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November 2010


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November 24, 2010

Craig1We had the pleasure last week to visit with some of our customers in their own homes. If you haven’t realized by the many photos posted (with more to come) on the Wine Sense facebook page and some recent blog posts- It’s Gamay Nouveau Season! 

Some of our customers realized that Tim Vandergrift would be in town for the Wine Sense Limited Edition Wine Tastings at the same time they were having their Gamay Nouveau Parties- and things just started to fall together.

It was a busy week indeed. Colin, Tim, Rick (from Winexpert) and myself were invited to 4 parties during Limited Edition week and we knew it was going to be a marathon not a sprint.

We started in Virden MB with the Warks on the Monday. The Limited Edition Tastings start on a Tuesday in Brandon each year so the Warks planned their party for the Monday night. For this one our crew included Neil and Ben from the Brandon Wine Sense location.


Neil, Colin, Rick, Tim, Barb, Craig and Rick

It was a great evening (although the near sited cabbie made sure the ride from Brandon to Virden was an adventure) and a great way to start our week.

There was about 3o people in attendance. Rick Wark provided a very entertaining speech and Barb and her friends supplied all the food… as you would expect in small town Manitoba- it was all homemade and delicious.

Next was Thursday night at Gino and Sandra Guarino’s. This Gamay Nouveau Party made for a long evening as Gino and many of his guests (and our crew of course) were at our Thursday Limited Edition Wine Tasting before hand!

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Gino showed off his carboys!

Gino and Sandra shared their wonderful hospitality and Gino proudly showed off his extensive wine cellar.

How do you end off five nights of Gamay Nouveau Parties and Limited Edition Wine Tastings? With one more night and two parties!

We started with a wonderful steak dinner at Pat and Giselle Mathews’ home. The Steaks were delicious and Cal’s potatoes were great. It was a lot of fun because Colin and I played sports with Pat’s son-in-law for many years- so we got to visit and remember the ‘glory days’. 


Pat showing off some delicious steaks!

It was then off to Roger and Eileen Anton’s home. In true French fashion we were greeted with a glass of Gamay and of course… escargot! There were a lot of winemakers at this party so Tim took some time to answer some questions about wine an winemaking. Afterwards it was good old fashioned visiting and meeting new people.


Although we were at four different events in four different homes I did recognize few commom threads at each of the parties we attended…

Wine Sense has amazing customers, they’re great winemakers and they all have great friends and family.

It was truly an honour and a pleasure to be invited into their homes.


Craig, Wine Sense

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