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.

The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast…Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 With Three Remarkable Women! Follow Us At https://www.mixcloud.com/WineLadies/

International Women's Day 2019 Audio Podcast with The Wine Ladies

The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast…Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 With Three Remarkable Women! Follow Us At https://www.mixcloud.com/WineLadies/

Welcome to The Wine Ladies Taking Life One Sip at a Time, here on our audio podcast interviewing folks from all over the world about wine food and lifestyle!


We have a fantastic show for you today dedicated to all the women around the world. We honour you today ladies in celebration of International Women’s Day happening on March 8th. 
 
This is the 108th Anniversary of this very special day that celebrates the achievements, raises awareness and rallies for change for us ladies in all parts of the world and areas of life!
 
Thousands of events will take place across the globe, from concerts to conferences, to runs and festivals. It is truly a special day for us all to come together. 

On our show today we are thrilled and so proud to have the opportunity to chat with 3 remarkable women. To hear their stories, learn about their triumphs and challenges.

Our three guests on the show... Catriona Le May Doan, Kristina Shea and Marilisa Allegrini
Our three guests on the show… Catriona Le May Doan, Kristina Shea and Marilisa Allegrini
Olympic Gold Medalist in 2002 Winter Olympic Games. During her career, Catriona Le May Doan broke 13 world records. She is the keynote speaker, March 5th for Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation.

Our first guest…a true champion! You all know her. She has broken records, in fact over her career she broke 13 world records and won two gold medals at the Olympics. She is the fastest woman on ice. She is Catriona Le May Doan

Listen to Catriona Le May Doan at 4:26 minutes in the show.

Join us March 5th and perhaps share a glass of wine with our champion!

BID ON FABULOUS WINES IN SUPPORT OF THE OAKVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.

A VERY BIG THANK-YOU TO OUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTORS TO THE WINE WALL.

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR, RAPID-DOSE THERAPEUTICS 
KRISTINA SHEA

Kristina Shea
Kristina Shea

Our second guest, she too is brilliant, gorgeous, smart, an innovator in business and a supreme advocate for women, Kristina Shea.

She is the Head of Marketing & Communications for Rapid-Dose Therapeutics, a Canadian med-tech company. 

She will share with us three products that address very important needs of women today.
Such as ample sleep. There is some incredible research on this topic.
The importance of B12, with latest research on this too you will want to hear.
Plus, energy, or how to energize oneself. AS well as the importance of a good night’s sleep. How does insomnia impact our overall health?

All this deliverable in a unique and most effective way, called QuickStrip.

Listen to Kristina Shea at 16:29 minutes in the show.

MARILISA ALLEGRINI, VOICE OF AMARONE AND  CEO ALLEGRINI 

And to close off the show, another extraordinary woman. We turn to the world of wine.

Marilisa Allegrini. She is the CEO and owner of the historic wine producer Allegrini located in Valpolicella, Italy. She is the first Italian woman ever to grace the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine. Her winery was voted Italy’s Winery of the Year in 2016. She is known as the Voice of Amarone, been referred to as a Wine Star and truly is exactly that. All this in what has been traditionally  a male dominated industry. 
 We are thrilled to welcome Marilisa Allegrini to our show. 

Listen to Marilisa Allegrini at 29:40 minutes in the show.

Palazzo della Torre 2014
Palazzo della Torre 2014
Allegrini La Poja 2011
Allegrini La Poja 2011

Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day…Celebrating 108 years in 2019!

Introducing QuickStrip, the game changing delivery system.

QuickStrip by Rapid-Dose Therapeutics

Introducing QuickStrip, the game changing delivery system.

Kristina Shea
Kristina Shea

Our second guest, she too is brilliant, gorgeous, smart, an innovator in business and a supreme  advocate for women, Kristina Shea. Kristina is the head of Marketing & Communications for Rapid-Dose Therapeutics, a Canadian med-tech company.

A fascinating lady, so informed and passionate about women being the best they can be. She will share with us three products that address very important needs of women today. Such as ample sleep. There is some incredible research on this topic. The importance of B12, with latest research on this too you will want to hear, plus, energy, or energize oneself.  All this deliverable in a unique and most effective way, called QuickStrip, developed by Rapid-Dose Therapeutics.

Listen to Kristina Shea at 16:29 minutes in the audio podcast

International Women's Day
International Women’s Day

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What is so disruptive and unique about RDT? What exactly are the QuickStrip, and what are the key characteristics that make it so unique/effective? Delivers the active ingredient directly. Precise dose, full benefit of the dose, 90% absorbed? Quick, convenient, precise, discreet.

How does it work? What is it about the technology that makes it superior to other ways of taking supplements, or Pharma products? How do we use it? Under the tongue? Inside the cheek? Do we place the quick strip the same way in our mouths regardless of which it is?

The Wine Ladies visit Rapid Dose Technologies and get a lesson on the Quick Strip products.
The Wine Ladies visit with Marketing and Communications Director for Rapid-Dose Therapeutics, Kristina Shea to get a lesson on the QuickStrip products.


Lets talk about the three QuickStrip products and the importance or ways these three can contribute to a woman’s improved health and well being?

Starting with the Melatonin. How important is getting a good nights sleep? As women we seem to suffer with insomnia far worse than men?


Peaceful and instant rest with QuickStrip. 💤🌙 Melatonin embedded on a strip that melts in your mouth and quickly delivered to your blood stream.

Lets address the importance of B12 to women, we remember in our chat a few weeks ago, a few of your points really hit home… related to osteoporosis was one.., Can you expand on that?And heart health as well? Any evidence you can share with us on these?
Finally your Energy QuickStrip. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to need that extra edge!

Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day…Celebrating 108 years in 2019!

Tune In Today! The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast…Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 With Three Remarkable Women! Follow Us At https://www.mixcloud.com/WineLadies/



Marilisa Allegrini at La Poya vineyard, Allegrini, Valpolicella, Italy

Meet Marilisa Allegrini, wine women extraordinare…The Voice of Amarone.

 For this International Women’s Day, 108th Anniversary celebration 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. It is 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 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 the dynamic CEO of what today is regarded as one of the leading producers not only in this region but also in Italy as a whole.

We asked Marilisa to share with us the story behind Allegrini.

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. 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. “It was’, as she goes on to explain with great admiration, ”

how the intelligence and hard work of her father Giovanni an instinctive man with respect to the land and innovative winemaking practices was integral in earning the reputation Allegrini enjoys today”.

Allegrini Logo

We’d like to feature one very special lady today on these pages. She is Marilisa Allegrini, the CEO of the family owned and operated Azienda Agricola Allegrini. Established in 1854 although Marilisa maintains it was many centuries before that her family was involved in making wine. It is considered a premier, and one of the most revered, award wining wineries in the historical and storied wine region of Valpolicella, Italy, also home of the iconic wine Amarone. 

Listen to Marilisa Allegrini at 29:40 minutes in the show

The Wine Ladies private wine tasting with Marilisa Allegrini.
 We had the opportunity to meet Marilisa on a recent visit to Toronto. She is a very special lady indeed, a woman of  passion, and dedication, of brilliance and of grace. Here she shared with us a little history of Allegrini, the past, present and future. We also  talked about Marilisa’s role as CEO, the role of women in general in this industry, the challenges and the opportunities. 
Allegrini La Poja 2011
Allegrini La Poja 2011
Palazzo della Torre 2014
Palazzo della Torre 2014
International Women's Day
International Women’s Day

Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day…Celebrating 108 years in 2019!

Marilisa Allegrini, the first Italian woman wine producer to grace the cover of Wine Spectator

Zonta Oakville International Women's Day 2019

Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day…Celebrating 108 years in 2019!

Zonta Oakville International Women's Day 2019
Zonta Oakville

The Zonta Club of Oakville has partnered with the Oakville Hospital Foundation to celebrate International Women’s Day. This is happening on 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, and Zonta International’s 100th anniversary.

This event is a celebration of women and a fundraiser for the Oakville Hospital Foundation, Zonta International 
and Zonta Club of Oakville.

Share this information with your friends, family, children, book clubs, athletes, co-workers, an inspiring night! 
Bring everyone out to this celebration!

Many new surprises at this very special celebration of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY and ZONTA INTERNATIONAL Celebrating 100 years!


Our guest speaker will be the fastest woman on ice, Catriona Le May Doan.

Catriona won the Olympic Gold Medalist in 2002 Winter Olympic Games. She held the world record in the 500 metre skating for 10 years. During her career, Catriona broke 13 world records.

FOR TICKETS

The Wine Ladies to emcee the International Women’s Day Celebration.
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Love wine??

New this year! Our wine wall silent auction! Bid on rare wines, some of your favourites, wine accessories, wine tours and more!

If you would like to donate the the wine wall for the silent auction please email us at info@thewineladies.com

SOME OF OUR VERY GENEROUS SPONSORS OF THE WINE WALL! THANK-YOU!!!!

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QuickStrip by Rapid-Dose Therapeutics
QuickStrip by Rapid-Dose Therapeutics
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On This Week’s Audio Podcast…International Women’s Day 2019

International Women's Day 2019 Audio Podcast with The Wine Ladies
International Women’s Day 2019 Audio Podcast with The Wine Ladies

Tune In Today! The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast…Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 With Three Remarkable Women! Follow Us At https://www.mixcloud.com/WineLadies/

Meet Marilisa Allegrini, wine women extraordinare… Lady Amarone.

Introducing QuickStrip, the game changing delivery system.

The Wine Ladies and Swiss Master Chocolatier Ingrid Laderach

Meet Swiss Master Chocolatier Ingrid Laderach a true leading lady.

Owner and Operator of Swiss-Master Chocolatier, Ingrid Laederach Steven, founded her upscale chocolate shop in Toronto in 1985. Considered a very active owner who is very much hands-on, it has been the secret to her success for all these years. For her, it’s just as much about the people as it is about the product and community to her is everything. Selling some of the finest in Swiss chocolates, she’s worked many, many years to develop a strong relationship with her suppliers in Switzerland, where she can then present the best products possible to her loyal customers.

We’d  like to welcome to the show a very special lady. Our show today is all about Valentine’s Day, about love, passion and of course chocolate. Our next guest is definitely passionate about her business, as the founder of  Swiss Master Chocolatier Boutique, now celebrating its 34th year anniversary.

Having served her delectable stunning array of Swiss chocolates to many a celebrity as well as the likes of NASA astronauts and Bill Clinton. She is Ingrid Laderach- Steven. She is here to share with us a little about her store, her story and will fill us in on, Why is Swiss Chocolate considered the best in the world? Is it actually an aphrodisiac? How heart healthy is a daily dose?

Ingrid is originally from Switzerland, and the Swiss know their chocolate. Swiss Master Chocolatier imports high-quality Swiss truffles, pralines, and many other products directly from Switzerland almost every day. And unlike most chocolate, which is filled with preservatives to give it an unnaturally long shelf life, Swiss Masters’ chocolate is made with fresh ingredients. “Our products are made in Switzerland for the domestic market, which means our products use fresh cream and fresh butter,” says Ingrid.

“Each person who walks through our door gets a chocolate so that they feel better when they walk out,” says Ingrid. “If everybody had a piece of chocolate and thought of all the wonderful things in life, this world would be a better place.”

Ingrid has been applauded over the years with many honors including a feature on the cover of the New York based Women of Distinction Magazine. She is also this month being featured in the recently published America’s Leading Ladies Who Positively Impact our World… Stories of Courage, Challenge and Triumph.

 America's Leading Ladies Who Positively Impact our World... Stories of Courage, Challenge and Triumph.

The Wine Ladies visited Ingrid in her Swiss Master Chocolatier Boutique at 2538 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Canada for a day of chocolate and wine tasting. Our wine of choice that day the recently release the Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015 available at VINTAGES # 574186, 750 mL bottle, $19.95 per bottle. Our truffles as recommended by Ingrid a milk mousse truffle, vanilla cream and hazelnut.

Ingrid's sense of humour and joy for life shines through
Ingrid’s sense of humour and joy for life shines through.
“My products are always consistent when it comes to taste and quality,” Steven said, who imports high-quality Swiss truffles, pralines, and other products from the country. “But my clients are the real treat, because without them I wouldn’t still be in business today. That is why customer service is so important to me; making each of them feel comfortable when shopping in my store is a priority.”
Valentine’s Day is to express how you feel. They see written on a truffle, I love you, thank you. A little more personal they know what your thinking an extra personal touch. Happy Valentine’s Day!
On this week’s audio podcast. Chocolate and wine! The ideal couple. Start a love affair this Valentine’s Day!

The Wine Ladies visited Ingrid in her Swiss Master Chocolatier Boutique at 2538 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Canada for a day of chocolate and wine tasting.

Click here to listen to the audio podcast

On this week’s audio podcast. Chocolate and wine! The ideal couple. Start a love affair this Valentine’s Day!

We have a terrific  show lined up for you today. It may be a little chilly out there but guess what? We’re going to heat things up a little here today and warm our hearts talking about  passion, and romance and wine and chocolate! Why? Because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Today we pay homage to February 14th, the most romantic day of the year. 

We have all the bases covered with our esteemed guests, from a special bottle of wine, to delectable truffles, a unique and delicious chocolate “spirit” and to love and loving relationships.

Listen to EPISODE 79 here.

And that is where we’re going to start, with amour, with our first guest. 
She is an international speaker, television personality, an educator and entertainer and she has a PHD in Sexual Health Education. Plus she is a relationship expert, she is Jessica O’Reilly, Dr. Jess, The Sex Doctor. Dr. Jess is here to fill us in on some do’s and don’ts for your Valentine. Some tips on keeping your relationship real and connected!

Oh and if you don’t have a Valentine this year, tips on enjoying this special day anyways! Love Dr. Jess’s approach. We watched a few of her videos. Definitely some awesome advice, for the new relationships yes, but also for the ones that have stood the test of time! 

Listen to Dr. Jess on the audio podcast here. (5:26 minutes in the show)

Research shows the top 5 craved things across the board is…

CHOCOALATE!!!
Proprietor Ingrid Laderach Steven joins us from Swiss-Master Chocolatier

Our second guest will know that better than anyone. She is Ingrid Laderach Steven, Swiss Master Chocolatier extraordinaire. Ingrid founded her store the Swiss Master Chocolate Boutique, 33 years ago and has been pleasing chocolate lovers with her stunning authentic Swiss chocolates ever since.

Fans include the likes of NASA astronauts and President Clinton! Ingrid to fill us in the different kinds of chocolate. Why is Swiss chocolate considered the best? Is it really an aphrodisiac? 

 That is the the $64,000 dollar question! 

Listen to Ingrid Laderach on the audio podcast here. (18.55 minutes in the show)

Georgia's Wine Pick. Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015
Georgia’s Wine Pick. Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015

We’d now like to welcome from the glorious romantic region of Tuscany,  Senore Duccio Dogi, Senore Duccio is the Sales manager for the producer Fattorio Viticcio. They have been producing wine for over 45 years among the rolling green hills of Tuscan wine country in Greve in Chianti between the historic and enchanting cities of Florence and Siena

Duccio Dogi
Senore Duccio Dogi, Export Manager Fattorio Viticcio.

Today Fattorio Viticcioboasts 120 hectares of estate owned vineyards among the hills in Chianti Classico and Maremma. Senore Duccio is here to tell us more about this stunning region, and the beautiful wines Viticcio produces  including a very special release for Valentines Day!

Listen to Duccio Dogi on the audio podcast here. (38.00 minted in the show)

Just released in Vintages Feb 2, 2018. $19.95 per bottle.
Just released in Vintages Feb 2, 2018. $19.95 per bottle.

New Vintages Release… Feb 2, 2019…Viticcio Morellino di Scansano – Georgia’s Wine Pick

Patrick Fee, Vice President Marketing, McCormick Distilling.

And in our final segment we’ll turn our attention to still on a chocolate note, but in an absolutely decadent spirit. It is the 360 Double Chocolate Vodka!!!  And it is so delish. It is produced by McCormick Distilling, which is the planets first eco-friendly vodka.

To tell us all about it we’ll chat with Vice President of Marketing McCormick Distilling Patrick Fee.  

Listen to Patrick Fee here on the audio podcast here. (54.55 minutes in the show)

Cocktail Recipes Inspired with 360 Chocolate Vodka and Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream 

TEQUILA ROSE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY
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Cocktail Recipes Inspired with 360 Chocolate Vodka and Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream

New Vintages Release… Feb 2, 2019…Viticcio Morellino di Scansano – Georgia’s Wine Pick

Meet Swiss Master Chocolatier Ingrid Laderach a true leading lady.

Georgia's Wine Pick. Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015

New Vintages Release… Feb 2, 2019…Viticcio Morellino di Scansano – Georgia’s Wine Pick

So for my wine pick I have selected a stunning wine just released the week in Vintages here in Ontario. It is the Viticcio Morellino di Scansano. I love it so much I already have picked up 8 bottles for my personal cellar. In keeping with the romantic theme during the month of February and Valentine’s Day, this wine is perfect for that. After all, the wine hails from the romantic region of Tuscany in which Florence is the capital. The beautiful bottle is even appointed with a black lace filagree to complete the romantic look.

This Tuscan beauty of a wine is a blend, made with the finest Sangiovese grapes, 85%, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. It is aged in small French oak barrels for 10-12 months and and in stainless steel for an additional 3-5 months.

Truly a beautiful wine, drinking amazing right now with potential to age for upwards of 5 – 8 years.  An intense ruby red colour with seductive aroma of blackberries, and dark cherries, notes of dark chocolate with a velvety texture and good acidity, plenty to please your eyes and your palate! Perfect for Valentines Day and many more to come! Pick up a bottle or even better a few.  Enjoy today, cellar a couple and experience and enjoy again as it evolves over time!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! You aced it here to be sure with this wine.
Founded in 1960 by Lucio and Franca Landini, the Viticcio Estate still stands above the picturesque town of Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Their focus is to produce high-quality wines worthy of an international clientele while at the same time respecting the traditions and viticulture of the region. This focus remains the same today under the direction of the second generation, Alessandro Landini.
Founded in 1960 by Lucio and Franca Landini, the Viticcio Estate still stands above the picturesque town of Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Their focus is to produce high-quality wines worthy of an international clientele while at the same time respecting the traditions and viticulture of the region. This focus remains the same today under the direction of the second generation, Alessandro Landini.
The estate comprises more than 30 hectares of vines, all of which are farmed organically
The estate comprises more than 30 hectares of vines, all of which are farmed organically. Additionally, seven of those hectares are farmed biodynamically. Alessandro strongly believes that in order to produce high-quality wines you must first respect the land in which the vines are planted. To this end he uses no pesticides in his vineyards and fertilizes by planting things such as fava beans and barley between the rows of vines, allowing them to flower, and then plowing them back into the soil to add important nutrients. A handful of wines see some time in the smaller barriques, but the large majority is aged in large botti. The wines of Viticcio represent an important combination of traditional, time-honored techniques with modern-day technology and respect for the environment.

Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015
Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015 c
Duccio Dogi, Export Director FATTORIA VITICCIO
Duccio Dogi, Export Director FATTORIA VITICCIO

On the show today,  a tribute to the most romantic day of the year, that is of course Valentine’s Day.Up next, our much anticipated wine segment which most fittingly comes from one of the most romantic regions of the world, that can only be Italy!!!

We’d now like to welcome from the glorious romantic region of Tuscany,  Senore Duccio Dogi, Senore Duccio is the Sales manager for the producer Fattorio Viticcio. They have been producing wine for over 45 years among the rolling green hills of Tuscan wine country in Greve in Chianti between the historic and enchanting cities of Florence and Siena

Today Fattorio Viticcio boasts 120 hectares of estate owned vineyards among the hills in Chianti Classico and Maremma. Senore Duccio is here to tell us more about this stunning region, and the beautiful wines Viticcio produces  including a very special release for Valentines Day!

Cocktail Recipes Inspired with 360 Chocolate Vodka and Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream

Create inspiring and delicious cocktails using two superb spirits.

The series of 360 Vodkas available in twelve decadent flavors including a focus today on the popular 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. The 360 Eco Luxury Chocolate Vodka, LCBO # 396671, $16.90 per 375 ml bottle is a six times distilled vodka made with eco awareness and corporate responsibility. It’s chocolate just like you want it… deep, dark and deliciously seductive. That’s the irresistible result of pairing smooth 360 Vodka with a double dose rich and creamy Chocolate.

And completing the cocktails, a daring alternative…the Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream, LCBO# 382747, $29.95 per 750 ml bottle the original strawberry cream liqueur! Combining strawberry cream with tequila…exotic, unexpected and delicious! Over twenty years later, Tequila Rose Strawberrhttps://tequilarose.comy Cream remains the world’s best-selling strawberry cream liqueur and was the inspiration that paved the way for the unique cream liqueurs that have followed.

Check out these 10 cocktail recipes

TEQUILA ROSE STRAWBERRY SPLIT  BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur. INGREDIENTS: 0.5 oz Tequila Rose. 0.5 oz Banana Liqueur. 0.5 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. INSTRUCTIONS: Layer in a shot glass.
TEQUILA ROSE STRAWBERRY SPLIT
BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur. INGREDIENTS: 0.5 oz Tequila Rose. 0.5 oz Banana Liqueur. 0.5 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka.
INSTRUCTIONS: Layer in a shot glass.
TEQUILA ROSE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY BRANDS: Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur. 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. 1.0 oz Tequila Rose. 0.5 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. Splash of Half and HalfMix together and sever.
TEQUILA ROSE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY
BRANDS: Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur. 360 Double Chocolate Vodka.
INGREDIENTS: 1.0 oz Tequila Rose. 0.5 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, splash of Half and Half
INSTRUCTIONS: Mix together and sever.
CHOCOLATE COVERED RASPBERRY BRANDS: 360 Red Raspberry Vodka. 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. INGREDIENTS: 1.0 oz 360 Red Raspberry Vodka. 1.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. 0.5 oz Simple Syrup. 3 Raspberries. 1.0 oz Sour Mix. 0.25 oz Raspberry Liqueur. INSTRUCTIONS: Shake and strain. Splash with lemon lime soda on top.

CHOCOLATE COVERED RASPBERRY
BRANDS: 360 Red Raspberry Vodka. 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. INGREDIENTS: 1.0 oz 360 Red Raspberry Vodka. 1.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. 0.5 oz Simple Syrup. 3 Raspberries. 1.0 oz Sour Mix. 0.25 oz Raspberry Liqueur.
INSTRUCTIONS: Shake and strain. Splash with lemon lime soda on top.

360 DOUBLE CHOCOATE VODKA BULLDOG BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka INGREDIENTS: 2.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate, 1.0 oz Coffee Liqueur, Cream, Cola INSTRUCTIONS: Mix ingredients in glass with ice and top with Cola and cream.
360 DOUBLE CHOCOLATE VODKA BULLDOG
BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka
INGREDIENTS: 2.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate, 1.0 oz Coffee Liqueur, Cream, Cola
INSTRUCTIONS: Mix ingredients in glass with ice and top with Cola and cream.
360 DOUBLE CHOCOLATE VODKA COVERED ORANGE BRANDS: 360 Mandarin Orange Vodka, 360 Double Chocolate Vodka INGREDIENTS: 2.0 oz 360 Mandarin Orange Vodka, 0.5 oz OJ., 0.5 oz Agave Nectar, 0.5 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, Chocolate syrup for drizzle. INSTRUCTIONS: Add ingredients shake with ice and strain into martini glass that has been drizzled with chocolate syrup.
360 DOUBLE CHOCOLATE VODKA COVERED ORANGE BRANDS: 360 Mandarin Orange Vodka, 360 Double Chocolate Vodka
INGREDIENTS: 2.0 oz 360 Mandarin Orange Vodka, 0.5 oz OJ., 0.5 oz Agave Nectar, 0.5 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, Chocolate syrup for drizzle. INSTRUCTIONS: Add ingredients shake with ice and strain into martini glass that has been drizzled with chocolate syrup.
360 VODKA S'MORE  BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka 2.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate  INGREDIENTS: 0.5 oz Agave Nectar 3.0 oz Lemon Lime Soda 1.0 oz Chocolate Syrup Graham Cracker for rim.  INSTRUCTIONS: Rim a martini glass with graham cracker rim. Drizzle 1.0 oz chocolate syrup in glass. Mix ingredients together and  strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a roasted marshmallow.
360 VODKA S’MORE
BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka 2.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate
INGREDIENTS: 0.5 oz Agave Nectar 3.0 oz Lemon Lime Soda 1.0 oz Chocolate Syrup Graham Cracker for rim. INSTRUCTIONS: Rim a martini glass with graham cracker rim. Drizzle 1.0 oz chocolate syrup in glass. Mix ingredients together and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a roasted marshmallow.
INGREDIENTS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, McCormick Irish Cream Liqueur INGREDIENTS: 2.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, 0.5 oz Peppermint Schnapps, 0.5 oz McCormick Irish Cream. INSTRUCTIONS: Shake and serve up with a candy cane.
BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, McCormick Irish Cream Liqueur
INGREDIENTS: 2.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, 0.5 oz Peppermint Schnapps, 0.5 oz McCormick Irish Cream.
INSTRUCTIONS: Shake and serve up with a candy cane.
360 DOUBLE CHOCOLATE JALAPENO MARTINI BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka INGREDIENTS: 2.0 Oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, 1 Jalapeño Pepper sliced,pinch Cayenne Pepper INSTRUCTIONS: Muddle Jalapeño Pepper slices. Add ingredients. Fill with ice. Shake/Strain.
360 DOUBLE CHOCOLATE JALAPENO MARTINI BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka INGREDIENTS: 2.0 Oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, 1 Jalapeño Pepper sliced,pinch Cayenne Pepper
INSTRUCTIONS: Muddle Jalapeño Pepper slices. Add ingredients. Fill with ice. Shake/Strain.
360 CHOCOLATE VODKA PEPPERMINT SHOT BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka INGREDIENTS: 2.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate 0.5 oz Peppermint schnapps INSTRUCTIONS: Shake over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.
360 CHOCOLATE VODKA PEPPERMINT SHOT
BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka
INGREDIENTS: 2.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate 0.5 oz Peppermint schnapps
INSTRUCTIONS: Shake over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.
BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, McCormick Irish Cream Liqueur INGREDIENTS: 2.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate,0.5 oz Coffee Liqueur. INSTRUCTIONS: Shake ingredients with ice in a shaker and strain into a martini glass.
360 MOCAHATINI
BRANDS: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, McCormick Irish Cream Liqueur INGREDIENTS: 2.0 oz 360 Double Chocolate,0.5 oz Coffee Liqueur. INSTRUCTIONS: Shake ingredients with ice in a shaker and strain into a martini glass.

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