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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.

Two Hands Sexy Beast 2017

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Georgia’s Wine Pick

Two Hands Sexy Beast 2017 Georgia's Wine Pick

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Georgia’s Wine Pick

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW AT 3:20 MINUTES IN THE SHOW

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 Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

So my wine pick today comes from TWO HANDS WINES , founded in 1999 by two guys at a friends engagement party. That actually is when they decided it was time to make their own wine and market it to the world.

Fast forward, they are in the Barosaa Valley and have done extremely well. In November 2012, Two Hands was named in the Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 for the 10th year in a row. An achievement apparently that no other winery can boast.

Kind of liked the name of this wine, Sexy Beast. I figured when I tasted this Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, maybe the name came from the way in which the  oak and tannins in this wine are being tamed. Or wrestled down by the intense deep purplish colour, abundant red  fruit, cassis and notes of chocolate…and minty spice. Mouth filling, a beast of a wine, coming in at 16% alcohol, wow… yummy! Sexy Beast is part of the Picture Series of Two Hands Wines.

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cab Sauv 2017 LCBO

Episode 77: When Life Gives You Lemons! Make Limoncello!

Episode 77: When Life Gives You Lemons! Make Limoncello!

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

Audio Podcast 06222018 RhineTourAD

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.

Passion turns to Purpose, Celebrity Endodontist turned winemaker!

March Madness Malbec #PascualToso #WINWINE #MalbecWorldDay

March Malbec Madness from Pascual Toso! WIN# WINE! Instagram Contest.

Introducing Veuve Clicquot RICH a new champagne dedicated to mixology!

So we’ll start off the show today with a bang or should we say a POP with a very special bubbly. This historic premium Champagne house is breaking all the rules with their latest launch, Verve Clicquot RICH.

Veronique Gonneville

Veronique Gonneville

Straight from the garden into your champagne glass goes a cucumber, or perhaps a bell pepper. In my champagne? Yes! That’s right. Veuve Clicquot is causing a sensation with their revolutionary recently launched Veuve Clicquot RICH, Champagne.
Veronique Gonneville, National Brand Manager for Veuve Clicquot to join us to tell us all about it.

Listen to Veronique Gonneville at 7:00 minutes into the show

On this week’s radio show…Celebrating local summer bounty and bubbly and masterly crafted small batch spirits!

Episode 30

We are in the month of August, the middle of summer and as lovers of food, great food, wine and drink… like most everybody, one our most favorite things about the summer is all the fresh, amazing local produce we get to enjoy here in Ontario.

And so today’s show is all about celebrating our summer and our fresh, local bounty with a few knock out recipes, a very unique and special bubbly, and some local small batch masterly crafted spirits and cocktails.

How do you enjoy a Veuve Clicquot cocktail? By following this easy recipe:

Place 5 ice cubes in a large wine glass
Add one ingredient
Finish with chilled Veuve Clicquot Rich
What’s that one ingredient? Veuve Clicquot has recommended 6 ingredients to enhance different characteristics of the champagne. Pineapple, grapefruit, celery, pepper, cucumber, or even tea.

Jose Luis Peroni, OCEX, Toronto, Trade Office of Peru

Say hello to Lima Peru, hosts to the Juegos Panamericanos 2019

Lima, Peru to hosts the Juegos Panamericanos 2019.

Lima, Peru to hosts the Juegos Panamericanos 2019.

Trade Commissioner Jose Luis Peroni and the Peruvian Volleyball team

Trade Commissioner Jose Luis Peroni and the Peruvian Volleyball team

Say Hello to Lima 2019.

A fantastic event recently held at the Stirling Room, Distillery District  put on by OCEX Toronto  to celebrate Lima, Peru winning the bid for the 2019 Pan American Games. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

 Lima, Peru to hosts the Juegos Panamericanos 2019.

Lima, Peru to hosts the Juegos Panamericanos 2019.

Stirling Room, Distillery District. OCEX Toronto, Pan Am Games 2019 celebration.

Stirling Room, Distillery District. OCEX Toronto, Pan Am Games 2019 celebration.

Stirling Room, Distillery District. OCEX Toronto, Pan Am Games 2019 celebration.

Chef Dennis prepared a wide selection of classic Peruvian foods for the guests.

Stirling Room, Distillery District. OCEX Toronto, Pan Am Games 2019 celebration.

Members of the ladies Peruvian basketball team.

To close off the show, as we all know the Pan Am games just concluded here in Toronto, it was an extraordinary success, way to go T.O.!!! Congrats to all the athletes and Canada's 271 medals! The next Pan Am games will be in 2019 and who will be the host? Lima,Peru has been awarded and we will chat with Antonio Ramos of OCEX, the Trade Office of Peru. How to experience Lima and all it has to offer.

The Wine Ladies with Jose Luis Peroni, Trade Commissioner, OCEX Toronto.

On this week’s radio show…

South America Sizzles with Sensational Sips and Sights! Exploring Chile, Argentina and Peru!

We have a super lineup of guests this week. Our topic today Sizzling South America with their red hot wines, incredible gastronomy and the exploring of what one of our favorite Globe and Mail columnist recently called the “hippest sip of the moment”, that is Pisco.

EPISODE 29

To close off the show, as we all know the Pan Am games just concluded here in Toronto, it was an extraordinary success, way to go T.O.!!! Congrats to all the athletes and Canada’s 271 medals! The next Pan Am games will be in 2019 and who will be the host? Lima,Peru has been awarded and we will chat with Antonio Ramos of OCEX, the Trade Office of Peru. How to experience Lima and all it has to offer.

Listen to Antonio Ramos at 1 hour 5 minutes into the show

 

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4th annual Luxury Chocolate Show

The 4th Annual Luxury Chocolate Show Toronto. The Wine Ladies present The Wine and Chocolate Salon

The Wine and Chocolate Salon

The Wine and Chocolate Salon

Calling all agents and wineries in the Toronto and the surrounding GTA!

The Wine Ladies are presenting and hosting “The Wine and Chocolate Salon” at the 4th annual Luxury Chocolate

Show at Roy Thomson Hall, Sunday November 2nd.

If you are a wine agent or winery in the Toronto and surrounding area perhaps you would like to participate.

Great promotional opportunity.

Please email us at info@thewineladies.com

 4th annual Luxury Chocolate Show

4th annual Luxury Chocolate Show

Sexy, seductive chocolate wine pairing party for two! Good for the heart in love and health. Ask The Wine Ladies