Vancouver Canucks on the rise to the Cup, our cups runneth over with excitement and winning Vancouver Island wines Your chance to win and visit a slice of golf heaven! Go now and get access to our “Nine-wine-dine opportunity! A $150.00 VALUE! Click here to enter. Watch The Wine Ladies TV! Wed June 8th at 2:30PM -3:30PM on ThatChannel.com The Vancouver Canucks are halfway to winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship. Keeping our fingers crossed and Vancouver Island wines on ice for the game. Having just recently visited Vancouver Island and a number of her wineries we have a great selection of wines to choose from. Decisions, decisions… Tune into The Wine Ladies TV this Wednesday June 8th as we showcase our wine adventure on Vancouver Island, from the historic city of Victoria, British Columbia nicknamed the “City of Gardens, to the beautiful Inner Harbour of Victoria alive with sea life, sail boats, to our idyllic stay at Inn at Laurel Point so wonderful. The Inn at Laurel Point features Japanese Gardens featuring a waterfall and sprawling oasis with a view of the Inner Harbour. The Inn is simply stunning, from the water that surrounds the Inn at Laurel Point hotel on three sides, to the patios and gardens and spectacular ocean views. It truly is an oasis in beautiful Victoria and just steps away from all of the culture, history and beauty of this amazing city on Vancouver Island Our visit to Vancouver Island now with 80 vineyards growing grapes and 40 wineries and specifically to the area of the Cowichan Valley which takes its name from an Aboriginal word meaning “the warm land” – fitting, as the valley enjoys Canada’s warmest mean temperature. Our journey kicked off with a visit to Merridale, makers of award winning apple ciders, all hand-crafted, all natural and delicious. Next stop was Venturi-Schulze an organic winery where we enjoyed a wonderful wine tasting experience with proprietor Marilyn Venturi. Then a visit to Averril Creek Vineyard, often referred to as the Goliath, the largest winery on Vancouver Island, known for their Pinot Noir and winemaker ,visionary Andy Johnston who claims that this region makes the best Pinot Noir in the Canada. Passion, guts, talent, personality galore and great wines that’s what we found at our final winery Rocky Creek Winery. Couple owners Linda in sales and Mark Holford, a 3rd generation winemaker shared their pride and joy Pinot Grigio, which was delish in polished stemware just for us! They certainly had an interesting story to share beginning with their gravity fed winery in their house in the basement and the rest is history! Your House. It’s anywhere you go to enjoy life, the company of others, good food and great wine, The House Wine Company. Where you can just enjoy life’s simple pleasures without concern for details Up-Coming events with The Wine Ladies NOT to be missed! Did you know that … …..there are over 1,800 islands in the 1000 Islands Region, shared between the United States and Canada? …..that George Boldt the proprietor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City built a castle as a tribute to his wife, who perished at a young age before the castle was completed. Boldt, heartbroken, left the island and stopped the construction of the partly erected castle. It stands to this day unfinished. ….that Thousand Islands Salad Dressing was developed in the late 1800s by Oscar of the Waldorf while accompanying his manager, George Boldt on a fishing excursion on the St. Lawrence River. Thousand Island Dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise,1/4 cup chopped green olives,3 tablespoons chopped capers,1 small onion finely grated,1 tablespoon tomato paste,1/2 teaspoon chilli sauce Join us for the 1000 Island Wine and Food Festival taking place (June 17th-18th) all weekend long at the Brockville Memorial Centre. Dine on delicious cuisine created by local award winning restaurants and local food purveyors from heavenly cheesecakes, to fresh roasted coffee, pancakes, artisan cheese ,olive oils and more. Taste local and international wine, spirits and beer and be entertained by some of the best jazz music in the country. The 11th annual 1000 Islands Jazz Festival, named the Canada’s “Best Small Jazz Festival in Canada” happens to be taking place at the same time, so while you enjoy the many fruits of the 1000 Islands you’ll be able to take in the tunes of popular jazz artists while sipping on your favourite vino of choice. Look for the giant jar of corks, count them here and you could win a surprise prize!