After a winter that felt like it would never end, wine lovers looking for a fun new way to celebrate summer’s arrival will be sipping pretty at Niagara Grape & Wine Festival’s all-new RBC Picnic In The Vineyard event on Friday, June 22nd. The event, which will be held at 13th Street Winery, will celebrate Niagara’s Rosé and Sparkling wines, with summery reds and whites being poured as well by the 40 participating Niagara wineries. Live music, crackling bonfires, marshmallow roasting supplies and photo stations sure to inspire serious Instagram love will set a scene that feels like summer camp …
And that’s a wrap on 2018’s Cuvée Grand Tasting! It’s hard to believe that a highlight of the spring season is now behind us, but reflecting on the experience, we can describe it in one word: sparkling!
That’s right! There’s a lot more to Canada than maple syrup, polar bears and a strapping young Prime Minister! The country is home to a broad range of climates and micro-climates, with many viticultural areas on the same ideal grape growing latitudes as much of France. In our last post (A Look at the Sparkling Wines of Canada… Eh!) we took you across the country, from coast-to-coast, and gave you an overview of the amazing cool-climate sparkling wine crafted in the Great White North. Now we’re going to focus in on each of the 3 main viticultural areas in greater detail, starting with our home province: Ontario! (With British Columbia and Nova Scotia to follow in subsequent posts 😉).
This year, we Sparkling Winos had the privilege of attending the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (aka “i4C“) in Wine Country Ontario! It’s no surprise that i4C has been described as “Christmas in July” or the “Woodstock of Chardonnay”. With over 50 wine makers in attendance (and 150+ selected cool climate wines on offer) i4C is truly an epic celebration of all things cool… and the highlight of the summer calendar here in Niagara!
That’s right! There’s more to Canada than maple syrup, polar bears and a hunky Prime Minister! The country is home to a diverse array of climates, with certain areas (like southern Ontario) on the same ideal grape growing latitude as southern France. Fortunately for us Toronto based #SparklingWinos, that means we’re able to produce world class wines in our own backyard!
Icewine is the crown jewel of the Ontario wine industry, and is celebrated every January at the Niagara Icewine Festival! Thanks to Wine Country Ontario we had the pleasure of attending this year’s spectacular kick off event – the Xerox Icewine Gala – which left an absolutely sparkling impression on us! 😍