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The Wine Ladies South African fundraiser rules with wine, Medicine Man and Mythical Marula

To view all pictures to the evening please visit The Wine Ladies FACEBOOK albums and here. Here are the highlights of the evening: The stars aligned in perfect harmony as the sun shone brightly on the stylish guests walking the red carpet to the beat of the mesmerizing South African drummers. It was to be “An Evening of South African Splendour” to be sure. Lenny the Lion, mascot for the stunning venue Touch de L’Afrique in Oakville, joined us as we welcomed our guests, with “sawubona” “greetings” or “hello” in Zulu. With the TV cameras rolling and photographers clicking away the excitement was palpable. Having just finished a brief trek in the “concrete” jungle, with Georgia at the wheel of our sleek, black Jeep, courtesy of Oakville Chrysler Dodge Jeep, we are clearly in the South African mode. Donning our safari hats, we join in with our guests as they follow the Zulu inspired dance moves of our Alpha Rhythm Roots drummers. Our evening of “South African Splendor”, a fundraiser in support of the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger, a global initiative to combat hunger in South Africa and worldwide was just getting under way: The red carpet is graced with the arrival of many distinguished guests including the Honorable Consul General of South Africa Tselane Mokuena. The CG shares a few words with us, her passion and enthusiasm is contagious, and her Zulu dance steps impressive. Dr. Rose Jeans, decked out in classic black and radiant, takes a few minutes on the red carpet to speak with us too. A Silver sponsor of this important fundraiser, Dr. Jeans founder of Advanced Rejuvenation Medical Spa talks about the importance of good nutrition and ample water supply. Formerly having worked in cardiac care and the ICU Dr. Jeans now specializes, at her medspa in boosting one’s confidence practicing treatments to help her clients look their best and be the best they can be…naturally. Inside the music, the wines, South African inspired foods prepared by Chef Laura Brown and the delectable South African liqueur Amarula are tantalizing all the senses of the guests as they sip, munch, chat and discuss the Medicine Man’s interpretation of each of their inspirational stones. A long time custom In South Africa, Medicine Men are called “sangomas” are highly respected and practice a blend of herbal medicine, divination and counseling, Our readings were “divine” with travel and friendship figuring prominently, South Africa, here we come! To swirl, sniff and slurp in the south west corner of this beautifully appointed retail store Touch de L’Afrique, brimming with South African artifacts, jewelry and small furnishings, were three wines; the Porcupine Ridge Syrah, (Vintages #595280), the Viognier/Grenache Blanc (Vintages #203893) and Goats Do Roam, a Rhone style red wine courtesy of RKW Wine Imports. Said one of the very satisfied guests Mike ” I just can’t get enough of this Syrah, I’ve found my new “go to” red wine for the summer”: Fred Lamprecht of Lamprecht International was serving up a Boplass Chardonnay as well as the Bon Courage Gewurztraminer and Shiraz. Bon Courage Estate, located in the heart of Robertson valley, dates back to 1818 and is widely known for their exceptional quality: When it came time to address the crowd, the evening was well on its way. Wine and conversation were flowing, our Medicine Man was making the rounds, the beautiful ladies at the Amarula table had introduced most everyone to the mythical stories surrounding their delicious liqueur Amarula and the Amarula Martini. It is made with the marula fruit, you see, which comes from the Elephant Tree. When the fruit drops to the ground, it begins to ferment, leaving monkeys and elephants “drunken” in the jungle! We delivered a few words, spoke of the charity, our goal to help the Canadian Culinary team go to South Africa and help them go baring small Canadian gifts for the children. We thanked our sponsors, spotlighting our Silver, including Dr. John Fasken, Orthodontic Specialist, responsible for Georgia’s son Mike’s straight pearly whites showing up on runways and in photo shoots, thank you Dr. Fasken! Janette Lourantos, Sales Representative for REMAX, hailing from South Africa, she has made Oakville her home and is the “go to” person if you are looking to move here, it is a small slice of paradise. For the best biltong within a 100-mile radius, for premium meats and service, there is only one guy! That is Damian Group of Florence Meats. Time to give up the microphones and invite our first special guest to speak, the Honourable Consul-General Tselane Mokuena, the CG mesmerizes, she encapsulates the beauty and the energy of her home country and leaves us all adding South Africa to our bucket list of places to visit. Next we invite Executive Chef Connie Volino, Canadian Culinary team leader to share a few words, who graciously asks Chef Shonah Chalmers, to join her at the podium. It is after all a collective effort and Shonah is a part of this team as are the Humber College students volunteering here this evening. Chef Connie recounts a story of her last trip to SA in 2003 when she was team leader. She tells us of the time she witnessed lines upon lines of small children, waiting for hours, holding out their hands for a palm of rice, with not a stir, not a scuffle, she was so touched by this and so were we. Volino then surprises us again and asks if Ian Gallagher might say a few words, he is the son of Dr. Bill Gallagher, the founder of World Chefs Tour Against Hunger, first held in 1993 raising 500,00 Rand. Mr. Gallagher is captivating as he speaks of his father’s commitment and his own experiences. The 2011 tour, it is hoped will raise close to 4 million rand, just imagine! A few eyes are now lubricated, and it is time to thank everyone for their continuing generosity. We remind everyone as they enjoy the divine trio of two-bite Cheesecake-cupcakes from Coveted Cakes, to pay frequent visits to our fabulous silent auction table, complete with something for everyone from fashion items for men and women, stunning art pieces, wine related prizes to an art deco tribute to Marilyn Munroe; the bid sheets are awaiting your signature. Enjoy everyone, enjoy the Alpha drummers coming up next, and enjoy the drink, the food, the atmosphere, friends and the knowledge that you are a part of a very important global initiative. Good night everyone, and once again thank you , or in Zulu Ngiyabonga (kakhulu)!

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Sip and savour at the 1000 Islands Wine & Food Festival June 17th and 18th

Join us this Father’s Day weekend for a celebration of good food, wine, beer, art and music in the beautiful 1000 Islands where there will also be cooking demonstrations, wine 101 sessions and a complimentary shuttle and much more. We, The Wine Ladies will be your emcees of the Festival and are looking forward to an amazing weekend! Why not join us there too? The 1000 Islands Wine and Food Festival runs two days, Friday, June 17, 4 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and will be held in the Brockville Memorial Centre -Magedoma Drive in Brockville. Festival. Adult Admission is $8 and includes a complimentary wine glass – yours to keep! A complimentary shuttle service will be available between the Brockville Memorial Centre, the Brockville Harbour, all Brockville accommodations, the 1000 Islands Jazz Festival and the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery. Why not stay the weekend? Check out the exciting new Sip, Savour & Stay festival packages for great deals on accommodations, dining and more. Visit 1000 Islands Wine and Food Festival for more details. Group rates are available, call for additional details – 888-251-7676 What to expect? · Food and beverage pairing, and cooking sessions using in-season and local ingredients are on the menu at the festival. · Mingle with producers in a fun and educational environment and experience some of Ontario’s finest foods and beverages. · Awesome seminars and wine tastings. · Spectacular art to see and buy from paintings, sculpture, charcoal drawings to baskets, pottery, glass and leatherworks – something for everyone! · Live music with musicians from The 1000 Islands Jazz Festival throughout the two-day festival. · Cooking demonstrations with samples and wine and beer to complement each recipe. Win a Wine-Inspired Getaway for 2 in Prince Edward County! Enter The Great Wine Cork Collecting Challenge. An attempt to collect the most wine corks ever imagined! Save your wine corks and bring them to the festival on June 17 and 18 to be entered into the challenge. Bag them, box them, throw them in your pockets! There will be an enormous wine glass built especially for the festival waiting to be filled with the wine corks. The person who brings in the most corks wins a fabulous Getaway. For more details Click Here. 1001 reasons to visit the 1000 Islands! The Wine Ladies TV Wed June 15th, at 2:30pm-3:30pm on ThatChannel.com. Join us this week for The Wine Ladies TV as we explore the magic of the 1000 Islands. From the beaches, to the golf, the spectacular beauty of the area, the fascinating history and the wonderful culinary and wine available, no wonder there are 1001 reasons to visit the 1000 Islands! We explore this amazing region with the help of Kim Barr and Dayna Earl from Brockville & District Tourism, Vicki McMillan from the Cheese and Butter Cooperative as well as Fred Lamprecht of Lamprecht International Fine Wines & Spirits. who join us this week. For a preview of the show: If you missed last week’s show not a problem, please visit For all The Wine Ladies TV podcasts and archived shows visit The Wine Ladies TV Show and ThatChannel.com from anywhere and anytime. Win a $2500 Shopping Spree from Girls Night Out! Introducing Girls Night Out Darkberry Duet and Citrusberry Twist! Coming soon! To mark the launch of two new flavours Girls Night Out are sending their fans shopping! Head to the GNO Facebook page and enter for your chance to win one of our 75 daily prizes of a $50 Winners Gift Card. You’ll also be entered into our Grand Prize draw for a $2,500 Winners Shopping Spree. Good Luck! When was your last great drive? Experience authentic Muskoka .Golf and stay with your chance to drive away! Spend a day at the race track. All you have to do to be entered is into the draw is to come and stay at the beautiful post and beam Cottages at Diamond in the Ruff situated in beautiful Muskoka on Nutt Lake bordering The Diamond in the Ruff Golf Course. To qualify for the special rates and to be entered into the draw to win you must book by July 1st, 2011. For details and to be entered to win 1-877-643-3343 or visit Diamond Cottages. 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. Your House. It’s anywhere you go to enjoy life, the company of others, good food and great wine. Where you can just enjoy life’s simple pleasures without concern for details House Wines

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Introducing Girls Night Out Darkberry Duet and Citrusberry Twist! Coming soon! To mark the launch of two new flavours Girls Night Out are sending their fans shopping! Head to the GNO Facebook page and enter for your chance to win one of our 75 daily prizes of a $50 Winners Gift Card. You’ll also be entered into our Grand Prize draw for a $2,500 Winners Shopping Spree. Good Luck! Add a little sparkle with Girls Night Out wines. The Wine Ladies TV: Add a little sparkle with Girls Night Out wines and BRIX chocolate. Join us as we explore the pairing of these two delectable treats. Two of life’s greatest pleasures come together in a blissful union! Perhaps not quite so mainstream as wine and cheese, but definitely as delish, or decadent if not more! Just in time for the Easter holiday! In studio to shed some light on this delectable duo, Doug Beatty Vice President Marketing of the highly successful Girls Night Out wines from Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario and Colio Estate Wines as well as Marketing Manager Alison Modesto who will reveal the woman’s point of view. Check out the Girls Night Out Facebook Fan Page too for great offers, contests and more.

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Vancouver Canucks on the rise to the Cup, our cups runneth over with excitement and winning Vancouve

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 f! eaturing 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!

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Win a slice of Muskoka golf heaven!

One of the undiscovered Gems in Canada”, The Diamond in the Ruff Golf Club The Diamond ‘in the Ruff’ Golf Club, located in Central Ontario, is a 9 hole jewel and “A Thoughtfully Crafted Golf Experience”. Our Muskoka Golf and Cottage Resort experience is only 25 minutes from Bracebridge, Huntsville and Port Carling. Architecturally designed with bentgrass tees, greens, fairways and featuring extraordinary gardens, this course is as visually impressive as it is challenging. Dine indoors or on the patio of our fully licensed “Shades of Muskoka” restaurant. With luxury waterfront cottages available for weekly rental that are available in the Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. Go now and get access to our “Nine-wine-dine opportunity! A $150.00 VALUE! Click here to enter. Want to own a piece of our golf resort experience for yourself? Discover our shared ownership cottages, information available at Cottages at Diamond ‘in the Ruff‘.

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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!

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