Wine, enjoyed in moderation, is a healthy food which enriches life.


Wine Tastings

Steve frequrntly hosts wine tastings for Corporate or Association groups and Clubs. The format varies depending upon the group but all involve learning a little about wine while having a lot of fun. Email steve@stevethurlow.com to explore what might be done for your group.

Example Assocation Event: Condo Association- Wine and Cheese Matching

The format is open but I usually select 6-8 wines that are suitable for cheese from wines at the LCBO. If you have ever wondered which wine would go great with your favourite cheese? Well this experience is a great opportunity to learn the art and science of matching wine and food. Six to eight cheeses matched to six to eight wines. I also usually cover how to taste wine on the basic level, and how acidity, oak, tannins, colour, fruit flavours and other components impact the wine, its finished quality and how it matches with food. You will understand what to look for in a quality wine, and you will learn the lingo to better communicate your wine tastes to others.

Example Club Event: Sailing Club Social - Introduction to Wine Tasting

The format is open but I usually select 6-8 wines from wines at the LCBO. Six different grapes from six differnet countries usually from Steve's Top50 Best Value Wines at LCBO. I cover how to taste wine on the basic level, and how acidity, oak, tannins, colour, fruit flavours and other components impact the wine, its finished quality and how it matches with food. You will understand what to look for in a quality wine, and you will learn the lingo to better communicate your wine tastes to others.

Example Corporate Group Event: Office party - Wine and Chocolate

There is no fixed format for an office wine tasting.... we just do a little thinking while drinking, on this occasion tasting red wine with chocolate, both of which are indulgent. The secret to success is choosing the right wine and the right chocolate.

Partners and staff at a lawyers office in Toronto met after work in the boardroom. We sampled six of the current best value red wines in the market with 2 versions of dark chocolate and learnt a little about wine acidity and wine tannin. We had some fun time together for about 90 mins until everyone left to jump on the TTC.

I selected the red wines and the office purchased them from LCBO and returned unused wine after the event. I brought the chocolate and they arranged for some appetizers and white wine to get the party rolling while everyone gathered.