Cannabis, The Next Disrupter! Growing And Going Green Has Arrived. Exploring Cannabis Wine, Cocktails, Edibles and More!

Coming up next on The Wine Ladies audio podcast! Launching Wednesday April 3rd, 2019

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We are delving into uncharted territory today with a focus on what is trending big time these days in Canada and the US. It is being touted by many as the biggest disrupter since the end of prohibition! That can only be the legalization of cannabis.

On our up coming podcast ( April 3rd, 2019) we will get the goods on the beverage buzz… de-alcoholised beverages infused with THC! How is this all going to work? What is and will be their availability? What does it mean to the wine and beverage industry with respect to wine and weed and wine and cocktails? Are they complimentary or competitors? (cannabis wine and drinks)

Also on the show today a med-tech company which has developed a unique and enhanced platform on which consumers can enjoy cannabis.

STARRING OUR ESTEEMED GUESTS

Chip Forsythe, CEO and winemaker Rebel Coast Winery, Sonoma, California.

Chip Forythe, Rebel Coast Winery: CEO and Winemaker Rebel Coast Winery, Sonoma California. Its all about Weed Wine. How is it made, tastes and what's the high
There is nothing non disruptive about this company and CEO winemaker! The name says it all! Rebel Coast Winery. Its all about Weed Wine. How is it made, tastes and what’s the high?

Listen to Chip at 3:53 minutes in the audio podcast.

Rebel Coast Winery started off making a traditional wine, Reckless Love (with alcohol) back in 2012. When cannabis became legal in California we knew if anyone was going to make weed wine it would be us. But the problem was cannabis and alcohol cannot be sold under the same roof, or even in the same bottle. So, we came up with a simple solution.  We make our wines in Sonoma, remove just the alcohol and replace it with fast-acting THC. Each glass has 10mg of THC, meaning you can enjoy it at a dinner party and still be able to talk to everyone. Removing just the alcohol had a great consequence too. Traditional wines have ~150 calories per glass, and our wine (without the alcohol) has only 49.
Rebel Coast Winery started off making a traditional wine, Reckless Love (with alcohol) back in 2012.
Rebel Coast Cannabis 2016 Sauvignon Blanc.
Rebel Coast Cannabis 2016 Sauvignon Blanc.

When cannabis became legal in California they knew if anyone was going to make weed wine it would be them. But the problem was cannabis and alcohol cannot be sold under the same roof, or even in the same bottle. So, we came up with a simple solution. We make our wines in Sonoma, remove just the alcohol and replace it with fast-acting THC. Each glass has 10mg of THC, meaning you can enjoy it at a dinner party and still be able to talk to everyone. Removing just the alcohol had a great consequence too. Traditional wines have ~150 calories per glass, and our cannabis wine (without the alcohol) has only 49.

Jeff Maser, CEO The Tinley Beverage Company, Toronto, Canada

Jeff Maser, The Tinley Beverage Company: CEO of this Toronto based company producing cannabis infused classic cocktails like the Lime Margarita and Flying Mule.
Up next, we deviate from the vine and turn our attention to The Tinley Beverage Company, based here in Toronto producing a number of cannabis based beverages including they THC infused classic cocktails. Tinley’s mission is , “to help consumers enjoy cannabis in familiar, classic beverages dosed to perfection!

The Tinley Beverage Company Inc. is publicly traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange (TNY:CSE) and on the OTC Exchange (TNYBF:OTC)

Listen to Jeff at 16:23 minutes in the audio podcast.

The company is producing cannabis infused classic cocktails like the Lime Margarita and Flying Mule.
LIME MARGARITA
A single-serving, alcohol-free, ready-to-drink twist on the popular classic. Tinley™ Margarita is infused with real tequila and lime extracts, and Pineapple Jack Sativa. Less than half the calories of ready-to-drink alcohol margaritas (only 60 calories/serving). Drink cold and enjoy.  
FLYING MULE
Our classic Moscow Mule-inspired cocktail, alcohol-free, crafted with ginger beer, lime essences and pineapple jack sativa.
Single-serve, ready to drink, with less than half the calories of ready-to-drink and bar-mixed alcohol Moscow Mules.
Pineapple Jack is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain bred with Pineapple family and Jack Herer genetics, designed to provide a euphoric, blissful effect.

Kristina Shea, Marketing & Communications Director Rapid-Dose Therapeutics, makers of QuickStrip.

Kristina Shea: Marketing & Communications Director Rapid-Dose Therapeutics. Makers of Quickstrip a unique technology to deliver nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and therapeutic health products, anytime, anywhere. And now cannabis Quickstrip too!
Quickstrip is a unique technology to deliver nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and therapeutic health products, anytime, anywhere. And now cannabis QuickStrip too!
Rapid-Dose Therapeutic. is publicly traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange (DOSE:CSE)

Listen to Kristina at 34:04 minutes in the audio podcast.

Weed can now be enjoyed in a more subtle, socially acceptable and highly efficient way. No smoke, smell , no stigma, portable and so much more! Cannabis QuickStrip will be available in Canada May 2019.

RDT is providing a quick, convenient, precise and discreet delivery option for low-dose therapeutics with QuickStrip™ technology. Link currently in our bio!  #QuickStripEffect #QuickStrip #RDT #innovation #health #wellness
RDT is providing a quick, convenient, precise and discreet delivery option for low-dose therapeutics with QuickStrip™ technology.
Cannabis Audio Podcast April 2019

Weed Wine has arrived! Rebel Coast Winery and Cannabis Infused Sauvignon Blanc.

Ready to drink cannabis margaritas! Tinley Beverage Company makes them and much more!

#WeedWine #Cannabiswine #Marijuana #Sativa #Edible #THC #THCwine #InfusedWine #NonAlcoholic #Cannabis #LiquidEdible #MarijuanaInfused #wine#CannabisInfused #RebelCoast #CAdispensaries #Dispensary #CannabisCommunity #Weed #DailyCannabis #CACannabis #CaliforniaCannabis #CaliforniaWine #WhiteWine #CoolWine #FunWine #GoodWine #WinePorn #winelover #potwine#QuickStripEffect #QuickStrip #RDT#innovation #health #wellness #Tinley #Margarita #THC #420#NoAlcohol. #maryjane #marijuana #microdose#420 #cannabiscommunity #cannabis#culture #cannabiscup #dispensaries#dope #weed #weedporn #edibles#thc #pot #stoned #sativa #stoner#high #hightimes #legalweed

Brilliant cover by Freedom Train - You Shook Me All Night Long -AC/DC Gala event Stardust Rocks 2019 for Children's Aid of Halton Raised over 200K Congrats to all for a job well done! Rock on!!!!

Stardust Rocks Le Dome April 13th, 2019. Feel the Power of Love. We invite you to join us! 

Children's Stardust Gala April 13, 2019
Children’s Stardust Gala April 13, 2019
Children's Aid Foundation of Halton
Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton

Party like a ROCK STAR and celebrate changing the world for children, youth and families being helped by the
Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton

Saturday April 13, 2019
Le Dome Banquet Halls
Doors open at 6pm
Includes: Top Class Entertainment, Silent/Live Auctions, All Inclusive Host Bar, Swag Bag, Wine Wall and many more surprises!

#stardustrocks

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Featuring the music of Freedom Train
Dance the night away to the music of Freedom Train
The Wine Ladies will be there! Bid on amazing wines at the WINE WALL.....  Donations including...Fielding Estate, Tawse, Angels Gate, Kacaba, Rosewood, Hernder, Vineland and Chateau de Charmes
The Wine Ladies will be there! Bid on amazing wines at the WINE WALL…..  Donations including…Fielding Estate, Tawse, Angels Gate, Kacaba, Rosewood, Hernder, Vineland and Chateau de Charmes.

We are thinking of dressing like the gals from the B’52’s Love Shack!

Providing Resources to Help Children, Youth and Families Thrive

“The Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton gave me the greatest gift of all, the gift of an education. I couldn’t have gone to school without their support and funding.
Since 1990, with the support of generous, caring donors and sponsors, we have distributed over $5 million in support of the Halton Children’s Aid Society. We are proud that 100% of funds raised from donations are directed towards programs for our children and youth to make a significant, positive impact in their lives.

A volunteer Board of Directors oversees the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton’s fundraising activities and fund disbursements. The crucial programs supported by the CAFH are delivered to all children and youth in need within the Region of Halton.

Singing with the fabulous band Freedom Train. Brilliant cover by Freedom Train – You Shook Me All Night Long -AC/DC
Press luncheon Walsh Whsikey Distillery, Toronto Feb 2019

Meet the “Hot Irishman” and maker of Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey, Bernard Walsh. Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day!

Bernard Walsh at a recent visit to Oakville Ontario showcases his whiskies at the 1st ever Irish Whiskey Distillery Feature. Feb 2019
Bernard Walsh at a recent visit to Oakville Ontario showcases his whiskies at the 1st ever Irish Whiskey Distillery Feature. Feb 2019

In 1999 Bernard Walsh and his wife Rosemary founded The Hot Irishman Company an innovative Irish Coffee. 

The company named changed in 2007 to Walsh Distillery and The Irishman Whiskey was introduced followed by Writers’ Tears in 2009. Working with a small team Bernard has brought his whiskies to 40 nations worldwide, including Canada.Today he has created one of Ireland’s largest independent distilleries. The distillery is unique for being manually operated and for distilling all three styles of Irish Whiskey – pot still, malt and grain- in the same house.

His recent visit to Toronto captivated us with his Irish charm and delightful range of Irish Whiskies available at the LCBO just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. 

If you are lucky you can get them while they are still all available.

The complete range of Writers' Tears currently available at the LCBO.  Writers' Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey $46.95  Writers' Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey $64.95  Writers' Tears Copper Pot Cognac Finish $99.95 (while quantities last)  Writers' Tears Limited Cask Strength Irish Whiskey $178.60 (while quantities last)
The complete range of Writers’ Tears currently available at the LCBO. Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey $46.95 Writers’ Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey $64.95 Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Cognac Finish $99.95 (while quantities last) Writers’ Tears Limited Cask Strength Irish Whiskey $178.60 (while quantities last)
The complete range of Writers’ Tears currently available at the LCBO. Click to order,
Press luncheon Walsh Whsikey Distillery, Toronto Feb 2019
Press luncheon Walsh Whsikey Distillery, Toronto Feb 2019

Press Luncheon with Bernard Walsh, at the Royal Canadian Military Institute on University Avenue, Toronto.Walsh is the exclusive supplier showcased in an initiative at the LCBO known as the ‘Distillery Feature’ which launched at participating Whisky Shops on February 7, 2019. As support, Walsh has distilled 7 different expressions that were introduced together and available for a limited time

Bernard Walsh, Walsh Distillery, Makers of Writers' Tears.
Bernard Walsh of Walsh Distillery and the makers of Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey visits Oakville, Ontario. Feb 2019.

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Think Green! Ya! Saint Patrick’s Day! On this week’s audio podcast with The Wine Ladies

Whether Irish or not, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrated worldwide!

Saint Patrick’s Day is a day of people dancing and singing in Irish pubs, like the one of our favourites in our home town, O’Finn’s Irish Temper. Watching parades and drinking lots of green beer, Irish whiskey and munching on Irish stew.

Do you know which city has the largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade?

1.New York City, 2.Dublin, 3.Sydney, 4.Boston

Saint Patrick's Day New York City Parade

Saint Patrick’s Day New York City Parade

Meanwhile in Chicago the GREEN goes to the extreme as they actually have a river dyeing ceremony. Just before their parade 45 pounds of eco-friendly vegetable dye is dumped in the Chicago River. The whole river turns a bright limes green colour.

Dyeing of the Chicago River, Saint Patrick's Day

Dyeing of the Chicago River, Saint Patrick’s Day

Starting off with our first guest, Tyler Born from O’Finn’s Irish Temper.

Owner Tyler Born, O'Finn's Irish Temper

Owner Tyler Born, O’Finn’s Irish Temper

Tyler and his brother Erin are the owners of O’Finn’s Irish Temper pub located in our home town of Oakville. They have taken the Irish pub to a new level. It’s upscale but still has the warmest hospitality, non pretentious, simply upbeat and great fun a “step up pub”. The huge focus is on fabulous fresh food and weekend entertainment.

Listen to Tyler Born at 4:47 minutes in the show.

Irish Whiskey is the focus next with Bernard Walsh of Writer’s Tears.

Bernard Walsh, founder Walsh Whiskey Distillery and producer of Writer's Tears Whiskey.

Bernard Walsh, founder Walsh Whiskey Distillery and producer of Writer’s Tears Whiskey.

What would Saint Patrick’s Day be without Irish Whiskey? We welcome back to the show Bernard Walsh,founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery. Producer of the multi-awarded “Writer’s Tears” Irish Whiskey. We learn a little bit about this unique old Irish Whiskey with a superb flavour and history.

Listen to Bernard Walsh at 15:16 minutes in the show.

Up next,Patti Jannetta Baker daughter and producer of “Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room”.

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 Next we switch gears just a bit…

Singer, song writer, actress and daughter Patti Jannetta-Baker of the late Louis Jannetta joins us on the show next. Patti is producing an incredible evening celebrating her father Louis Jannetta. She is bringing to life her father’s book King of the Maitre’d’s, My Life Among The Stars with an amazing event taking place March 23rd., “Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room.”

Listen to Patti Jannetta at 37:43 minutes in the show.

Sir Charles Barkley at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic.

Excepts from our radio interview with Louis Jannetta on AM740 back in 2005.

Listen to Louis Jannetta at 44:29 minutes in the show.

About The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast

Our radio show “Taking Life One Sip at a Time” is an radio audio podcast on which we share with the audience our passion and sense of adventure for delectable and fascinating foods, wine, spirits and lifestyle discoveries. Our motto “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine and to live life large and with integrity is intertwined with a variety of guests from around the globe… Chatting with celebrity chefs, celebrity winemakers, exotic food purveyors, artists, musicians, sports personalities, lifestyle advocates and fashion icons be sure to tune in for an hour of lively topical and educational conversation.

Listen to the Audio Podcast here

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Bernard Walsh in Oakville, Ontario showcasing a range of Writers' Tears and The Irishman Whiskey at the local LCBO.

Celebrate International Irish Whiskey Day on Sunday 3rd March 2019. Instagram Contest…Win a Bottle of Writers’ Tears! #IrishWhiskeyDay


We’re celebrating Irish Whiskey Day with an Instagram Contest!

Irish Whiskey Day Instagram Contest

Enter to win this prize.

A fabulous prize to help you celebrate International Irish Whiskey Day! A bottle of Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Whiskey. This award winning whiskey is a unique blend of aged Single Malt and aged Single Pot Still whiskey. Aged and matured in American Oak Bourbon Casks. Triple Distilled and non-peated, no grain.

The taste is gently spiced with ginger and orchid fruits. The finish long and elegant with chocolate notes. LCBO# 2771106, $52.95 per 750 ml bottle 

Here is How To Enter:

1.Follow us! @TheWineLadies on Instagram Tags: #IrishWhiskeyDay #TheWineLadies

2. Like This Post  

3.Tag your drinking partner! (Each friend you tag = One entry) Unlimited tags and entries. We will randomly select a winner from the comments below, so stay tuned here and turn on post notifications to see our winner announcement. Contest Starts Saturday March 2nd at noon and ends – Friday, March 8th, 2019 at noon EST. Our winners will be contacted through Instagram DMs & announced in our Instagram Stories. The prizes will be shipped directly to you.  

A complete range of the Writers' Tears Whiskey including the Writers' Tears Copper Pot, Writers' Tears Red Head, Writers' Tears Pot Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish and the Writers' Tears Cask Strength 2018. All available at the LCBO until Saint Patrick's Day March 17, 2019.
A complete range of the Writers’ Tears Whiskey including the Writers’ Tears Copper Pot, Writers’ Tears Red Head, Writers’ Tears Pot Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish and the Writers’ Tears Cask Strength 2018. All available at the LCBO until Saint Patrick’s Day March 17, 2019.


Don’t forget Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Look for Audio Podcast featuring Bernard Walsh of Walsh Distillery. Good Luck to all!

Disclaimer:  This giveaway is in no way endorsed sponsored or administered by Instagram or Facebook. By entering, entrants confirm they are 19+ of age and release of all responsibility and are adhering to Instagram and Facebook Terms of Use.

Tune into our audio podcast Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Bernard Walsh recent visit to Toronto,Canada, February 2019.

Bernard Walsh of Walsh Distillery.
Bernard Walsh of Walsh Distillery.

On this week’s audio podcast…Holiday Entertaining with Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna, Guinness, Chase Vodka and Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey

Honouring International Women’s Day with Wine, and Women of the vine!

Zonta Celebrates International Women's Say 2019
The ladies of Zonta Club of Oakville.

International Women’s Day, or IWD is an annual celebration of women’s achievements,

On March 5th we were honoured to be the emcees for an IWD event, Zonta Celebrates in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation with funds specifically directed to the issues of women’s health.

A global celebration that is marked around the world with festivals, conferences, fundraisers and fun runs. This March 8thmarked the 108th anniversary of IWD. With the first gathering happening in 1911 in the city of New York supported by over a million people from Switzerland, Denmark, Austria and Germany. 

The mandate of IWD is to rally for gender equality and to honour and celebrate the achievements of women across the globe.  Gender equality in the wine business we thought. Hmm… how are we doing ladies, in this traditionally dominated male industry? We recently had the opportunity to explore that very question. 

Zonta Celebrates International Women's Say 2019
100 years

Zonta International is a global organization of more than 29,000 members in close to 1,200 Zonta clubs in 63 countries. Since 1919 these ladies, advocates for women’s rights, have been working together to improve the lives of girls and women, for 100 years!

Zonta Celebrates International Women's Say 2019

The Zonta Club of Oakville, one of these esteemed clubs hosted this spectacular celebration and fundraiser. It was an extraordinary evening, of passion and compassion with close to 600 guests in attendance. 

Catriona Le May Doan

The highlight of the evening was when keynote speaker two-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner, the fastest women on ice Catriona Le May Doan approached the podium.

She spoke of her victories and her challenges both on the ice and off, in her past and in the present. As a woman in sport, was it a level playing field? Here’s what Catriona had to say “It was for me in my sport but in the last seventeen years, the inclusion of women in other sports and teams has made an improvement but still has a way to go”.  And for us in the world of wine, is there equal opportunity? We personally have seen a greater presence of women in our field. Back in 2002 when we started there were far fewer ladies. Fast forward many more female wine makers, viticulturists, sommeliers, marketing executives and writers are populating the business.  Plus…. do women have better palates? Ah, the $64,000 question!  We learn from Catriona that she too has a great love and appreciation for a fine glass of red wine! Besties forever!

The Wine Wall

Speaking of wine, over to the Wine Wall, what a fabulous collection of wines, wine baskets, and wine related accessories all auctioned off to the highest bid in our silent auction. A big thanks to the many sponsors and private individuals for their generous donations!

Marilisa Allegrini at La Poya vineyard, Allegrini, Valpolicella, Italy
Marilisa Allegrini at La Poya vineyard, Allegrini, Valpolicella, Italy

         For this International Women’s Day, we thought we would introduce you to one remarkable woman in our field.  

She is Marilisa Allegrini, CEO of Allegrini, one of the most respected and highly acclaimed wineries of Italy located in the storied wine growing region of Valpolicella. Allegrini is world-renowned in particular for their exceptional production of the iconic wine Amarone. She is known as the “Voice of Amarone” and has been often described as a “Wine Star”. 

 Marilisa is the first Italian woman wine producer to grace the cover of one of the most respected and famous wine magazines in the world, The Wine Spectator. Since the early 1980’s Marilisa has been traveling the world sharing her passion for both the wines of Allegrini and the region of Valpolicella. 

We had the opportunity to meet with Marilisa and asked if she would tell us a little more about the company and her role.

We learn that the Allegrini family has been involved with grape growing and winemaking since the 1500’s handing down grape growing and winemaking traditions over six generations. 

Its roots lie in a small village Fumane de Valpolicella located just north of Verona in north-eastern Italy. The family played a prominent role in the local community as one of the most important landowners, involved in agricultural work and upholding local traditions.  

The company took a proverbial giant step in growth with the 5thgeneration Allegrini at the helm Marilisa’s father Giovanni.

 ‘It was” Marilisa goes on to explain with great admiration “the intelligence and hard work of her father. An instinctive man with respect to the land and innovative winemaking practices. That was integral in leading the way to modern winemaking and earning the reputation Allegrini enjoys today. Allegrini and Amarone della Valpolicella! 

Just one example of many, he was one of the first producers to change the style and the methodology of making Amarone. Once little known, with a profile reminiscent of a port, to the prestigious and delicious wine it is today produced with dried grapes. 

            Today we discover that Allegrini’s Amarone, with son Franco as the winemaker since 1983 is considered the benchmark and the style new winemakers look to emulate. 

 Allegrini was also one of the first to develop several cru vineyards including La Poja, reviewed here below.  

As we continue to chat Marilisa emphasizes how it is all about the land. How connected she and her family are to both the history and present of Valpolicella. The company’s holdings are impressive. They include several of the villages in the original (classico) region of Valpolicella.  The company’s philosophy  is to produce single vineyard wines made with local grape varieties. 

            The tireless Marilisa, a world-traveling ambassador for Allegrini and Valpolicella. She has been credited with taking an already famous company to new heights. And as a bold and brave CEO, along with brother and winemaker Franco, they’ve taken on new challenges and exciting acquisitions! To Tuscany, first in Bolgheri and then Montalcino.  

We had the opportunity to enjoy two Allegrini wines at a recent get together.

The first one of particular pride and joy to Marilisa, with a special connection to her late father, the wine La Poja. 

La Poja is a single vineyard spectacular wine, which comes from a specific parcel of land, the prestigious La Grola vineyard in the Valpolicella Classico area. Marilisa tells us that not long before her fathers passing Giovanni acquired this parcel. A piece at the top of the famous hill of the La Grola vineyard, 2.65 hectares  “at great financial effort”. He believed so strongly in this location and the characteristics of the soil. 78% chalk and with great mineral content in its ability to produce exceptional wines with great structure and aging potential. Today La Poja is the crown jewel of “Grand Cru expression” of Allegrini. It rounds out their stupendous line up of wines including their Valpolicella, Palazzo della Torre and their iconic Amarone to name a few.

LA POJA  $110.00  VINTAGES 

La Poja, single vineyard, single varietal made with 100% Corvina. 

Elegant, rich and full bodied, seductive on the nose with intense aromas of black currant, juicy cherries, hints of spice, velvety on the palate with blackberry, cherry and hint of liquorice flavours ending with a luscious lingering finish.

PALAZZO DELLA TORRE $24.95

We so enjoyed this full bodied, delectable wine! With a seductive nose of blackberries, spice, hints of vanilla and milk chocolate, a rich intense mouth filling red wine, lots of black fruit, with hints of smoke and a chocolate-mocha flavour on the palate. We loved it!

We hope you all have the opportunity someday to enjoy the wines of Allegrini and the fruits of this amazing historic winemaking family! Hats off to Marilisa, and to all the ladies out there forging their way in this 108thanniversary year of International Women’s Day!

For more information on Allegrini wines and their availability please visit www.woodmanwinesandspirits.com

A glittering, golden evening celebrating International Women’s Day with Zonta Celebrates and Olympic Gold Medalist, Catriona Le May Doan.

International Women's Day
International Women’s Day
International Women's day 2019 Zonta Celebrates March 5, 2019.

A glittering, golden evening celebrating International Women’s Day with Zonta Celebrates and Olympic Gold Medalist, Catriona Le May Doan.

International Women's day 2019 Zonta Celebrates March 5, 2019.
Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day 2019. The Wine Ladies were honored to emcee the event. Here with Catherine Bobesich Co Chair Zonta and key note speaker Catriona Le May Doan, Canadian Gold Metal Olympic Champion.

Oh what a night! Everyone won gold March 5th as the inaugural Zonta Celebrates, International Women’s Day (Zonta Club of Oakville) event took place. It was an extraordinary evening of passion and compassion with close to 600 guests in attendance. 

March 8th, 2019 is the 108th anniversary of International Women’s Day with events celebrated around the globe.

Celebration cake honoring 100 year of Zonta International. Cake made by The Sweetest Thing, Kerr Street, Oakville.
Celebration cake honoring 100 years of Zonta International. Cake made by The Sweetest Thing, Kerr Street, Oakville.
Sold out capacity crowd of 600 people turned out for the inaugural Zonta Celebrates event held March 5th, 2019 at the Burlington Convention Center. View from the podium.
Sold out capacity crowd of 600 people turned out for the inaugural Zonta Celebrates event held March 5th, 2019 at the Burlington Convention Center. View from the podium.

We were honored to be the emcees for an IWD event, “Zonta Celebrates” in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation.

 The funds specifically directed to the issues of women’s health. CEO Oakville Hospital Foundation Mary McPherson addressed the group and announced that $50,000 over the next 5 years will be raised by The Zonta Club of Oakville.
The funds specifically directed to the issues of women’s health. CEO Oakville Hospital Foundation Mary McPherson addressed the group and announced that $50,000 over the next 5 years will be raised by The Zonta Club of Oakville.

The Wine Ladies Georgia and Susanne were honored to emcee the Zonta Celebrates International Women's Day event,
The Wine Ladies Georgia and Susanne were honored to emcee the Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day event,

Zonta International is a global organization of more than 29,000 members in close to 1,200 Zonta clubs in 63 countries. Since 1919 these ladies, advocates for women’s rights, have been working together to improve the lives of girls and women, for 100 years!

Zonta Oakville ladies on stage enjoying a selfie moment. Tag us #ZontaCelebratesIWD
Zonta Oakville ladies on stage enjoying a selfie moment. Tag us #ZontaCelebratesIWD

The highlight of the evening was when keynote speaker two-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner.

The fastest women on ice Catriona Le May Doan approached the podium. She spoke of her victories and her challenges both on the ice and off, in her past and in the present. As a woman in sport, was it a level playing field? Here’s what Catriona had to say “It was for me in my sport but in the last seventeen years, the inclusion of women in other sports and teams has made an improvement but still has a way to go”.   And for us in the world of wine, is there equal opportunity? We personally have seen a greater presence of women in our field. Back in 2002 when we started there were far fewer ladies, fast forward many more female wine makers, viticulturists, sommeliers, marketing executives and writers are populating the business.  Plus…. do women have better palates? Ah, the $64,000 question!  

Catriona Le May Doan, We learn from Catriona that she too has a great love and appreciation for a fine glass of red wine! Besties forever!

Speaking of wine, over to the Wine Wall, what a fabulous collection of wines, wine baskets, and wine related accessories all auctioned off to the highest bid in our silent auction. A big thanks to the many sponsors and private individuals for their generous donations!

Isabella Briatico (right) and winner the designer of the to the stage, with the beautiful diamond and gold earrings - Pink, White, and Yellow gold earrings with the appraisal at $5100.00
Isabella Briatico (designer on the right) and winner the door prize on the stage, with the beautiful diamond and gold earrings – Pink, White, and Yellow gold earrings with the appraisal at $5100.00
The Wine Wall! Simply amazing donations!!!!
Wine Wall

A big thanks to the many sponsors and private individuals for their generous donations!

For more pictures of the entire evening please visit Zonta Club of Oakville Facebook Page.

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