The Wine Ladies Shimmer of Gold Icewine Tour, simply GOLDEN!

From the nectar of the Gods, the deep golden hued icewines, to the Gold Medal still wines, to the  Gold Star  VIP treatment from our award winning wineries and incredible food it was a day to celebrate! Today we are off to visit the wineries of Twenty Valley www.twentyvalley.ca in Niagara, Ontario.

Travelling in style, our day begins in an NCT www.nctcanada.com sleek black stretch limo bus, lots of leg room, with fresh brewed coffee, Reunion Island coffee (company located in Oakville practicing FAIR trade, sustainability and absolutely delicious www.reunionislandcoffee.com , an assortment of delectable cupcakes, banana, carrot and Black Velvet, (personal favorite) and double fudge for the person not watching their waistline www.covetedcakes.com an assortment of apples for those with a taste for starting off the day with the old Doctor’s axiom… “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”!

A gift bag for all VIP guests!

An apple a day keeps the Doctor away!

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Tweet and you Could Win Tickets!

Our contest is over and congratulation to Stephen Ossowski winning a pair of Exclusive Tickets for “The Wine Ladies Niagara Icewine Festival Shimmer of Gold Wine Tour” being held on Sunday, Jan 22nd

You can still purchase your Tickets!

 

Become part of the Experience: Follow us this Sunday Jan 15th, 2012 on Twitter by searching and clicking on the hashtag #TheWineLadiesIcewineTour or following us @TheWineLadies, as we celebrate the Niagara Icewine Festival. As you follow us on Twitter, we will be posting during this Tour, so for those of you not coming, you can still feel part of the Experience.

We’ll be visiting three personally selected Wineries where our small group will enjoy a unique VIP wine experience just for us. In between visits, we’ll spend a little time in Jordan village, with the festival offering up fabulous wines, superb foods, and lots of shopping and entertainment.

So, how can you win these fabulousTickets?

It’s easy as 1-2-3

1. Make sure that you are following us on Twitter @TheWineLadies

2. From right now until Tuesday Jan 17th, 2012, @ 11am EST, tweet the follow hashtag #TheWineLadiesIcewineTour commenting on our Tour. Below are examples that you can use and modify as you see fit.

Example Tweets:

  • #TheWineLadiesIceWineTour Icewine referred to as Nectar of the Gods put Canada on the world wide wine map @thewineladies
  • Baby its cold outside, -8 degrees brrrrrrrrrr minimum for Icewine picking #TheWineLadiesIceWineTour @thewineladies 

3. Each time you tweet (or re-tweet our Tweets) using the hash tag #TheWineLadiesIcewineTour, your Name will be entered into our Draw for a chance to win the pair of tickets to exclusive The Wine Ladies Icewine Tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake happening on Jan 22nd. Be sure to add @thewineladies at the end of your Tweet as well to help track it.

The more you Tweet, the better your chances!

The Winner of the 2 Exclusive Ice Wine Tour Tickets will be randomly selected on Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2012 and notified that day (at noon)

Have questions? Email us at info@thewineladies.com

Don’t be disappointed, space is limited, for details and tickets to this Exclusive event, simply buy online here at http://guestli.st/79104  or call us at 905-338-6797. (Tickets include: Limo bus transportation, all wine samples throughout the day, snacks and lunch, a special gift).

Check out all the pictures, videos and fun this Sunday, Jan 15th, 2012  on FaceBook here click here

Good luck everyone!

Cheers

Georgia and Susanne
The Wine Ladies

From Winemaker’s lips to God’s ears…. here’s the scoop for Icewine 2011!

We’re all set for our “Shimmer of Gold Icewine Tours” to Niagara this Sunday, January 15th and Sunday the 22nd.  http://thewineladies.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1278:susanne&catid=70:front-page-news&Itemid=170 The question on a lot of people’s mind, “how’s the weather cooperating for the grapes”   It’s always about the weather, but in this case, with icewine it REALLY is about the weather!

Early this week we had the chance to speak with winemaker Bruce Nicholson from Inniskillin Winery www.Inniskillin.com  in Niagara, and as he puts it, it’s EXTREME winemaking, and not without its risks. We asked Bruce to give us the low down so far on the 2011 icewine vintage. . (FYI, even if the grapes are picked in the next year, as 2012 this year, the vintage will still be 2011, the year the grapes ripened.) Here’s what he had to say

“We get a lot of media calling us up, and asking about how things are going. In the second and third weeks of December   “Aren’t you worried Bruce” was the reoccurring question.  No why, I say, we know it’s going to get cold, we’ve still got January and February to go.  That’s the thing about icewine, it’s not like harvesting other fruit, where you know when you’re going to pick. Icewine picking can happen in a number of months, part of why its extreme winemaking” 

“So what are the optimal conditions for picking Bruce?” we ask?

“I like to pick between at least minus 9, 9.5 to minus 11.

I always wait for the cold temps.  I like what you said Georgia about the freeze and thaw…. that’s what gives a wine the complexity in the end, that repetitive cycle helps develops the important components of a great icewine.

With the crazy warm temperatures we’ve had so far, how is the 2011 icewine vintage looking?

“I really like what I see, I’m cautiously optimistic, our yields were good, the birds didn’t get them, kind of a relief, Wednesday was cooperative enough, we picked up everything we needed to… left a few rows, about 8 or so… (we learn that approximately 15% of the expected yield for table grapes is all you get for icewine…. which contribute to its richer price)

 

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VICE Icewine Martini featured at Vineland Estates Winery Jan 15th with The Wine Ladies tour to Niagara!

Awaiting us at Vineland  Estates Winery www.Vineland.com  the world’s first vodka icewine martini, a delicious combination of Vineland Estates Vidal Icewine and Canadian made Vodka. VICE is the duality of an Angel on one shoulder and the Devil on the other.Serve chilled from fridge or freezer. Pour into VICE martini glass. Garnish with grapes. Simply delish!

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New Beginnings – Angels In Action Prosperity Ball The Wine Ladies TV Jan 11th, 2012

Watch The Wine Ladies TV, Wednesday January 11th, 2012 from 2:30-3:30pm on www.thatchannel.com for coverage of this year’s Angels in Action Prosperity Ball.

Every year, we look forward to the Angels in Action Prosperity Ball, all in support of New Beginnings www.newbeginningsprogram.ca  helping families in need one at a time. This year is no exception! As former hosts of this annual gala, this year we are the Angel Ambassadors and our cameras were there capturing the magic of the evening and bringing it directly into your home.

This year the gala was held on Saturday November 19th, 2011 at the beautiful Pantages Hotel www.pantageshotel.com  in Toronto. We invite you to join us for a glamorous evening featuring a gourmet three course meal, live dance and musical entertainment, silent auction and so much more at the 4th annual New Beginnings Angels in Action Prosperity Ball.

Each year, the Angels In Action Prosperity Ball is a celebration that brings together our community and business leaders in support of the women in need, Together we can make a difference through this amazing night! The mission at New Beginnings @NewBeginngsP is to assist women in improving their lives by transitioning them to become self-sufficient enabling them to create better lives for themselves and their children.

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Back from Las Vegas, to the cold of our winter,

Body English at Hard Rock Hotel was the place to be on New Year’s Eve, for the “Ultimate Party with a Purpose”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEewVS4-4xk The only event of its’ kind, where one could, and nearly 500 did, kick off 2012 with a fabulous party, complete with incredible performances by dance teams, world renowned DJ’s, live body painted models, and Billboard Award Winning Artist Robin S, “Dance Diva”, all the while raising funds for local foster children via Child Focus, Inc for Camp To Belong NV. Hosted by Club Curry www.ClubCurry.com   and envisioned by Mark Curry, local philanthropist and entrepreneur the 2 day weekend event launched the campaign to raise $100K for the children. Donations are still being accepted  to www.Firstgiving.com/clubcurrynye

 

Mark Curry

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Legends Estates Winery to tantalize the palate Jan 15th, 2012

Legends Estates Winery to tantalize the palate under the direction of owner Paul Lizak on The Wine Ladies Icewine Tour to Niagara

Paul Lizak, will guide us through a to-die for wine and food pairing, and sampling of outrageously delicious award winning wines!

Join us on our Shimmer of Gold Icewine Tour January 15th, where you will be treated as our VIP for the day, enjoying fine wine, food and entertainment. Twenty Valley, our destination, transforms into a wintry wonderland during the Niagara Icewine Festival, the village comes alive with music, delectable dishes, award winning wines, ice sculptures and terrific shopping! Don’t miss out, come and celebrate the festival, the winter and personally selected wineries with us!

We’ll spend some time in the village, including a light lunch (after first winery visit) and be treated to a trio of personal and unique wine experiences courtesy of three award winning hand selected wineries. Wineries we’ll be visiting include Fielding Estate Winery and Vineland Estates Winery, with Legends Estates Winery as our final destination awaiting us with a very special treat….. the Nectar of the Greek Gods

Transport your palate to heights that rival Mount Olympus as Legends Estates serve up warm Pulled Lamb Souvlaki, infused with their award-winning Vidal Icewine and served on a fresh pita with homemade tzatziki.

Savour their Silver Medal 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve VQA and 2006 Shiraz Reserve VQA, delicious wine pairings that would bring even Dionysus to his knees…

A little Legends Estates Winery history …the roots of a romance with the land run deep in the Lizak family, founders and owners of Legends Estates. In 1946, matriarch Sophie Lizak and husband John planted the seeds of enterprise on a tender fruit farm of a dozen acres. The fertile soil and micro-climate of the Niagara Peninsula fed their passion and as time passed, the customs of working the land were handed down from father, to son Ted Lizak to grandson. A half century later, a boutique winery was born on Lake Ontario under John’s grandson, Paul Lizak. Since then Legends Estate Winery has become an award winning winery, also known to be Niagara’s number one lakefront property, breath taking and an extremely popular venue for weddings, as one might well imagine. Our experience, here at Legends Estates Winery will include having the pleasure to meet, and be lead through the sampling of four Legends Estates award winning wines by the proprietor Paul Lizak personally. Mr. Lizak will guide us through a private tasting experience that showcases their rare Niagara grown varietals such as Semillon and Malbec as well as their 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve VQA and the 2006 Shiraz Reserve VQA.

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