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Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015 at Frogpond

Sip and cycle through Niagara Wine Country with The Wine Ladies! Join us Sunday, June 3rd! 

Niagara-on-the Lake bicycle wine tour with Grape Escape Wine Tours.

Grape Escape Wine Tours

Grape Escape Wine Tours

Sip and cycle through Niagara Wine Country with The Wine Ladies! 

VIP Lunch & Winery Bicycle Tour.
 Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
What better way to see Niagara Wine Country than by bicycle? Experience wine country through beautiful trails, along the Niagara Parkway and into many of the wineries in the area!
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$125.00 plus hst
Space is limited to 14 guests.
6Na Presidential Limousine Services logo

6Na Presidential Limousine Services logo

Your tour includes:
Luxury limo to and from Niagara wine country provided by 6Na Presidential Limousine Services.*
Bicycle, helmets and refreshment.
Delicious catered lunch at one of the wineries.
Visit 4 award winning VQA wineries with wine tastings. ( a minimum of 12 wines will be enjoyed)
Special The Wine Ladies gift.
Prizes, prizes and more prizes.
Complimentary pick up of any wine purchases made throughout the day
Space is limited to 14 guests.
* Pick up of all guest will be at 9:00am at the Burlington GO Station. A luxury limo bus will be provided for all guests. Return will be 4:30 pm form Niagara-on-the-Lake back to the Burlington GO Station.

**Bicycle tours are conducted rain or shine – please dress for the weather!

Itinerary

  • 9:00am – pick up by limo bus Burlington GO Station.
  • 11.30am – Wine Tour & Tasting
  • 1.00pm – Lunch
  • 2.45pm – Wine Tasting
  • 3.30pm – Wine Tasting
  • 4.30pm -pick up by limo bus  and return to Burlington GO Station

iGrape Escape Wine Tours owner Richard Mell

Grape Escape Wine Tours owner Richard Mell

Listen to Rich Mell at 34:30 minutes into the show

On this week’s radio show…

Episode 33

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015 at Inniskillin.

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015 at Inniskillin.

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015

Ask The Wine Ladies – Can you recommend a bicycle wine tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Ask The Wine Ladies – Can you recommend a bicycle wine tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake?

DEAR THE WINE LADIES,

We have guests visiting from London this summer and we were thinking about doing a one-day bicycle wine tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake. We’d love to show off a few of our wineries. Just wondering if you’ve done any of these tours and might have some thoughts to share on your experience.

– Alyssa

DEAR ALYSSA,

Yes, we have had the opportunity to enjoy a winery tour on wheels and would highly recommend it. The best way to share our thoughts on this is by recounting our personal tour experience of last summer.

We booked through GRAPE ESCAPE WINE TOURS. They were kind enough to give us a personalized guided “ride”. Grape Escape Wine Tours has been awarded the TRIP ADVISOR’s Certificate of Excellence for 5 years running. It is  family owned and operated and obviously do a fabulous job. They offer a great variety of guided wine tours for single participants, small groups, larger groups, either on foot, in a vehicle or on a bicycle.

HERE IS OUR STORY…

What a glorious day for a bike ride. The sun is shining brilliantly, there is a gentle cool breeze wafting through the trees and my shorts fit! Hallelujah! Niagara wine country here we come for our inaugural, abbreviated bicycle wine tour – we are excited!

It’s been a very hectic summer thus far and we are looking forward to experiencing a little relaxation, sunshine, stunning scenery, some wonderful wines, and just a tad of exercise. We are teaming up with Grape Escape Wine Tours for a private and privileged tour, on which we’ll visit three wineries, to sample a red wine, a white wine and an ice wine. The plan is to have a full facility tour at one of the wineries and enjoy a wine and cheese tasting to close off the afternoon. On this excursion, we will peddle close to 8kms at a leisurely pace, returning to our base camp in just  under 2.5 hours.

For those who might like to consider a bicycle wine tour, the typical Grape Escape Wine Tour “afternoon bicycle tour” is lengthier.  It is closer to 5 hours (12kms) and includes 4 wineries instead of our 3.

Our rendezvous point is Kurtz Orchard Farm & Marketplace where we are to meet our guide, get fitted with our bikes and our helmets. It turns out Kurtz is the perfect place to meet. The grounds are beautiful with an abundance of lush greenery, towering trees, glorious wild flowers, a quaint bridge over looking a small pond… the setting is an inspiration and quite suitable for even Monat or perhaps Sisley! We are feeling relaxed and invigorated already. Jacquie who will be our guide and we love her right from the start. She is full of zest, she suits us up, we test drive the bikes – it is all systems go.

Off along the Niagara Parkway we go full of enthusiasm.

There is a sense of the local beauty and bounty NOTL has to offer, with vineyards in view and fruit orchards dotted along the way, with rows upon rows of pear trees running parallel to our path. After a relaxing and scenic several kilometer ride, we arrive at our first winery. Here is a snapshot of the 3 wineries we enjoyed on our tour. This may or may not be the itinerary for the next group, or individual’s tour, as Grape Escape Wine Tours has a broad roster of wineries that they mix and match accordingly. They also have introduced several new tours this year including their “Ultimate Wine, Beer & Foodie Bicycle Tour”, as well as their “Wine, Beer & Tapas Vehicle Tour”.

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Next month we will report on the 3 wineries we visited – Inniskillin Wines Inc., Pondview Estate Winery and FrogPond Farm Organic Winery. Stay Tuned!

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WIN one of Two Grape Escape Wine Tours to Niagara! Value $1000.00.Click here for contest details!

 The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne enjoying a recent bicycle wine tour in Niagara with Grape Escape Wine Tours.

CONGRATULATIONS to our two winners…. Debbie Watson, Hamilton, On and Lindsay Fox, Coldwater, On.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to win!!!!!

Your prize includes two great prize packages.

Picnic Lunch Bicycle Tour for 6 people (retail value $637.32)

All would be valid for the rest of the 2015 season or 2016 season.

Afternoon Cycle Tour for 4 people (retail value $289.28)

All would be valid for the rest of the 2015 season or 2016 season.

Tweet #TWLGrapeEscapeWIN and re-tweet as often as you like! Two winners will be picked at random.  

Contest Rules

1.Make sure that you follow both of us on Twitter @TheWineLadies @TourGrapeEscape

2.Enter as many times as you like from Wednesday, Sept 30th,2015 at noon until Monday, October 19th at noon tweet and re-tweet and follow @TheWineLadies and @TourGrapeEscape

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3.Each time you tweet (or re-tweet our Tweets) using the hash tag #TWLGrapeEscapeWIN  your name will be entered into our draw for a chance to win the prizes. Keep entering as often as you like. Be sure to add @TheWineLadies at the end of your Tweet as well to help track it.

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The winner will be randomly selected at noon on Monday, Oct 19th, 2015 and will be notified via TWITTER and FACEBOOK.

 

Listen to Rich Mell at 34:30 minutes into the show

On this week’s radio show…

Episode 33

Discover Washington wines. Make your own wine in time for the holidays. Discover the secret anti aging ingredient and Canada’s most southerly wine region Pelee Island and Pelee Island Winery.

Ask The Wine Ladies – Can you recommend a bicycle wine tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival…great film, wine and food!

Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pat Darte

Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pat Darte

 Up next a Lord, the Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pat Darte for the scoop on NIFF. And for tips on getting the best out of your trip to his town and the Niagara region.

Listen to Lord Mayor Pat Darte 51:50 minutes into the show

Pondview Estate Winery

Pondview Estate Winery

Pondview Estate Winery

Konzelmann Estate Winery

Konzelmann Estate Winery

Konzelmann Estate Winery

Pillitteri Estates Winery

Pillitteri Estates Winery

Pillitteri Estates Winery

We got to enjoy first hand the Film Feast experience on a media press tour whereby we visited Pond View Estate Winery, Konzelmann Estate Winery and Pillitteri Estates Winery. At each winery, we experienced a flight of wines accompanied by prepared hors d’oeuvres and two short films from Canada’s Not Short on Talent. Fantastic experience! Mark your calendar for Saturday June 20th or Sunday June 21st!

On this week’s radio show…Happy Father’s Day

Calling all Dads out there.This show is for you! We have you covered  for your special day Fathers Day!

Coming up we’re going to talk about what might be some of your favorite things…like lip smacking delicious, bold burgers or crunchy flavor filled spicy homemade tacos or to quench your thirst how about a small batch craft beer chock full of flavor,no additives,all natural, just 100% pure delicious.Or straight from the small, rugged and remote Scottish island of Islay comes the authentic premium single malt Scotch whisky,a wee dram for you lads perhaps?

And for the fine wine, food and film buff we bring you the 2nd annual Niagara Integrated Film Festival. Taking place on Father’s Day weekend where you can choose from a plethora of wine tasting dinners, movie premiers, short film screenings, and much more!

And finally the tables are turned on The Wine Ladies when we are interviewed by Laura Wolfe a student who is studying the art of social media and blogging. We give her our thoughts on social media!

Alright so its time now to salute all the Dads out there, Happy Father’s Day, lets start!!!

Episode 25

Ardbeg Scotch Whisky often described as the greatest distillery on earth! On this week’s radio show… just for Dads all over the world!

Two Sister Vineyards

Two Sisters Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-lake’s newest kid on the block.

Two Sisters Vineyards.

Two Sisters Vineyards.

Setting off on a visit to our beautiful wine region of Niagara-on-the-Lake, we are a small group, smallish, sixteen, and will have only enough time to visit one winery, which must include a bite to eat paired with the winery’s vinos of choice of course! It’s not easy to choose just one, with over 100 wineries to experience in this blessed wine region, the Niagara Peninsula. From the quaint, small boutique winery, to the very grand with award winning restaurants, amphitheaters and even art collections, the options are endless. Not to mention yet another direction we could take visiting an organic or biodynamic winery where sheep roam hard at work pruning the grapevines. We decide on the newest kid on the block or newest Sisters on the block we should say. Like us, The Wine Ladies, two sisters Melissa and Angela of the Marotta family of Italian heritage, opened the doors six months ago to their winery Two Sisters Vineyards and we are among the privileged few to have first experienced all that this breathtaking winery had to offer.

The winery inspired by Italian Renaissance design.

As we drive up to the entrance, a majestic building stands before us, “baroque in style”. A few of us remark, we learn later was inspired by an Italian architect in the 16th century, Andrea Palladio inspired by Italian Renaissance design. There has been no expense spared here. It is truly magnificent and very dramatic. Overall, it is quite imposing and moving.We suddenly hear an enthusiastic “Bonjourno” echoing from the back of the group. One of our guests has blurted out as we are greeted by the winemaker Adam Pearce. A youngish fella, charmed with personality, as well as charmed with the midas touch in the barrel cellar we will soon discover.

With wine maker Adam Pearce.

With wine maker Adam Pearce.

 Adam leads us to the barrel cellar where we are introduced to the two sisters Melissa and Angela.

They welcome us with a glass of a pink drink, no ordinary drink. This is their sparkling wine rose “ Lush”. It is made in the ‘methode traditionelle’, as in Champagne. It has a pretty, subtle, pink hue due to the dosage of the Cabernet Franc. A flavor with enticing notes of biscuit, cherries and strawberries and a luscious creaminess on the palate. As we enjoy the bubbly in this elegant yet warm and inviting cellar we are entertained learning about the backstory of Two Sisters Vineyards.

The dream germinated a few years ago and has now finally been realized.

Melissa and Angelafeela special attachment to this place, to Niagara-on-the-lake. This terroir and after many years coming to Niagara, the family was able to finally set roots in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The dream germinated a few years ago and has now finally been realized.

Set upon 70 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot varietals, the vineyards are closely tended to by their Vineyard manager.  Coaxing out the best of the vines and the distinct characteristics of each varietal.

Winemaker Adam is crafting wines with minimalist intervention, already awarded with numerous Medals! Melissa and Angela guide and drive their vision to provide the guest with a complete sensory experience including the farm to table, delectable dishes served up at Kitchen 76, the winery restaurant. Chef Justin Lesso is at the helm, serving up seasonal culinary specialties, paired to perfection with Adam’s wines.Even the old traditional margarita pizza never tasted so good straight out of the wood-burning oven.

The two sisters have just launched their wine club.

They are dedicated to being one that encompasses both exciting wine and culinary experiences. One can sample a little of both on the beautiful patio overlooking the vineyards that is open for the summer months.Of all the wonderful wines we enjoyed with our spectacular lunch, here are two that we would love to share with you. All wines are only available at the winery and at the online wine boutique on their website 

Two Sisters Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc $24.00

Two Sisters Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Two Sisters Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

This is a dry medium-bodied elegant Sauvignon Blanc with a delightful freshness and crisp acidity. It is light straw in colour and clear and brilliant in the glass. On the nose citrus and green apple aromas seduce with a very slight grassy nuance in the background. On the palate more citrus accompanied with tropical fruit notes and a good satisfying finish. The fruit for this award winning Sauvignon Blanc came from the Lincoln Lakeshore Appellation in Beamsville, Niagara.

 Two Sisters Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc $48.00

Intervins 2014 Award Winner Honours

Two Sisters Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

Two Sisters Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

Who is the King of Cab? Most say Cabernet Sauvignon but not necessarily.  So here in Niagara, in fact “Franc,” or Cabernet Franc is the father of his son Sauvignon, and reigns supreme in this wine. Deep ruby in color, with intense ripe fruitaromas of raspberry, cassis, spice and hint of vanilla oak. On the palate rich juicy blackberry fruit, spice, hint of chocolate, soft tannins, elegant, easy and delicious drinking.

This article first published in Power Boating Canada.

Power Boating Canada, Two Sister’s Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Newest Kid On The Block.

Power Boating Canada, Two Sisters Winery, Page 1

Practicing yoga in the vineyard at Southbrook Vineyards with Igita Yoga instructor Tim Rivers.

The Wine Ladies Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience

The Wine Ladies
Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience…

Vinyasa & Vino

Mountain pose among the sheep and vinous air.

Enjoy a journey of award winning organic, biodynamic wines.

Sip and savour together, deliciously inspired wine and lunch.

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Yoga in the Southbrook Vineyard – An organic experience

The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne invite you to join us for our inaugural Yoga in the Vineyard experience. Imagine amongst the beauty and serenity of the stunning vineyards in Niagara wine country treating yourself to a yoga experience like no other. Among the beautifully scented flowering vines, our Yogi will guide you through your practice for a full hour. Whether a beginner or seasoned all yogis are welcome.Be inspired by this unique opportunity, uniting wine, body and soul.

About iGita Hot Yoga Club, Spa & Boutique

We are a unique, hot and regular temperature yoga & pilates studio, and wellness center, located in Oakville.

Our studio is located at 131 Kerr Street, Oakville and invite students of all ages and fitness levels to practice yoga in an environment that inspires strength, freedom and joy.
We are pleased to offer a variety of hot and room temperature classes with scheduling options to suit your needs. We are committed to providing a healthy, environmentally conscious studio by using natural and reusable resources.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.

And what better place to lay down your mat, than the beautiful, serene setting of organic and bio dynamic winery. Southbrook Vineyards located in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards. Tasting room.

Southbrook Vineyards. Tasting room.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.Sheep groom the vineyards.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.Sheep groom the vineyards.

About Southbrook Vineyards

Southbrook Vineyards is the epitome and evolution of Marilyn and Bill Redelmeier’s love story with wine, the land, and all things “local.” The winery is situated on a 150-acre vineyard in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario, Canada. Southbrook produces organic and biodynamic wines that earn recognition, from critics and consumers alike, year after year.

From their purchase of the Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard in 2005, the Redelmeiers committed their energies to sustainable viticulture. By 2008, they had created the first wine estate in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certification.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.

 PURCHASE YOUR VIP EXPERIENCE HERE

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Sunday, July 27th, 2013

11:00am-3:00pm*

Southbrook Vineyards

581 Niagara Stone Road, RR #4 Niagara-on-the-Lake

iGita Hot Yoga Club, Spa & Boutique**

One hour yoga class hosted by iGita Yoga centre.

Tour of biodynamic and organic winery

Wine tasting of Southbrook Vineyards organic wines

Deliciously inspired organic lunch with glass of wine

Parting Gift – Wine tour and tasting pass for 4

$55.00 per person ( includes HST)

RSVP 905-338-6797 or on line www.thewineladies.com

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* For those interested, possible car pooling to be arranged at iGita located at 131 Kerr Street in  Oakville.

** Please bring your own yoga mat.

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How to pair your Mountain Pose with Merlot, or perhaps the Rabbit with a Riesling?

The Wine Ladies wine adventure tours; Yoga in the vineyard, hiking in the vineyards and flying hight with zip lining in the vineyards.

The Wine Ladies wine adventure tours; Yoga in the vineyard, hiking in the vineyards and flying hight with zip lining in the vineyards.

Southbrook Vineyards.

Southbrook Vineyards.

Thank-you to all who attended Zip n Sip with The Wine Ladies Sept 9 th

Donald Ziraldo

Godfather of Ice wine Donald Ziraldo Niagara Wine Region.The Wine Ladies TV