We are often called on to create & host a Sommelier led wine tasting in someone’s home where friends & neighbours gather to celebrate a special occasion or just get together. I love doing these in-home events as they give you an opportunity to meet fantastic people who are eager to discover new wines. Often the host will go all out & hire a chef to create appetizers or a meal to make the wine tasting extraordinary.
I recently met Chef Dean Otto & his ‘sous chef’ (aka wife) Jeanine at one of these events. They took over the kitchen & created gourmet wonders all night long. While the guests noshed & sampled the wines I introduced them to, I had a moment to chat Dean & Jeanine. During the course of the evening, I learned that they are the driving force behind a special fundraiser for Roger’s House that they host every year – Maddy’s Gala. This event celebrates the short life of their daughter Madison ’Maddy” Otto who died very suddenly at the age of 5 in 2007. The family’s story about Maddy’s time in Roger’s House inspired me to want to donate a special item for the gala auction.
At our office, Amanda got on the phone to call out to Sherry Martin of Karlo Estates to see if we could use the “Top Drawer Wine Tour” of Prince Edward County reserved by these County partners for special fundraising events like Maddy’s Gala – all the more reason to go on Saturday (February 8) so that you can bid on this one-of-a-kind Sommelier led wine tour.
This all-inclusive tour along ‘The County’s’ back roads will be in a private vehicle with a tour guide kindly provided by Sandbanks Vacations.
We’ll be visiting three wineries, all that have won international acclaim as well as the breathtaking Lavender Farm in bloom. Corks will fly at our first stop to visit Hinterland Wine Company where partners Jonas Newman and Vicki Samaras specialize in crafting fine sparkling wines. We will taste and tour through the sparkling wine process and enjoy their warm hospitality. Onto Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard where we will sample his wines while enjoying a lunch of gourmet pizza done Norm’s way in his outdoor wood fired oven.
Then the group will take a moment to breathe deeply as we wander through the Prince Edward County Lavender Farm in full bloom.
Our final stop is to Karlo Estates set in a Loyalist barn converted into a stunning winery. Winery owners Richard Karlo & Sherry Martin will take you through their entire portfolio of 11 wines as they pair small bite nibbles. We’ll walk it all off through their vineyard to the famous dry stone bridge to enjoy some Port and a group photo. What a perfect day it will be.
The 7th Annual Maddy’s Gala is not just a good cause – it’s an amazing cause. This year’s goal is to raise $75,000 in support of The Ottawa Senators Foundation & their charity of choice, Roger’s House. This will bring their 7 year contribution to $325,000.
Learn more about this special event by watching the CTV Ottawa Morning Live interview.
More details about the Top Drawer Winery Tour for 8 people:
Hinterland Wine Company – Tasting at the County’s Sparkling House
Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard – Gourmet lunch in the vineyard & tasting
Prince Edward County Lavender Farm – Tour of the farm & the fields in bloom
Karlo Estates – Full portfolio tasting with food pairings
Savvy Sommelier as your ‘tour guide’ for the day
Sandbanks Vacations private chauffeur & vehicle around Prince Edward County
Tour value: $2400
Tour dates: Sunday through Friday between June 17th to July 17th 2014 – so that you can enjoy the lavender fields at their finest.
Where: Delta City Centre Hotel – 101 Lyon St., Ottawa
When: Saturday February 8th, 2014
Cocktail Hour: 6pm to 7:30pm
Live Auction: 9:00pm
To purchase tickets click here >>
A HUGE thanks to our friends & partners in Prince Edward County who eagerly supported Maddy’s Gala with this wonderful Live Auction item. We look forward to being the Sommelier for this special day trip to ‘The County’.
See you then!