petit Navire is unique in Canada. The Captain of Le Petit Navire will be your guide on our tour and will unveil the maritime heritage of the Old Port and the Lachine Canal, while we unveil a variety of Opimian wines from Italy, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Chile, and more. Opimians are well known for having a good time whenever they meet. The stage is set for another successful gathering. Space is limited to only 26 people so please reserve quickly.

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Thursday, August 20th, Friday, August 21st, or Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Edmonton, Alberta
Ciao Down

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $99.00** per person

Join us at Caffe Sorrentino to CIAO DOWN in a fun filled evening of Italian wine and food featuring you as the chef! The evening starts with a reception of cheeses and sparkling wine. Then, under the watchful eyes of Sorrentino's chefs you will be taught how to make a delicious multi course meal. Teams of eight will work together to prepare food fit for a king (and you). Then comes the best part - you get to eat it! Throughout the evening we will provide some outstanding Opimian Italian wines to go with your meal. Due to the limited capacity of the Cooking Class, we have booked THREE consecutive nights. We hope you are all able to come! In order to allow us the maximum attendance, when you register, please indicate all dates that work for you. We will then assemble the teams and give you the earliest possible notice as to the evening that you have been assigned. At the end of the evening you will be given a recipe booklet that you can take home to recreate the atmosphere and dazzle your family and friends with your culinary skills. This is an evening you must not miss!

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Friday, August 21st, 2015

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Savour Saskatoon - Discover Riversdale

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $110.00** per person

Be part of the excitement as we explore one of Canada’s fastest changing neighbourhoods! Riversdale is the oldest neighbourhood in Saskatoon and one of three original settlements that merged to form the city of Saskatoon in 1906. There have been many transformations over the years and recently there is strong evidence of entrepreneurship as the area has attracted a thriving arts community, unique coffee shops, small independent and co-operative businesses as well as many new stylin’ restaurants. The Banks, a 172 unit residential complex, is well out of the ground across from the farmers’ market, following other loft and infill developments demonstrating strong confidence in the area. The evening is a great opportunity to introduce you and your guests to the eclectic nature of Riversdale, which appeals to all ages. Be sure to reserve early to be a part of this street party!

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Montréal, Quebec
"Knot" Your Average Opimian Event

Time: 5:00 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $79.00** per person

Ahoy Montreal Opimian Members! Come join us for a leisurely summer cruise around the beautiful Old Port of Montreal on Le Petit Navire, while sampling a selection of fine Opimian wines from around the world, paired with some exceptional local Quebec cheeses. With its electric pollution free propulsion system, the environmentally-friendly Le Petit Navire is unique in Canada. The Captain of Le Petit Navire will be your guide on our tour and will unveil the maritime heritage of the Old Port and the Lachine Canal, while we unveil a variety of Opimian wines from Italy, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Chile, and more. Opimians are well known for having a good time whenever they meet. The stage is set for another successful gathering.

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Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Wines From Around The World

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $89.00** per person

This evening is about having all the fun of traveling the international world of wine without ever leaving your area code! Join us on Saturday, August 29th to experience Wines from Around the World including a sumptuous barbecue at the home of your local Opimian area reps, Ray and Margaret Ann Kerr. Explore new wine varieties that may not otherwise be on your radar, while enjoying wonderful food and great company with like-minded people! Take advantage of this opportunity to share and relive your own wine and travel experiences around the world whether it was biking in the South of France, riding with the gauchos in Argentina, or lingering in the cafes of Italy. Wines to be tasted on this summer evening will be from France, Chile, Australia, South Africa and the United States. Get ready to travel the globe with us—no passport required!

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Whitehorse, Yukon
BBQ at Chez Patrice & Karen

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $50.00** per person

Karen and Patrice would like to invite you to an unforgettable evening featuring some of the best Opimian wines from around the world. Come to “Chez Patrice” and sample Opimian wines from around the world. This is an excellent opportunity to bring a friend who might be interested in joining the Opimian Society. There will be information on each of the wines that we will be sampling throughout the evening. This is an informal fun evening To complement the wines, Chef Patrice will be dishing out his famous marinated BBQ chicken breasts. Several salads and other BBQ staples will accompany the main course. Chef Geddes, who now has a catering business will be catering part of the menu, including Chipotle Marinated BBQ Pork Belly, Potato Hummus, Grilled Flat Bread, Warm Apple & Onion Salad. A big thank you to Rose Sellars, who has volunteered to bring a salad to the event. For dessert, our guests will be treated to a sampling of pastry chef Karen’s favorite baking.

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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Meet Jessica Harnois: A Northern Dinner at The Lodge

Time: 6:00 pm
Price: Members & First Guest: $150.00** per person

Join us for a Northern dinner at The Lodge at Aurora Village to meet Jessica Harnois – the new Opimian Area Rep Manager and, more importantly, a sommelier who used to purchase wines for the SAQ (Quebec Liquor Board). A sommelier, author, event animator, TV personality and business major, Jessica uses her vast experience in the wine industry to launch new ventures – like Vins au Feminin, a Quebec female sommelier agency offering tasting animation. In her spare time, Jessica was the President of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers for 4 years and the Vice-President of Pan-America Alliance of Sommeliers. Jessica was appointed as Opimian’s National Business Development Manager on May 14th, 2015. Come learn & play with Jessica (try your hand at her wine game Vegas Tasting!) after dining on delicious country foods prepared from scratch by The Lodge's award-winning chef in a rustic, fine dining atmosphere. Transportation will be provided from the Explorer Hotel. Bus departs the Explorer Hotel at 5:30pm.

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Events in September


September 23rd to September 27th, 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
The 4th Annual Okanagan Wine Tour

We are pleased to announce that Opimian is returning to the Okanagan for the 4th Annual Okanagan Wine Tour under the experienced leadership of Southern Alberta Area Representative, Corinne Keddie. The 2015 wine tour promises new wineries, special tastings and signature events created exclusively for Opimian. Enjoy luxury accommodation at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort. If you have not been on an Okanagan wine tour before, this will be a perfect introduction tour to experience one of Canada’s best wine regions. If you are returning, we have an exciting new line-up of wineries to experience as well as wine-paired dinners, special Opimian tastings and signature events. RSVP today and join us for the spectacular wines of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, the Okanagan Falls Winery Association and the Similkameen Valley. Reservations are now open and will close at 5:00 pm (MDT) on August 28th, 2015.

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