Ontario celebrities share tips for Easter holiday entertaining

    Premier, musician, pro golfer and wine experts reveal favorite Icewine

    NIAGARA, ON, March 13 /CNW/ - Whether it's an Easter family dinner or a
party with friends, hosts can stand out from the rest by creating an exciting
menu that matches Ontario Icewine with a variety of surprising and delicious
culinary selections.
    Ontario personalities are offering up their own pairing suggestions to
encourage hosts to "think local" when planning festivities for the upcoming
holiday weekend. Ontario is well recognized as producing the best Icewine in
the world and there are many reasons why it is often seen as the ultimate
dinner partner.
    Find out what the following mix of experts and noted personalities
suggest for holiday hosts - Masters golf champion Mike Weir, Premier Dalton
McGuinty, LCBO President and CEO Bob Peter, Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell,
award-winning sommelier Veronique Rivest, and Donald Ziraldo, winery
co-founder and author.
    "Ontario Icewines perform an amazing balancing act between luscious
sweetness and refreshing acidity, great concentration and lower alcohol,
powerful aromatics and great finesse. This wonderful harmony makes them a much
more versatile wine at the table and allows wine-lovers to create surprising
matches with much more than just desserts," says Veronique Rivest, winner of
2006 Sommelier of the Year.
    Kim Mitchell, a well known Toronto musician, recommends serving foie gras
with Icewine. "During a recent winemaker's dinner in Niagara, we started the
meal with Icewine and foie gras. I didn't realize Icewine can be such a great
beginning to a meal and it really worked with the foie gras."
    Icewine is a great match with this exotic dish. It works particularly
well with Riesling Icewine because the acidity of the wine cuts through the
richness of foie gras to create a new delicious textural profile.
    Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is looking forward to spending time with
his family over the holidays, and says, "The great thing about living in
Ontario is you don't have to go far to find some great local wine and tasty
local cheese to go with it. The best part is, you're supporting Ontario
farmers and businesses."
    Certain cheeses can be a wonderful match with Icewine. The fruit flavors
of Icewine are enhanced by the salt of the cheeses and the acidity in the
Icewine contrasts with the richness of cream cheeses. Full flavored cream
cheeses or varieties like blue cheese are the best match as milder cheeses
simply fade away from the dominant flavors of the Icewine.
    Donald Ziraldo, co-founder of Inniskillin Winery and author of Icewine -
Extreme Winemaking, lists in his new book a variety of great recipes that
include or can be paired with Icewine. He suggests party hosts kick off the
festivities with a Frostbite Martini. Ingredients include vodka, Icewine,
Crème de Cassis, cranberry or white grape juice, lemon syrup and frozen
grapes. Log on to www.winesofontario.ca/icewine for the complete recipe as
well as other menu suggestions from Ontario winery restaurants and some
helpful serving tips.
    LCBO President and CEO Bob Peter enjoys the unique flavour of Icewines
made from Cabernet. "Red Icewines are less intense than white Icewines and are
ideally suited to dark chocolate desserts. They also enhance sparkling wine
cocktails. Just add one ounce of Cabernet Icewine to a fluted glass and top
with Brut-style Ontario sparkling wine."
    The public will also have the chance to sample Icewine during tastings at
select locations of LCBO stores from now through to the Easter weekend. Also,
check out the latest Edition of Food and Drink magazine for serving
suggestions for Icewine.
    Masters golf champion Mike Weir agrees with Ontario's Premier that cheese
is a great match and has some specific ideas on what works best. "I proudly
serve our Icewine when I'm home entertaining because it is such a uniquely
Canadian product. Personally, my wife Bricia and I enjoy it with older cheeses
where the sweetness balances the sharpness of the aged cheese perfectly."
    Whether it's on its own, or paired with a great recipe, a bottle of
Ontario Icewine will make any dinner party a memorable event.

    About the Wine Council of Ontario
    The Wine Council of Ontario is a non-profit trade association that
represents Ontario's four wine regions - Niagara Peninsula, Pelee Island, Lake
Erie North Shore and Prince Edward Country. These regions grow 75 per cent of
the grapes used in Canadian wine production.

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