Twenty Valley Winter WineFest

Twenty Valley Winter WineFest a spectacular time!

A wonderful time at Twenty Valley Winter WineFest!

Check out highlights from the weekend here.

Niagara Icewine Festival audiopodcast Jan 2019 Facebook
Niagara Icewine Festival audiopodcast Jan 2019 Facebook

Leonard Pennachetti, President and CoFounder Cave Spring Cellars.

Cave Spring Cellars, The House That Riesling Built! Up Close And Personal With Len Pennachetti

Up next on this week’s audio podcast we welcome just awarded the 2017 Niagara Lifetime Achievement Award, President and Co-Founder Cave Spring Cellars, Len Pennachetti. Although much too young for this honour it however shows what he has accomplished and given to the area.

Listen to Len at 13:49 minutes in the audio podcast.

Niagara Icewine Festival audiopodcast Jan 2019 Facebook
Niagara Icewine Festival audiopodcast Jan 2019 Facebook
Cave Spring Cellars located in Jordan Village, Niagara.

Cave Spring Cellars goes back multiple generations starting with Len’s grand-dad Giuseppe Pennachetti. He came to Canada from Fermo, Italy. At that time he followed his love of wine and in time planted the native Labrusca grape. He however knew much more was possible!

Cave Spring is a hidden historical treasure that lies within the heart of #JordanVillage. Long before Cave Spring put down roots in the village, Jordan Wines occupied the historic building. Established in the early 1920s, they produced wines made from native grape varieties. Not quite the world renowned wines Ontario has now gained a reputation for.⁣
Cave Spring is a hidden historical treasure that lies within the heart of #JordanVillage. Long before Cave Spring put down roots in the village, Jordan Wines occupied the historic building. Established in the early 1920s, they produced wines made from native grape varieties. Not quite the world renowned wines Ontario has now gained a reputation for.⁣

Cave Spring Cellars is known for being among the first to plant the vitas vinifera grapes Riesling and Chardonnay. The vineyards are situated on one of the finest slopes of the Beamsville Bench. Len and his father founded Cave Spring Cellars in 1974 and planted these noble grapes in 1978.

Cave Spring Cellars 2016 Chardonnay Estate paired with @delaterrebakery Butternut Squash Galette.
Cave Spring Cellars 2016 Chardonnay Estate paired with @delaterrebakery Butternut Squash Galette.

Believing in the marriage of wine, food and hospitality, Len together with his wife Helen Young expanded the company to include On The Twenty Restaurant in 1993. In 1996 they and later added accommodations to the equation with building of Inn On The Twenty.

Inn On The Twenty located in the heart of Jordan Village.
Inn On The Twenty located in the heart of Jordan Village.
According to Len, "Riesling icewine is icewine off steroids!"
According to Len, “Riesling Icewine is Icewine on steroids!
Cave Spring Cellars recently chosen by the prestigious Wine and Spirits Magazine as one of the Top 100 Wineries of 2018. The only Canadian winery to have this honour.
Cave Spring Cellars recently chosen by the prestigious Wine and Spirits Magazine as one of the Top 100 Wineries of 2018 in the entire world. The only Canadian winery to have this honour.

On This Weeks The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast…The Niagara Icewine Festival 2019

J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016 with Brie Cheese

J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016, Susanne’s Wine Pick

J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016 Susanne's Wine Pick

J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW AT 4:55 MINUTES IN THE SHOW

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J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016

So this week I went with a red wine today too. My pick is from Paso Robles, situated on California’s Central Coast. Georgia and I visited this winery a couple of years ago. We headed down the coast after shooting our show in Napa Valley.

So J, for Jerry Lohr, has been around since 1974, a hugely successful brand, one of America’s most known wineries, they have two wine centers now, one in San Jose and of course the one we visited. J Lohr is actually one of the few family owned estate-focused wineries of this size.

To the vino, you know me pretty well, how often do I gravitate to Merlot? Not that often right? So this time I did and I was super happy about the J. Lohr Osos Merlot 2016 $22.95 I cracked open when I got home!

So this Merlot actually has a substantial dose of Malbec in it, no shrinking violet this wine, bright, seductive aroma of plum and blueberry, full juicy dark fruit flavour and a lengthy finish.

Episode 77: When Life Gives You Lemons! Make Limoncello!

Episode 77: When Life Gives You Lemons! Make Limoncello!

Two Hands Sexy Beast 2017

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Georgia’s Wine Pick

Two Hands Sexy Beast 2017 Georgia's Wine Pick

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Georgia’s Wine Pick

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW AT 3:20 MINUTES IN THE SHOW

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 Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

So my wine pick today comes from TWO HANDS WINES , founded in 1999 by two guys at a friends engagement party. That actually is when they decided it was time to make their own wine and market it to the world.

Fast forward, they are in the Barosaa Valley and have done extremely well. In November 2012, Two Hands was named in the Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 for the 10th year in a row. An achievement apparently that no other winery can boast.

Kind of liked the name of this wine, Sexy Beast. I figured when I tasted this Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, maybe the name came from the way in which the  oak and tannins in this wine are being tamed. Or wrestled down by the intense deep purplish colour, abundant red  fruit, cassis and notes of chocolate…and minty spice. Mouth filling, a beast of a wine, coming in at 16% alcohol, wow… yummy! Sexy Beast is part of the Picture Series of Two Hands Wines.

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cab Sauv 2017 LCBO

Episode 77: When Life Gives You Lemons! Make Limoncello!

Episode 77: When Life Gives You Lemons! Make Limoncello!

Dan Aykroyd, Crystal Head Vodka

On this week’s Audio Podcast…Lights, Camera, Action its TIFF time in Toronto!

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Lights, Camera, Action its TIFF2018 time in Toronto!

Its just a few more days ( September 6th-16th) before movie madness will strike our fair city! Yes, thousands of actors, film fanatics, directors, writers and red carpet celebrities will descend upon us for the 43rd annual Toronto International Film Festival… a.k.a. TIFF2018.

 

TIFF2018

On this audio podcast we welcome Peter Howell, THE Movie Critic for the Toronto Star for over 20 years! Peter to guide us on the most anticipated films for TIFF 2018, fill us in on his personal picks and offer some clues on how to get the most out of your TIFF experience.

On this audio podcast we welcome Peter Howell, THE Movie Critic for the Toronto Star for over 20 years! Peter to guide us on the most anticipated films for TIFF 2018, fill us in on his personal picks and offer some clues on how to get the most out of your TIFF experience.

Listen to Peter Howell’s interview at 3:10 minutes in the show.

Toronto Star

Up next Tricia Black starring in the smash hit She The People, Second City's, Toronto amazing new show. With an all female cast, this smash hit sketch show will have you laughing the whole night through. Its a definite must see.

Up next Tricia Black starring in the smash hit She The People, Second City’s, Toronto amazing new show. With an all female cast, this smash hit sketch show will have you laughing the whole night through. Its a definite must see.

Listen to Tricia Black’s in interview at 19:37 minutes in the show

She The People

The future is here and it’s female! Second City presents She The People – a sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City!

Tickets on Sale now! https://bddy.me/2LsQfuL

And finally, Dan Aykroyd, alumni of Second City, Canadian international super star, member of SNL's original cast,

And finally, Dan Aykroyd, alumni of Second City, Canadian international super star, member of SNL’s original cast.

Listen to Dan Aykroyd’s  interview at 28:21 minutes in the show

Dan Aykroyd Wines

Dan Aykroyd Wines

Getting into the spirit of the holidays! Dan Aykroyd, Crystal Head Vodka and Senhora do Convento Port

La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii

Aloha, sailing Blue Hawaii style with cocktail beverage La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii.

La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii

La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii

On this week’s radio show… Aloha, sailing Blue Hawaii style.

Just docked at the LCBO in time for summer time, the La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii.

Amazing time sailing Blue Hawaii style with our Captain and Piano Man David Johanns. Super beautiful night, started with a worrisome squall.. rain.. lightning….turned into a beautiful sail!

Great friends, beautiful food, wine, BBQ and entertainment!

You gotta try the Blue Hawaii wine cocktail beverage. Flavours of coconut and pineapple, lightly carbonated and well-balanced. Low in alcohol so easy to drink all night long. Only $10.50 per bottle. Limited time at LCBO so pick it up before its gone!

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La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii

La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii

La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii

Flavoured Wine

LCBO#: 549584   |   750 mL bottle

$10.50 per bottle

Low in alcohol but high in flavour. Striking bright blue colour. Forward and aromatic with pineapple and coconut aromas in the forefront. On the palate, it is lightly carbonated with well-balanced sweetness and flavours of fresh coconut and ripe pineapple. Light, refreshing with a delicate sweet finish.

David Johanns is Toronto Realtor with Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty, Brokerage. He has a penchant for contemporary homes, artful living and forward designs. Lust for sailing, creating music and singing for his supper. Listen to David Johanns at 3:00 minutes in the show

David Johanns is Toronto Realtor with Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty, Brokerage.
He has a penchant for contemporary homes, artful living and forward designs. Lust for sailing, creating music and singing for his supper.
Listen to David Johanns at 3:00 minutes in the show

Kenneth Gunn: Président & CEO Marchands des Amériques Inc. Importer and Distributor of La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii.

Kenneth Gunn: Président & CEO Marchands des Amériques Inc.
Importer and Distributor of La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii. Listen to Kenneth Gunn at 17:00 minutes in the show

La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii

La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii

About the Sailing Vessel ORENDA

Come aboard Sailing Vessel ORENDA and cruise through Toronto Islands and Inner Harbour.  We will anchor at the historic lighthouse where you can relax and enjoy a glass of fine Ontario wines and snack while viewing a beautiful summer sunset over the city. If you are feeling adventurous enjoy a quick paddle board while at anchorage. And if conditions are right sing along with the captain as he performs some of your favorite songs on the sailing piano!
Only a small fraction of people actually get a chance to view the city from on the water or even know the beauty that exists moments from the Toronto shoreline. You will move through the water on a 40 ft Piver Trimaran propelled by wind.
With over 800 sq ft of deck space there is plenty of room to relax and stretch out. Orenda is a unique boat in that it is a Trimaran meaning it has 3 hulls. Such a design make it very stable, allowing it to maintain a stable sailing platform quite unlike a traditional sailing vessel.
Orenda has all the comforts of home, a bathroom, fridge, kitchen and is completely self powered via solar. It is a truly off the grid entity.

La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii

La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii

Blue Hawaii The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast
Dr. Loosen, Loosen Up Riesling. PROST

On this week’s audio podcast. Erni Loosen, award winning winemaker of Weingut Dr. Loosen.

Susanne about to enjoy a delicious glass of Loosen Up Riesling on a Saturday afternoon by the lake.

Susanne about to enjoy a delicious glass of Loosen Up Riesling on a Saturday afternoon by the lake.

Today we are learning so much about the stunning wines and unique and glorious landscape of the various wines regions of Germany. We’ve taken you on a Rhine River Cruise and an adventure for your palate of Germany’s great grape, Riesling and more.

Erni Loosen, Award winning winemaker of Weingut Dr. Loosen

Erni Loosen, Award winning winemaker of Weingut Dr. Loosen

Coming up next on this week’s audio podcast, Erni Loosen, award winning winemaker of

Dr. Loosen. A family affair for over 200 years here to share his story, perspective and his wines.

A family wine business for almost 200 year Erni was almost taken in by the ruins and becoming an archeologist. It was about 30 years ago that he first took control over the estate. Well the world of wine, German wines and the beauties of the Mosel Valley are certainly grateful he picked vines instead of rock formations!

Erin Loosen was named Decanter Magazine’s Man of the Year” in 2005, and WINE Challenge’s“White Winemaker of the Year “ in 2005

Listen to Erni Loosen at 36:50 minutes in the audio podcast.

he stunning Mosel Valley, with the severe slopes where Weingut Dr. Loosen is located.

The stunning Mosel Valley, with the severe slopes where Weingut Dr. Loosen is located.

New to the LCBO

Loosen Up Riesling

Loosen Up Riesling

 Two thirds of the worlds vineyards of Riesling are planted in Germany.

Meet Erni Loosen in person at the up coming Riesling & Co, A Night In Berlin event, June 20th at the Arcadian Loft, Toronto.

For tickets

Riesling & Co 2018

Riesling & Co 2018

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Coming up on the next audio podcast…Wines from the Rhine! Absolutely divine!

Join us June 20th. Riesling & Co, A Night in Berlin.The Arcadian Loft Toronto.

Riesling & Co 2018

Join us June 20th. Riesling & Co, A Night in Berlin.The Arcadian Loft Toronto.

Riesling & Co 2018

Riesling & Co 2018

Wed Jun 20 2018

7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

$95.00

Wines of Germany presents Riesling & Co. 2018 ‘A Night in Berlin’

Experience the diverse styles of Germany’s world class wines, Berlin style!

HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT

100 German Wines to try…

  • Sparkling Wines Including German SEKT
  • Dozens Of Rieslings From Dry And Racy To Elegant And Fruity
  • Smooth And Silky Pinots: Noir, Gris & Blanc
  • Spicy And Floral Gewurtztraminer
  • Silvaner, Kerner & Muller-Thurgau

Delicious food pairings for German wines:

  • Asian Flavours – Sushi, Thai, Chinese & Korean
  • Modern Twists On Traditional German Favourites – Flammkuchen, Schnitzel & Wurst
  • An Array  Of Cheeses, Charcuterie & Breads

Live Music by DJ VAMOS

Graffiti swag wall by ASHOP Street Art

Don’t leave without your piece of the wall!

Please drink responsibly and travel safely. Take uber, a taxi or public transit. TTC: Queen Station

Purchase your VIP ticket

Wines of Germany

Wines of Germany

Rhine River Wine Cruise Nov 2018

Rhine River Wine Cruise Nov 2018

Join The Wine Ladies this Nov 2018 for a Rhine River Cruise For Wine Lovers.

Raphael Pommier of Domaine Ogier

In the pink with Raphael Pommier, Brand Ambassador and Associate Winemaker for Domaine Ogier.

On this week’s audio podcast… 

Celebrating International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018

Join the Rosé revolution!

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Coming up on the show today, we celebrate International Rosé Day! Yes, as of a couple of years ago Rosé was awarded  its very own day.  In fact now there are three 3 International Rosé Days!!! It seems wine lovers around the world are increasingly seeing the world through rosé-tinted glasses. They are embracing #RoséAllDay with consumption skyrocketing in popularity.  

Gone are the days of super sweet and sappy roses. Now when you think pink, think crisp, dry with a zippy acidity, well made, with a range of seductive aromas. Including the likes of red berries,  peach, citrus, violet, melon, hibiscus and more depending on where it’s made.

Shopping at the local market for ingredients. Planning summer style BBQ for International Rose Day!

Shopping at the local market for ingredients. Planning summer style BBQ for International Rose Day!

For our second perspective on rosés made in France we turn our attention to the Rhone Valley. Our focus is more specifically the appellation of Ventoux. The Ventoux vineyards actually developed and expanded during the Avignon papacy. This papacy was 1309 -1376. The kings of France drank these wines over the centuries.

Our producer Ogier founded in 1859 is situated in the southern Rhone in the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This literally translates to “new castle of the Pope”. Ventoux is enjoying a positive affect of climate change now due to the warmer climes. They are producing wines of deeper colour and body.

Ogier’s Ventoux rosé comes from the best vineyards.

The vineyards are part of the appellation in the South East of the Mont Ventoux mountains. In a recent interview with Associate Winemaker and Brand Ambassador Raphael Pommier we learned that the beautiful acidity his Ventoux wines enjoy along with the full body is due to the positioning of the vineyards. Raphael’s desired culinary partner to enjoy with his Ventoux are grilled veggies doused with olive oil, zucchini, tomatoes and lamb. All prepared with a healthy rub of fresh Provencal herbs was among his top picks, and ours!

Raphael Pommier of Domaine Ogier

Raphael Pommier of Domaine Ogier

Joining us will be Raphael Pommier, Brand Ambassador and Associate Winemaker for Domaine Ogier. Founded in 1859 located in Chateauneuf du Pape, Raphael will share the story of Ogier and fill us in on his Ventoux rose from the Appellation Ventoux Controlee.

Listen to Raphael Pommier at 20:35 minutes in the show.

Maison Ogier Ventoux

Maison Ogier Ventoux

Ventoux Appellation Ventoux Controllé 2017 Ogier    $13.95

Fresh and crisp, this rosé is full bodied, with aromas of fresh berries, hints of pink grapefruit and slight nuances of violet, dry on the palate with red berry flavours and smooth finish.

Made with a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault

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Coming up on the next The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast. International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay. June 22nd, 2018

A recent bicycle tour in the vineyards included a glass of Remy Pannier Rose! Preparing to celebrate International Rose Day coming up June 22nd, 2018.

Rosé from the Loire Valley, so refreshing and easy to drink, Remy Pannier Rosé d’Anjou 2016

Remy Pannier Rose

Remy Pannier Rose D’Anjou from the Loire Valley

On this week’s audio podcast… 

Celebrating International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018

Join the Rosé revolution!

Episode 70

Starting with from France mais oui!

The birthplace of rosé going back over 2600 years. Monsieur Julien Cothenet is Export Director for Remy Pannier. Remy Pannier has been producing wines since 1885. They are located in the Loire Valley and are the producers of one of the top two selling rosés in Canada.

Listen to Julien Cothenet at 4:07 minutes in the show.

Julien Cothenet of Remy Pannier

Julien Cothenet of Remy Pannier

The Loire Valley is the second largest region for the production of Rosé wines, just after the Cotes de Provence but unfortunately they are not as well known, explains Julien.!!!
He goes on to say, “however, our Rosé d’anjou Appellation is among the fruitiest Rosé you can find in France. With a lovely hint of softness which makes it so easy to drink. Keep it mind also its low level of alcohol, around 10.50 %. You can drink it all day long, it is so refreshing  during a hot summer day!!!! ( with a little bit of moderation anyway)

Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp

Julien’s loves to enjoy a glass of wine after a long day of work, to relax with just red berries or with spicy peanuts. His favourite pairing is Remy Pannier Rose D’Anjou with grilled shrimps, spicy pork sandwich, or  a vegetable quiche. Sounds pretty good to us!!!

Remy Pannier Rose 2016

Remy Pannier Rose

A recent bicycle tour in the vineyards included a glass of Remy Pannier Rose! Preparing to celebrate International Rose Day coming up June 22nd, 2018.

A recent bicycle tour in the vineyards included a glass of Remy Pannier Rose! Preparing to celebrate International Rose Day coming up June 22nd, 2018.

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