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The Experts Tasting is an annual by-invitation-only event designed for the trade – invited guests include media, product consultants, sommeliers and wine educators who promote VQA wines through education and/or promotion. The very popular educational tasting has been running for more than twenty years. Typically varietal theme based having tackled Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Sparkling among others but the tasting has also covered Sub-Appellations, the Art of the Blend, Rising Whites and 'New to Ontario' (blends & techniques).
For further information on your opportunity to attend please contact Barb Tatarnic at email@example.com 
VQA Promoters Awards
The VQA Promoters Awards are given annually at the Experts Tasting. The awards are designed to recognize individuals who have consistently promoted VQA wines through education and/or promotion in the areas of retail (LCBO Product Consultants), hospitality, media, education, retail, Non-Ontario promoter, Promoter-at-Large and Lifetime Achievement.
Recipients will be announced at the Cuvée Grand Tasting but the awards will be given out at the Experts Tasting.
Date of the Experts Tasting: Saturday, April 2, 2016 (All award recipients will be invited to attend the Experts Tasting.
AWARD CATEGORIES INCLUDE:
LCBO: employee who goes above and beyond in their passion to educate consumers on Ontario VQA wine.
HOSPITALITY: includes sommeliers, restaurateurs, wait staff, or chefs who present Ontario VQA wines with knowledge and enthusiasm to the dining public.
MEDIA: Any member of the media (TV, radio, print) who seeks to understand and share their knowledge of Ontario VQA wines.
EDUCATION: Teachers, in formal or informal settings who educate and inspire students about Ontario VQA wines.
RETAIL: An individual who works at a winery (cannot be a winery principal) who promotes VQA not only for their own winery's benefit but for the greater good of the Ontario VQA wine industry. Could be a retail front-liner, marketing staff or a sales representative. Could also be someone who promotes VQA in the wine "neighbourhood" through organizing events (some examples: Somewhereness, regional wine marketing organizations, or wine conferences.)
PROMOTER-AT-LARGE: Someone whose efforts to promote Ontario VQA don't fit into any other category.
NON-ONTARIO VQA PROMOTER: Someone who is active outside Ontario in promoting Ontario VQA wines.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: A substantial body of work over time that has resulted in the growth in the appreciation of Ontario VQA wines.
Mission Statement: To acknowledge those individuals that celebrate the Ontario VQA wine industry with unselfish enthusiasm, constructive input and unsolicited promotion.
Read the story about this year's winners here .