Dan Aykroyd, Crystal Head Vodka

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

TIFF 2018 The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast

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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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Audio Podcast 06222018 RhineTourAD

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!

Episode 70

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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Shana White winemaker Adamo Estate Winery leads us through a rose tasting. Stunning backdrop

Meet Shauna White winemaker of Adamo Estate Winery, the 1st winery of Ontario’s next emerging wine region.

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On this week’s audio podcast… 

Celebrating International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018

Join the Rosé revolution!

Episode 70

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.

We will be chatting with Vineyard Manager and Winemaker Shauna White, of Adamo Estate Winery, located in an emerging region. Adamo is are dedicated to organic and biodynamic farming. It produces a range of wines including of course the Adamo rosé. The winery is located in the Orangeville area of Ontario.

Listen to Shauna White at 36:12 minutes in the show.

We experienced this stunning winery first hand with a walk about of the facilities, taste the beautiful rose wines and to meet Shauna White, winemaker who we named "Super Girl". Look at those pipes!!! VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!

We experienced this stunning winery first hand with a walk about of the facilities, taste the beautiful rose wines and to meet Shauna White, winemaker who we named “Super Girl”. Look at those pipes!!! VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!

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Adamo Estate Winery wines available on line or at the winery. $29.00 per bottle for Legacy and $18.05 for Gamay Rose.

The history begins with Mario Adamo: visionary, risk-taker, pioneer.

Born in Calabria, Italy, and arriving in Canada when he was 18 years old, Mario followed the path to where his passion for food could shine. In 1972, Mario and his wife Nancy started a thriving catering business, and in 1985, they took the opportunity to move their business and life to a location that really felt like home. It was then that Hockley Valley Resort was born, and has now evolved into a 104 room, four-season resort and culinary destination.

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As the years passed, Mario continued to consider the land in their region, comparing it to his home in Calabria. He remembered the vine-covered hills fondly, deciding that the hills of Hockley Valley would also be a sustainable option for grape-growing. Alhough the region was not known for winemaking, this did not deter Mario. He followed his instinct and planted some test vines with his late friend, Frank. And he waited.

Mario Adamo's stunning original paintings populate the walls of the stunning Adamo Estate Winery.

Mario Adamo’s stunning original paintings populate the walls of the stately Adamo Estate Winery.

Adamo Estate Winery welcoming entrance room.

Adamo Estate Winery welcoming entrance room.

The vitality of those vines was confirmed when Jonas Newman of Hinterland Winery paid Mario an early spring visit, confirming that the vines were hearty enough for extended planting.

Adamo Estate Winery offers over 50wines in16 grape varietals.

The Adamo Estate Winery Tasting Bar- The winery offers over 30 wines.

Mario’s sheer will and determination, combined with the family’s standard for the highest quality, is the foundation for Adamo Estate Winery. Along with their drive to succeed, the Adamos sought sage advice (from winemakers like Jonas Hinterland) and capable staff, like their Vineyard and Winery Manager, Shauna White, whose experience is surpassed only by her passion for excellence.

THE GREAT ROOM A beautiful bright space, casual seating – open kitchen concept, also offers a panoramic view of the vineyard. Open the nano-wall to the outdoor patio and feel like you’re sitting with the vines.

THE GREAT ROOM
A beautiful bright space, casual seating – open kitchen concept, also offers a panoramic view of the vineyard. Open the nano-wall to the outdoor patio and feel like you’re sitting with the vines.

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Audio Podcast 06222018 RoseDay2018Banner

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

Adamo Estate Winery

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

Join the rosé Revolution 

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

The Wine Ladies suggest you think pink for summer. Think pink indeed, and we’re not talking Giorgio Armani or Dolce & Gabbana. Although we are referring to what’s in fashion, it’s not what you’re wearing, but what’s in your wine glass. Rosés are enjoying a much  deserved revival, with recent years showing the world going wild for these ever popular pink wines.  Hence International Rosé Day now falls  on three separate occasions, in 2018  June 9th, 22nd, and August 14th.  No other wine or varietal can boast such a following!  And in case you haven’t heard ladies we are not exactly cornering this market as real men drink pink too, and a lot of it! Check out the hash tag  brosé sparked by men standing tall and shattering gender stereotypes by declaring that they are not afraid to drink pink.  Also increasingly occupying prime real estate both on wine lists and on store shelves, retailers and restaurateurs are responding to the popular demand of these blushing “bevies”.

Why is everything coming up rosés now you may ask?

The sweeter, cloying days of former rosés are gone, stylistically now being replaced with a plethora of wonderfully, crisp, fresh and dry wines being produced in many parts of the wine-growing world.  Plus improved wine making equipment and winemaking techniques have played a significant role, with the new rosés showing vibrant aromas, flavors and good structure. Pick your variety, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Zinfandel or Cabernet just to name a few, or select your rosé according to colour, from a pale salmon hue to deep neon pink. The possibilities are endless.

Rosés are the perfect wine for summer, easily approachable and lighter bodied, served chilled they make a delectable accompaniment to a variety of warm weather fare. They’re like chameleons, able to adapt to partnering well with almost any kind of dish, from light snacks to more serious fare rosés can do it all. Fire up the barbeque and grill away, whether it be a choice cut steak, seafood or grilled veggies, grab a pink drink.

Of course many a celebrity have jumped on the rosé bandwagon too, most recently son of rock star Bon Jovi with his Diving into Hampton Water, Barrymore of Drew Barrymore and of course Brad Pitt and Angelina’s Miraval, although now divested. All this plus the aggressive marketing of these wines abroad, primarily by France, it’s no wonder rosé rules.

We’d like to share with you a sampling of a few rosé we’ve recently enjoyed two of which are made in France, the birthplace of rosé some 2600 years ago and a third coming from a local winery situated in one of Ontario’s newest emerging wine regions.

Rosé Day Remy Pannier Sip and Cycle Group shot
Grape Escape Wine Tours with Remy Pannier Rose and Rosé Day

Our first rose, produced by Remy Pannier hails from the Loire Valley, France.  

We recently had the opportunity to speak with the Export Director Julien Cothenet, of this historical house founded back in 1855. Remy Pannier we learn was founded by Francois Remy and has been identified with premium quality Loire Valley wines for over 150 years.

As the most recognized name in the Loire Valley, Remy Pannier over the years has established close and lasting relationships with over 800 growers, providing direction and knowledge on the latest viticultural practices ensuring the finest quality grapes for their wines. When asked how Julien would specifically characterise the rosés of the Loire Valley and specifically the Remy Pannier Rosé d’anjou this is what he had to say “The Loire Valley is the second largest region for the production of rosé wines, just after the Cotes de Provence, however our Loire Valley 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” To his pairings of delight, grilled shrimps, spicy pork sandwich or vegetable quiche. Delish!

Remy Pannier Rosé d'anjou 2016
Remy Pannier Rosé d’anjou 2016 Loire, France

Enjoy a glass of Rose d’anjou, definitely a crowd pleaser as one of the best-selling rosés in  Ontario. This rosé is light bodied, crisp and fresh, light coral in colour, with an enticing aroma of strawberry, red cherries and citrus. It is off dry, elegant and will match well with a variety of salads, appetizers and grilled seafood! Made with Cabernet Franc.

Rosé Day Ventoux Market
Flower shopping National Rose Day

Ventoux Appellation Ventoux Controllé 2017 Ogier    $13.95

For our second perspective on rosés made in France we turn our attention to the Rhone Valley and more specifically the appellation of Ventoux. Ventoux vineyards actually developed and expanded during the Avignon papacy which was 1309 -1376 and over the centuries were drunk at the table of the kings of France. Our producer Ogier founded in 1859 is situated in the southern Rhone in the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which literally translates to “new castle of the Pope”.  Ventoux is enjoying a positive affect of climate change and now due to the warmer climes are producing wines of deeper colour and body.  Ogier’s Ventoux rosé comes from the best vineyards 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. When asked what might be Raphael’s desired culinary partner to enjoy with his Ventoux, grilled veggies doused with olive oil, zucchini, tomatoes and lamb with a healthy rub of fresh Provencal herbs was among his top picks, and ours!

Ventoux Appellation Ventoux Controllé 2017 Ogier    $13.95
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

Onto our final leg celebrating Raphael Pommier, or should we say “Rosé days… ahh, the power of pink, our local representative is Adamo Estate Winery.

If one is familiar with the remarkable Hockley Valley Resort, just forty-five minutes north of Toronto located in the stunning rolling hills of Hockley Valley, you may know of the Adamo Estate Winery, founded and owned by the same remarkable person Mario Adamo and family.

Adamo Estate Winery
Mario Adamo

Founded just seven years ago, Adamo Estate Winery was a dream come true for founders Mario Adamo, originally from Calabria Italy and his wife Nancy.

What started on a lot with a few vines planted and a dilapidated barn, we fast-forward to a stunning destination, a state of the art winery, glorious grounds and vineyards, a restaurant and more. A beautiful bonus, as an art lover was the multitude of incredible paintings permeating the space, all created by Mario himself, the founder who happens to be a breath taking painter!

Adamo Estate Winery
Winemaker Shauna White

We had the opportunity to chat with winemaker Shauna White.

Beautiful and so talented who has worked her magic in many wine growing regions around the world. Shauna was drawn to Adamo, being small, affording her the opportunity to work the full gamut, from the vineyards to the winemaking with a passion to commit to sustainability. With many Adamo wines gaining world wide recognition, and winning  a good number of the most prestigious awards, Shauna is in a good place, and so evidently are the vineyards. 

In a moment of serenity we take in the beautiful scenery, the vineyards and the backdrop of the Hawkley Valley Hills, Shauna and ourselves. We chat and sample Adamo’s Gamay Rose 2017 Kirby Vineyard.  Shauna tells us the wine was made in the saignee method, the crushed grapes skin soak for 6 hours, the juice then cool settles in tank and fermentation begins.

Adamo Estate Winery
Adamo Gamay Rose 2017 Kirby Vineyard $18.05

 The wine is  light salmon in color, because of brief skin soak, it is dry, crisp  and clean with “lots of grapefruit this year” Shauna tells us and “is drinking more like a white wine”. Hints of aged oak can be detected,  aromatic and with a refreshing finish. 

Adamo Estate Winery

Happy Rosé Day

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

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Delightful night of French Rosé in Toronto with The Consul General of France.

From left to right; Liz Palmer, award-winning author and wine journalist, Marc Trouyet,The Consul General of France in Toronto, Georgia and Susanne, The Wine Ladies and guest, Boris Zayachkowski.

From left to right; Liz Palmer, award-winning author and wine journalist, Marc Trouyet,The Consul General of France in Toronto, Georgia and Susanne, The Wine Ladies and guest, Boris Zayachkowski.

International Rosé Day June 22nd, 2018

Its definitely rosé season when one receives a delightful invitation to The Consul General of France’s home in Toronto for a Rosé Tasting Reception. We gladly accepted Mr. Marc Trouyet’s invitation as rosé is enjoying a worldwide revolution and International Rosé Day is just around the corner, June 22nd. It was a lovely opportunity to taste some renowned French wines that are typically not available here in our market. The good news is that these wines are coming here soon! 

Consul General

Consul General Marc Trouyet and Liz Palmer welcome guests as the rose tasting is about to begin.

Consul General Marc Trouyet and Liz Palmer welcome guests as the rose tasting is about to begin.

 Award-winning author and Wine Journalist, Liz Palmer was present to present the rose story and to guide us through a tasting of five different rosé wines. The wines were accompanied by an assortment of delicious freshly-made handcrafted hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Francoise Briet.

This blend of Grenache and Cinsault is beloved for its zippy personality, ripe red berry, raspberry and Provençal tones. It pairs beautifully with smoked salmon.

This blend of Grenache and Cinsault is beloved for its zippy personality, ripe red berry, raspberry and Provençal tones. It pairs beautifully with smoked salmon. 

Always great running into fellow wine and foodie friends! Adam and Sara Waxman founders and publishers of DINE Magazine and Destinations.

Always great running into fellow wine and foodie friends! Adam and Sara Waxman founders and publishers of DINE  and Destinations Magazine.

Chateau Jouclary, Languedoc

Chateau Jouclary, Languedoc.Delicate, airy aromas of white and violet flowers, mixed with notes of currant and exotic fruits.

Villa Riviera, Cotes de Provence

Villa Riviera, Cotes de Provence, Floral and fine bouquet that evolves into fruity aromas of raspberry. Fullness and harmony on the palate. 

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Domaine Pieracci,Gourmet rosé with light and orange color. Fine and long wine in the mouth, with citrus flavors.

Domaine Pieracci,Gourmet rosé with light and orange color. Fine and long wine in the mouth, with citrus flavors.

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

On this week’s audio podcast…

Celebrating International #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018

Join the Rosé revolution!

Episode 70

Rennie Estate Winery

 Yet another entrepreneur who has turned his passion for wine into his own brand, Rennie Estate Winery

 Rennie Estate Winery smitten with the vine

 Yet another entrepreneur who has turned his passion for wine into his own brand, Rennie Estate Winery. Wine aficionados from all walks of life are giving into their passion for wine putting big bucks on the line. Buying up vineyards, starting wineries and even becoming the winemakers themselves!

Last issue we explored just how much the wonderful world of wine is capturing the hearts of such a diverse and eclectic group from entrepreneurs to sports icons, musicians, doctors, business tycoons and actors, including our very own Dan Aykroyd, Jim Cuddy,Wayne Gretzky just to name a few.

We introduced you to Dr. Gary Glassman, aka Dr. G, an Endodontic Specialist.

A celebrity endodontist actually, from Toronto who realized his dream and became a part owner of a winery in Mendoza, Argentina. Here we take up where we left off. And continue the story with the introduction of Graham Rennie and his widely applauded wines from the Niagara Escarpment.We bade our farewell to Dr. G and headed off to what would be our final stop on this delectable afternoon of wine discovery.

Heading over to the fabulous Trattoria Timone Ristorante located in our hometown of Oakville.

With just a forty-five minute window we are up for a whirlwind wine tasting with yet another entrepreneur who has turned his passion for wine into his own brand, Rennie Estate Winery. Graham Rennie is the Chairman and CEO of Integra Capital, a Canadian asset management firm that he founded in 1987.

We first met Graham and his wife Christine at a dinner party close to twenty years ago. At that time they were actively exploring purchasing their own vineyard. Their passion for wine as they spoke that evening left no doubt in anyone’s mind that there would someday be a Rennie wine label. And so it came to be in 2010 when the Rennies relocated to Beamsville to pursue their dream and purchased a 50-acre property on the prestigious Beamsville Bench sub appellation located in the Niagara Escarpment.

Still in full force money management CEO Graham has managed to also pursue his passion for wine and eek out ample time to play an integral role in this exciting endeavour.

Rennie Estate Winery

We noshed on Timone’s scrumptious Margherita pizza, grilled shrimp and antipasto platter.

From participating in the selection of the vineyard plantings, to monitoring the progress of the grapes as they mature on the vine to the definitive style of Rennie’s wines, this is no absentee landlord.” We always wanted to grow the best fruit we could,”said Graham. In 1999 Rennie, his wife Christine and family planted five varietals with clones all sourced from the highly reputed and recognized Mercier nursery in France. A mix of Pinot Noir 28%, Chardonnay 17%, 20% Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the plantings of which the majority is sold to other wineries for their premium wines. A small portion of the harvest is reserved for the Rennie Estate Winery brand. It is artfully and meticulously crafted by Malivoire winery winemaker Shiraz Mottiar.

“I like big, red wines, and enjoying them with our friends,”enthuses Graham.

“Our cool climate viticultural region makes it tough to make full bodied red wines from Bordeaux varietals here every year.” “We produce appassimento style Bordeaux blends and whole cluster fermentation Burgundy varietal wines which have come to define Rennie Estate Winery,” reveals Graham. The world renown Italian wine Amarone is produced in the appassimento style. Which essentially is an Italian term for drying harvested grapes, traditionally on straw mats forup to 100 days. This concentrates the sugars and the flavours resulting in rich, opulent, concentrated red wines. Graham went on to develop a grape drying chamber to replicate the traditional technique used for Amazon, in conjunction with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

Before us are four wines, one of which is the Rennie Estate Winery 2014 Assemblage.

We learn is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. These grapes are dried in the custom made drying room for between 86-105 days. The berries are then fermented in small batches for over two weeks. Off to French oak barrels for 21 months of aging. In our glasses now, a rich, opulent full-bodied red wine with intense dark fruit and black cherry flavours.  Accompanied by seductive suggestive notes of vanilla. 2014 Assemblage gets an A+! We also sample Rennies Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both very impressive! If you would like more information or to enjoy any of Graham and Christine’s wines visit www.rennieestatewinery.com for prices and availability.

That is about all for us as our day draws to a close. It has been an incredible day of wine discovery, fine wines, food and fairytale! Seeing both Dr.Glassman and Graham Rennie and witnessing their realization of their dreams made this a special day for us too!

We wonder who will be next to be so smitten with the vine and have their own wine? Perhaps it’s our turn, TWL Wines, has a bit of a ring to it, don’t you think?

If you would like more information or to enjoy any of Graham and Christine’s wines visit www.rennieestatewinery.com for prices and availability.

Christine Chardonnay 2015

Christine Chardonnay 2015

Christine Chardonnay 2015

If you are a great fan of great Chardonnay like we are, here’s a wine for you! So inviting! On the nose, seductive with scents of spicy orange rind, tropical fruits and baked apple. On the palate it is rich with flavours echoing the notes of the bouquet. Creamy, with the baked apple, hints of barrel oak spices and good acidity all in wonderful balance. Look forward to a lingering finish! $40.00

Rennie Estate Winery

Rennie Estate Winery

Rennie Estate Paradox 2015 Pinot Noir

The winemaker’s notes on this says it all when it comes to the bouquet. “The nose is treated to raisin bread.” “Violet, and spicy, faintly smoky traces of blueberry, clove, cinnamon stick and pepper.” On the palate plenty of red fruit inclusive of cherry, strawberry and cranberry. Notes of spice and mocha and a lingering very satisfying finish! Production very limited to 76 cases. $40.00

Passion turns to Purpose, Celebrity Endodontist turned winemaker!