Chardonnay winemakers from around the globe flock to Niagara for the 2nd Annual Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration
NIAGARA, ON, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Fifty-five of the world's finest cool climate Chardonnay producers have gathered
in Niagara in anticipation of the second annual Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4c). Throughout the weekend from July 20th to 22nd, 2012 attendees have the opportunity to "blend" their own event by choosing
from ten (10) educational tastings and dining experiences located at
various Niagara wineries and key industry partners including the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) and CCOVI at Brock University.
The Official Kick-off Party on July 20, hosted by Jackson Triggs Estate
Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, will feature an official opening
ceremony followed by a moveable feast. The sold out evening will cap
off with a performance by the Juno-award winning local rockers, The Arkells in the winery's picturesque amphitheatre. On Saturday, connoisseurs
can participate in an in-depth winemaker discussion hosted by 2012 i4c's Keynote Speaker Stephen Brook of Decanter Magazine on "Extreme Winemaking" then indulge in one of six gourmet luncheons at
some of Niagara's most stunning winery locations. Tickets for select
luncheons are still available, including "Vine to Glass, Farm to Table"; an educational tasting and Chardonnay-inspired lunch prepared by
renowned Chef, Stephen Treadwell at 13th Street Winery.
I4c's signature event on Saturday, July 21 - the Cool Chardonnay World Tour and Beyond the Barrel Dinner - offers the only opportunity to sample all 110 wines and mingle with all 55 winemakers and Stephen Brook in the rhododendron
gardens at VRIC. Following the tasting which begins at 5:30pm on
Saturday, guests will make their way to the al fresco Beyond the Barrel
dinner presented by Chef Erik Peacock of Wellington Court and seven of Ontario's celebrated winemaking
'Chefs'. "Winemakers obviously have fabulous palates, but I was
surprised at the level of sophistication in the kitchen" said Peacock.
The "Beyond the Barrel" dinner will showcase the signature dishes of
seven Ontario winemakers, including Flat Rock Cellars winemaker Ross
Wise's "Lobster Mac & Cheese" and Rosehall Run's Dan Sullivan's
"Chardonnay smoked and slow-roasted cochon". The evening will conclude
with entertainment and dancing under the stars.
Remaining tickets for the Cool Chardonnay World Tour and Beyond the Barrel dinner and the
"Wild about Chardonnay" luncheon at Rosewood Estate, and "Vine to
Glass, Farm to Table" at 13th Street Winery are available by visiting www.coolchardonnay.org.
The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Association is a
not-for-profit group of 28 inspired Ontario winemakers and winery
owners, devoted to the renaissance of chardonnay.
The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration is generously
supported by founding sponsors Wine Country Ontario, the Grape Growers
of Ontario and the LCBO|Vintages. Event sponsors include Vineland
Research & Innovation Centre, Meridian Credit Union, Riedel, and CCOVI
at Brock University.
SOURCE International Cool Climate Chardonnay Association
For further information:
Event Manager - International Cool Climate Chardonnay Association
Twitter @coolchardonnay, #i4c2012