This week we attended the Wolf Blass 2012 Luxury Collection Release wine dinner at the stunning Malaparte Restaurant located at the TIFF LightBox. We were anticipating meeting Wolf Blass himself, the man behind the iconic brand and famous bow tie! “Wolfie” as he is called did not disappoint and neither did the four stunning wines we were privileged to enjoy.
Wolf Blass is the official sponsor of TIFF, for the second year running, and Wolf Blass is right at home on the red carpet and award ceremonies having won more awards than any other brand in the world! Wolfie, or the “Cool Wolf” as we nicknamed him last night, he really is a “dude” who appreciates living life to the fullest, embracing sports, he still skis, the arts, culture and of course amazing food and wines was totally engaging as he orated standing on the chair about the history, the present and the future plans of the company he founded over 46 years ago in 1961.
The Luxury Collection features four classic wines from three stellar vintages.
2010 Wolf Blass Grey Label McLaren Vale Shiraz
2010 Wolf Blass Grey Label Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
2008 Wolf Blass Black Label Langhorne Creek Barossa McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Malbec
2009 Wolf Blass Platinum Label Barossa Valley Shiraz
The evening was a true celebration of stupendous wines. An absolutely delicious and inspired wine and food pairing menu in a stunning venue. With Wolf Blass himself and Head Winemaker Chris Hatcher on hand to answer all our questions and entertain us. The group of wine writers, bloggers, and television personalities embraced this wonderful, totally TIFF party, as Wolf Blass is the official sponsor, for the second year running.
Head winemaker Chris Hatcher
The stunning white and silver Malaparte provided the perfect backdrop for the evening. The tables dressed elegantly with white table cloths, floral arrangements bursting with colour and vivacity. Our dinner menu, five courses were five star, equaling the showcasing of the Wolf Blass 2012 Luxury Collection release.
The four wines included in the collection, two new Grey Labels from the 2010 Vintage. The first a Langhorne Creek Cabernet Shiraz, the blend Wolf used to create his very first wine under the Wolf Blass label in 1967. The McLaren Vale Shiraz, a wine described as being the “definitive expression of this unparalleled Australian wine region”.
The 36th release of the iconic Black Label 2008 vintage and finally the 2009 Platinum Label Shiraz.
The fourth course, Red Wine Braised Boneless Beef Short Rib, see complete menu was Georgia’s favorite pairing with the 1998 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, caressing the stemware, returning over and over to the bouquet and commenting on the complexity, and finish, worth every single Cabernet Calorie!
“Official wine sponsor Wolf Blass Wines wants you to Enjoy The View at this year’s TIFF Festival with a prize pack for lovers of film and fine Australian wine.”
Win one of 3 great Enjoy The View TIFF Festival prize packages. One Grand prize ($1000.00), and two (2) 1st prizes values at $250.00 each
It’s easy as 1-2-3
- Make sure that you are following us on Twitter @TheWineLadies
- From right now until Wednesday, Sept 5th,2012 @ 11am EST, tweet the follow hashtag #TIFFWolfBlassTWLContest Below are examples that you can use and modify as you see fit.
• #TIFFWolfBlassTWLContest Enter me in @TheWineLadies contest to win prizes @WolfBlassWines for TIFF
• @WolfBlassWines official wine sponsor #Tiff 2012 #TIFFWolfBlassTWLContest @thewineladies
- Each time you tweet (or re-tweet our Tweets) using the hash tag #TIFFWolfBlassTWLContest, your name will be entered into our draw for a chance to win one of the 3 prizes. Be sure to add @thewineladies at the end of your Tweet as well to help track it.
- If you don’t TWEET you can also enter on The Wine Ladies FACEBOOK Fanpage too right here.
The more you Tweet, the better your chances! The winners of will be randomly selected on Wednesday Sept 5th, 2012 and will be notified by noon on Thursday Sept 6th, 2012 (at noon)
Good luck everyone! See you at TIFF 2012
1 Grand Prize Package: Approximately $1000
- 2 TIFF tickets (to a select official festival film)
- 2 bottles of Wolf Blass wine
- 1 decanter
- 2 high-quality wine glasses
- 2 Wolf Blass jackets
- An electronic wine fridge.
First (2) Prize Packages: Approximately $250.00 each
- TIFF tickets (2) (to a select official festival film**)
- Two LCBO gift cards
- 1 decanter
- 2 high-quality wine glasses
Australia’s iconic Wolf Blass wines! The Wine Ladies TV! 2:30pm Wed July 7th on thatchannel.com
Be sure to join us this week as we welcome all the way from Australia, Chris Hatcher Chief Winemaker of Wolf Blass We’ll explore the wines and regions of down under as well as the meaning of the tiers and colours of Wolf Blass with the #1 selling Cabernet Sauvignon in the country. And from Mixed Grill of O’Conner Catering www.mixedgrillcatering.com located in Oakville, Ontario Executive Chef David Wilson prepares an array of amazing delicacies to pair with these world class iconic wines of Australia.
My wines are sexy. They make weak men strong and strong women weak.’ These words – of a true marketer, ahead of his time – were spoken in 1974 by Wolf Blass. His biography, incisively written by Elizabeth Johnston, has been released to celebrate 75 years of the life of one of the most influential characters in the modern Australian wine industry. It’s a very fitting tribute.
Win a copy of the book Wolf Blass Behind The Bow Tie.
To enter visit The Wine Ladies Face Book Fan Page and answer the following trivia question?
What is the label colour of the most popular Wolf Blass Cabernet Sauvignon?
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31 Days to Celebrate Lobster this July www.torontolobsterfestival.com as maritime lobster www.MaritimeLobster.ca takes center stage at various tasting events which will surely excite the lobster connoisseur or seafood lover looking for something truly unique. There is nothing more amazing than enjoying Canadian Grade A Maritime Lobster recipes while enjoying the most beautiful Toronto city views on the luxury floating venue, the Empress of Canada www.empressofcanada.com. This festival was not meant for the street it was born to live on the water!
Joining us on the show today where the world is definitely their lobster proprietor Tyler Murphy and Louise Artichuk-Murphy Branding and Events Manager Maritime Lobster. www.maritimelobster.ca. All aboard as Brian Hall proprietor Empress of Canada, the floating lobfest venue also shares his passion for the water. Also Executive Chef David Penny showcases his talent and the allure of the lobster while be paired with the award winning wines of Inniskillin winery www.inniskillin.com .
Win tickets for 4 persons. Value $360.00 Tabasco Evening Lobster Cruise July 16th
WIN Tickets for 4 for the Tabasco Evening Lobster Cruise July 16th, 2010. Value $360.00 Simply LIKE The Wine Ladies FAN Page and you are entered! Winner to be picked at random and announced on The Wine Ladies TV July 14th. For more details on this cruise visit www.torontolobsterfestival.com
WIN! Girls in New York City Contest with Girls Night Out Flavoured wines
To celebrate the introduction of the flavoured wines, enter to win a trip for four to New York City brought to you by Girls Night Out Wines. Shop till you drop and enjoy some girls night out talk! Value $4000.00 Contest closes August 15th, 2010. Enter here Girls Night Out Wines