Tommy's #1 SHANIA TWAIN SuperSite Message Board

Members Login
    Remember Me  
Post Info TOPIC: Vintage centennial events feature souvenir wines


Status: Offline
Posts: 2066
Vintage centennial events feature souvenir wines


Almost every celebration needs a good bottle of wine.

As the City of Timmins gears up for four years of centennial celebrations, beginning in 2009, a team of well-known residents gathered Wednesday night at the Shania Twain Centre to help select five varieties of souvenir wines. The wines will be sold as part of 100th-anniversary community celebrations across Timmins.

City clerk Jack Watson, municipal information coordinator Guy Lamarche, school principal Lee-Ann Wearing, Xstrata Copper employee George Rodda, Dr. John Chisholm, Timmins Museum curator Karen Bachmann, city employee Mary- Ann Miller, business owner Gabe Provost and Marcel Gauthier, who is retired, spent a couple of hours tasting various brands of Ontario wine.

Each wine was marked by each taster, without discussing their scores, based on criteria such as sight, smell, taste and overall quality.

Once the scores were accumulated, the goal was to select one white and one red wine in the $10-$15 range, another white and red in the $15-$20 range and one ice wine for the centennial celebrations.

In 2009, the city will be celebrating the production of the major mines (Hollinger, McIntyre and the Dome). The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Township of Tisdale (South Porcupine, Schumacher), and the Township of Whitney (Porcupine, Pottsville, Golden City), while 2011 commemorates the great Porcupine Fire and 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the City of Timmins.

During these four years, other historical anniversaries will be celebrated throughout the community.

In keeping with tradition, the event sub-committee will launch specially labeled wines.

Mayor Tom Laughren, cochairman of the 100th Community Anniversary Committee, said 89 Ontario wineries were evaluated. Eight were short-listed and invited to submit a proposal to the committee. Six Ontario wineries expressed an interest in the special project.

"The souvenir wines will feature a private label commemorating the city's four 100th-anniversary celebrations," Laughren said. "The wines will be available for sale in the Timmins and South Porcupine LCBO stores as well as being positioned as the exclusive wine at all anniversary sanctioned events at the local LCBO point of sale locations as well as being promoted through the 100th Community Anniversary web-sites at www.timmins100.comand"

Once the winners are selected, the committee will work with the wineries to promote the brands as part of the anniversary celebrations, Lamarche said.

Quality of produce and price point were also determining factors in which wines were short listed, he said.

The city will hold a press conference early in the new year to announce the winning wines and marketing strategy as centennial anniversary celebrations kick off, he said.



Status: Offline
Posts: 2066


Wine Tasting for the Anniversary events

Tracy Hautenan, manager of the Shania Twain Centre, pours wine at the city's wine tasting event this week.

They were enjoying dozens of bottles of wine at the Shania Twain Centre this week. But as good as the wine was, most of it was spat out.

It was a city-organized event where several wine tasters enjoyed the privilege of tasting some of Ontario's best vintages in an effort to find special wines to help Timmins residents celebrate the city's various centennial events over the next four years.

Members of the city's anniversary committee sat down Wednesday with several wine lovers and ordinary residents to try to find souvenir wines that will suit the taste of connoisseurs and citizens alike.

Timmins municipal information coordinator Guy Lamarche says many city residents will recall that wines were chosen for the city's 75th anniversary celebrations and the Timmins millennium celebrations.

For this week's event, Lamarche says nearly 90 Ontario wineries were considered; eight wineries were short-listed and six decided to take part in the venture.

The six wineries submitted more than 30 selections of white wines, red wines and ice wines. All the sample wines were donated, at no cost to the city.

As part of the tasting event, the tasters could not see the labels, nor could they discuss their likes and dislikes with the other tasters. Once the tasters judged the wines on their taste, bouquet and overall quality, they had to unceremoniously spit the samples out, lest they endure a light-headed evening followed by a less-than-pleasant morning after.

Timmins city treasurer Bernie Christian agreed to join the effort by uncorking the bottles of wine and then gathering the score sheets from the tasters in order to come up with final results, which should be announced in the near future. Only Ontario wines were selected and only wines that qualified as VQA class vintages. STC manager Tracy Hautenan did the pouring.

Once the winning wines are selected, the city will meet with the vintner to ensure that the winning wines can be supplied at local liquor stores under a special label, in enough quantities to meet marketing demands as a souvenir wine over a four-year period. Lamarche says the winning wines will also be the priority wines served at all licensed city functions during the various 100th anniversary events.

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.

Tweet this page Post to Digg Post to

Create your own FREE Forum
Report Abuse
Powered by ActiveBoard