Have you tried this AMAZING wine?

Amazing Wine labelHave you ever had a glass of amazing wine? A wine that is so remarkable that it sends you to a place, a memory or even triggers an emotion. Now there is another amazing wine that you should put on your ‘must try list’. The name is easy to remember: Amazing Wine.

It is truly amazing for several reasons – it is a quality wine made in Ontario, it is less than $15 AND with each bottle purchased, $1 dollar is donated to charities that send young people from Ottawa to help build schools around the world.

Amazing PeopleKimothy Walker

This amazing initiative is the brainchild of Kimothy Walker. During her 25 year career at CTV Ottawa anchor of the Weekend News and reporter for News at 6, Walker was continuously interviewing incredible people in the city, “I wanted to create a way to share the positive stories about the generous work that these inspirational people were doing – right here in Ottawa.” It took only a matter of seconds for the news director at CTV to create Amazing People – a special segment every Thursday evening profiling a different person and their amazing story.

JonTamJonathan Tam was one of the first Amazing People profiled. A successful businessman who sold everything to devote his time to SchoolBOX – a not-for-profit organization based in Almonte that builds schools in Nicaragua. “People like Jon deserve more than just 8 minutes of airtime for the hours that they devote to their community,” commented Eric Collard, Eric CollardWalker’s friend and partner in the newly formed Ottawa Media Group.

“I wanted to extend the brightness of the spotlight with a gala and celebrate them.” Without hesitation, Walker and Collard along with the help of friends organized the first Amazing People Gala in 2011 which was intended to be a small event to support SchoolBOX. The Amazing People Gala exploded to 550 people raising over $50,000.

The money raised goes towards Ottawa-area teenagers who will learn about their ability to make a difference.  Over the past few years, two groups have travelled to Nicaragua where they were involved in building schools and interacting with communities.  They learned to be leaders and experience first-hand their impact on the world.

SchoolBOX logo“Amazing People is a celebration of the human spirit”, radiates Walker. “People want to be part of something – a movement – that is positive. Thousands of CTV viewers vote for the Amazing People to be honoured at the Gala.“ Now in its fourth year, the Amazing People Gala will be hosted on Saturday October 24 at the Delta Ottawa Hotel. The goal is to raise $150,000 this year for SchoolBOX as well as well as other charities associated to Amazing People who have been profiled.

Toast Amazing People with a glass of Amazing Wine

Breaking away from the normal process of contacting wineries for donated wine for their event, the Amazing People Gala organizing team took the approach of creating the Amazing Wine product line. Château des Charmes Estates Winery located in Niagara-on-the-Lake was thrilled to be asked to create Amazing Wine. “We liked the positive vibe of all those involved in Amazing People and wanted to be a part of this Ottawa event,” explained Michele Bosc, Marketing Director at Château des Charmes. “Selling the Amazing Wine at our Ottawa store is a natural fit as it makes it easy for anyone to pick up a bottle or a case of the special wine any day of the week.”The winery will donate $1 for every bottle of the white and red wines to the Amazing People charities.

Peggy & DevlinHERA Mission logoAmazing Wine is now my house wine. Clients, family, friends and neighbours will be getting bottles of these wines for their birthday and for Christmas. ” states Peggy Taillon, founder of the Hera Mission of Canada for her dedication to supporting orphans in Kenya. Taillon was named the 2011 Amazing Person and her charity is a recipient of this year’s fundraising efforts. Guest charities who are benefiting are Ryan’s WellMiracle League and Project North as their founders have been honoured as Amazing People.

Make Amazing Wine your house wine!

Buy at Château des Charmes store located at 407 Laurier Ave West (next to Minto Suites Hotel), or order it online at www.amazingwine.ca or call Savvy Company 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926).


Amazing Wines Tasting Notes

Amazing Wine bottles Sept 20152013 Chardonnay

Delicious tastes of apple, pear and warm spices fill the glass. Aged in French oak barrels to create a medium bodied smooth and crisp wine that will complement many foods from roasted chicken to a seafood feast….or simply enjoyed while unwinding with friends.

2012 Cabernet Franc

Stunning red in colour with juicy tastes of red plums, raspberry and blackberry laced with a hint of smoke and ground pepper. This is a medium bodied wine ready for anything off the BBQ, gourmet pizza, hearty stew…oropen when friends drop by.

Dance the night away

amazing Gala 2014 picJoin us at this year’s Amazing People Gala. Tickets are still available but they’re selling fast!

Mark your calendars and save the date, as we are celebrating some of Ottawa’s most Amazing People Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Delta Ottawa City CentreThe Amazing People Gala Committee has been hard at work organizing this year’s event. They will pull out all stops to make sure that it is the biggest, most exciting and inspirational Amazing People Gala to date!

Be prepared for an evening full of laughter, tears and inspirational stories surrounded by  Amazing People and inspirational leaders from the Ottawa Area.  Past Amazing People galas have included incredible flash mobs, incredible singing and crowded dance floors.  The focus for this gala is about celebrating the human spirit and having fun.

You can learn more about Hera Mission of Canada and SchoolBOX by visiting their websites.


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This article was written by Accredited Sommelier Debbie Trenholm and published in the Fall issue of Ottawa Life Magazine




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