Experiencing Pinot Grigio in Historic Trento and Sicily Sizzling with Stemmari reds!

Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio
Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio

Say YES to Pinot Grigio, aka Pinot Gris or Grauburgunder this slightly grayish-blue tinged grape varietal, hence the name is one of the most popular wines beingenjoyed across America! Everyone enjoys a glass of Pinot Grigio! And at a very special luncheon we recently had the honour to attend, we were introduced to Pinot Grigio 2.0 if you will from the historic wine region of Trento, Italy.

The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting with wine maker Lucio Matricardi. Looking forward to an afternoon of Pinot Grigio
The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting with wine maker Lucio Matricardi.

From Trento in the north we headed south and enjoyed a trio of red wines from another Italian region.arguably one of the most exciting wine regions today, that is Sicily!

The luncheon was hosted by Rachel Woodman, of Woodman Wines and Spirits, who recently took on the exciting portfolio of Gruppo Mezzacorona with a history dating back over 110 years. Gathered at the delectable Italian eatery Little Anthony’s in Toronto, we were a diverse group of bloggers, sommeliers and media all eager to get this anticipated afternoon on its way. To lead us through the tasting and fill us in on Mezzacorona, dating back to 1904, the wines and a little history was the very charismatic visiting winemaker Phd Lucio Matricardi. Matricardi trained in winemaking and viticulture at the University of Bologna, earned his Ph.D. in viticulture and enology from the University of California at Davis and has worked at wineries around the globe. We had heard great things about this celebrated winemaker including his approach to his craft and his persona. We were not disappointed!Under the Gruppo Mezzacorona are three wineries, Rotari located in Trento, being their crown jewel for sparkling wines made in the traditional champagne method, Mezzacorona in Trentino and Stemmari in Sicily.

Phd Lucio Matricardi. Matricardi trained in winemaking and viticulture at the University of Bologna, earned his Ph.D. in viticulture and enology from the University of California at Davis. Looking forward to an afternoon of Pinot Grigio.
Phd Lucio Matricardi. Matricardi trained in winemaking and viticulture at the University of Bologna, earned his Ph.D. in viticulture and enology from the University of California at Davis.

The luncheon began with an inviting and beautiful glass of the Rotari Brut, 2014, delectably rich and full on the palate with notes of green apple, white flowers and a delicate hint of yeast. As it became time to be seated, Rachel made the formal introduction and Lucio Matricardi was at the helm.We listened intently as Lucio filled us in on Mezzacorona. We learned that Mezzacororna is a wine producing cooperative, located in the north eastern part of Italy in the cool mountainous region of Trentino-Alto Adige. This region produces close to 70% of all the Pinot Grigio made in Italy. Mezzacorona was formed by the joining of two cooperatives in the region, Cantina Siciale started in 1904 and Lena far Viticoltori founded in 1911.

Today Mezzacorona is one of the most important and respected cooperatives in all of Italy, with a commitment to the highest quality, respect for the environment and sustainability. 

Lucio, passionate about the history went on to explain how generations of families have devoted themselves to the cultivation of the grapes, with few having left the region. This, he tells us despite the great challenges grape growing presented at the time.“The Trentino has always been a very difficult region to live in because it is overshadowed by themountains (the Dolomites) by about 80% so the cultivable lands were very small and so unprofitable.” After the war,” Lucio explained “the support of the local government, adopting policies to promote the economic development of the region at least allowed for the families to remain and continue to work their farms.” We learn that the challenge though remained for each individual farmer to commercialize their products abroad. The fragmentation of vineyards and grape production made it impossible. “So the joining together to form a cooperative was the only solution to be able to be stronger and have money to invest in a winery and in a brand. Hence in 1904 the Mezzacorona Company was born and today includes 1600 grape producers and guarantees economic stability generation after generation to the farmers.”In present day particularly key to the cooperatives’ success is how a passionate team of 5 agronomists and several oenologists work on a daily basis in close contact with the grape growers for the entire lifecycle of the wine, in the vineyards, during harvest and up to the bottling. Lucio emphasizes that in Trentino Pinot Grigio has been the variety best adapted to the soil of the Adige Valley, that is rich in silt, skeleton and medium level of clay. He also credits the cool climate coming from glaciers surrounding the Adige Valley and the warm temperatures of the day, to allowing for the grapes to produce a superior quality wine in aroma, body and structure.We enjoyed three Pinot Grigio, one of which is a staple in our market the Mezzacorona 2018 Trentino DOC, a terrific buy! The grapes are hand picked and estate bottled. It is crisp and dry with notes of green apple, peach and white flowers. 

Up next was the Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio Riserva 2017. We truly enjoyed this Pinot Grigio, with 40% of the wine fermented in stainless steel and 60% in small oak barrels. After 6-8 months of the wine aging in the barrels, that which was fermented in stainless steel is blended withthe oak aged and the result isaharmonious and delectable wine with a nose of ripe stone fruit notes and hints of vanilla. A beautiful pairing with two PRIMI course options; our delicious Heirloom Tomato Caprese, made with pickled shallot, Fior di Latte, aged balsamic and fresh basiland the big hit Shrimp Scampi!

A beautiful pairing with two PRIMI course options; our delicious Heirloom Tomato Caprese, made with pickled shallot.
A beautiful pairing with two PRIMI course options; our delicious Heirloom Tomato Caprese, made with pickled shallot.

Our final was the Mezzacorona Castel Firmian Pinot Grigio 2018, Trentino DOC. Also an Award-Winner of a Bronze Medal, 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition.We must move on as the Stemmari Nero D’Avola and the Hedonis Riserva beckons! We are in Sicily now, where as Lucio tells us Sicilia  gives us the “art of Living with the generosity of the sun, of the soil and of the water”. As the Winemaker Lucio is passionate about the wines of Stemmari, exclaiming how Stemmari brings to you a modern wine that can be paired with modern, Mediterranean and continental dishes. “Nero D’Avola is the most historical and noble grape planted here, it is a rich grape, in the glass we find an aroma of raspberry, of strawberryand currant,thepalate is multi fragrant and elegant.” Nods all around, yes, this wine does deliver all that!

 “Nero D’Avola is the most historical and noble grape planted here, it is a rich grape, in the glass we find an aroma of raspberry, of strawberryand currant,thepalate is multi fragrant and elegant.”

To our final vino today Stemmari Hedonis Riserva 2015 Sicilia DOC is poured in our glass.

The bouquet isseductive, complex with a cornucopia of aromas reminiscent of dried fruits, spices, notes of vanilla and tobacco! On the palate, smooth, soft like velvet with good structure and sublime tannins. Award-Winning 91 Points 2018 Ultimate Wine Challenge, please visit the website for details on vinifcation and oak aging, an amazing wine!We are served the SECONDI, Tagliatelle alla Bolognese.We await upon the verdict from Lucio who after all did train at the University of Bologna. “Fantastico, perfectly al dente!”We all concur. With Hedonis in our glasses, we continue to enjoy thebeautiful wine, our perfecto pasta and spirited conversation into the late afternoon. We thank Rachel for a delightful afternoon, it was truly a great pleasure to meet Lucio, and become more acquainted with Mezzacorona!

If you could like more information on any of the wines please contact Rachel Woodman woodmanwinesandspirits.com

Rotari Brut 2014 $19.95
Gold Medal, 2018 Champagne &
Sparkling Wineworld championship
Available: CONSIGNMENT

Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio 2018 Trentino DOC $14.95

Available: LCBO

Mezzacorona Riserva Pinot Grigio 2017 Trentino DOC
$17.95

Available: Vintages January 2020

Stemmari Hedonis Riserva 2015 Sicilia DOC
$36.95

Available: CONSIGNMENT

Stemmari Nero D’Avola 2017 Sicilia DOC Sicilia DOC

$14.95

Available: Vintages January 2020

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Witches Blood the perfect Halloween party drink!

 Dear Wine Ladies,

We’ll be welcoming a gruesome crowd (witches, goblins and ghosts) for our first Halloween party at our new condo acquired just last month. A range of wines, always our first beverage of choice, will be served but we wondered if you knew of any cocktails or drinks that are made with wine, preferably red, and/or if you know of any Halloween themed wine labels out there?

Joanne

Toronto, Ontario

Dear Joanne,

Congratulations on your new condo, what a fabulous way to beckon good spirits and good friends to your new abode!

Indeed, we do have a simply delicious and devilish cocktail to suggest, courtesy  of the BSO, Bartending School of Ontario http://www.bartendingontario.com 

Witches Blood 

 
Witches Blood Cocktail

“Witches Blood” is the name of the cocktail, incorporating a good dosage of Merlot, this cryptic cocktail delivers big on flavour, punch and esthetics.

WITCHES BLOOD

Introducing my newest creation just in time for HALLOWEEN!
“WITCHES BLOOD”
1 oz. Silver Tequila
1/2 oz. Cassis
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao

Dash Orange Bitters
2 oz. kiwi juice
2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
blend together with ice and serve with kiwi wagon wheel for garnish
This is so easy and sooooo delicious and a surprising blend of flavors that pair perfectly!
Enjoy ………………and serve with a BOO!
As for Halloween themed wines, a number of them exist such as “Vampire”  and “Dracula” from California.
 

The Vampire Wines

Vampire wines are not a single wine, but a grouping of scary sounding wines from the Vampire.com brand.

This brand had its origins in 1985, when a young New York lawyer named Michael Machat had the idea of creating a wine called Vampire and describing it as the Blood of the Vine.

It took several years for his dream to come to fruition.

Yet today under the Vampire umbrella you can find wines called Dracula and Trueblood.

Vampire wine

 

Vampire Vineyards

 

October is Merlot Madness Month,starring benchmark Merlot producer Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley

Grange of Prince Edward Barn

A day in the county with The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery.

A day in the county – a promised land for elegant, seductive wines tinged with limestone and an undeniable minerality, “It’s due to the dirt” the locals say. Prince Edward County, located just east of Toronto remains Ontario’s newest wine appellation and quite possibly the fastest growing wine region in the world! 

This glorious county has been touted as one of Canada’s top tourist destinations as well, promising the visitor a relaxing and casual vibe in which to enjoy a multitude of amazing local foods, wine, art and activities. Of course there is also the lake, offering up fine sandy beaches, one of Canada’s best, and 800 km of shoreline. Unbeknownst to many Prince Edward County is technically considered an island, man made located in Lake Ontario.  The lake not only most welcoming to the 650,000 annual visitors to the county but also most welcoming to the approximate 600 acres of vineyards planted here. 

Situated at the eastern end on the north shore of Lake Ontario it is this large body of water that plays an integral role in allowing the grapes of PEC to ripen slowly, and fully. But it starts from the ground up and we go back to the dirt. The limestone bedrock and stoney soils of the county allow for excellent drainage in the spring warming, forcing vines to grow deeper during hot summer months. This is all good, building character with albeit small yields but concentrated flavours and complexity in PEC wines!

Caroline Granger, Founder and CEO The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery.

We recently had the opportunity to reconnect with a very special lady, the Founder and CEO of one of the pioneering wineries in the county, Caroline Granger of The Grange of Prince Edward County Vineyards and Estate Winery.

We flash back to 2010 when we first met Caroline, hair tied back, casual in faded blue jeans, with precious county dirt on her hands as she lovingly inspected the grapes in her vineyard. Later we ventured into the Grange barrel cellar, where we laughed, and tasted some wines, as Caroline told us that this, the barrel cellar was the most important room above all.  “Where the wines have a chance to develop and become all that they can be,” she explained.

We were so taken with Caroline those years ago with her drive, her commitment and courage to follow her passion. You see Caroline Granger was the first female in the county, to open her own winery, a bold move considering at the time there were just three winery licences granted in the whole region. The growth of PEC that earned its VQA status in 2007 now boasts close to 45 wineries of varying styles, with something for everyone, from small and quaint to modern and sophisticated.

We asked Caroline to tell us a little about her and how The Grange of Prince Edward came to be!

Grange of Prince Edward Barrel Room

We learned that farming and agriculture came naturally to Caroline as she grew up on a small farm her parents purchased back in 1974. Those roots in family farming gave Caroline an appreciation for the land, of hard work and ignited in her a sense of independence.  After some time away she found herself back on the farm with three small kids in tow looking to rejuvenate her life. Parents Robert and Diana were finding the daily working of the farm challenging so Caroline stepped up.

In the year 2001, Caroline lead her family into a new form of agriculture replacing the mixed feed crops and sweet peas with vineyard plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay! In just a few years, in 2004 she opened the doors to the Grange of Prince Edward County Vineyards and Estate Winery. True to her roots or in the genes, Caroline’s daughter Maggie returned to the farm embracing her love of wine and of the land in 2010. Today this mother-daughter duo is at the helm of one of the most respected and highly regarded wineries in PEC.

The winery, the vineyards and the wines….

The winery situated in a rustic farmland setting is housed in an historic barn built in 1826. Converted into a tasting room, with an art gallery loft and room rentals for events, the space is inviting, casual and inspiring. 

It is situated among the 60 acres of vineyards the Grangers have planted, which produce strictly 100 percent estate-grown and made wines.  This we learn separates the Grange from many of the other wineries in the county. It allows them to make wines that truly reflect their own distinct style and that of the region. This is not to say that this model doesn’t have its challenges. 

Mother Caroline and daughter Maggie, The Granger Girls.

As Maggie explains “It’s challenging to rely only on yourself and your vineyard, and so to be able to produce these wines and have them shine is fulfilling and, ultimately, a really unique experience for consumers.”  The wines of the Granger gals have been rewarded with Caroline’s and Maggie’s commitment to the winery being self sufficient and producing wines with little intervention. As Caroline enthuses “it is incredibly important to me that I know without a doubt what has gone into the grapes and in turn the wines, and to be able to stand behind them completely”.

The roster of Grange wines is inspiring, from the vineyard plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon.  We most recently enjoyed the County Cremant Quartz 2011 and the Estate Almanac White. 

Here are our thoughts on these wines and their delectable pairings with a local county cheese!

County Cremant Quartz 2011             $35.00

The County Cremant sparkling wines are a series of bubbly that is meant to vary depending on the nuances of each individual vintage. Cremant are sparkling wines that are produced using the same method as Champagne, costly and labour intensive with secondary bottle fermentation.

Delish! A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay 50/50 this bubbly delivers a beautiful toastiness, with flavours of citrus and notes of honey and brioche with great balance, crisp, good acidity and an elegant mineral finish. After 60 months on the lees, it was worth the wait! Suggested cheese pairing, at the winery the winning partner is the local Buffalina. Delectable! 

Availability: Winery Direct

Estate Almanac White VQA PEC                     $16.95

The Almanac Series represents a snapshot of a vintage on a vineyard just as the Farmers Almanac is a snapshot of a growing season.
The Almanac Series represents a snapshot of a vintage on a vineyard just as the Farmers Almanac is a snapshot of a growing season.
Availability LCBO

This is a blend of three varietals, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling, 100 % estate grown. Light to medium bodied at 12%, aromatic, crisp with notes of lemon, hints of apricot and pineapple, beautiful balance. Recommended with local Fiftowns Cape Vessy cheese. 

If you find yourself sometime soon in the county be sure to drop in and say hello to Caroline and Maggie from us! As a reminder a memorable experience awaits you at the Grange. Experience the beautiful grounds with a local charcuterie filled picnic basket, take a tour or enjoy some beautiful wines at the tasting bar. 

For more information www.grangeofprinceedward.com

Yes Way, Rose
Yes Way, Rose

Yes Way, Rosé! Celebrate all things Rosé for International Rosé Day on June 8th. Plus…A Cannabis Sommelier? Really?


Yes Way, Rosé! Celebrate all things Rosé for International Rosé Day on June 8th. Plus…A Cannabis Sommelier? Really?

Coming up on today’s show one of the hottest trends in wine. Rosé sales are booming globally even overtaking red wines in France! Quelle surprise! Mais Ouis! Yes, they have finally received the respect these pink beauties are due and we say yes way, Rosé.

We explore Rosé wines from two regions. First from beautiful Provence, France and a historical wine estate, Chateau Roquefeuille. Then to our own backyard, Prince Edward County and to one of the wineries that help start off the county, the Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards & Estate Winery.

Enter a contest to win a terrific prize for you and 5 of your friends, the Grape Escape Rooms of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
And finally, another segment on cannabis and our discovery of Canada’s Cannabis Sommelier! Really??? Elevate your dining and wine experience to new levels.

WIN a Grape Escape Rooms Challenge For You and Your Friends! Value $150.00

Meet The Cannabis Sommelier, Andrew Freedman. Pairing wine and cannabis… really?

National Rosé Day celebrates the delight and versatility of one of the oldest wines in the world dating back over 2600 years!

The Cannabis Sommelier

Meet The Cannabis Sommelier, Andrew Freedman. Pairing wine and cannabis… really?

Andrew’s expertise in pairing cannabis, craft beer, cocktails and wine creates a one of a kind craft cannabis culinary experience that excites and tantalizes the taste buds. You can be sure that you have never experienced fine dining like The Cannabis Sommelier presents.

Andrew worked in the cannabis trade for over a decade. Noticing that there was a lack of scientific language for describing cannabis he became very interested in blind tasting wine. 

His expertise in growing and extracting cannabis led to a passion in viticulture and oenology.  He soon found himself living on a vineyard working as a cellar hand at an estate winery. While honing his palate he became a WSET 3 and Canadian wine scholar.

Andrews passion for cannabis and wine led him to begin teaching what he had learned and created “The Cannabis Sommelier” YouTube channel which currently features new content every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

The Cannabis Sommelier
The Cannabis Sommelier

Listen to Andrew at 41:29 minutes in the show.
Follow Andrew on Instagram @thecannabissomm

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

WIN a Grape Escape Rooms Challenge For You and Your Friends! Value $150.00

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If you love adventure, solving puzzles and riddles, strategy and wine you are going to love this prize!
From the no 1 wine tour company in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grape Escape Wine Tours .

Now there is the Grape Escape Rooms!

Challenge yourself through our live adventure game which involves solving a series of puzzles and riddles, using a variety of clues, hints and strategies to achieve your objective!  An amazingly fun and interactive experience for any group of 2 – 8 players! 
You plus 5 of your friends can play and solve the challenge! Value: $150 plus hst.

Grape Escape Rooms is located at 1627 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, L0S 1J0

Phone: 905-468-9959

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We invite you to check out our audio podcast on Mixcloud. 
Listen to Richard Mell, Director Grape Escape Wine Tours, Niagara-on-the-Lake at 33:14 minutes in the show.

Here is How To Enter:

1.Follow us on INSTAGRAM! @ TheWineLadies  @GrapeEscapewineTours

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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 ends – Wednesday, June 5th, 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.  

We invite you to check out our audio podcast on Mixcloud. 
Episode 83: Yes Way, Rose! Celebrate all things rose for International Rose Day June 8

Calamus Starstruck Sparkling, Georgia’s Wine Pick

We had the pleasure of being invited to the Grand Opening Weekend Party May 18th and 19th, 2019 on the stunning 3 tier deck at the newly renovated Calamus Estate Winery! What a great afternoon it was where we were treated like Queens! We also were joined by our winner of the Mother’s Day Instagram contest for a VIP experience at the winery!

The day included a selection of beautiful wines, lunch on the deck, a barrel room tasting and tour of the grounds by Peter himself.

Our Mother’s Day Instagram contest winner.

Nothing tastes as good as a glass or two of sparkling wine on a bright sunny day overlooking vineyards. My favourite this afternoon was the Calamus Crackle. A bubbly blend of 75% Vidal and 25% Chardonnay made in the same method as Italian Prosecco. Floral and frothy with notions of fresh apple and pear, lemon, peach, banana and honey, this sparkler is a true treat. Available at the LCBO and the winery too.

This traditional method sparkling wine, is crisp with flavours of apple, lemon-lime and brioche.

This wine was delicious paired with the stone oven baked margarita pizza and beautiful chacuterie board.

Peter and some of his team in the tasting room.

Beautiful 2-level patio overlooking Balls Falls and the vineyards make for a special afternoon.

Overlooking the 42-acre property and Balls Falls is the place to gather your ultimate Niagara Winery experience. Bring your pet and ask for the winery staff for a walking tour guide over one of our 3 bridges over 18-mile creek throughout the vineyards.Whats truly unique is that this winery never charges a corkage fee for any of their bottled wines on the patio or special events.

The Wine Ladies on deck!!
This beautiful waterfall and garden in tribute to Peter’s parents that started the catering business back in 1971 that started it all.
Listen to Peter at 14:40 minutes in the audio podcast.

On this week’s audio podcast… Calamus Estate Winery and fashions by Joan Kelley Walker

Marvelous Mother’s Day Contest! WIN Over $600 In Prizes!

The Chronos Observatory. What is often mistaken for a silo on the side of the renovated barn, is in fact the Chronos Observatory. Inside the observatory is a deep space telescope capable of viewing interstellar bodies in significant detail.
The Wine Ladies dressed in Joan Kelley Walker fashions and about to enjoy some Calamus Ball Falls Red and White wine.

Make your Mother’s Day a marvelous one with Calamus Estate Wines and fashions by Joan Kelley Walker!

Enter to win this prize.

Love wine and fashion? Well one lucky mother and guest will join The Wine Ladies May 19th at Calamus Estate Winery and receive an unbelievable experience plus fashions from Real Housewives of Toronto star Joan Kelley Walker’s new fashion collection!

YOUR winery experience will begin in the 100 year old barn tasting room with a sampling of three (3) Calamus Estate Winery’s most popular award winning vintages. After that then join us on the stunning brand new patio restaurant for farm fresh salad, an our arrow head wooden charcuterie board and choice of fresh stone oven pizza. Plus a special service from a Dutch wooden shoe….. 

Grand Opening Weekend Party May 18th and 19th, 2019

You will also walk away with a collection of Joan Kelly Walker Fashions to complete your Mother’s Day experience.

Please make sure that you are available to attend and claim your prize on Sunday, May 19th, 2019. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Calamus Estate Winery is located ate 3100 Glen Road Jordan, ON L0R 1S0 Phone: 905-562-9303

President and owner Peter Van-Helsdingen of Calamus Estate Winery leads a wine tasting in the 100 year old barrel room.


A selection from the Joan Kelley Fashions available at Walmart.ca Proceeds from the sales donated by Joan to the Breakfast Club of Canada.

Here is How To Enter:

1.Follow us on INSTAGRAM! @ TheWineLadies @CalamusWinery   @JoanKelleyWalkerCollection

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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 ends – Sunday, May 12th, 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.  

On this week’s audio podcast… Calamus Estate Winery and fashions by Joan Kelley Walker

On this week’s audio podcast… Calamus Estate Winery and fashions by Joan Kelley Walker

Guests: Joan Kelley Walker and Peter Van- Helsdingen

Coming up on today’s show, we salute all the moms, grand-moms and mothers to be, with their very special day just around the corner Mother’s Day of course, a tradition by the way that started 105 years ago in 1914! The creator of the holiday was social activist Anna Jarvis, from Virginia, who after her mom passed away worked tirelessly to establish a special day for her and other mothers of course. And it was actually Woodrow Wilson who finally took notice, clever man  and he’s the guy who  declared every second Sunday in May a national holiday aptly named Mothers Day! 

President Woodrow Wilson and first lady Edith Bolling Wilson are seen in Washington on May 15, 1918. Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day, May 9, 1914
President Woodrow Wilson and first lady Edith Bolling Wilson are seen in Washington on May 15, 1918. Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day, May 9, 1914

We are going to share with you a few ideas on how to help make your mom’s day a little extra special, with our two very fabulous guests today as always.Plus for one lucky Mom, we will be giving away a Marvelous Mother’s Day Gift including wine, a wine experience  and  fashion ! Valued at $600!!

Click here to enter!

And speaking of fashion and mom’s our first guest, many of you already know her  from the hit TV Show The Real Housewives of Toronto. She is a celebrity, an entrepreneur, journalist, philanthropist, and a fashionista. This lovely lady recently launched her own fashion line the Joan Kelley Walker Collection which combines her passion for philanthropy and her long time love of fashion. Proceeds from sales of the Joan Kelley Walker Collection towards feeding Canada’s children through the Breakfast Club of Canada.

Joan will fill us in on how she juggles motherhood and the various roles she has taken on, we’ll learn more about how she got started, her new collection, her life as a TV star and more!

Listen to Joan at 3:54 minutes in the audio podcast.

Joan Kelley Walker Collection available at Walmart.ca

Next, we welcome Peter Van-Helsdingen of  Calamus Estate Winery to the show. Peter and his wife Rosalee realized their life long dream of owning a winery with their recent purchase of Calamus Estate Winery, located in Niagara, producing award winning wines. They are so thrilled and passionate about the winery, some of the beautiful additions that they have made including a 3 tier deck over looking Balls Falls. Peter and Rosalee have been very generous in their contribution to our Marvelous Mothers Day prizes. We are going to chat with Peter about that, about his wines and the super cool Observatory they have there right at the winery!

Easy sipping table wines. The Balls Falls White, notes of green apple, and apricot.Balls Falls Red, medium bodied blend of mostly Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon.

Listen to Peter at 14:40 minutes in the audio podcast.

The Thought Leader Revolution with Nicky Billou

As you guys know we have our own podcast where we interview awesome guests from all over the world. Sometimes it’s fun and refreshing to have the interview shoe on the other foot. Our interview with Nicky Billou of The Thought Leader Revolution focuses on our story, trials and tribulations, success and failures and our ingredients for hanging in there! 

We share our our journey over the past 17 years! Where has the time gone?

Hope you enjoy it!

The Thought Leader Revolution with Nicky Billou

https://www.thethoughtleaderrevolution.com/episodes/147

MAKE THE DIFFERENCE YOU WERE BORN TO MAKE

The Thought Leader Revolution podcast is about building your thought leadership around your expertise, your brand and your name. To become well known and highly regarded in the market place for the results you are able to produce for your clients.

Our guests are top thought leaders who have done it. They’ve become widely known for their expertise and results they’re able to deliver for their clients. They all love what they do and get paid very well for doing it.

You’ll meet entrepreneurs that have leveraged thought leadership in driving business revenue, coaches that were unknown and barely making ends who later became celebrities and took their income into the 7 figures, consultants that transformed into best-selling authors and built multi-million dollar firms and senior executives who followed their passion, left their day jobs and are changing the world.

We’ve had interviews with notables such as success and investment coaching icon, Raymond Aaron, a personal coach to billionaires, Alex Charfen & Tony Robbins’ Director of Coaching, Marc Von Musser.

Steve Jobs once said…

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

— Steve Jobs

https://www.thethoughtleaderrevolution.com/episodes/147