Entries by Susanne Seelig-Mense

Meet the Unstoppable “Hot Irishman” and maker of Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey, Bernard Walsh. Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day!

Bernard Walsh at a recent visit to Oakville Ontario showcases his whiskies at the 1st ever Irish Whiskey Distillery Feature. Feb 2019
Bernard Walsh at a recent visit to Oakville Ontario showcases his whiskies at the 1st ever Irish Whiskey Distillery Feature. Feb 2019

In 1999 Bernard Walsh and his wife Rosemary founded The Hot Irishman Company an innovative Irish Coffee. 

The company named changed in 2007 to Walsh Distillery and The Irishman Whiskey was introduced followed by Writers’ Tears in 2009. Working with a small team Bernard has brought his whiskies to 40 nations worldwide, including Canada.Today he has created one of Ireland’s largest independent distilleries. The distillery is unique for being manually operated and for distilling all three styles of Irish Whiskey – pot still, malt and grain- in the same house.

His recent visit to Toronto captivated us with his Irish charm and delightful range of Irish Whiskies available at the LCBO just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. 

If you are lucky you can get them while they are still all available.

The complete range of Writers' Tears currently available at the LCBO.  Writers' Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey $46.95  Writers' Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey $64.95  Writers' Tears Copper Pot Cognac Finish $99.95 (while quantities last)  Writers' Tears Limited Cask Strength Irish Whiskey $178.60 (while quantities last)
The complete range of Writers’ Tears currently available at the LCBO.

Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey $46.95

Writers’ Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey $64.95

Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Cognac Finish $99.95 (while quantities last)

Writers’ Tears Limited Cask Strength Irish Whiskey $178.60 (while quantities last)

The complete range of Writers’ Tears currently available at the LCBO. Click to order,

Press luncheon Walsh Whsikey Distillery, Toronto Feb 2019
Press luncheon Walsh Whsikey Distillery, Toronto Feb 2019

Press Luncheon with Bernard Walsh, at the Royal Canadian Military Institute on University Avenue, Toronto.Walsh is the exclusive supplier showcased in an initiative at the LCBO known as the ‘Distillery Feature’ which launched at participating Whisky Shops on February 7, 2019. As support, Walsh has distilled 7 different expressions that were introduced together and available for a limited time

Bernard Walsh, Walsh Distillery, Makers of Writers' Tears.
Bernard Walsh of Walsh Distillery and the makers of Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey visits Oakville, Ontario. Feb 2019.

The Magic of Mushrooms and Vitamin D! To Your Number One Health With Irie Selkirk.

Our special guest this week, Irie Selkirk.

On this podcast you’ll learn about the healing powers and magic of the mushroom, both of grocery store species and those containing psilocybin! Fascinating info from our  special guest Irie Selkirk, Co-Founder of Sansero Life Sciences and co-founder of Rise Wellness Retreat  located in beautiful sunny Jamaica! Tips to better health, well being and balance with Irie include Vitamin D and Box Breathing! 

Be sure to tune in!


The Magic of Mushrooms and Vitamin D
The Magic of Mushrooms and Vitamin D. The Wine Ladies podcast with Irie Selkirk.

Have you taken your daily mushroom boost today? 👀 We love adding our tinctures to a morning coffee, tea, cacao elixir, or straight under the tongue and down the hatch to elevate our day.


A Good Mushroom
We do everything mushroom.
Edible, drinkable, functional, medicinal, educational, growable, renewable.

Rise Wellness retreat
Rise Wellness Retreat, located in Jamaica.
Experience psilocybin in a safe, legal and beautiful setting.

Rise Wellness Retreat combines natural healing and ancient wisdom with modern science to create a completely immersive wellness experience unlike any other, in a beautiful and relaxed setting with trained facilitators.

Our integrative wellness program supports your mind, body and spirit, combining microdoses of specially-formulated psilocybin, restorative classes and personalized guidance to pioneer a safe and new way to rebuild the foundations of life based on increased creativity, reduced stress, improved wellness and an overall better state of mind.


Sansero Life Sciences Inc.
The Forefront Of Psilocybin Science.

Sansero Life Sciences is a Canadian-based bioscience company developing novel medications for the evolving needs of patients and the future of mental health care.

Sansero’s highly skilled and experienced research team uses advanced machine learning, diagnostics and metabolic pathway profiling to create psilocybin-based formulations designed to replace anti-depressants and ADHD medications with new pharmaceuticals that treat the complete neurological pathway

Christmas in Hawaii! Virtual Wine Tasting with The Wine Ladies

We had the opportunity to host a virtual wine tasting for the Oakville Wine Enthusiasts Club. This event replaced their annual Christmas Gala due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although not a “party” in the normal sense of the word, everyone had fun and we tasted some lovely wines. Peter Sharp, from Select Wine Merchants provided some wonderful wines for the members to taste and enjoy, including the Telmo Rodriguez/Blancos de Rueda, the 2019 Basa Rueda DO $ 18.99 from Spain and the Speri / Valpolicella Classico 2019 Valpolicella Classico Valpolicella Classico DOC $ 21.99 from Italy.

Lots of great prizes and games were part of the fun too.

If you are interested in a similar event for your club, restaurant or business, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

This is an edited version of the 1.5 hour event that took place on Dec 4th, 2020 with over 100 participants. 

About Us 

The Oakville Wine Enthusiasts Club (OWEC) has been operating as a not for profit wine appreciation club since 2005.  We meet on the last Friday of every month, except for July and August.  Over the years we have established a reputation with wine producers and brokers alike of providing a warm and inviting audience to present their wines.  OWEC members support these presenters by purchasing wine – and purchase wine we do!  Last year alone, members purchased in excess of $100,000. at our monthly tastings and special events. 
In addition to our monthly tastings, our committee of volunteers organize periodic special events that could be dinner and wine pairings, wine country showcases and even road trips. As part of our wine tasting year, we also hold a formal Christmas Gala usually in late November or early December.  This event attracts 300 plus members and guests and showcases 12 or more wine stations along with live music, seated dinner and lots of fun surprises.

As we continue to offer a venue for new and upcoming wineries and brokers, we also celebrate and support our “old friends” who have supported us along the way.  You can always look forward to tasting and learning about wine varietals from regions both close to home and across the world. We hope you can join us as we discover new tastes and revisit old favourites.

The Wine Ladies Events, Soirees, Fundraisers and Simply Super parties!

 

Please join us for our next up coming event!

You never know when or where our next event will be…. Life is like a box of chocolates…. But one thing is for sure, it will be filled with joy, laugher, great people and fabulous wine and food! Heck, you might even learn something!

Visit this page regularly to not miss out!

Whether practicing yoga in the vineyard, harvesting frozen grapes in the bold cold of January for icewine or stomping grapes in oak barrels, live life large with us!

See some of our past events below. Oh and if you ‘d like us to create an event for you, your company or your brand? We’re here for YOU!

If you are interested in hiring us for your next event whether live or virtual, please email us at thewineladies@gmail.com