The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne founded by entrepreneur sister team in 2003, take life one sip at a time as they share the splendour of food and wine and the wonderful lifestyle it entails. Hosts of their own TV show One Sip At A Time…. Adventures Around The Globe as well as their own weekly radio show and about wine, food and lifestyle these ladies share their passion and live life to the fullest and without hesitation. Their motto “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine” keeps their audiences entertained and informed. Here on the pages that follow The Wine Ladies detail a couple of their recent wine discoveries in two of Ontario’s wine growing regions. Featured here Prince Edward County and the most established wine region the Niagara Peninsula.
Prince Edward County, a day in the county. A promised land for elegant, seductive wines tinged with limestone and an undeniable mineralogy. “It’s due to the dirt,” the locals say. Prince Edward County, Ontario’s newest wine region established in 2007 sits on a limestone plateau made up of billions of sea-creature fossils. It’s an integral part of this region’s terroir, a composite of the land,the climate, and of its people. Located just 2.5 hours east of Toronto, this island, surrounded by Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte, is already routinely producing award-winning wines. Endearing and picturesque, the landscape remains quaint and quite rural. Albeit with a sophisticated slant, due to a plethora of celebrity chefs, artists, and poets who have come to call the county their home. We visit one of our favorites for not only their wines, but the warmth and passion of the owners as well as the winery itself. A fabulous tasting room awash in natural light and a very cool overhanging light fixture crafted from intertwining old vines.
Rosehall Run is a winery to be reckoned with! Founded in 2001, partners Dan and Lynn Sullivan, along with brother-in-law Cam Reston, bought up this particular 150-acre farm due to its proximity to Lake Ontario. The remarkable Hillier clay soil sitting atop a limestone base. It starts “in the vineyard” as many a winemaker would say. Twenty-five acres of Rosehall Run’s estate vineyards now include plantings of winemaker Dan’s award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. As early as 2006 one of Canada’s top wine writers, David Lawrason featured Rosehall Run’s 2004 debut Pinot Noir as one of “Six wines that define Canada’s future”. Since then the accolades and awards keep on coming. Lynn and Dan, passionate about the county and their wines make a dynamic duo, a force in Prince Edward County wine country, they are also the consumate ambaassadors for the county’s culinary and cultural scene as well!
We selected two Rosehall Run JCR Vineyard wines, a tribute to co-founder John Campbell Reston, made from grapes sourced exclusively from 100% Estate Grown vineyards.
Rosehall Run JCR Rosehall Run Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
Did you feel that? It was an explosion of vibrant red fruit wafting out of the glass, cherry and raspberry in the nose, with notes of vanilla, wood and spice to follow. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for sixteen months, two-thirds of which are new. This Pinot Noir has length, good balance and is most pleasurable with its fruit, spice, crisp acidity, subtle tannnins and county minerality.
Silver Award at the 2014 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)
Gold Medal at the 2014 WineAlign Wine Awards NWAC
Available on line and at the winery www.rosehallrun.com
Rosehall Run JCR Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
With the Chardonnay grapes sourced from Rosehall Run’s oldest vines planted in 2001 and 2002, these wines clearly define the unique and distinctive Prince Edward County terroir. The 2012 JCR Vineyard Chardonnay was fermented and matured entirely in 500 litre French oak puncheons for 16 months, alas the power of the fruit with its vibrant intensity allows the oak to play a most suitable yet stellar supporting role. The wine is rich and complex, beautifully aromatic with tropical notes and a backbone of spicy baked apple, citrus and county minerality and with great length.
Available at the winery and on-line www.rosehallrun.com
Anthony’s book “The Main”
This week’s TV show, it’s all about one Celebrity Chefs unique inspiration for one very special dinner. And the inspirational cues or clues are luxury, leather, speed and curves! Have we lost you? Not too worry!
Our guest this week, is one of Canada’s premiere chefs, you know him from Food Networks terrific show “The Main”, he is an author of the cookbook of same name, and now with his most recent show on Food Network, “Family Cook Off” we welcome Anthony Sedlak to The Wine Ladies TV.
Anthony was recently in Toronto and created a spectacular exclusive dining experience, of which we had the good fortune to attend and enjoy at the Market Kitchen in the St Lawrence market. The inspiration….the vibrant colours, smooth curves and unexpected luxury of a new luxury car! Watch the show here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB0XnBazfWA
The inspiration, the Buick Verano 2012
Celebrity Chef Anthony Sedlak, flashes a big smile at the Market Kitchen where he dishes up a fabulous menu inspired by the new luxury, sporty Buick Verano 2012. http://www.gm.ca/gm/english/vehicles/buick/verano/overview Food Network personality, formerly of the fab TV show “The Main” and now with new show “Family Cook-Off”, Anthony delights the crowd with inspired, delish and creative palate pleasers, personality and passion for his craft. An entire menu inspired by the new Buick Verano… key descriptive include, luxury, texture, familiarity, fond memories. He does not disappoint.
Celebrity Chef Anthony Sedlak, flashes a big smile at the Market Kitchen where he dishes up a fabulous menu inspired by the new luxury, sporty Buick Verano 2012. http://www.gm.ca/gm/english/vehicles/buick/verano/overview Food Network personality, formerly of the fab TV show “The Main” and now with new show “Family Cook-Off”, Anthony delights the crowd with inspired, delish and creative palate pleasers, personality and passion for his craft. An entire menu inspired by the new Buick Verano… key descriptives include, luxury, texture, familiarity, fond memories. He does not disappoint.
For highlights of the evening view here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCnN9rzMxTQ
First up a delicious selection of beverages including “The Verano Martini”, a selection of wines personally selected by Anthony, the Lucky Country 2012 Shiraz from Australia,giving up a little plum, oak and spice in the nose, rich black fruit flavour and the 2011 Crios Torrontes from Argentina. Aromatic and alluring, with peach and melon and a floral note enticing you, take a sip and enjoy this lovely dry, savory wine with a lengthy finish. Torrontes is Argentina’s signature white variety and is becoming increasingly more popular. Simply sublime with the oysters and beef strip loin planned as starters.
Several months ago we had the opportunity along with a few other journalists, foodies and wine folks to experience a fabulous resort just one hour outside of Toronto, Hockley Valley Resort www.hockley.com This fabulous completely renovated resort is a remarkable venue, compete with anything and everything your heart or taste buds might desire. With the focus on “farm to table”, with their own vegetable and herb garden, with over 1000 organic garlic buds planted on the property, vineyards with Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this spot is definitely a culinary destination.
We were so impressed with not only the meal enjoyed at CABIN, designed and created by Chef de Cuisine Michael Potters and complemented by the meticulous wine selection by sommelier Corey Ladouceur we wanted to know more..
Our guests on the show this week, Corey Ladouceur, resident sommelier of Hockley Valley Resort, who has been invited before the Court of Master Sommeliers in July 2012, and hopes to become Toronto’s 4th Master Sommelier. He brought in 2 wines for us to enjoy, Norman Hardie Chardonnay 2012 PEC and 2027 Pinot Noir Queenston Road Vineyard, St. Davids Bench.
As well as Chef de Cuisine Michael Potters, one of the top chefs in Toronto, TV star, restauranteur and now in charge of the culinary program at Hockley Valley Resort, brings his philosophy, passion and love of food to the resort.
Check it all out here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CkcqTP_i7Zo
Niagara-on-the-Lake; May 4th, 2012
The 18th Annual Ontario Wine Awards were held at the Queen’s Landing Inn in Niagara-on-the- Lake. Winemaker of the Year was given to Andrzej Lipinski of Colaneri (as well as Organized Crime and Burning Kiln)
Congrats to you Andezej and all the other deserving winners!
We’ve never done a show on Scotch, but with its steady rise in popularity, we thought… let’s get in the game! A little recognizance revealed that a Cuban cigar and a wee dram of single malt Scotch marry quite fine, so it is the union of the two we have fun with on this week’s show.