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The Opimian wine club has been around for several decades, and it has recently started operating more robustly in Waterloo Region. The club is member-driven but it seeks to be accessible and offers wine lovers the chance to discover unique wines, producers and experiences from around the world. The term itself, deriving from ancient Rome, refers to “quality” and wine of a premium vintage.
“My goal is to make good wines accessible and welcoming,” says Michael Lutzmann, who oversees Opimian operations in southwestern Ontario as the Area Representative. “We do education and have access to wines and programming that you can’t find with the LCBO.”
It is a Canadian organization that began in Montreal and currently has about 14,000 members who have purchased millions of dollars worth of wine.
Opimian members get access to wines that you can’t buy anywhere else, says Lutzmann, and opportunities to participate in local food-and-wine pairings and “lunch-and-learns.” Opimian, a not-for-profit, imports the wines and that means very good value, he says.
“I want to share my passion for good wine,” Lutzmann says. “It’s fun to share with others who love wine too.”
One way the love is being shared is in concert with Princess Cinemas and “Sommelier Cinema”– a collaborative screening of The Trip to Spain (2017) on August 10.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom, the film stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they travel on a six-part episodic road trip through Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way.
Before the movie (beginning at 6 p.m.), you select three Spanish wines to sample from the Opimians collection (three reds, a rose and two whites). You then choose your favorite and take a full pour into the movie with you (with popcorn, of course). The cost is $35.
For more information, contact Lutzmann at email@example.com or (519) 741-5798.