Winemakers and enthusiasts from around the world toast Chardonnay
NIAGARA, ON, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Cheers were heard early this morning
across the scenic vineyards at Hidden Bench in Niagara as fifty
winemakers and Chardonnay enthusiasts toasted the world's most planted
grape in celebration of International Chardonnay Day - May 23rd.
Each year the wineries of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay
Celebration (the i4c) fete their favourite varietal to officially
launch the "summer of Chardonnay". Over 25 of the international
wineries attending this year's i4c Celebration in July are
participating in the 24-hour global virtual tasting being hosted by the
i4c on Facebook and Twitter (#i4c2013). Wineries across the province
are hosting special back-vintage tastings, food pairings and flights,
and Food Network Chef Lynn Crawford is headlining a full day of
activity at Inniskillin Winery.
Today's festivities are merely a preview of what the International Cool
Climate Chardonnay Celebration will have in store for their 3rd annual event this July 19-21. 61 winemakers from 11 countries will
attend the event and will present over 120 wines over the weekend.
Special guest Steven Spurrier of Decanter Magazine will join us from
London, UK and Vancouver's Vikram Vij - one of North America's
most-celebrated East Indian chefs - will spice up the weekend's
In only two years, the i4c has become one of Canada's premier wine and
culinary events. This 3-day weekend showcases eleven events at
stunning locations in the heart of Wine Country Ontario, from elegant
vineyard luncheons to festive evening showcase tastings. Saturday
evening's signature "Cool Chardonnay World Tour" event features all 120
wines being poured throughout the weekend, and is followed by a
champagne and oyster reception and an al fresco international feast.
The evening finishes with live entertainment and dancing under the
stars. Details on featured wineries and chefs, as well as individual
event tickets or special weekend packages are available at coolchardonnay.org.
The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Association is a
not-for-profit group of 30 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.
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SOURCE: International Cool Climate Chardonnay Association
For further information:
Event Manager -International Cool Climate Chardonnay Association
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Twitter @coolchardonnay, #i4c2013
Public Relations Director - Marketing & Tourism- Wine Country Ontario
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