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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.
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 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.
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.
Today we take a temporary departure from the vine and focus instead on not a grape, but a different fruit, one of our favorites for so many reasons, and that is the all mighty lemon!
What do they say, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade?
Not today, We say limoncello! The iconic Italian liqueur which dates back to the Middle Ages. And not only Limoncello but we say Gin! Why gin you ask? Not only is Italy the birthplace of Gin, but this particular gin we’ll be talking about today is infused also with lemon, our featured fruit, not just any lemon, but with the famous Femminello St. Teresa lemon. This lemon is also known as Sorrento from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, where this specific lemon reigns supreme!
Our first guest will be Elwyn Gladstone. Elwyn is the Founder and Proprietor of his New Jersey-based spirits company Biggar and Leith. He launched the Malfy Gin brand now the #1 selling premium flavoured gin in Ontario.
Malfy is family owned by the Vergnanos who have made distilling spirits a family tradition for over 100 years… Elwyn will fill us in on his company, the award winning Malfy Gin and a little about the almighty ingredient the Amalfi coast lemon!
Next we welcome Nicola Dal Toso the producers of the Rossi D’Asiago Limoncello. Once again the #1 selling Limoncello in Canada. The Dal Toso family has been using the same recipe generation after generation. Producing the all natural Limoncello at their family owned distillery using our star fruit of discussion today the limone from south western Italy!
When life gives you lemons…drink Limoncello from Rossi D’Asiago
Coming up on today’s show, we are talking about glorious food and drink from “across the pond” as they say. We’ll be covering from Ireland a feisty celebrity chef and an award winning whiskey. And from the UK a taste of England in a spirit you will covet. We promise!
We’ll start off with an Irish segment and an internationally known Celebrity Chef, visiting here in Toronto. She is Clodagh McKenna. You may have seen her on Rachel Ray ,on The Today Show or maybe even Marilyn Dennis. She is a TV Host, Cookbook author and restauranteur. How does she do it all?
She is absolutely divine and you are going to love her!!
So with the holiday season fast approaching Clodagh was recently here in Toronto to host an intimate and interactive holiday entertaining event.
The Wine Ladies were guests at the event and witnessed her Irish charm and fabulous cooking talents first hand! Clodagh shared not only her entertaining tips but also a few Guinness based holiday season recipes.CLICK HERE for recipes.
And then to our second segment we turn our focus to England and to the recently crowned “World’s Best Vodka” Chase Vodka, awarded in San Francisco. Chase Vodka is the first and sole British potato vodka on the market. Unique to Chase, it is truly a field to bottle spirit, with the full pedigree potatoes, grown, mashed, fermented and distilled on the Chase family farm deep in middle England.
We welcome head ambassador James Chase to the show. We learn a little about the company, what makes Chase so special, so smooth and so delicious! Perfect for the holidays too with beautiful packaging.
And to close off the show we are back to the Irish. Here’s one of the favorites of the boys in Susanne’s household, and that is Walsh’s Writers’ Tears Irish whiskey!
Our final guest today is the founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, Bernard Walsh. Joining us to share the story of Irish whiskey, from its earliest days, to now, how its made, how best to enjoy and what makes Writers’ Tears so unique and special. Bernard Walsh.
Don’t forget, The Wine Ladies Holiday Party For The United Way, Halton & Hamilton will be here soon!
Why wait? it’s less than 2 weeks away!
Date: November 8th,2018
Time: 7:00 pm -10:00 pm: 7:00 pm-7:30 pm red carpet/photo opportunities
7:30 pm-10:00 pm: Event program (red carpet, wine sampling, cocktail style appetizers, live auction, raffle, speakers, entertainment, fashion show, cash bar and taping of The Wine Ladies TV show.
Place: Noble Hall, 2273 Royal Windsor Drive, Oakville, Ontario L6J 7X8
Cost: $60.00 per ticket (includes wine sampling, cocktail style appetizers, fashion show, entertainment/speakers plus 1 ticket for a door prize of a sleigh filled with wine valued at approx $1500.00). Over $10,000 in prizes to be won!
Dress: Dressy /Tres chic
Coming up on today’s show, the holidays will be sneaking up on us before you know it, and our thoughts will start to turn to the many up coming festivities, lots of family and friends, great food, wine, perhaps a little gift giving and of course parties!!!
It is an exciting time of the year where we get to let loose a little and have some serious fun! There are however many folks, individuals and families that aren’t quite so fortunate. So we are throwing a BIG, massive, fun filled holiday party in support of the United Way Halton and Hamilton.
And you are all invited!
Red carpet, amazing food, wine, a His n Her fashion show. What’s hot, what’s not! And not only in what to wear but how to dress your holiday table too! We’ll have a sleigh filled to the brim with wine, valued at $1500.00 as our door prize and tons of other raffle prizes too!
Reserve the date November 8th! Happening at Noble Hall, formerly Otello’s in Oakville. Let’s raise some serious cash and help as many as we can!
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.
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
Wines from the Rhine… absolutely divine!
On today’s show we take you on a journey, along the Rhine River. A journey that will have you board in Basel, Switzerland, make your way down the Rhine river, exploring a variety of wineries, historical towns, works of art and the wine and food culture of the multitude of stops we make along the way. Basel, Cologne, Freiburg, rheingau, finding off in Amserdam, which happens to be the birthplace of our own father.
We are inviting you to join us this Fall, departing Nov 19th on The Wine Ladies Rhine River Luxury Wine Cruise. Our partners on this amazing adventure the award winning travel company Concierge Travel Group and Ama Waterways river cruise ships. In fact our ship the AmaKristina was just announced in the 3rd edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, as the #1 River Cruise ship!! We will be doing this trip in style.
Our first guest, Lorraine Simpson, owner and operator of the award winning Concierge Travel Group will be joining us on the show today. Lorraine will share with us a few of the details of the tour and paint a picture of all this extraordinary tour has to offer. Quite spectacular! Lorraine was recently selected as the winner of the prestigious 2017 Magellan Award.
Lorraine is calling in from yet another exotic location from around the world. Currently experiencing a Champagne dinner cruise in Bangkok, checking out her next tour! She is handling and pulling together the most amazing Luxury Rhine River Wine Cruise for The Wine Ladies. We are so excited!
Our guest was recently selected as the winner of the prestigious 2017 Magellan Award.
We would also like to invite you to a complimentary information evening we will be holding June 21st, 2018 at the Glenerin Inn & Spa in Mississauga. Lorraine and a representative of Ama Waterways will showcase this amazing trip.
Our next guest is a great ambassador of the Wines of Germany, Jurgen Hammer. Jürgen Hammer is the head of the Berlin branch of the German Wine and Sommelier School and market leader in wine education in Germany. He will share the history, the incredible landscape and unique characteristics of the wines of German wine labels. What do they mean? Plus….Contrary to what many believe Rieslings are not always sweet. A noble varietal that can ran the gamut from yes, bone dry to Berrenauslese, very sweet, but with incredible acidity.
Jürgen will be visiting Toronto at the up and coming Wines of Germany event, Riesling & Co. A night in Berlin taking place June 20th. He will be leading trade seminar about the wines of Germany in the afternoon. But you have an opportunity to meet him and taste an amazing array of fabulous German wines that evening for a consumer wine tasting Berlin style, being held at the Arcadian Loft in downtown Toronto. Your evening includes 100 German Wines to try…Delicious food pairings for German wines:, entertainment, swag bags and More.
For tickets visit wines of germanwinecanada.com
And finally, we’ll chat with a German winemaker and owner of Weingut Dr. Loosen. In 2005, Ernst Loosen was selected as Decanter‘s “Man of the Year. We will be tasting his Loosen Up Riesling newly available at your local LCBO. So much ahead, all coming up today on The Wine Ladies podcast!
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.
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
New to the LCBO
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.
Celebrating International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018
Join the Rosé revolution!
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.
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!
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.
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