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Welcome to Opimian,
Canada’s largest wine club

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ITALY, CORSICA & GERMANY

Order by Monday, July 11, 2022

To Our Relationships

Throughout our Opimian experience, beginning with becoming Members, volunteering for the organization, and now as your Managing Directors, we have always valued the relationships first and foremost. We have both had the pleasure of developing friendships with fellow Members, producers, Board Members and staff.

All of this was brought into sharp focus in our first visit to a wine region since our appointment (and, of course, since COVID-19 curtailed our travel). The major wine trade show, VinItaly, had us travelling to Verona in April to meet existing partners as well as seek new and interesting producers. We also took the opportunity of the trip to visit nearby winemakers at their cellar
doors. We first found ourselves in the middle of Piedmont, home of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d’Asti, Nebbiolo d’Alba, and a region newly presented to you last year – Roero.

Our time in Italy ended with a wine industry dinner at Villa Crespia. Made in Franciacorta, the spectacular sparkling wines from this producer are so popular in the northern half of Italy that less than 15% of production is exported globally. It is an honour that Italy’s most prestigious Franciacorta winemaker reached out to Opimian based on a recommendation from one of our other producers who told them about our ability to tell a wineries’ story. The general consensus in wine circles is that the best Franciacorta now rivals and even surpasses the best Champagne.

In this issue, you’ll find the first of our two German producers, Gerd Stepp. Our other German producer, Alex Pflüger, will be back in your Cellar in late summer. It bears repeating that these relationships are important. By the time you read this, we’ll be en route to Prowein, the largest wine fair in the world, and will have met with even more Opimian producers.

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