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Coming up on the next audio podcast…Wines from the Rhine! Absolutely divine! Rhine Wine Cruise.

On this week’s audio podcast…

Wines from the Rhine… absolutely divine!

EPISODE 71

On today’s show we take you on a journey, along the Rhine River. A  journey that will have you board in Basel, Switzerland, make your way down the Rhine river, exploring a variety of wineries, historical towns, works of art and the wine and food culture of the multitude of stops we make along the way. Basel, Cologne, Freiburg, rheingau, finding off in Amserdam, which happens to be the birthplace of our own father.

We are inviting you to join us this Fall, departing Nov 19th on The Wine Ladies Rhine River Luxury Wine Cruise. Our partners on this amazing adventure the award winning travel company Concierge Travel Group and Ama Waterways river cruise ships. In fact our ship the AmaKristina was just announced in the 3rd edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, as the #1 River Cruise ship!! We will be doing this trip in style.

Rhine River Wine Cruise Nov 2018

Rhine Wine Cruise

Our first guest, Lorraine Simpson, owner and operator of the award winning Concierge Travel Group will be joining us on the show today. Lorraine will share with us a few of the details of the tour and paint a picture of all this extraordinary tour has to offer. Quite spectacular! Lorraine was recently selected as the winner of  the prestigious 2017 Magellan Award.

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Lorraine  is calling in from yet another exotic location from around the world. Currently experiencing a Champagne dinner cruise in Bangkok, checking out her next tour! She is handling and pulling together the most amazing Luxury Rhine River Wine Cruise for The Wine Ladies. We are so excited!

Our guest was recently selected as the winner of  the prestigious 2017 Magellan Award.

Listen to Lorraine at 4:13 minutes in the show.

Rhine River Wine Cruise Nov 2018

Rhine River Wine Cruise Nov 2018


We would also like to invite you to a complimentary information evening we will be holding June 21st, 2018 at the Glenerin Inn & Spa in Mississauga. Lorraine and a representative of Ama Waterways will showcase this amazing trip.

Click here for your complimentary ticket.

Jürgen Hammer

Jürgen Hammer

Our next guest is a great ambassador of the Wines of Germany, Jurgen Hammer. Jürgen Hammer is the head of the Berlin branch of the German Wine and Sommelier School and market leader in wine education in Germany. He will  share the history, the incredible landscape and unique characteristics of the wines of German wine labels. What do they mean? Plus….Contrary to what many believe Rieslings are not always sweet. A noble varietal that can ran the gamut from yes, bone dry to Berrenauslese, very sweet, but with incredible acidity.

Listen to Jurgen Hammer at 19:23 minutes in the show.

Jürgen will be visiting Toronto at the up and coming Wines of Germany event, Riesling & Co. A night in Berlin  taking place June 20th. He will be leading trade seminar about the wines of Germany in the afternoon. But you have an opportunity to meet him and taste an amazing array of fabulous German wines that evening for a consumer wine tasting Berlin style, being held at the Arcadian Loft in downtown Toronto. Your evening includes  100 German Wines to try…Delicious food pairings for German wines:, entertainment, swag bags and More.

For tickets visit wines of germanwinecanada.com

Riesling & Co 2018

Riesling & Co 2018

Erni Loosen

Erni Loosen

And finally, we’ll chat with a German winemaker and owner of  Weingut Dr. Loosen. In 2005, Ernst Loosen was selected as Decanters “Man of the Year. We will be tasting his Loosen Up Riesling  newly available at your local LCBO. So much ahead, all coming up today on The Wine Ladies podcast!

Listen to Ernst Loosen at 36:50 minutes in the show.

Susanne about to enjoy a delicious glass of Loosen Up Riesling on a Saturday afternoon by the lake.

Susanne about to enjoy a delicious glass of Loosen Up Riesling on a Saturday afternoon by the lake.

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Join us June 20th. Riesling & Co, A Night in Berlin.The Arcadian Loft Toronto.

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Join The Wine Ladies this Nov 2018 for a Rhine River Cruise For Wine Lovers.

On this week’s audio podcast. Erni Loosen, award winning winemaker of Weingut Dr. Loosen.

Dr. Loosen, Loosen Up Riesling. PROST

On this week’s audio podcast. Erni Loosen, award winning winemaker of Weingut Dr. Loosen.

Susanne about to enjoy a delicious glass of Loosen Up Riesling on a Saturday afternoon by the lake.

Susanne about to enjoy a delicious glass of Loosen Up Riesling on a Saturday afternoon by the lake.

Today we are learning so much about the stunning wines and unique and glorious landscape of the various wines regions of Germany. We’ve taken you on a Rhine River Cruise and an adventure for your palate of Germany’s great grape, Riesling and more.

Erni Loosen, Award winning winemaker of Weingut Dr. Loosen

Erni Loosen, Award winning winemaker of Weingut Dr. Loosen

Coming up next on this week’s audio podcast, Erni Loosen, award winning winemaker of

Dr. Loosen. A family affair for over 200 years here to share his story, perspective and his wines.

A family wine business for almost 200 year Erni was almost taken in by the ruins and becoming an archeologist. It was about 30 years ago that he first took control over the estate. Well the world of wine, German wines and the beauties of the Mosel Valley are certainly grateful he picked vines instead of rock formations!

Erin Loosen was named Decanter Magazine’s Man of the Year” in 2005, and WINE Challenge’s“White Winemaker of the Year “ in 2005

Listen to Erni Loosen at 36:50 minutes in the audio podcast.

he stunning Mosel Valley, with the severe slopes where Weingut Dr. Loosen is located.

The stunning Mosel Valley, with the severe slopes where Weingut Dr. Loosen is located.

New to the LCBO

Loosen Up Riesling

Loosen Up Riesling

 Two thirds of the worlds vineyards of Riesling are planted in Germany.

Meet Erni Loosen in person at the up coming Riesling & Co, A Night In Berlin event, June 20th at the Arcadian Loft, Toronto.

For tickets

Riesling & Co 2018

Riesling & Co 2018

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Coming up on the next audio podcast…Wines from the Rhine! Absolutely divine!

Join us June 20th. Riesling & Co, A Night in Berlin.The Arcadian Loft Toronto.

Riesling & Co 2018

Join us June 20th. Riesling & Co, A Night in Berlin.The Arcadian Loft Toronto.

Riesling & Co 2018

Riesling & Co 2018

Wed Jun 20 2018

7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

$95.00

Wines of Germany presents Riesling & Co. 2018 ‘A Night in Berlin’

Experience the diverse styles of Germany’s world class wines, Berlin style!

HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT

100 German Wines to try…

  • Sparkling Wines Including German SEKT
  • Dozens Of Rieslings From Dry And Racy To Elegant And Fruity
  • Smooth And Silky Pinots: Noir, Gris & Blanc
  • Spicy And Floral Gewurtztraminer
  • Silvaner, Kerner & Muller-Thurgau

Delicious food pairings for German wines:

  • Asian Flavours – Sushi, Thai, Chinese & Korean
  • Modern Twists On Traditional German Favourites – Flammkuchen, Schnitzel & Wurst
  • An Array  Of Cheeses, Charcuterie & Breads

Live Music by DJ VAMOS

Graffiti swag wall by ASHOP Street Art

Don’t leave without your piece of the wall!

Please drink responsibly and travel safely. Take uber, a taxi or public transit. TTC: Queen Station

Purchase your VIP ticket

Wines of Germany

Wines of Germany

Rhine River Wine Cruise Nov 2018

Rhine River Wine Cruise Nov 2018

Join The Wine Ladies this Nov 2018 for a Rhine River Cruise For Wine Lovers.

Raphael Pommier of Domaine Ogier

In the pink with Raphael Pommier, Brand Ambassador and Associate Winemaker for Domaine Ogier.

On this week’s audio podcast… 

Celebrating International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018

Join the Rosé revolution!

Episode 70

Coming up on the show today, we celebrate International Rosé Day! Yes, as of a couple of years ago Rosé was awarded  its very own day.  In fact now there are three 3 International Rosé Days!!! It seems wine lovers around the world are increasingly seeing the world through rosé-tinted glasses. They are embracing #RoséAllDay with consumption skyrocketing in popularity.  

Gone are the days of super sweet and sappy roses. Now when you think pink, think crisp, dry with a zippy acidity, well made, with a range of seductive aromas. Including the likes of red berries,  peach, citrus, violet, melon, hibiscus and more depending on where it’s made.

Shopping at the local market for ingredients. Planning summer style BBQ for International Rose Day!

Shopping at the local market for ingredients. Planning summer style BBQ for International Rose Day!

For our second perspective on rosés made in France we turn our attention to the Rhone Valley. Our focus is more specifically the appellation of Ventoux. The Ventoux vineyards actually developed and expanded during the Avignon papacy. This papacy was 1309 -1376. The kings of France drank these wines over the centuries.

Our producer Ogier founded in 1859 is situated in the southern Rhone in the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This literally translates to “new castle of the Pope”. Ventoux is enjoying a positive affect of climate change now due to the warmer climes. They are producing wines of deeper colour and body.

Ogier’s Ventoux rosé comes from the best vineyards.

The vineyards are part of the appellation in the South East of the Mont Ventoux mountains. In a recent interview with Associate Winemaker and Brand Ambassador Raphael Pommier we learned that the beautiful acidity his Ventoux wines enjoy along with the full body is due to the positioning of the vineyards. Raphael’s desired culinary partner to enjoy with his Ventoux are grilled veggies doused with olive oil, zucchini, tomatoes and lamb. All prepared with a healthy rub of fresh Provencal herbs was among his top picks, and ours!

Raphael Pommier of Domaine Ogier

Raphael Pommier of Domaine Ogier

Joining us will be Raphael Pommier, Brand Ambassador and Associate Winemaker for Domaine Ogier. Founded in 1859 located in Chateauneuf du Pape, Raphael will share the story of Ogier and fill us in on his Ventoux rose from the Appellation Ventoux Controlee.

Listen to Raphael Pommier at 20:35 minutes in the show.

Maison Ogier Ventoux

Maison Ogier Ventoux

Ventoux Appellation Ventoux Controllé 2017 Ogier    $13.95

Fresh and crisp, this rosé is full bodied, with aromas of fresh berries, hints of pink grapefruit and slight nuances of violet, dry on the palate with red berry flavours and smooth finish.

Made with a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault

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Coming up on the next The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast. International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay. June 22nd, 2018

A recent bicycle tour in the vineyards included a glass of Remy Pannier Rose! Preparing to celebrate International Rose Day coming up June 22nd, 2018.

Rosé from the Loire Valley, so refreshing and easy to drink, Remy Pannier Rosé d’Anjou 2016

Remy Pannier Rose

Remy Pannier Rose D’Anjou from the Loire Valley

On this week’s audio podcast… 

Celebrating International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018

Join the Rosé revolution!

Episode 70

Starting with from France mais oui!

The birthplace of rosé going back over 2600 years. Monsieur Julien Cothenet is Export Director for Remy Pannier. Remy Pannier has been producing wines since 1885. They are located in the Loire Valley and are the producers of one of the top two selling rosés in Canada.

Listen to Julien Cothenet at 4:07 minutes in the show.

Julien Cothenet of Remy Pannier

Julien Cothenet of Remy Pannier

The Loire Valley is the second largest region for the production of Rosé wines, just after the Cotes de Provence but unfortunately they are not as well known, explains Julien.!!!
He goes on to say, “however, our Rosé d’anjou Appellation is among the fruitiest Rosé you can find in France. With a lovely hint of softness which makes it so easy to drink. Keep it mind also its low level of alcohol, around 10.50 %. You can drink it all day long, it is so refreshing  during a hot summer day!!!! ( with a little bit of moderation anyway)
Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp

Julien’s loves to enjoy a glass of wine after a long day of work, to relax with just red berries or with spicy peanuts. His favourite pairing is Remy Pannier Rose D’Anjou with grilled shrimps, spicy pork sandwich, or  a vegetable quiche. Sounds pretty good to us!!!
Remy Pannier Rose 2016

Remy Pannier Rose

A recent bicycle tour in the vineyards included a glass of Remy Pannier Rose! Preparing to celebrate International Rose Day coming up June 22nd, 2018.

A recent bicycle tour in the vineyards included a glass of Remy Pannier Rose! Preparing to celebrate International Rose Day coming up June 22nd, 2018.

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Shana White winemaker Adamo Estate Winery leads us through a rose tasting. Stunning backdrop

Meet Shauna White winemaker of Adamo Estate Winery, the 1st winery of Ontario’s next emerging wine region.

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On this week’s audio podcast… 

Celebrating International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018

Join the Rosé revolution!

Episode 70

Coming up on the show today, we celebrate International Rosé Day! Yes, as of a couple of years ago Rosé was awarded  its very own day.  In fact now there are three 3 International Rosé Days!!! It seems wine lovers around the world are increasingly seeing the world through rosé-tinted glasses. They are embracing #RoséAllDay with consumption skyrocketing in popularity.  

Gone are the days of super sweet and sappy roses. Now when you think pink, think crisp, dry with a zippy acidity, well made, with a range of seductive aromas. Including the likes of red berries,  peach, citrus, violet, melon, hibiscus and more depending on where it’s made.

We will be chatting with Vineyard Manager and Winemaker Shauna White, of Adamo Estate Winery, located in an emerging region. Adamo is are dedicated to organic and biodynamic farming. It produces a range of wines including of course the Adamo rosé. The winery is located in the Orangeville area of Ontario.

Listen to Shauna White at 36:12 minutes in the show.

We experienced this stunning winery first hand with a walk about of the facilities, taste the beautiful rose wines and to meet Shauna White, winemaker who we named "Super Girl". Look at those pipes!!! VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!

We experienced this stunning winery first hand with a walk about of the facilities, taste the beautiful rose wines and to meet Shauna White, winemaker who we named “Super Girl”. Look at those pipes!!! VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!

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Adamo Estate Winery wines available on line or at the winery. $29.00 per bottle for Legacy and $18.05 for Gamay Rose.

The history begins with Mario Adamo: visionary, risk-taker, pioneer.

Born in Calabria, Italy, and arriving in Canada when he was 18 years old, Mario followed the path to where his passion for food could shine. In 1972, Mario and his wife Nancy started a thriving catering business, and in 1985, they took the opportunity to move their business and life to a location that really felt like home. It was then that Hockley Valley Resort was born, and has now evolved into a 104 room, four-season resort and culinary destination.

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As the years passed, Mario continued to consider the land in their region, comparing it to his home in Calabria. He remembered the vine-covered hills fondly, deciding that the hills of Hockley Valley would also be a sustainable option for grape-growing. Alhough the region was not known for winemaking, this did not deter Mario. He followed his instinct and planted some test vines with his late friend, Frank. And he waited.

Mario Adamo's stunning original paintings populate the walls of the stunning Adamo Estate Winery.

Mario Adamo’s stunning original paintings populate the walls of the stately Adamo Estate Winery.

Adamo Estate Winery welcoming entrance room.

Adamo Estate Winery welcoming entrance room.

The vitality of those vines was confirmed when Jonas Newman of Hinterland Winery paid Mario an early spring visit, confirming that the vines were hearty enough for extended planting.

Adamo Estate Winery offers over 50wines in16 grape varietals.

The Adamo Estate Winery Tasting Bar- The winery offers over 30 wines.

Mario’s sheer will and determination, combined with the family’s standard for the highest quality, is the foundation for Adamo Estate Winery. Along with their drive to succeed, the Adamos sought sage advice (from winemakers like Jonas Hinterland) and capable staff, like their Vineyard and Winery Manager, Shauna White, whose experience is surpassed only by her passion for excellence.

THE GREAT ROOM A beautiful bright space, casual seating – open kitchen concept, also offers a panoramic view of the vineyard. Open the nano-wall to the outdoor patio and feel like you’re sitting with the vines.

THE GREAT ROOM
A beautiful bright space, casual seating – open kitchen concept, also offers a panoramic view of the vineyard. Open the nano-wall to the outdoor patio and feel like you’re sitting with the vines.

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Coming up on the next The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast. International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay. June 22nd, 2018

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Coming up on the next The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast. International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay. June 22nd, 2018

Celebrating International Rose Day with beautiful examples from Canada, Adamo Estate Winery and France, Remy Pannier and Maison Ogier.

Celebrating International Rose Day with beautiful examples from Canada, Adamo Estate Winery and France, Remy Pannier and Maison Ogier.

On this week’s audio podcast… 

Celebrating International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018

Join the Rosé revolution!

Episode 70

Coming up on the show today, we celebrate International Rosé Day! Yes, as of a couple of years ago Rosé was awarded  its very own day.  In fact now there are three 3 International Rosé Days!!! It seems wine lovers around the world are increasingly seeing the world through rosé-tinted glasses and embracing #RoséAllDay with consumption skyrocketing in popularity.  

Gone are the days of super sweet and sappy roses. Now when you think pink, think crisp, dry with a zippy acidity, well made, with a range of seductive aromas. Including the likes of red berries,  peach, citrus, violet, melon, hibiscus and more depending on where it’s made.

Most wine regions around the world are now making rosé wine.

Three International Rosé Days to Celebrate The Pink!

  1. The second Saturday in June as conceived by a Bodvár House of Rosés
  2. June 22nd, 2018. Every 4th Friday of June will be designated as the day to celebrate pink wine around the world as determined by the Organisation International du Rosé was created to plan this event last November
  3. August 14 as put forth by the blog Wine Geeks in 2005.

So hop on board and join us  as we explore the rosé revolution with our three special guests.

Remy Pannier d’Anjou 2014

Remy Pannier

Julien Cothenet of Remy Pannier

Julien Cothenet of Remy Pannier

Starting with from France mais oui!

The birthplace of rosé going back over 2600 years. Monsieur Julien Cothenet is Export Director for Remy Pannier. Remy Pannier has been producing wines since 1885. They are located in the Loire Valley and are the producers of one of the top two selling rosés in Canada.

Listen to Julien Cothenet at 4:07 minutes in the show.

Remy Pannier Rose

Remy Pannier Rosé D’Anjou

Remy Pannier Rosé D’Anjou 2016 available at the LCBO. $14.45 per bottle until June 24th, 2017.

Ogier

Ogier

Raphael Pommier of Domaine Ogier

Raphael Pommier of Domaine Ogier

For a second perspective on rosés made in France we turn our attention to the Rhone Valley and more specifically the appellation of  Ventoux. In 1990, UNESCO listed the Ventoux wine as a Biosphere Reserve. The Ventoux vineyards actually developed and expanded during the Avignon papacy which was 1309 -1376 the Ventoux vineyards actually developed and expanded.  The kings of France drank these wines at their tables over the centuries.

Joining us will be Raphael Pommier, Brand Ambassador and Associate Winemaker for Domaine Ogier. Founded in 1859 located in Chateauneuf du Pape, Raphael will share the story of Ogier and fill us in on his Ventoux rose from the Appellation Ventoux Controlee.

Listen to Raphael Pommier at 20:35 minutes in the show.

 

Maison Ogier Ventoux

Maison Ogier Ventoux 2017

Maison Ogier Ventoux Rose available at the LCBO $14.75 per bottle.

Adamo Estate Winery

Adamo Estate Winery

Shauna White winemaker Adamo Estate Winery

Shauna White winemaker Adamo Estate Winery

And finally to our own backyard, locally here our salute to #YESWAYROSE .

We will be chatting with Vineyard Manager and Winemaker Shauna White, of Adamo Estate Winery, located in an emerging region. Adamo is located in the Orangeville area of Ontario and are dedicated to organic and biodynamic farming producing a range of wines including of course the Adamo rosé !

Listen to Shauna White at 36:12 minutes in the show.

Adamo Estate Winery Rose

Adamo Estate Winery Rose

Adamo Estate Winery wines available on line or at the winery. $29.00 per bottle for Legacy and $18.05 for Gamay Rose.

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Delightful night of French Rosé in Toronto with The Consul General of France.

Rosé from the Loire Valley, so refreshing and easy to drink, Remy Pannier Rosé d’Anjou 2016

Meet Shauna White winemaker of Adamo Estate Winery, the 1st winery of Ontario’s next emerging wine region.

In the pink with Raphael Pommier, Brand Ambassador and Associate Winemaker for Domaine Ogier.

Rhine River Wine Cruise Nov 2018

The Wine Ladies Rhine River Wine Cruise Info Event Glenerin Inn & Spa

Rhine River Wine Cruise Nov 2018

Rhine River Wine Cruise Nov 2018

YOUR PERSONAL INVITATION

Please join us Thursday, June 21st for some wine and food as we learn about The Wine Ladies Luxury Rhine River Wine Cruise taking place this November 2018.

A represenative from Concierge Travel Group and Amawater Ways will be present to showcase the highlights of this amazing wine and culinary adventure while enjoying some wines of Germany.

We invite you to join us for a lovely evening.

Click here to book your complimentary ticket to the evening.

Join these two charismatic and entertaining Wine Ladies as they sail along the beautiful Rhine River from Basel in Switzerland to Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Along the way join them on private excursions and special tastings. Compare old and new world wines a chocolate hunt in Switzerland of course. There will be plenty of shopping too along the way. We visit stunning towns with excellent ships and markets just perfect for holiday gift shopping!

Castles from ancient empires and steep vineyards sprout up from every angle, which makes cruising on the Rhine River feel like entering a scene out of a storybook. Wind through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, diving deep into the history and wine regions of this vital waterway.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

LORRAINE SIMPSON

CONCIERGE TRAVEL GROUP

A Travel Leaders Consortia

ldsimpson@me.com 905-401-2995

For MORE INFORMATION take a look at the website http://www.conciergetravelgroup.ca/wineladies.html

Join The Wine Ladies this Nov 2018 for a Rhine River Cruise For Wine Lovers.

Riesling & Co 2018

Riesling & Co 2018

Join us June 20th. Riesling & Co, A Night in Berlin.The Arcadian Loft Toronto.

Tavel, Marquis d'Aqueria

Delightful night of French Rosé in Toronto with The Consul General of France.

From left to right; Liz Palmer, award-winning author and wine journalist, Marc Trouyet,The Consul General of France in Toronto, Georgia and Susanne, The Wine Ladies and guest, Boris Zayachkowski.

From left to right; Liz Palmer, award-winning author and wine journalist, Marc Trouyet,The Consul General of France in Toronto, Georgia and Susanne, The Wine Ladies and guest, Boris Zayachkowski.

International Rosé Day June 22nd, 2018

Its definitely rosé season when one receives a delightful invitation to The Consul General of France’s home in Toronto for a Rosé Tasting Reception. We gladly accepted Mr. Marc Trouyet’s invitation as rosé is enjoying a worldwide revolution and International Rosé Day is just around the corner, June 22nd. It was a lovely opportunity to taste some renowned French wines that are typically not available here in our market. The good news is that these wines are coming here soon! 

Consul General

Consul General Marc Trouyet and Liz Palmer welcome guests as the rose tasting is about to begin.

Consul General Marc Trouyet and Liz Palmer welcome guests as the rose tasting is about to begin.

 Award-winning author and Wine Journalist, Liz Palmer was present to present the rose story and to guide us through a tasting of five different rosé wines. The wines were accompanied by an assortment of delicious freshly-made handcrafted hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Francoise Briet.

This blend of Grenache and Cinsault is beloved for its zippy personality, ripe red berry, raspberry and Provençal tones. It pairs beautifully with smoked salmon.

This blend of Grenache and Cinsault is beloved for its zippy personality, ripe red berry, raspberry and Provençal tones. It pairs beautifully with smoked salmon. 

Always great running into fellow wine and foodie friends! Adam and Sara Waxman founders and publishers of DINE Magazine and Destinations.

Always great running into fellow wine and foodie friends! Adam and Sara Waxman founders and publishers of DINE  and Destinations Magazine.

Chateau Jouclary, Languedoc

Chateau Jouclary, Languedoc.Delicate, airy aromas of white and violet flowers, mixed with notes of currant and exotic fruits.

Villa Riviera, Cotes de Provence

Villa Riviera, Cotes de Provence, Floral and fine bouquet that evolves into fruity aromas of raspberry. Fullness and harmony on the palate. 

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Domaine Pieracci,Gourmet rosé with light and orange color. Fine and long wine in the mouth, with citrus flavors.

Domaine Pieracci,Gourmet rosé with light and orange color. Fine and long wine in the mouth, with citrus flavors.

Coming up on the next The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast. International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay. June 22nd, 2018

On this week’s audio podcast…

Celebrating International #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018

Join the Rosé revolution!

Episode 70

Rennie Estate Winery

 Yet another entrepreneur who has turned his passion for wine into his own brand, Rennie Estate Winery

 Rennie Estate Winery smitten with the vine

 Yet another entrepreneur who has turned his passion for wine into his own brand, Rennie Estate Winery. Wine aficionados from all walks of life are giving into their passion for wine putting big bucks on the line. Buying up vineyards, starting wineries and even becoming the winemakers themselves!

Last issue we explored just how much the wonderful world of wine is capturing the hearts of such a diverse and eclectic group from entrepreneurs to sports icons, musicians, doctors, business tycoons and actors, including our very own Dan Aykroyd, Jim Cuddy,Wayne Gretzky just to name a few.

We introduced you to Dr. Gary Glassman, aka Dr. G, an Endodontic Specialist.

A celebrity endodontist actually, from Toronto who realized his dream and became a part owner of a winery in Mendoza, Argentina. Here we take up where we left off. And continue the story with the introduction of Graham Rennie and his widely applauded wines from the Niagara Escarpment.We bade our farewell to Dr. G and headed off to what would be our final stop on this delectable afternoon of wine discovery.

Heading over to the fabulous Trattoria Timone Ristorante located in our hometown of Oakville.

With just a forty-five minute window we are up for a whirlwind wine tasting with yet another entrepreneur who has turned his passion for wine into his own brand, Rennie Estate Winery. Graham Rennie is the Chairman and CEO of Integra Capital, a Canadian asset management firm that he founded in 1987.

We first met Graham and his wife Christine at a dinner party close to twenty years ago. At that time they were actively exploring purchasing their own vineyard. Their passion for wine as they spoke that evening left no doubt in anyone’s mind that there would someday be a Rennie wine label. And so it came to be in 2010 when the Rennies relocated to Beamsville to pursue their dream and purchased a 50-acre property on the prestigious Beamsville Bench sub appellation located in the Niagara Escarpment.

Still in full force money management CEO Graham has managed to also pursue his passion for wine and eek out ample time to play an integral role in this exciting endeavour.

Rennie Estate Winery

We noshed on Timone’s scrumptious Margherita pizza, grilled shrimp and antipasto platter.

From participating in the selection of the vineyard plantings, to monitoring the progress of the grapes as they mature on the vine to the definitive style of Rennie’s wines, this is no absentee landlord.” We always wanted to grow the best fruit we could,”said Graham. In 1999 Rennie, his wife Christine and family planted five varietals with clones all sourced from the highly reputed and recognized Mercier nursery in France. A mix of Pinot Noir 28%, Chardonnay 17%, 20% Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the plantings of which the majority is sold to other wineries for their premium wines. A small portion of the harvest is reserved for the Rennie Estate Winery brand. It is artfully and meticulously crafted by Malivoire winery winemaker Shiraz Mottiar.

“I like big, red wines, and enjoying them with our friends,”enthuses Graham.

“Our cool climate viticultural region makes it tough to make full bodied red wines from Bordeaux varietals here every year.” “We produce appassimento style Bordeaux blends and whole cluster fermentation Burgundy varietal wines which have come to define Rennie Estate Winery,” reveals Graham. The world renown Italian wine Amarone is produced in the appassimento style. Which essentially is an Italian term for drying harvested grapes, traditionally on straw mats forup to 100 days. This concentrates the sugars and the flavours resulting in rich, opulent, concentrated red wines. Graham went on to develop a grape drying chamber to replicate the traditional technique used for Amazon, in conjunction with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

Before us are four wines, one of which is the Rennie Estate Winery 2014 Assemblage.

We learn is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. These grapes are dried in the custom made drying room for between 86-105 days. The berries are then fermented in small batches for over two weeks. Off to French oak barrels for 21 months of aging. In our glasses now, a rich, opulent full-bodied red wine with intense dark fruit and black cherry flavours.  Accompanied by seductive suggestive notes of vanilla. 2014 Assemblage gets an A+! We also sample Rennies Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both very impressive! If you would like more information or to enjoy any of Graham and Christine’s wines visit www.rennieestatewinery.com for prices and availability.

That is about all for us as our day draws to a close. It has been an incredible day of wine discovery, fine wines, food and fairytale! Seeing both Dr.Glassman and Graham Rennie and witnessing their realization of their dreams made this a special day for us too!

We wonder who will be next to be so smitten with the vine and have their own wine? Perhaps it’s our turn, TWL Wines, has a bit of a ring to it, don’t you think?

If you would like more information or to enjoy any of Graham and Christine’s wines visit www.rennieestatewinery.com for prices and availability.

Christine Chardonnay 2015

Christine Chardonnay 2015

Christine Chardonnay 2015

If you are a great fan of great Chardonnay like we are, here’s a wine for you! So inviting! On the nose, seductive with scents of spicy orange rind, tropical fruits and baked apple. On the palate it is rich with flavours echoing the notes of the bouquet. Creamy, with the baked apple, hints of barrel oak spices and good acidity all in wonderful balance. Look forward to a lingering finish! $40.00

Rennie Estate Winery

Rennie Estate Winery

Rennie Estate Paradox 2015 Pinot Noir

The winemaker’s notes on this says it all when it comes to the bouquet. “The nose is treated to raisin bread.” “Violet, and spicy, faintly smoky traces of blueberry, clove, cinnamon stick and pepper.” On the palate plenty of red fruit inclusive of cherry, strawberry and cranberry. Notes of spice and mocha and a lingering very satisfying finish! Production very limited to 76 cases. $40.00

Passion turns to Purpose, Celebrity Endodontist turned winemaker!