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.

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

#Calamusestatewinerywedding #Calamusestatewinerypatio #Twentyvalleywinery #Niagarawinery #wine #contest #thewineladies

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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.

Malbec World Day 2019

On this week’s Audio Podcast With The Wine Ladies…Episode 67: Malbec World Day.

Malbec World Day, Heart of Argentina, April 17, 2018

Malbec World Day 2018, Heart of Argentina, April 17, 2018

Grape Stomping Mad

Grape Stomping Mad About Malbec event


Grape Stomping Mad About Malbec

Looking back at this time of the year, great memories start to flood back to one of our best and most fun events The Wine Ladies created for our guests. We do have an adventurous and fun loving group of friends and followers. Grape Stomping Mad About Malbec event. (2013)
Beautifully pedicured feet were deep purple when we left that night! Fabulous Malbecs, great food and literally so many of the guests, great sports!  They took off their shoes and jumped in and stomped the grapes! What a night, we have to do it again!

HIGHLIGHTS: Grape Stomping Mad About Malbec -The Wine Ladies TV

On this week’s Audio Podcast With The Wine Ladies…

MALBEC WORLD DAY 2018.

FOLLOW US HERE, You won’t want to miss this Episode.

Episode 67: Malbec World Day 2018

Look out wine world!!!! The 8th Annual Malbec World Day is celebrated with tons of tastings, events and parties going on around the globe. A salute to this luscious, spicily rich, very relish, red grape!

 This year once again we are doing our part to participate in the annual Malbec World Day on April 17th!

So honouring the Malbec grape once again, as well as the country that has become synonymous with Malbec, that could only be Argentina, we have two guests that will join us today, both producing amazing Malbec!

Our first guest on the show Julian Orti, Export Director, Pascual Toso.

We’ll begin with one of the oldest and most prestigious wine producers in Argentina, it is quickly becoming one of the leading quality wine brands in the country, the winery is Pascual Toso.

Julián Orti Pascual Toso Winemaker

March Madness Malbec #PascualToso #WINWINE #MalbecWorldDay

Preparing to celebrate Malbec World Day 2018 in style with Pascual Toso Malbec and Empanadas!

Preparing to celebrate Malbec World Day 2018 in style with Pascual Toso Malbec and Empanadas!

And to our second guest, so many are seduced by and drawn to this beautiful country.We’ll welcome back, he’s a favourite returning guest of ours Dr. Gary Glassman.

Dr. G is an endodontist, a wine lover and proud co-owner of a vineyard located in the heart of the Tiera de Malbec, Lujan du Cuyo in Mendoza, the winery is Flaneur. Gary to give us an update on his wines as well as offer us a few tips on wine and oral health. It is GOOD news folks!!!

Wines now available in Ontario through Da Capo Wines.

Dr.Gary Glassman.

Dr.Gary Glassman.

Los Flâneur Malbec

Two Malbecs, the same vintage the difference is the altitude the grapes were grown in.

Please checkout our full feature article on Dr. Gary Glassman, celebrity endodontist turned winemaker. (As seen in Power Boating Magazine)

Passion turns to Purpose, Celebrity Endodontist turned winemaker!

Dr. Gary Glassman - Los Flanneur, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Dr. Gary Glassman – Los Flanneur, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina.

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Rebel Coast Winery Cannabis Weed Wine

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

Listen to CEO and winemaker Chip Forsythe, Rebel Coast Winery.

There is nothing non disruptive about this company and CEO winemaker! The name says it all! Rebel Coast Winery. It’s all about Weed Wine. How is it made, taste’s and what’s the high?

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

Chip Forsythe, Rebel Coast Winery
Chip Forsythe, Rebel Coast Winery
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, they came up with a simple solution. They make their 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.

Smells and tastes like wine. Alcohol replaced with THC. No HANGOVER. Fast acting Sativa. Only 49 calories per glass. Turns out removing the alcohol also removes the calories! Yeah!

Click here to purchase Rebel Coast 2016 Cannabis Infused Sauvignon Blanc.

On This Week’s Audio Podcast

Cannabis, The Next Distrupter! Growing And Going Green Has Arrived. Exploring Cannabis Wine, Cocktails, Edibles and More! 
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 today’s podcast we get the goods on the beverage buzz.

Non alcoholic 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 todaya med-tech company which has developed a unique and enhanced platformon which consumers can enjoy cannabis.

Click here to listen to this episode. (81)

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

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

Follow us here so you don’t miss it!

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

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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