Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta of Tuscany’s Tenuta San Guido Visits Toronto

Wednesday, November 14, Don Alfonso, Toronto

Together with Sylvestre Wines & Spirits, Andros Communications organized a press and buyer tasting of wines from Tenuta San Guido’s portfolio at the newly renovated Don Alfonso 1890 restaurant located in downtown Toronto.

Hosted by 3rd generation owner Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta, the tasting began with 2016 Le Difese and 2016 Guidalberto, two wines introduced in 2000 and 2002 that share Sassicaia’s pedigree but highlight different aspects of the winery. The tasting finished with a vertical of the iconic Super Tuscan, Sassicaia, including the 2015 vintage recently rated top wine in the world by Wine Spectator.

A delicious tasting menu of five courses designed by Chef Saverio Macri and his team complemented the wines perfectly.

In attendance were key LCBO buyers and top reviewers from the wine media including John Szabo, Rod Phillips, Tony Aspler, Chris Waters, Steve Thurlow, Margaret Swaine, Michael Vaughn, Tim Appelt, Jamie Drummond and Kim Gertler.

As a parting gift, each guest received a silver pen engraved Sassicaia.

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Andros Communications Wins Elsie Award for Best Niche Marketing

 Geoff Allaire, LCBO and Ted Kalaboukis, Andros Communications

Geoff Allaire, LCBO and Ted Kalaboukis, Andros Communications

TORONTO, June 15, 2017 — LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) honoured its industry partners, suppliers and agents for their innovation, creativity and commitment to customer service and social responsibility at the Elsie Awards held in Toronto on June 14th.  The Elsies are an industry awards program, initiated by the LCBO, now in their 23rd year.

Andros Communications and its Managing Director, Ted Kalaboukis, were recognized with the Best Niche Marketing Award, for on-going and successful collaboration with the LCBO for the launch of the LCBO German Wine Specialty Store in Waterloo, Ontario on October 6, 2016. The store features up to 50 new German wines, many only available on consignment.

While all of LCBO’s trade partners contribute to our success, the Elsie Awards give us the opportunity to recognize those who have set themselves apart by going above and beyond to deliver excellence,” said Carolyn O’Grady Gold, Acting Vice President, Products, Sales and Merchandising, LCBO and co-chair of the Elsies.

Andros Communications has represented Wines of Germany in Canada since 2009.

Germany Experience through a Wine Glass

TORONTO, Canada – On May 19, 2017 Wines of Germany Canada and the Goethe-Institut Toronto partnered and invited students and alumni to the Goethe-Institut in downtown Toronto for an unforgettable 5 à 7 wine tasting event called, “Experience Germany through a Wine Glass”.

“The wine tasting event gives the Goethe-Institut students and alumni a wonderful opportunity to learn about different wine regions in Germany and also a chance to meet in an informal atmosphere and chat in English or German!” said Jadwiga Baranowicz, European Day of Languages National Coordinator at Goethe-Institut Canada.

Wine educator and Sommelier Lorie O’Sullivan guided students as they sampled 6 dynamic and exciting German wines expertly paired with delectable appetizers.

 

 

 

Mythical Peloponnese Visits the Salon international des vins et spiritueux de Québec

 QUÉBEC CITY, CANADA – Association of the Wine Producers of Peloponnese actively participated in the 5th annual Salon international des vins et spiritueux de Québec held at the Centre des congrès from April 28 to 30, 2017. The 12,000 attendees consisted of media professionals, industry guests and wine & food enthusiasts.  Show visitors had the opportunity to sample over 14 Peloponnese wines available in the SAQ. In addition to the Mythical Peloponnese booth, visitors were also invited to attend the  Discover the Wines of the Peloponnese  seminars led by renowned Sommelier and Author Nadia Fournier. Seminars were held on each day of the show and featured 4 Peloponnesian wines to showcase the much-loved indigenous varietals of the Peloponnese.  As enthusiastically expressed by Nadia Fournier,  "So nice to introduce people from Quebéc city to the wines of Peloponnese. Judging by the smiles and the general enthusiasm, it was a great success" .

QUÉBEC CITY, CANADA – Association of the Wine Producers of Peloponnese actively participated in the 5th annual Salon international des vins et spiritueux de Québec held at the Centre des congrès from April 28 to 30, 2017. The 12,000 attendees consisted of media professionals, industry guests and wine & food enthusiasts.

Show visitors had the opportunity to sample over 14 Peloponnese wines available in the SAQ. In addition to the Mythical Peloponnese booth, visitors were also invited to attend the Discover the Wines of the Peloponnese seminars led by renowned Sommelier and Author Nadia Fournier. Seminars were held on each day of the show and featured 4 Peloponnesian wines to showcase the much-loved indigenous varietals of the Peloponnese.

As enthusiastically expressed by Nadia Fournier, "So nice to introduce people from Quebéc city to the wines of Peloponnese. Judging by the smiles and the general enthusiasm, it was a great success".

Gourmet Food & Wine Show 2016 - Toronto

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German Royalty Graces the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

TORONTO, CANADA – Wines of Germany actively participated in the 22nd annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 17th to 20th, 2016. The 30,000 attendees consisted of media professionals, industry guests and wine & food enthusiasts. 

Expo visitors had the unique opportunity to meet the newly crowned German Wine Queen, Lena Endesfelder at the popular Wines of Germany Lounge and sample over 20 German wines available in LCBO, VINTAGES and on consignment. As eloquently expressed by Wine Educator and Sommelier, Lesley Provost, "these wines represent eight of Germany's wine growing regions, seven of the finest grape varieties, with styles from dry to sweet to sparkling -- the 2016 Gourmet Food and Wine Expo offered wine lovers the chance to taste an incredibly diverse selection of the wines Germany has to offer." 

In keeping with the holiday spirit, Wines of Germany held an exclusive Christmas Market themed Tutored Tasting led by the editor of Vines Magazine, Christopher Waters, with support from Wine Queen Lena. The Queen entertained guests with tales of traditional Christmas at her family’s winery. The 50+ participants in attendance also had the opportunity to learn and experience “Christmas Market” for themselves while sampling eight select German wines paired with delectable German Christmas delights. 


 

Peloponnese White Party 2016 - Toronto

TORONTO, CANADA - On June 28, 2016 the Association of the Wine Producers of Peloponnese offered an exclusive consumer tasting event at the Berkeley Field House. Guests embraced the whimsical white party theme in an indoor/outdoor environment while sampling over 20 wines from 10 Peloponnesian producers paired with Mediterranean inspired hors d’oeuvres and a DJ playing lively beats in the background. 

“The event was a big success!  Many attending the event were not aware Greece produced wine. This event allowed us to showcase the spectacular wines and culture from the region of the Peloponnese. Thank you to Andros Communication to make this possible” – said Konstantinos Rampaounis, Kolonaki Group.
 
 

Andros Communications Wins at 21st Annual "Elsie" Awards

Toronto, Canada – June 4, 2015 — The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) honoured its industry partners, suppliers and agents for their innovation, creativity and commitment to customer service and social responsibility at the Elsie Awards held in Toronto on June 3rd. The Elsies is an industry awards program now in its 21st year. 

 

Andros Communications and its Managing Director, Ted Kalaboukis, were recognized with the Special Recognition Award 2014-2015, for on-going and successful collaboration with the LCBO to develop and premiumize the Chilean wine category, and in particular during the recent February 2015 South of the Equator Thematic, where sales of Chilean wine increased rapidly in the premium segments.

 

The Elsies recognize those “who have excelled at marketing their products and who have worked particularly wellwith the LCBO to help consumers discover the world of beverage alcohol,” said Shari Mogk-Edwards, LCBO Vice-President, Products, Sales and Merchandising, and co-chair of the Elsies. 

 

Chilean wines sales in Ontario are growing over +5% in volume and value in 2014/15. Double digit growth was experienced in the premium price points, with the $20-$25 points up +43% and the $20-30 points up +49% in value in 2014/15 and with renewed awareness for Chile’s signature grape, Carmenere. 

 

Andros Communications has represented Wines of Chile (Vinos de Chile) in Ontario since 2010.

We recently obtained for our client, Wines of Chile, a feature editorial, including front cover, in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. enRoute has an impressive circulation of 120,000 monthly copies, a monthly readership of 1.2 million, with 9.6 readers per copy. The front cover feature is complemented with a nine page feature story, with an estimated media value of over $220,000. This targeted public relations activity brings a highly relevant audience to Wines of Chile, and will continue helping the Association and its member wineries to increase their premium market penetration across Canada and abroad.