Virtual Winter Wine and Beer Tasting Series

The CDS Alumni Association is pleased to present its first-ever Virtual Winter Wine and Beer Tasting Series! This series, led by CDS Alumni already in the profession, will take place monthly December through March and feature two wineries and two breweries. Each presentation will include product, instructions and tours. Space will be limited, so we encourage you to register early.

Thursday, March 4

Gather your fellow alumni, and friends encourage them to register, and please join us on:

Thursday, March 4th at 7 PM featuring Vin Bon with CDS Alumnus Steven Locilento ’13 and Julia's Best Ever Nut Butter with Julia Brown '13.

This series includes:
  • Product demonstration
  • Wine and Nut Butter tasting
  • 6 Bottles of Wine (3 1/2 bottles for tasting, 3 full bottles to enjoy at your leisure)
  • 3 pack of Julia's Nut Butter
  • An assortment of food items to compliment your tasting experience
For alumni in the GTA, registration closes Friday, February 26th. 
For alumni outside of the GTA, registration closes Tuesday, February 23rd.

All participants must be 19+ years of age.

Online registration for this event has now closed. Please contact us at if you are still interested in participating or have any questions.
Steven and Julia both went to The Country Day School and began dating at the beginning of Grade 12 in 2012. Fast forward 8 years, they are now engaged and plan to be married in September (key word, "PLAN" Their fingers are crossed with COVID-19 restrictions).
After high school they went to different universities and stuck together through the long distance between Toronto and London Ontario. Following their post-secondary education, Steven and Julia both pursued their food and drink related passions.
Steven joined his family business, Vin Bon, which is a 40-year company with 20 boutique micro winery locations across Ontario. Julia went the entrepreneur route and followed her passion for healthy eating by creating a line of almond butter that now retails in stores all throughout Canada.

Vin Bon

Combining elements of the traditional winemaking experience with the emerging craft wine concept, Vin Bon creates a diverse selection of wines and offers customers an opportunity to engage intimately with a historically exclusive lifestyle. As it seeks to bring the winery experience to the people, Vin Bon presents an innovative, versatile concept that treats guests to quality wines, a relaxing atmosphere, and a cultural experience like no other.
We create each batch, one at a time, keeping each customer’s personal taste in mind. We start with exceptional quality juice and grapes imported from around the World and crafted by our own Master Winemaker. We are Ontario’s largest Boutique Micro Winery with almost 40 years as a craft winery, offering a truly custom-vinting experience.

Julia's Best Ever

Julia’s Best Ever almond butter is a line of 4 peanut free & gluten free almond butter spreads that incorporate superfoods like chia, flax, cinnamon & dates.

Four years ago, the young, local entrepreneur, Julia Brown, created this delectable collection of almond butters while attending university at Western Ontario. She began selling the product to friends, family and small cafés while still studying, and eventually decided to pursue her passion full time once graduating from Western.

Fast forward to today, the product is now produced regularly at Julia’s production facility located in Vaughan. Julia continues to run the company and taste test every batch to ensure the product is always perfect.

For health-conscious Canadians who refuse to compromise on taste, all four of Julias’s Best Ever varieties—Original Almond Butter, Chunky Almond Butter, Almond N’ Dates Butter and Nude Almond Butter—are poised to become the most popular new addition to their pantries.

The product can be found on the shelves of numerous grocery stores including Loblaws, Whole Foods, Metro Quebec and many more.

Thursday, January 21

On Thursday, January 21st at 7 PM, CDS hosted a tasting featuring Southbrook Vineyards with CDS Alumnus Andrew Redelmeier ’09. Thank you for joining us!

Registration closed on Friday, January 15th. Thank you to Andrew, and his father Bill for providing in-person and courier delivery service! If you have any questions, please contact
Andrew Redelmeier ’09 attended CDS from JK thru Grade 12 graduation before studying History and Geography at McMaster University. Even though he was under no pressure from his parents, Bill and Marilyn, to join the family business, he began to develop his own passion for wine, beer, and spirits in his early twenties. He pursued a Certified Sommelier Diploma from George Brown College in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) in September 2014, graduating the year-long course with honors the following September. While completing the course, he staged at George on Queen restaurant in Toronto, where he continues (pre-COVID-19) to sommelier most Friday and Saturday nights. Since 2015 he has worked full time at Southbrook, running the sales, marketing, and events department in the Toronto area.

Southbrook Vineyards

Southbrook Vineyards was originally Southbrook Farms, located in Richmond Hill. Purchased in 1941 by Andrew’s great-grandparents, at its peak the farm became one of the largest Jersey dairy farms in Canada. Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier evolved the family business from a roadside stand in the 1980s to a thriving farm market.

An appreciation of gourmet foods and wines led the Redelmeier family to create a boutique winery and unique special event location, housed in the farm’s century-old barns. In 1991, having sourced some of the Niagara region’s finest grape varietals, Southbrook produces the first 2,000 cases of wine. They are ably assisted by the craftsmanship of Derek Barnett (later winemaker at Lailey Vineyard).

Brought on as a winemaking consultant in 2005, Ann Sperling introduced Bill and Marilyn to an excellent opportunity. A 74-acre parcel in the warm Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of Niagara-on-the-Lake is on the market, complete with 36 acres of ideally planted, well-selected varieties and top-notch clones. The couple realized its potential, and decided on the new location to build the winery of their dreams. They convinced Ann Sperling to sign on as full-time Director of Winemaking and Viticulture, with expansion of the vineyard is planned and more planting starts. The design of the winery with associated facilities and a hospitality building are entrusted to Jack Diamond of Diamond and Schmitt Architects of Toronto. Southbrook commences creation of a fully biodynamic, organic and environmentally responsible winemaking operation, completing the certifications for all by 2008. Southbrook is proudly now Canada’s largest certified Organic winery.

Thursday, December 10

On Thursday, December 10th at 7 PM, CDS hosted a tasting featuring Black Bellows Brewing Co. with CDS Alumnus Bryn Davies ’04. Thank you for joining us!

Registration closed Friday, December 4th. If you have any questions, please contact
Bryn Davies ’04 attended CDS from 1995 to 2004 and went on to graduate from Queen’s University in 2008 with Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering). From there he pursued a Masters in Management from the University of Sydney. Bryn returned to Canada to start his career working at a large-scale solar construction and development company for seven years before moving to Prince Edward County in 2017 to join Parsons Brewing Company. Having discovered his true passion, Bryn took the plunge in 2018 and started Black Bellows Brewing Company in Collingwood.

Black Bellows Brewing Company

The corner that Black Bellows Brewing Company now sits on has long been a part of local history. For more than 140 years it was the home of a four-generation family business that evolved as local needs changed. The first building was built in the late 1800’s on Ste. Marie Street and provided blacksmithing services to the adjacent marine industries and general blacksmithing services to the neighbourhood. As times changed, the corner blacksmith transitioned to a carriage-making shop and later began to fix and repair the new horseless carriages as an auto body shop. Over the generations, countless individuals have stood on this corner of Simcoe and Ste. Marie Street, forging ahead to make a go of their business.

Black Bellows was born out of our vision of this place. Inspired by these buildings, the property and its local history, we started brewing Black Bellows. In 2018 it all happened, we started the process of restoring the building and opening a space that brings together beer, food and art. Like the blacksmiths, carriage makers, mechanics, and body shop craftspeople of the past, we infuse the spirit of relentless invention into everything we do here at Black Bellows. It's why we support imagination in our community. It’s why we embrace a no-rules approach to brewing. It’s why our brewpub is a place where the old is transformed into the fantastically new.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5
(905) 833-1220
Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.