La Commanderie’s first event of 2010 starts off with a tasting of exceptional pedigree.  Châteaux Pichon Longueville Baron is one of only 15 Deuxièmes Crus from the classification of 1855.  Our Vinotechaire, Howard Bell, will be leading us through more background and history of this property, along with a tasting of seven vintages, including 1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.  A generous tasting pour of at least two ounces of each vintage will insure an in-depth examination of this ‘super second’ Pauillac.   

Following the tasting, the inimitable Sam, proprietor of Thai Sa-On, will execute a whirlwind of Thai cuisine, offering three Bordeaux wines –  blanc, rosé, et rouge – to pair with and try as you will throughout the banquet.

Initially this event will be limited to 24 attendees due to the availability of tasting wines, but should we reach an additional 12 (assigned to a waiting list) the total maximum for this exceptional event will be 36.  Please do not delay in sending your RSVP Now.    

Thursday, March 4, 2010
6:45 PM

7:00 pm (sharp) for the Pichon Baron tasting  and banquet to follow

Member & escort: $ 125 per person
Guests: $ 150 per person
Attire: Business causal with ribbon

Don’t forget to forward your cheque to:
La Commanderie de Bordeaux a Calgary
PO Box 788, Station M, Calgary T2P 2J6


La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Calgary held an impressive variety of events in 2010, ranging from the spectacular joint wine dinner at La Chaumiere with our Burgundian counterparts at the Chevaliers de Tastevin, to our traditional Christmas party at Catherine Barrett & Ian Young’s home.  Who will soon forget the Sunday afternoon in July of mussels and white Bordeaux, followed by The Shakespeare Company presentation of Midsummer Night’s Dream?  This was followed by a memorable evening in one of Calgary’s finest gardens, and on a perfect weather evening, complete with tapas dinner, hosted by Llyn Strelau and Rod Shaver. 

Arguably our most important event of the year is the Induction Dinner, last year held at the Bow Valley Club.  For those present that October 30th evening, you will recall the stunning lineup of Lady Commandeurs inducted – including Laura Haynes, Carolina Wells, Greta Raymond and Jessica Davies.  Gallantly holding up the gentlemen’s side were John Selby and Tim Logel – whom had shaved very closely that night to receive the Maîtres traditional smooch!  No one attending could possibly say this event was dull in any respect! 

We capped the year off with the above mentioned December Christmas event that combined culinary skill with a dedication to La Commanderie that your Régents never fail to deliver upon.

All events were, and are, priced to break even with the wine at original inventory cost, and the cost of food, service and tax without mark-up.  We believe our events represent some of the best value available to wine and food lovers in the city.

Thai food is typically considered to be one of the most difficult cuisines with which to match wine, but that hasn’t stop Thai Sa-On Restaurant. 

Please join fellow Commandeurs to discover  how a huge Bordeaux red wine enhances a red coconut-milk curry beef dish and how a crisp Bordeaux white wine work well with pan-fried garlic and pepper chicken.

Thai Sa-On Restaurant

351 – 10th Avenue SW


Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Further details to follow


This year’s Christmas party was a smashing hit with a stellar selection of Pomeral and Margaux wines. The Council prepared a number of hors d’œuvre and a wonderful maincourse of lamb tagine with couscous. Commandeur, Robert Kulhawy dazzled the crowd with a grand assortment of fine cheeses. Pam Fortier of Decadence Desserts provided a rich Callebaut chocolate Christmas log to finish the evening. Thanks to Ian Young and Catherine Barrett our gracious hosts for hosting this event in celebration of the holiday season.

Stay tune for the 2010 calendar of events.


Over 48 Bordeaux enthuses attended the 2009 Commanderie de Bordeaux induction dinner at the Bow Valley Club.  Executive Chef Kurt Warner and staff impressed the crowd with an exceptional meal and the Bordeaux wines from the Margaux region was a wonderful complement. However, the highlight of the evening was the induction of six new commandeurs: Laura Haynes, Carolina Walls, Greta Raymond, John Selby, Tim Logel and Jessica Davies.




Please join fellow Commandeurs at the most auspicious occasion – the grand induction dinner.  This is an evening of historic rituals, great food and wonderful wine.

Bow Valley Club in Bow Valley Square

Friday, October 30th, 2009

  • Aperitif  6:30 PM
  • Induction: 7:00 PM   (Dinner to follow)

Free parking with validated ticket after 4:30 PM, in the Bow Valley Square Parkade, entrance off 5th Avenue between 2nd & 3rd Street SW

Member & escort: $ 135 per person
Guests: $ 150 per person


First course

Poached Atlantic lobster medallions perched atop savoury blini with maple citrus relish and muscat scented beurre blanc.

2006 Chateau G of Giraud

This balanced, floral and thoroughly delicious wonder from the Sauternes vineyard of Chateau Giraud is vinified dry.


Herb crusted rack of New Zealand lamb draped with truffle chutney gastrique and pinenut studded morel gremolata.  Served with organic Agria potato and celeriac duchesse potato and market fresh vegetables.

1996 Pavillon Rouge, 2nd wine of Chateau Margaux, 1ere Cru Classè

This wine of famous lineage is perfectly ready to enjoy and is from a very good vintage.


A trio of Chat d’Or Brie, Chjevre Noir and Chaumes accompanied by ginger green tea jelly, assorted tree nuts and west coast rainforest crisps.

1998 Brane Cantenac, 2eme Cru Classè

Continuing with our theme of Margaux wines, this is the best vintage of the late ‘90’s and will be stellar with cheeses.


Flambee of fresh strawberries and blackberries Romanoff with vanilla bean gelato, drizzled with aged balsamic syrup and finished with cracked black pepper brittle.

2003 Chateau de Fargues, Sauternes

Those not yet familiar with this stunning Sauternes need only know that the vineyard is owned by Count Alexandre de Lur Saluces of dY’Quem.  Get ready for a wonderful finish to an exemplary Bordeaux lineup!

RSVP By Oct. 23, 2009


Don’t forget to forward your cheque to:
La Commanderie de Bordeaux a Calgary
PO Box 788, Station M, Calgary T2P 2J6.

Please join fellow Commandeurs and Bordeaux lovers at our final summer fete, coming hard on the heels of the best afternoon in memory at Regent Ian Young’s home combining a white/rose tasting and luncheon with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Our garden event will begin Saturday evening on the 29th August at 6:30pm, sipping some fine white Bordeaux amid one of Calgary’s finest gardens. Stroll the paths amid mature trees, fountains and a collection of plants, shrubs and trees that exceeds 1100 species. This ample yet intimate southwest garden will be our backdrop to enjoy a host of Spanish tapas pared with carefully selected mature Bordeaux, exclusively from our cellar.                           

Included on the menu will be gazpacho shots, anchovy and sage wafers, patatas bravas, cod fritters, fideo (think paella with noodles), chorizo and lamb kebobs, gambas and much more.

This event will go forward rain or shine (if the evening is inclement or cool we will move into the greenhouse) and due to the mentioned limitations our numbers will be limited. If you wish to attend please respond as soon as possible as this event will certainly fill up quickly. 

Saturday, August 29, 2009
6:30 PM

Member & escort: $ 75 per person
Guests: $ 85 per person
Attire: Summer Causal with ribbon


Don’t forget to forward your cheque to:
La Commanderie de Bordeaux a Calgary
PO Box 788, Station M, Calgary T2P 2J6