With a nod to Canada Day my wine pick hails from a winery of great distinction, known not only for their superb, award winning wines but also for their innovation and commitment to our land, our soils, our environment. Southbrook Vineyards located in Niagara-on-the-Lake is Canada’s first winery to have its vineyard certified as a biodynamic winery, taking organic practices one step further. Southbrook’s philosophy is practiced throughout, from the biodynamic, organic vineyard into the winery. Credos to Southbrook!
Georgia’s Wine Pick
Still feeling the love for Chardonnay My Wine pick is Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2012
Perfect for our barbecues, this Chardonnay delivers big and pure! With tropical aromas that include, one of my faves, pineapple, with notes of apple and pear, a touch of vanilla and oak spice. Rich with good acidity and lively on the palate. a delicious Chardonnay, medium bodied and perfect partner for whatever I put on the grill, particularly my sister’s recipe for grilled chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese soaked in fresh herbs from my garden!
“Yoga in the Vineyard” event there July 27th
Such a fan are we of Southbrook Vineyards, that we are repeating our “Yoga in the Vineyard” event there July 27th, 2014! Feel free to see LINK here to see us downward-dog among the roaming sheep and possibly join us! Very cool, serene and delish experience!
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Hello & Farewell… was a delectable and emotional luncheon held at the TOCA Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto. At which we welcomed and enjoyed Inniskillin winemaker Bruce Nicholson’s new wines.
And bid farewell to a very special lady who is affectionately known as “Miss Inniskillin 1975”. With over 30 years with Inniskillin, the one and only Debi Pratt, so loved and well respected throughout the entire wine industry was entering into her retirement… So sad are we to see her go. Debi leaves a legacy of her own, a brilliant, charismatic ambassador and educator for not only Inniskillin but the Ontario wine industry as a whole. As a testament and a tribute to Debi’s contribution she received the incredible honour of having a vineyard named after her “The Pratt” Vineyard. Congratulations Debi!
We enjoyed a delightful afternoon filled with nostalgia, amazing wines and food… seated across from winemaker Bruce we learned about some of his “firsts” including a delish Sauvignon Blanc the 2013 Estate Series, super value we discover at price point $14.95! Stay tuned for further details as this will surely be a Wine Pick in the near future.
But for now… we enjoyed a tremendous lunch that included a to die for Mushroom Risotto with parmesan foam, followed by main course options of Duck Breast or Ravioli Capresi; I elected to go with the Duck Breast served with seasonal vegetables and chocolate flakes. For wine pick, I often try to find something a little different, and today at this memorable luncheon I did! My go-to wine this afternoon was a blend… not a traditional blend, but one Bruce calls the 2012 Inniskillin Discovery Series P3.
Bruce Nicholson, the winemaker keeping innovation at the forefront at Inniskillin.
P3 is a unique blend of three Pinot grapes. 85%-90% of this wine is made up with Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio with the remaining being Pinot Blanc. An expression of Bruce’s artistry in the cellar. The wine is fresh and crisp with good acidity. It has enticing notes of lemon and lime with floral hints and a flavour with includes peach and touch of vanilla. Very delicious. Most suitable to enjoy on its own or with a variety of fresh summer fare including grilled chicken, fish or seafood.
Hello & Farewell… was a delectable and emotional luncheon held at the TOCA Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto at which we welcomed and enjoyed Inniskillin winemaker Bruce Nicholson’s new wines, and bid farewell to a very special lady who is affectionately known as “Miss Inniskillin 1975”. With over 30 years with Inniskillin, the one and only Debi Pratt. So loved and well respected throughout the entire wine industry was entering into her retirement. So sad are we to see her go as are many. Debi leaves a legacy of her own. A brilliant, charismatic ambassador and educator for not only Inniskillin but the Ontario wine industry as a whole. As a testament and a tribute to Debi’s contribution she received the incredible honour of having a vineyard named after her “The Pratt” Vineyard. Congratulations Debi!
We enjoyed a delightful afternoon filled with nostalgia, amazing wines and food. Seated across from winemaker Bruce we learned about some of his “firsts”. Including a delish Sauvignon Blanc the 2013 Estate Series, super value we discover at price point $14.95! Stay tuned for further details as this will surely be a Wine Pick in the near future.
But for now, we enjoyed a tremendous lunch. It included a to die for Mushroom Risotto with Parmesan foam. Followed by main course options of Duck Breast or Ravioli Capresi. The afternoon closed with a stunning dessert Poached Pears with vanilla ice cream served with my Wine Pick the stunning and seductive
2013 Discovery Series Botrytis Affected Viognier!!!
His first ever! When all the wine media present were asked if they had ever tasted a Viognier affected by botrytis, not a one could say they had! This was a treat, an exercise in innovation that resulted in a stunning wine, loaded with honeysuckle, orange, apricot and peach luscious and rich, with a sweetness of honey, seductive and lasting long in the finish. “It’s a challenge” explained Bruce “ you have to allow the grape to hang long on the vine, let it dehydrate a little and wait till it gets a “ little wrinkly”, wrinkles are good in this case” he went on to tell us. Excited to see that the Viognier, sourced exclusively from the Brae Burn Estate Vineyard was affected by botrytis he knew he was potentially onto something great, and he was!
The Magic of Mexico…Tequila & The Fives on the Mayan Riviera! Please join us July 10th in Oakville.
One lucky couple who joins us on July 10th for this event will walk away with an all expenses paid 5 day trip for two to The Fives an incredible 5 star condominium and beach club! This prize valued at $3500.00!
The Fives enjoys a five star beach with five star amenities for your enjoyment. The Fives have 11 gourmet restaurants, pool bars, balinese sunbeds, water sports and beach concierge. All this in combination with the sun and white sand makes this the best place to enjoy the majestic Caribbean Sea!
1. An Herradura & el Jimador Tequila reception,whereby an array of Tequila cocktails will be prepared for you by a Tequlier a Tequila sommelier. From the classic Margarita to …. your tastes buds will be dazzled.We will explore the magic and myths of Tequila, from its earliest days to the present. We will explore the different kinds of Tequila, how it’s made, how to best enjoy it, we will dispel the myths and learn finally the significance of the worm!
2. A short presentation (approximately 20 minutes) showcasing the Playa del Carmen area and the extraordinary The Fives property with units available for rental or ownership.
3.Delicious regionally inspired appetizers all to tantalize our palates!
4. Be entertained by the sweet mellow sounds of the saxophone of Enrico Galante.
“IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR SAX”.
5. A chance to win a trip for two (2) to The Fives Playa del Carmen including air travel,accommodations at The Five ( 7 days, 6 nights), all meals, drinks and spa services included. Your $10.00 ticket is your entry for a chance to win. All proceeds go to ROCK ( Reach Out Centre for Kids) in the Halton region supporting mental health for children and adolescents. Value: $3,500.00
Additional tickets can be purchased at the event for $5.00 per ticket to increase your chance of winning! You must be present to win.
6. Additional door prizes include a selection of Tequila for your enjoyment.
Date:Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Place: Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre
2340 Ontario St, Oakville, ON L6L 6P7
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Your $10.00 ticket is your entry for a chance to win. All proceeds go to ROCK ( Reach Out Centre for Kids) supporting mental health for children and adolescents. Additional tickets can be purchased for$5.00 per ticket to increase your chance of winning!
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My husband and I always try to support our own Ontario wines and discovered recently an Ontario wine that came from an area we had no idea made wine. Most familiar with the Viticultural Areas and Prince Edward County regions we were surprised when a friend brought over a wine from the Oak Ridges Moraine just north of Toronto. Is this a new wine region? Are there others that perhaps just don’t get the attention the well known regions receive?
The landscape for wine grape growing in Ontario is definitely evolving however to date, there are still just the three primary Viticultural Areas or appellations of origin which are the Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County.
There are several emerging wine regions though of which the Oak Ridges Moraine is one. According to Wine Country Ontario a few of the promising areas include the eastern Erie shore near Long Point. Summer temperatures are slightly warmer than in Niagara. You mentioned just north of Toronto on the Oak Ridges Moraine where in fact several vineyards have already yielded VQA wines.
Close to Georgian Bay there are also vineyards planted as well. Finally near Prince Edward County in the Northumberland Hills you can also find several vineyards.
Some of the reasons for this expansion into new areas is due to the research being conducted in viticulture, the experience growers are gaining in understanding the “terroir” and also the consumer interest in general.
We have had the pleasure to visit, or are familiar with are Willow Springs Winery producing VQA wines, located in Stouffville. Burning Kiln Winery in Norfolk County with award winning winemaker Andrzej Lipinski at the helm. Finally The Georgian Hills Vineyards that include grapes growing on the hills overlooking Georgian Bay. On Canada Day why not explore the beautiful bounty Ontario has to offer in your wine glass, cheers!
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“Anything but Chardonnay!” I am a true fan of the AEC Club! Any, AND everyday Chardonnay! Still an all time fave this Chardonnay has been the numero uno selling Chardonnay in America for over twenty years! Say yes to this lively, and rich, creamy Chardonnay, fruit forward with tropical fruit aroma and long lasting finish! Get set for summer! Serve this wine on its own or with summer faves such as grilled corn on the cob, grilled chicken or a delish turkey burger! Perfect for the lobster lover too!
Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay is made with grapes sourced from California’s cool coastal growing regions. This includes Monterey County, Santa Barbara County, Mendocino County and Sonoma County, which Kendall-Jackson is known for. It is 100% Chardonnay barrel fermented and hand crafted from start to finish beginning in small vineyard lots. Full bodied and rich!
Check out The Wine Ladies recent adventure at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Culinary Gardens in Sonoma County, California.