Sweet. Sparkling. Sensational.

Twenty Valley's "not just icewine" festival adds some sparkle to a winter favourite

JORDAN, ON, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - There is a new reason to venture out on a chilly January weekend this year....over 50 reasons, in fact. Visitors to the new Twenty Valley Winter WineFest will be able to sample over 50 wines from 30 area wineries, and this year icewine will share centre stage with some of Ontario's best sparkling and premium VQA wines.

The "not just icewine" festival - which will be hosted in Jordan Village January 16 and 17th - will allow wine enthusiasts to sip and savour from a list of specialty and reserve wines not offered at any other wine festival.

Over 25 award-winning wines are among this list, including Fielding Estates' 2007 Cabernet Syrah, the 2008 Natalie's Sussreserve Riesling from Rosewood Estates and the 2007 Van Bers Cabernet Franc from Tawse Winery - a gold medal winner at the 2009 Intervin International Wine Awards. Wine-lovers will have the rare opportunity to sample wines from Hidden Bench, Le Clos Jordanne, The Foreign Affair Winery and Sue-Ann Staff's new winery - some of the premium Twenty Valley wineries who do not generally participate in street festivals. 13th Street Winery will feature 2006 Cuveé 13 Rosé - one of six sparkling wines on the list.

The specialty wine tastings will be complemented by dishes served up by some of Twenty Valley's top chefs. Hand-cut frites, tourtière with icewine jelly and juniper-cured game stew are some of the tastes that will preface warm chocolate shots served with churros. Live jazz, ice sculptures and roasted chestnuts will add to the festive outdoor atmosphere.

The Winter WineFest runs from 12:00pm to 5:00pm this Saturday and Sunday in Jordan Village, located an hour from Toronto. Admission to the event is free, and tokens will be sold for $2 each. For more information - including tasting notes for all wines being served and special VIA Rail packages - visit www.twentyvalley.ca.

The Twenty Valley Winter WineFest takes place Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm on Main Street in Jordan Village, Ontario. 1,500 visitors are expected to attend. Visit www.twentyvalley.ca

The Twenty Valley Tourism Association is a member supported association dedicated to promoting Twenty Valley as a premier tourism destination in Niagara. The TVTA currently has 100 members.

For further information: Media Contacts: Dori Andrewes - Events Manager, TVTA - (905) 933-5737, dori@twentyvalley.ca