Saskatoon’s annual Premier Showcase is a great opportunity for an evening out with friends trying a whole range of different wines and spirits. But I prefer the more intimate setting of the Winemakers’ Dinner and tastings that offer a chance to learn more about the wines and to discuss them with experts and fellow enthusiasts.
The Saskatoon Co-op Wine, Spirits and Beer store is sponsoring the 2014 event, and for the first time the event will be showcasing craft beers as well as wine and spirits.
Here are some of the smaller, more intimate events that I think look interesting.
Winemaker’s Dinner, 7 pm, Sept. 24
Doug Reichel Wine Marketing Inc. and Truffles Bistro are hosting a winemaker’s dinner on September 24. The five-course meal featuring local products and producers will be paired with wines from the Rhône valley in France. Anthony Taylor, Gabriel Meffre’s co-owner and sommelier, will introduce the wines, which will include La Châsse, Laurus and Terroirs du Rhône.
All the wines will be available for purchase at Saskatoon Co-op Wines, Spirits and Beer.
Guess the Expensive Wine, 5:30, Sept. 26
How good are you at identifying an expensive wine? Do you like them better than the less expensive ones? Here’s your opportunity to find out during a blind tasting of three flights of wine.
Craft Beer Culture, 5:30, Sept. 27
Join Saskatoon Co-op’s sommeliers in sampling six craft beers of different styles.
The India Session Ales, such as Red Racer, will be on promotion during Premier.