Ed Madronich, Flat Rock Cellars

Flat Rock Cellars, The Wine Ladies speak with Ed Madronich.

While attending the 2012 Niagara Wine Festival we visited Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan, Ontario. Enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine with Ed Madronich, Proprietor. The topic of Ontario wines and how they have evolved over the 30 past years was discussed. Do you think Ontario wines are expensive? Ed shared his views. What do you think? http://flatrockcellars.com

About Flat Rock Cellars

We are here at Flat Rock for two reasons. First, we’re here to make great wine. Second, we’re here to offer you a truly personal wine experience. Everything we do comes from these two basic principles. We start in the vineyard with low yields, progressive viticulture practices and hand picking and sorting the grapes. We continue inside the winery with a sexy gravity-flow design and the latest in wine making equipment from around the world. But that’s just the tip of it. You see, it’s no fun for us if you aren’t enjoying yourself. So you’ll find an infectious sense of fun and lack of pretension at Flat Rock. We love what we do and we want to share that sense of wonder about the mysteries of the vine. From the tasting bar to our wine education programs — it’s all about getting you involved.

Founded in 1999 on a spectacular piece of the Niagara Escarpment known as the Jordan Bench.

Flat Rock is perched on a gently rolling slope studded with vines. The winery building is a quirky, glass encased, hexagonal masterpiece that’s distinctive and fun. From here you can enjoy our crowning glory, the breathtaking views of the Peninsula and across Lake Ontario to Toronto. Look closely at our logo and you’ll see the image of a woman holding a basket of grapes. To us, she is the embodiment of winemaking. Our predominant colour is red because it is not only the colour of wine, but also of passion; and we are nothing if not passionate about winemaking! The rocks that are the geological foundation of the winery and are found throughout the property are the roots of our Flat Rock Cellars name.

Happy Canada Day! Local wine with Flat Rock Cellars, Cameron’s Brewing Company and Peapod Cuisine.

Couture for a Cause a must attend event in support of The Angel Project. Get Ready to Be an Angel!

2012 Couture For a Cause promised to be the best CFAC event ever! On October 13th at Hastens Showroom in Toronto’s trendy Distiller district, TAP (The Angel Project) with cooperation of Kingo Inc. and Hastens will host The Most Heavenly Party on Earth. Get Dazzled by Live performance artist Beckie Di leo  as she captures the evening on Canvass, see the latest fashions on our still life Angelic models, you could even bid on the clothes of their backs.

Enjoy great food, wine and the flowing  Carlsberg beer! Incredible early bird prizes, door prizes and Auction items, including signed memorabilia from the #1 most popular Itunes artist and You Tube sensations Walk Off The Earth and Canadian Olympic gold medalist winners and much much more.

Special guest include Olympic Gold Medalist Becky Kellar, Lisa Lisson featured on Undercover Boss President Fed Ex Canada, Chanel Beckenlehner Miss Earth Ontario and more.

With your ticket purchase you will receive the limited edition coveted heaven Pendant Necklace by Kingo Couture Snö of Sweden, the #1 gift of the year in the gift giving guide and as seen on TV.

Where: Hastens Showroom, The Distillery District, Toronto

Tickets: $125 each or two for $200 available. To purchase your tickets online : http://theangelproject.ca/events/buy-ticket

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Sara Waxman, DINE Magazine, 2012

Pisco, Peru’s national drink! The Wine Ladies TV September 2012

Best of the Breast Celebration with Dr. Mclean of Mclean Clinic.

Best of the Breast Birthday Bash, celebrates with Girls’ Night Out “bubbly” at the 50th anniversary of the boob job and good breast health.

Dr. McLean of McLean Clinic.

Dr. McLean of McLean Clinic.

Great party celebrating the 50 years of the Boob JOB!

Best of the Breast Celebration! 50th Birthday bash for breast augmentation, breast health and more! The party was located at Dirty Martini’s and hosted by Dr. McLean of the McLean Clinic  in Mississauga. All the ladies were greeted with a glass of the delectable Girls’ Night Out Sparkling Wine, courtesy of Colio Estate Wines, celebratory and simply delicious, along with a gift bag filled to the brim with all kinds of great goodies.

Girls' Night Out Wines

Girls’ Night Out Wines

An inspiring roster of speakers, covered a range of topics including the history of the boob job, breast health, hormonal health, and more.  The Wine Ladies demonstrated the ART of Sabrage, and then  invited the host of the evening Dr. McLean, proficient with the knife albeit perhaps not a sword  to try his hand at this artful and romantic opening of the bubbly.   All proceeds to the evening went to the Betty Wallace Women’s Health Centre, The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre. A great time was had by all. To view highlights of the evening click here.


Best of the Breast Celebration

Best of the Breast Celebration

Best of the Breast Celebration

Best of the Breast Celebration


George Samios, International Brand Ambassador Wolf Blass

George Samios, International Brand Ambassador Wolf Blass. We taste Wolf Blass Black Label, The Wine Ladies TV

The Wine Ladies in Machu Pichu

Pisco is Peru. An interview with Sara Waxman, Publisher  Dine Magazine. The Wine Ladies TV.

With Wolf Blass founder "Wolfie" at TIFF

TIFF Wolf Blass wine dinner worthy of the Red Carpet! Meet “Wolfie ” the man that made it all happen!

With Wolf Blass founder "Wolfie" at TIFF

With Wolf Blass founder “Wolfie” at TIFF

This week we attended the Wolf Blass 2012 Luxury Collection Release wine dinner at the stunning Malaparte Restaurant located at the TIFF LightBox. We were anticipating meeting Wolf Blass himself, the man behind the iconic brand and famous bow tie! “Wolfie” as he is called did not disappoint and neither did the  four stunning wines we were privileged to enjoy.

Wolf Blass is the official sponsor of TIFF, for the second year running, and Wolf Blass is right at home on the red carpet and award ceremonies having won more awards than any other brand in the world! Wolfie, or the “Cool Wolf” as we nicknamed him last night, he really is a “dude” who appreciates living life to the fullest, embracing sports, he still skis, the arts, culture and of course amazing food and wines was totally engaging as he orated standing on the chair about the history, the present and the future plans of the company he founded over 46 years ago in 1961.

The Luxury Collection features four classic wines from three stellar vintages.

2010 Wolf Blass Grey Label McLaren Vale Shiraz

2010 Wolf Blass Grey Label Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

2008 Wolf Blass Black Label Langhorne Creek Barossa McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Malbec

2009 Wolf Blass Platinum Label Barossa Valley Shiraz

Wolf Blass The Luxury Collection 2012

Wolf Blass The Luxury Collection 2012

The evening was a true celebration of stupendous wines. An absolutely delicious and inspired wine and food pairing menu in a stunning venue. With Wolf Blass himself and Head Winemaker Chris Hatcher on hand to answer all our questions and entertain us. The group of wine writers, bloggers, and television personalities embraced this wonderful, totally TIFF party, as Wolf Blass is the official sponsor, for the second year running.

Head winemaker Chris Hatcher

The stunning white and silver Malaparte provided the perfect backdrop for the evening. The tables dressed elegantly with white table cloths, floral arrangements bursting with colour and vivacity. Our dinner menu, five courses were five star, equaling the showcasing of the Wolf Blass 2012 Luxury Collection release.

The four wines included in the collection, two new Grey Labels from the 2010 Vintage. The first a Langhorne Creek Cabernet Shiraz, the blend Wolf used to create his very first wine under the Wolf Blass label in 1967.  The McLaren Vale Shiraz, a wine described as being the “definitive expression of this unparalleled Australian wine region”.
The 36th release of the iconic Black Label 2008 vintage and finally the 2009 Platinum Label Shiraz.

Wolf Blass wine dinner at TIFF

Wolf Blass wine dinner at TIFF

The fourth course, Red Wine Braised Boneless Beef Short Rib, see complete menu was Georgia’s favorite pairing with the 1998 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, caressing the stemware, returning over and over to the bouquet and commenting on the complexity, and finish, worth every single Cabernet Calorie!

Thank-you to all who attended Zip n Sip with The Wine Ladies Sept 9 th

 Zip lining and rappelling at Long Point Eco-Adventures followed by a luxurious lunch and beautiful wine tasting at Burning Kiln Winery.

Zip lining and rappelling at Long Point Eco-Adventures followed by a luxurious lunch and beautiful wine tasting at Burning Kiln Winery.

Awesome time was had by all September 9th for our 1st Zip N Sip wine adventure. Fourteen fun and adventure seeking wine lovers joined us for a spectacular day which included the excitement zip lining and rappelling at Long Point Eco-Adventures  . Then a luxurious lunch across the Street at Burning Kiln Winery , a beautiful tasting of Burning Kiln’s wines and a walk and tour through the vineyard and winery.

For complete details on our adventure click here.

 Zip lining and rappelling at Long Point Eco-Adventures followed by a luxurious lunch and beautiful wine tasting at Burning Kiln Winery.

Zip lining and rappelling at Long Point Eco-Adventures

Burning Kiln Winery is located on the “South Coast”. This is  an upcoming wine region, soon to be Ontario’s newest designated viticulture area.
Burning Kiln Winery enjoys the long summers, warm lake breezes and the beautiful vistas of the waters of Long Point Bay. The vineyards and winery are located in Norfolk County, just minutes from Port Dover, Simcoe. The sandy beaches of Turkey Point overlook the UNECSO designated Long Point World Biosphere Reserve. The name recalls the dangers of early tobacco farming and marks the end of this traditional farming activity. From these ashes and traditions is reborn what the early explorers Dollier and Galinee discovered and wrote about in 1669 – great land, great wine and great adventure!

Watch for our next Adventure in wine with The Wine Ladies to be announced soon!

Adventures in wine with The Wine lLadies

Adventures in wine with The Wine Ladies

Zip n Sip Wine Adventure with The Wine Ladies Sept 9th