classes

Moet et Chandon tasting roomNeil Phillips represents VinCetera at private events and tastings.

Neil has taken various wines & spirits courses over the years, and is a graduate of the Wine Specialist certificate program at George Brown College, where he has also helped teach. In addition, he has participated in courses with the French Wine Society, Université de Bourgogne, the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators. He passed WSET Level 3 in January 2017.

Classes are held at various venues in Toronto from time to time. As well, Neil is available for private events and consultation. If you are interested, contact us.

Wineries of Niagara on the Lake wine and herb weekendL’heure de l’apéro: Great value wines paired with hors d’oeuvres!

Friday, September 22nd 2017

Join Neil and Mardi Michels from eatlivetravelwrite.com for an evening of wines that offer great value, and superior taste for their price. We’ll sample whites and reds, lighter to full-bodied – with maybe a few surprises as well. We’ll travel the world of wines that are easily accessible, both Old World and New World countries, and several different grapes, will be explored. If you want to create that wine wish list with a bang, chat informally about the world of wine, and learn a few “go to” dishes to pair with your wine, this is the evening for you.

All wines will be in the $10-$20 sweet spot, ideal for all your entertaining needs and all readily available. Wines will be matched with tasty dishes you’ll learn to make through the evening (a mixture of hands-on and demonstration dishes). Neil will talk you through the pairings. Impress your friends with your wine knowledge and wow their palates with some dishes to match!

(If you’ve taken the “12 under $20” class before, this will be an entirely new wine lineup!)

Friday, September 22nd 2017 at the Kitchen at St Lawrence Market – click here for more details and to book!

Wines of Southwest France – Friday November 17th 2017

Join Neil and Mardi Michels from eatlivetravelwrite.com for an evening exploring the wines of Southwest France. South of Bordeaux, the wines of this region are many and varied. From robust Bordeaux-style reds to the black wines of Cahors (home of Malbec), all the way to whites and luscious dessert wines. Lesser-known in our market, and often confused with the regions of Languedoc-Roussillon to the south, this area is also a food-lover’s paradise. We’ll sample whites and reds, lighter to full-bodied – and maybe a few surprises as well. If you want to discover a lesser-known region often offering great value, chat informally about the world of wine, and learn a few “go to” dishes for pairing with your wine, this is the evening for you.

All wines will be in the $10-$20 sweet spot, ideal for all your entertaining needs. Wines will be matched with tasty hors d’oeuvres that you will learn to make through the evening (a mixture of hands-on and demonstration dishes). Neil  will talk you through the pairings. Impress your friends with your wine knowledge and wow their palates with some “easier to make than you think” hors d’oeuvres!

Friday November 17th 2017 at The Kitchen at St Lawrence Market – click here for more details and to book.