Experts Tasting takes flight

Brock University President and Vice-Chancellor Lesley Rigg (left) speaks during the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute's (CCOVI) annual Experts Tasting on Thursday, June 1 at Pond Inlet. The 2023 tasting focused on red wines from Gamay to Syrah. Invited guests include media, product consultants, sommeliers and wine educators who help to advance Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines through education and promotion. The event included a panel featuring (seated from left): Winemaker Ron Giesbrecht, Wending Home Winery & Vineyard; President of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers Ontario James Peden, Liberty Entertainment Group; writer and researcher Joe Abruscato, LCBO; and Head Winemaker Lawrence Buhler, Henry of Pelham Family Estate. Not pictured: Director of Winemaking Ontario Emma Garner, Andrew Peller Limited; Partner and Principal Critic Micheal Godel, WineAlign; and Wine and Spirits Columnist and Wine Educator Chris Waters, Globe and Mail.