Chef Clodagh McKenna make a turkey with Guinness

Enjoying our first Christmas Dinner of the Season with Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna and Guinness!

What better way to spend a Wednesday night in Toronto than meeting Ireland’s most lovely Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna, enjoying  a beautiful Irish Christmas dinner complete with a glass of Guinness! Doesn’t get much better than this!

We were invited to  Dish Cooking Studio for an intimate and interactive holiday entertaining event on November 28, 2018. Chef Clodagh McKenna shared her own personal holiday entertaining tips and tricks as well as providing a cooking demo of three holiday-inspired Guinness-based dishes perfect for the upcoming holiday season.  

Holiday Entertaining Audio Podcast Clodagh McKenna

Check out exclusive interview with Chef Clodagh on our audio podcast.

The Wine Ladies meet Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna at Dish Cooking School

Susanne, Chef Clodagh and Georgia. A toast of Guinness to bring in the holidays!

 

Check out all the recipes here below.

Guinness Prawn Tempura

Guinness Prawn Tempura

Guinness Prawn Tempura

Guinness Prawn Tempura Ingredients

METHOD
1. For the batter, sift the flour and soda together into a medium bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg and Guinness. Whisk from the centre outwards until just combined. Allow the batter to stand for a few minutes in a cool place.
2. Heat the canal oil in a deep heavy-bottomed pan until a breadcrumb sizzle and turn brown when dropped into it.

Dip the prawns into the batter

3. Dip the prawns into the batter and carefully add to the hot oil to deep-fry in batches for 2-3 minutes or until crisp and golden. Carefully remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
4. To make the chilli aioli crack the egg yolks into a bowl along with a teaspoon of dijon mustard and lightly whisk. Whisk the oils into the egg yolks slowly. The agile will begin to get thick and creamy. Stir in the white wine vinegar, garlic and chilli flakes. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
5. Serve the chilli aioli with the Guinness prawn tempura log its the rosemary salt.

Roast Pancetta Wrapped Turkey with Guinness and Chestnut Gravy

Chef Clodagh McKenna make a turkey with Guinness

Roast Pancetta Wrapped Turkey with Guinness and Chestnut Gravy

Chef Clodagh McKenna Turkey Ingredients

METHOD
1.Pre-heat the oven to 4ooF/gas mark 6
2. If you are using a frozen turkey its best to thaw the bird in the fridge. A turkey will need about 24 hours to thaw for every 4 lbs. Take the turkey out of the fridge one hour before roasting to allow the meat to relax and come to room temperature,  which will make the meat more tender. Next remove the giblets from the inside the bird’s cavity because these cannot be cooked with the turkey. Wash the cavity and dry completely with kitchen paper, then season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Fill the cavity of the turkey

3. Fill the cavity of the turkey with sprigs of fresh thyme, the cavity should only be filled half way to allow hot air to circulate and the turkey to to cook more evenly. Line the roasting tray first with the shallots, carrots, garlic and thyme. Place the turkey on top. This will flavour the turkey even whilst cooking.
4. Next stretch the strips of pancetta by rolling them with a rolling pin. Then arrange about three -quarters of the pancetta over the breast, overlapping the slices and wrap the legs and thighs with the remaining pancetta. Tuck the slices of orange around the turkey.
5. Lastly, place the turkey in the pre-heated oven. Then reduce the heat to 250F. After 45 minutes take the turkey out of the oven and baste the juices from the pan over the turkey. Cover loosely with tin foil and return to the oven and cook for three and a half hours. Continue to baste the turkey every 45 minutes.

Check to see if the turkey is cooked

6.Check to see if the turkey is cooked by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh. The juices should run clear. When you have taken the turkey out of the oven leave it to rest for 30 minutes with a loose tent of tin foil to keep it warm. This will allow the juices to redistribute themselves giving tastier meat.

7. Once the turkey has cooked and is resting on a board then make the gravy. Carefully pour 4 tbsp of the juices from the roasting tin into a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Whisk in the flour, followed by the Guinness chicken stock, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 min, then whisk in the chestnut  puree and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Strain the gravy into a jug, discard the herbs.

Guinness Maple and Ginger Pudding with Crystallized Ginger Caramel Sauce

Guinness Maple and Ginger Pudding with Crystallized Ginger Carmel Sauce

Guinness Maple and Ginger Pudding with Crystallized Ginger Caramel Sauce

Guinness Maple and Ginger Pudding with Crystallized Ginger Caramel Sauce

METHOD

1. Sift the flour and soda into a bowl with the ground ginger. In a separate bowl, beat the butter with the sugar and maple syrup until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the Guinness. Fold the dry ingredients into the creamed butter and egg mixture adding the milk to give a soft dropping consistency. Stir in nuts and raisins.
2. Spoon the mixture into a glass bowl, then cover with greased grease proof paper and foil, ,making a pleat in the centre of both. Tie securely with string. Suspend the bowl over a saucepan half filled with water over a medium heat. When the water comes to a boil reduce the heat and reduce to simmer. Steam the pudding for 1 1/2 hours, checking regularly to make sure that the pan doesn’t boil dry.

Next make the crystallized ginger caramel sauce.

3. Next make the crystallized ginger caramel sauce. Place the butter, cream and maple syrup together in a small pan and stir over a low heat until well mixed. Bring to a boil, simmer for three minutes, then stir in the finely chopped crystallized ginger.
4. Carefully tip the pudding on to a serving plate or cake stand and pour the crystallized ginger caramel sauce on top.

The Wine Ladies enjoy a change of pace with a beautiful glass of Guinness. Ireland's no 1 export! Cheers!

The Wine Ladies enjoy a change of pace with a beautiful glass of Guinness. Ireland’s no 1 export! Cheers!

Holiday Entertaining with Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna, Guinness, Chase Vodka and Irish Tears’ Whiskey

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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.

Audio Podcast 06222018 RhineTourAD

Audio Podcast 06222018 RhineTourAD

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

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

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.

Ama Waterways River Cruise

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

River Cruise For Wine Lovers

Rhine River Cruise For Wine Lovers

Join The Wine ladies on this wonderful

RHINE RIVER CRUISE FOR WINE LOVERS

Uncork local traditions, savour intense flavours and enjoy palate-pleasing adventures during AmaWaterways Wine-Cruise.

Concierge Travel Group

Space filling fast! Reserve soon. Please quote WINELADIES for your dedicated pricing

ENJOY A 7-NIGHT RIVER CRUISE FROM BASEL TO AMSTERDAM

Dive deep into the history and wine regions of the Rhine River. Explore charming villages like Riquewihr and Breisach as you sale along towards Strasbourg. Visit the historic university town of Heidelberg and continue to Rudesheim. Enjoy an evening walk in Koblenz and cruise to Cologne where you’ll admire its imposing cathedral. Conclude your cruise in the vibrant city of Amsterdam.

Rhine River Cruise Nov 2018 PricingRhine River Cruise Agenda Nov 2018

Join these two charismatic and entertaining Wine Ladies as they sail along the beautiful Rhine River from Basel in Switzerland to Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Along the way join them on private excursions, special tastings to compare old and new world wines, a chocolate hunt in Switzerland of course. There will be plenty of shopping too along the way as we visit stunning towns with excellent shops 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

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015 at Frogpond

Sip and cycle through Niagara Wine Country with The Wine Ladies! Join us Sunday, June 3rd! 

Niagara-on-the Lake bicycle wine tour with Grape Escape Wine Tours.

Grape Escape Wine Tours

Grape Escape Wine Tours

Sip and cycle through Niagara Wine Country with The Wine Ladies! 

VIP Lunch & Winery Bicycle Tour.
 Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
What better way to see Niagara Wine Country than by bicycle? Experience wine country through beautiful trails, along the Niagara Parkway and into many of the wineries in the area!
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$125.00 plus hst
Space is limited to 14 guests.
6Na Presidential Limousine Services logo

6Na Presidential Limousine Services logo

Your tour includes:
Luxury limo to and from Niagara wine country provided by 6Na Presidential Limousine Services.*
Bicycle, helmets and refreshment.
Delicious catered lunch at one of the wineries.
Visit 4 award winning VQA wineries with wine tastings. ( a minimum of 12 wines will be enjoyed)
Special The Wine Ladies gift.
Prizes, prizes and more prizes.
Complimentary pick up of any wine purchases made throughout the day
Space is limited to 14 guests.
* Pick up of all guest will be at 9:00am at the Burlington GO Station. A luxury limo bus will be provided for all guests. Return will be 4:30 pm form Niagara-on-the-Lake back to the Burlington GO Station.

**Bicycle tours are conducted rain or shine – please dress for the weather!

Itinerary

  • 9:00am – pick up by limo bus Burlington GO Station.
  • 11.30am – Wine Tour & Tasting
  • 1.00pm – Lunch
  • 2.45pm – Wine Tasting
  • 3.30pm – Wine Tasting
  • 4.30pm -pick up by limo bus  and return to Burlington GO Station

iGrape Escape Wine Tours owner Richard Mell

Grape Escape Wine Tours owner Richard Mell

Listen to Rich Mell at 34:30 minutes into the show

On this week’s radio show…

Episode 33

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015 at Inniskillin.

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015 at Inniskillin.

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015

Ask The Wine Ladies – Can you recommend a bicycle wine tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Penfolds bottles

Penfolds Grange…The crescendo of our “Ultimate Penfolds Experience”

Penfolds Grange…The crescendo of our “Ultimate Penfolds Experience”

Nestled in the foothills of Adelaide with views over looking the city, Magill Estate is one of the world’s few urban single vineyards only fifteen minutes drive from Adelaide, capital of South Australia. Here lie historic vineyards of the iconic wine Penfolds Grange. With sturdy and gnarly Shiraz vines that date back over sixty years. They thrive in rich chocolatey red-brown soils over limestone bearing exceptional fruit for both Grange and Magill Estate Shiraz.

Penfolds Grange 2008

Penfolds Grange, a remarkable wine with a remarkable story. This wine is sought after and relished by wine collectors and aficionados around the world, paralleled to the First Growths of Bordeaux and Grand Cru of Burgundy.  This is Australia’s most celebrated wine, officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. A vinous star that has been described by Robert Parker’s wine Advocate as “the leading candidate for the richest, most concentrated dry red wine on planet earth”.

It all began with British physician Doctor Christopher Ralston Penfolds and wife Mary.

Penfolds Family Tree

In 1844 the couple settled in Adelaide on a vast parcel of land and the inaugural Penfolds wine was created. Recently we had the opportunity to take a step back in time and tour the Magill Estate Cottage, the Penfolds’ home. And learned a little about the family and the history of these storied precious vineyards. We were honoured with a personalized tasting of several Penfolds wines.  A suburb afternoon, punctuated by the tasting of the great Grange.

Old age is much respected in this world, the world of wine.

“It all starts in the vineyards” they say. Our visit which began with our tour guide, the truly eloquent Danielle Flower guiding us throughout the grounds and introducing us to the estate’s old vine Shiraz. Old age is much respected in this world, the world of wine. These smaller concentrated fruit will deliver little in yield yet intense and concentrated flavours in the glass. Where one may drink history. The estate was once comprised of over 500 acres but over time has been diminished to just 12.  These grapes, we learn will contribute to the iconic Penfolds Grange.  Grange, Penfolds flagship wine, the most collectible wine on the continent is a multi-vineyard, multi district blend, yet it has a unique personality, flavour, structure, experience coveted by wine lovers the world over.

The good Doctor, perhaps ahead of his time…

The Penfolds, Christopher and Mary, immigrated to Australia at the ages of 33 and 24 and were supported by their family members on what was approximately 500 acres of land. Doctor Penfolds a believer in the medicinal properties of wine cultivated a portion of the land with plantings of French grape vine cuttings brought over from England. Initially fortified wines were the choice prescription but in time, responding to increased demand the winery expanded in output and selection of varietals planted until 1844 when the winery was officially established. Over the years, under the direction of Christopher up until his passing at age 59 and then under that of wife Mary Penfolds the winery continued to grow and prosper. By 1903 Penfolds was the largest winery in Adelaide.

It is Max Schubert, Chief Winemaker for Penfolds in the forties and fifties who must be greatly credited  to the development of the iconic wine, Grange, originally   called “Grange Hermitage”. It was he, after travelling to Europe and spending time in Bordeaux who created and ultimately became responsible for the development of this iconic wine.

To the tasting room!
And an extraordinary experience featuring a perfect blend of Penfolds offerings.

Penfolds produces a range of wines that come from a variety of regions, whether they are blends, or singular varietal. They also produce estate wines of single vineyard. All the wines however showcase the Australian heritage including the diversity and the great history.

Our tasting included a blend of all of the above.

One of our personal standouts on this day was the 2008
St Henri Shiraz.

Penfolds Danielle

A multi district blend including fruit from the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. St Henri Shiraz differentiates itself from high quality Australian reds by not relying on any new oak.
Maturing instead in large old 1460 litre vats the wine’s character develops with little impression of oak. We comment on the seductive nose of intense blueberry and blackberry layered with dark chocolate. With a deep rich flavour of more dark fruit and chocolatey notes, it is rich and opulent with a long lasting finish! Drinking window suggestion is 2016-2035. Available on occasion at the LCBO and/or featured at Winemaker’s dinner as recently as October 26th of this year.

We tasted  the 2011 Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra, exceptional! And to start the 2008 Yattarna Chardonnay, also multi regional.

The crescendo of our “Ultimate Penfolds Experience” was of course Grange.

Suffice to say an ethereal taste experience. Where wine is not simply a drink, it is history, it is place, it is magical, on this day it is Grange.
Of this wine says Chief Winemaker Gago, “Aromatically captivating/convincing— similar to the 1987 in its formtive years, stronger than the 1997!”
At the conclusion of our tasting, as we sipped on what little treasure remained in our glasses. Danielle shared with us Penfolds’ latest unique and extraordinary offering to its most devoted fans.

This most recent project allows one to purchase their own personal barrel of Penfolds wine for $198,000. Magill Estate will house your barrel under 24 hour/day security. Your wine will be available for you to check in on at any time from anywhere in the world. The custodian of this barrel is invited at any time to taste, assess the wine and determine when and how it should be bottled under the guidance of course of Chief Winemaker Peter Gago.

Gago who started at Penfolds in 1989, is himself a celebrity winemaker, in high demand internationally, only the fourth custodian of iconic Grange. Peter succumbed to his love of wine and as he puts it “the grip of the grape” … we guess was just too great!

Penfolds Grange , 2008

 For those of whom we have whet your appetite, the 2008 Grange is available here at the Tasting Room in the Olde Oakville location. Here we ponder the purchase of one of three remaining bottles priced at $499.00.

Finally, there are a number of Penfolds wines available at varying price points, something for everyone. Note to Heather, one of our favorite consultants, we’ll be back!

Georgia and Susanne
The Wine Ladies

We also had the opportunity to meet Peter Gago in 2008 at an exclusive media tasting in Toronto. Check it out here.

Strewn Chocolate Tasting Jan 26,2018

Oh what a time was had! Highlights!The Wine Ladies VIP Niagara Icewine Tour Jan 2018

ENTER TO WIN! VIP Wine Tasting Tour to the Niagara Icewine Festival withThe Wine Ladies and 6Na Limousines!

Enter to Win a VIP Wine Tasting Tour to the Niagara Icewine Festival with The Wine Ladies and 6Na Presidential Limousine Services!

You could be one of 6 lucky people to join us on our private wine tour during the Niagara Icewine Festival this January 2018.(Prize tour to take place between Jan 12th – 28th) For three weeks in January the Niagara region is transformed into a wintry wonderland, in celebration of one of Canada’s most cherished products, Ontario Icewine.

We have created a very special VIP experience for you.

Spend the day with us! Travel in style and comfort in our stylish, sleek and shiny 6Na Presidential Limousine and visit 3 special award winning local wineries Vineland Estates Winery, Lakeview Wine Co and Strewn Winery). An exclusive experience created especially for our group including samplings of some of Ontario’s best Icewine, sparkling and premium VQA wines.

Everything for your day is included from wine tastings and special winery experiences, gourmet lunch and snacks, to a VIP limo transport and a complimentary gift bag filled to the brim!

 Here’s how to enter!

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 !!!!!

1. Follow us on Twitter @TheWineLadies @6NaLimo or Facebook TheWineLadies or Instagram #TheWineLadies  #6NaLimousines 

You choose your favourite social media! Examples entries included below.

2. Answer the following question.
Which Canadian iconic wine is considered “liquid gold”.
Answer: Icewine

3. Tweet/Facebook/Instagram out your answer as much as you like!

Example tweets.

Spend the day with @TheWineLadies Enter me to win! #contest VIP WINE TOUR for 6 @6NaLimo #IceWineTour6NaLimo #Icewine #contest $1500.00 value enter as often as you like!

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Please Enter me to Win a VIP Wine Tasting Tour to the Niagara Icewine Festival with The Wine Ladies and 6Na Presidential Limousine Services for me and 5 guests! Looking forward to tasting Canada’s iconic wine, Icewine plus sparkling and VQA wines at 3 award winning wineries, (Vineland Estates Winery, Lakeview Wine Co, Strewn Winery) !

Example Instagram Posts to #TheWineLadies #6NaLimousines

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Contest Rules
1.Make sure that you follow us on Twitter @TheWineLadies @6NaLimo Facebook and Instagram

2.Enter as many times as you like from Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 11:00am until Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 5:00 pm tweet and re-tweet and follow @TheWineLadies @6Nalimos

3.Each time you tweet (or re-tweet our Tweets) using the hash tag #IceWineTour6NaLimo

The winners will be randomly selected at noon on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 and will be notified via TWITTER and FACEBOOK and Instagram

Must be 19 years of age or older to win.

Your prize will include the following: Prize Value $1500 ( 6 persons)

Round trip exclusive limo service from the Burlington GO station to Niagara wine country with 6Na Limousine Services. (Eight passengers including The Wine Ladies)

Visit to 3 participating Award Winning Wineries

Vineland Estates Winery – A tutored tasting of iconic wines and champion cheeses conducted by one of their wine experts.This guided sensory experience will demonstrate match and balance pairings and showcase the versatility of contrasting options. Cheese please!!! We will also leave time for wine shopping for the group too!

Lakeview Wine Co – a paired tasting of a selection of 3-4 wines and delectable lunch at this stunning new facility. Of course time for wine shopping for the group too!

Strewn Winery – Two of life’s greatest pleasures together, wine and chocolate! A private wine and chocolate tasting in the barrel cellar. Of course time for wine shopping for the group too!

All tasting fees

All pairing fees where applicable

A complimentary gift bag filled with wine related goodies

Cellar and facility tasting

Delicious light lunch at Lakeview Wine Co

Length of tour 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM traffic dependent

Coffee, tea and fresh pastries for the trip down

Bottled still & sparkling water throughout the day

The Luxury Chocolate Toronto Show with The Wine Ladies. Nov 6th, 2016

The Luxury Chocolate Toronto Show is the place to sample and buy your chocolate for the coming Holiday Season. Each of our participating chocolatiers,  pastry chefs and confectioners are on hand to introduce you to their amazing creations. From bean to bar, from cocao to creation, this is the place to get your ideas for entertaining “chocolate-style” this season.

The Wine Ladies Present the Chocolate + Wine Tasting Salon

Chocolate + Wine pairing tables will be located on the upper pods of Roy Thomson Hall. Having the right wine to complement the right chocolate can be a match made in heaven! Sample wine and chocolate together. Samplings are available by ticket purchase.

What chocolate goes with what wine? Here you can sample wines with the chocolate that tastes best as a pairing with sampling tickets. THE WINE LADIES will be hosting scheduled Wine + Chocolate Pairing sessions throughout the day. Register at the bottom of stairs to pods in the South Lobby.

Some incredible wines will be featured from France, Italy, Chile and Argentina. All paired with BRIX Chocolate, the chocolate designed to pair with wine. These wines will be featured on this page over the next few weeks so stay tuned!!

Must be 19 years of age to enter this section and sample products.

Price per seminar is $15.00 per session and includes, chocolate wine and door prizes! (Does not include entry fee into the show) Buy your ticket the day of the show. Seminar times: 12:00pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00pm and 4:30 pm.

An example of some of the world class, highly esteemed wineries featured in the show include:

With winemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt and Export Director Julian Orti of esteemed winery Pascual Toso of Argentina, recognized as one of this countries oldest and prestigious wineries. A stunning tasting of 12 varietals, including Malbecs, Cabernet Sauvignon, red blends and the newly released Barrancas were tasted at the National Club,in Toronto hosted by EuroVintage Wines & Spirits.
This special edition Cabernet Sauvignon and Mabec blend was made to celebrate the wineries 125th anniversary.  Only 125 bottles were produced. A selection of these stunning wines are available through LCBO and Vintages. They are exquisite. The high altitudes, warm temperatures and soils produce fruity, fresh and smooth wines.

 Listen to Julian Orti, Export Director Pascual Toso on The Wine Ladies radio show Episode WL 04-13-2016 at 21:50 minutes in the show.

 

One of Italy’s many claims to fame, is of course their very own sparkling wine, growing in popularity day by day. Not only is it a wine, but it is a place, and it is a grape and there is a bit of confusion out there about this delightful and delicious bubbly and that is Prosecco. There is much more to this bubbly, with an interesting history, than many might know. We are excited to share with everyone at the show a very special winery, located in the Friuli region in northeastern Italy, the wine Castel Pitars winery. Here is a wine producer that dates back to 1510, steeped in tradition, now run by four brothers producing an exciting array of wines, along with their Prosecco, wines of indigenous grapes, international varietals and unique blends. Pitars Wines imported and distributed exclusively by VDF Importers of Fine Wines.

Listen to Nicola Pitaro on The Wine Ladies radio show Episode WL at 05-11-2016

Founded in 1885 by François Rémy, Rémy Pannier is the Loire Valley’s single largest wine producer, accounting for about 15% of all Loire Valley wine production, and with markets in over 40 countries worldwide. This progressive winery offers three AOC wines including the best selling Rosé in Ontario – Rosé D’Anjou, Muscadet and more recently, Sauvignon Blanc. Remy Pannier wines imported by EuroVintage Wines & Spirits.

Listen to the Export Director,Julien Cothenet  of Remy Pannier, a company with its roots firmly planted in the Loire, with a fascinating history, scrumptious story and wines.

Listen to Julien Cothenet on The Wine Ladies radio show Episode WL 04-23-2016 at 8:17 minutes into the radio show.

 

South Africa Wine Tour

South Africa Beckons… Please join us Feb 2017 for a trip of a lifetime!

With Tselane Mokuena, Consul General of South Africa to Canada

With Tselane Mokuena, Consul General of South Africa to Canada

With beautiful vineyards, wines, amazing food, historic sites and a touch of the wild side.

We will soon be embarking on yet another journey, this time to stunning Cape Town and the Cape Winelands, with stops to historical cities and sites including Robben Island, Table Mountain and of course a game reserve!

To find out more and to book you tour with us.

or call 416-768-5375

  

We are thrilled to be heading out to South Africa this February 2017 and would love you to join us!

A spectacular tour that will include personalized visits to stunning wineries own the Cape Winelands. Amazing culinary adventures, an historic Robben Island personal tour, Table Mountain, exciting jeep game-drives, safari tours and much more! explore your sense of adventure with us, please, if you have ever thought of embracing what South Africa has to offer and you like to eat , to drink, and experience life big and bold, come with us!

WIN one of Two Grape Escape Wine Tours to Niagara! Value $1000.00.Click here for contest details!

 The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne enjoying a recent bicycle wine tour in Niagara with Grape Escape Wine Tours.

CONGRATULATIONS to our two winners…. Debbie Watson, Hamilton, On and Lindsay Fox, Coldwater, On.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to win!!!!!

Your prize includes two great prize packages.

Picnic Lunch Bicycle Tour for 6 people (retail value $637.32)

All would be valid for the rest of the 2015 season or 2016 season.

Afternoon Cycle Tour for 4 people (retail value $289.28)

All would be valid for the rest of the 2015 season or 2016 season.

Tweet #TWLGrapeEscapeWIN and re-tweet as often as you like! Two winners will be picked at random.  

Contest Rules

1.Make sure that you follow both of us on Twitter @TheWineLadies @TourGrapeEscape

2.Enter as many times as you like from Wednesday, Sept 30th,2015 at noon until Monday, October 19th at noon tweet and re-tweet and follow @TheWineLadies and @TourGrapeEscape

Below is an  example that you can use and modify as you see fit.


Example Tweet:

@TheWineLadies Enter me to #win! $1000.00 #Niagara #TWLGrapeEscapeWIN #wine @TourGrapeEscape

@TheWineLadies #wine #bicycle #contest @TourGrapeEscape #TWLGrapeEscapeWIN  I wanna win!

3.Each time you tweet (or re-tweet our Tweets) using the hash tag #TWLGrapeEscapeWIN  your name will be entered into our draw for a chance to win the prizes. Keep entering as often as you like. Be sure to add @TheWineLadies at the end of your Tweet as well to help track it.

4.If you don’t TWEET you can also enter on The Wine Ladies FACEBOOK Fan page too right here.

The winner will be randomly selected at noon on Monday, Oct 19th, 2015 and will be notified via TWITTER and FACEBOOK.

 

Listen to Rich Mell at 34:30 minutes into the show

On this week’s radio show…

Episode 33

Discover Washington wines. Make your own wine in time for the holidays. Discover the secret anti aging ingredient and Canada’s most southerly wine region Pelee Island and Pelee Island Winery.

Ask The Wine Ladies – Can you recommend a bicycle wine tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake?