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Wines In Niagara
Girl on Wine
Toledo Wines and Vines
The Wine Case
Wines In Niagara
NOTE: Pillitteri Estates Winery announced via this press release that they were awarded top Canadian wine at Vinexpo for a Chardonnay Icewine.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – Pillitteri Estates Winery has received one of the highest honours in Bordeaux France, where they were awarded the Canada Medal at Citadelles du Vin for the best Canadian wine in competition at the most prestigious Wine and Spirits Exhibition in the world, Vinexpo.
Pillitteri received these accolades for their 2007 Chardonnay Icewine. This is a tremendous accomplishment and honour for the winery which prides itself as the world’s largest estate producer of Icewine.
Pillitteri is committed to quality, authentic Icewine and is for that reason is proud to announce a new partnership with Prooftag, a product authentication and tracking system. Canadian Icewine is a prestigious and sought after product with a growing global demand of authentic Icewine. Consequently, this rapid growth in demand has resulted in large amounts of counterfeit Canadian Icewine entering the international market. Icewine is now one of the most counterfeited wines in the world.
Prooftag’s main system is a bubble tag which cannot be duplicated and creates an attached pilfer proof covering on Icewine. This bubble tag has a unique number which can be accessed from the web and on any smart phone to confirm authenticity by visually inspecting the bubbles on the tag and the related file online. Once removed the unique and un-duplicatable design is destroyed. Prooftag’s bubble tag system is currently being used on some of the most well known and expensive wine brands in Bordeaux and the Napa Valley “We are proud of the collaboration established with Pillitteri Estates Winery in Canada to secure their Icewine. As a market leader, Pillitteri Estates Winery is the first Canadian winery to use the Bubble Tag technology to ensure a high level of security to their consumers around the world”, commends Franck Bourrières, Sales and Marketing Director at Prooftag.
Pillitteri’s winning Chardonnay Icewine will be the first product to carry this new seal and the first of such seals was applied at a ceremony at Vinexpo in Bordeaux, France to commemorate the prestigious win and new partnership. Bubble seals will be used on all Pillitteri Icewines exported out of Canada to ensure the quality of their wine and the integrity of their brand. “We are always concerned over counterfeit Icewines entering our markets; the bubble seal will allow us to maintain our brand and family’s integrity around the world. When our Icewines win prestigious awards it creates excitement in the community and demand for our products. We are thrilled with this recognition. We now we have a system in place to ensure all our customers are receiving pure Canadian Icewine” Says Pillitteri C.E.O. and President of Sales, Charles Pillitteri.
The Citadelles du Vin is an international wine and spirits competition based in Bordeaux France and endorsed by the O.I.V. The competition is connected with the world’s premier wine and spirits exhibition, Vinexpo. Created in 1992, the purpose of this prestigious competition is to discover and highlight some of the best wines on the planet by awarding them trophies. With 70% of its entries from abroad, the international dimension of the event is omnipresent. In total, some 30 nations take part in the competition where over 300 appellations are represented.
Summer at long last has arrived. Time to shake things up a bit, add a bit of pizzazz to your arsenal of summer drinks.
For me, I am constantly looking for fine rums to mix with pulpy fruit juices such as mango or pineapple or even cola and ginger beer over a big mound of ice cubes.
I tried the new (at least to our market) Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum, a unique blend of nine all natural spices that hails from the island of St. Croix. The rum was created for the people of St. Croix by the people of St. Croix. The 9 in the name not only represents the nine spices blended into this aged rum — vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, mace, allspice, pepper and juniper berry — but also references the nine districts on the island of St. Croix.
This hand-crafted rum is made by master distiller Gary Nelthropp, who’s developed a perfect balance of spices combined with Cruzan’s aged rum. Here’s a review:
Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum ($28, LCBO) — Such a lovely sweet and spicy nose of caramel, vanilla, oak, cloves, all-spice, and dried Caribbean spices. In the mouth it’s medium bodied, fruity and shows toasted oak notes and a lavish array of spices. Best to mix this with your favourite cola over ice, or with a natural fruit juice such as mango or pineapple. Or try the recipe below:
1 oz Cruzan
4 oz orange juice
1 oz cranberry juice
Build over ice
Garnish with a lime wedge.
Canadians just keep getting better and better at the art of distilling whisky.
This month, for the first time, Alberta Distillers is releasing the very rare Alberta Premium 30 Year Old Limited Edition Rye Whisky, a 100 per cent Canadian whisky.
This rich, full-bodied whisky is made from the finest Canadian rye grain. The home-grown rye goes through a complex process of grinding, cooking, fermentation and distilling. The whisky spirit is transferred to white oak barrels that have been charred on the inside, producing layers of natural sugars that smooth out the alcohol, injecting colours and flavours from the oak during the maturation period. The flavouring whiskies are aged in small oak casks and are used during the blending of Canadian rye whisky. It is the unique combination of real rye grains that distinguishes this whiskey.
Here’s a review:
Alberta Premium 30 Year Old Limited Edition Whisky ($50, Vintages) — An incredible nose of caramel-vanilla, dried figs, nutmeg, kettle corn and sweet spice. It’s wonderfully smooth on the palate with layers of spicy flavours and dried fruit-vanilla and oak tones. It’s like a fine single malt whiskey but more textured. This is a connoisseurs’ whisky, meant to be sipped neat and not mixed with anything.
And some wines to enjoy:
Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($35, Vintages, 88 points) — One of my favourite producers from California’s Sonoma Coast. This Cab is gorgeous and loaded with blackberry, mocha, currants, plums and a touch of mint. It’s beefy and bold on the palate with smoke, spice, leather and roasted coffee bean to go with all that fruit.
Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Fume Blanc 2009 ($22, Vintages, 87 points) — Fume Blanc is a fancy name for Sauvignon Blanc that’s seen a bit of oak aging. The nose is quite aromatic with flowers, spice, apple, citrus and light toast and spice. It has grip on the palate with vanilla, pear and citrus notes in a round and juicy style.
Fielding Estate winemaker Richie Roberts, and, by extension, owners Curtis and Heidi Fielding, aren’t afraid to throw down the wine gauntlet and experiment with their portfolio.
It is what has helped establish the tiers of Riesling and Pinot Gris at Fielding. It’s what has driven the fine red wine program, especially in warmer vintages, and the reluctance to make inferior reds in the cooler vintages. Sometimes it just takes a good homegrown boy to make good homegrown wine. Continue reading
Note: Three great winery events are happening in Niagara this weekend.
Jim Cuddy and Al Steward at Tawse
On Saturday, June 18, Canadian music icon JIM CUDDY returns to Tawse Winery along with “Year of the Cat” singer/songwriter Al STEWART. This very special ‘al fresco’ concert promises to be the event of the summer, and one not to be missed!
Two great performances, one incredible evening!
• General admission tickets are still available at $59.00 (plus applicable taxes), and include a $10.00 voucher for food and wine.
For full event details and to purchase tickets please visit Tawse Winery.
Taste the Place at Southbrook
We are pleased to announce the date for our second annual “Taste the Place” — an event that is quickly becoming a “must” for wine lovers and lovers of life!
On June 18, guests will be guided on a walk through Southbrook’s organic and biodynamic vineyard, tasting unique wines among the vines where they actually grew.
Three new wines will be introduced, each one from a different “family” of Southbrook wines (Triomphe Chardonnay 09, Connect Red 08 and Whimsy! Red 08 — so something for everyone!
11:30am with Scott Jones, Vineyard Manager
12:30pm with Ann Sperling, Director of Winemaking & Viticulture
1:30pm with Bill Redelmeier, Proprieter
2:30pm with Brian Hamilton, Associate Winemaker
3:30pm with Regan Kapach, Assistant Winemaker
581 Niagara Stone Road, RR4, Niagara-on-the-lake, L0S 1J0 ON, CA
A New Vintage from Vine to Wine
Join the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival for the New Vintage Festival Discovery Pass Program.
Enjoy this year’s summer solstice with the Discovery Pass Program, taking place weekends; June 18th through 26th, 2011. Dairy Farmers of Canada present the New Vintage Discovery Pass. This is your ticket to 6 wineries for two weekends of wine and culinary adventures at over 30 participating wineries across Niagara.
Wineries have developed an incredible showcase of Niagara culinary paired with wines that reflect the unique personality of each winery. And if you are interested in extreme tastings there are vertical tastings available.
Deborah Levy from Dairy Farmers of Canada will be working closely with select wineries to provide New Vintage visitors with the opportunity to explore incredible Grand Prix winning artisanal cheeses with Wine and Cheese Seminars. The cheese selections will compliment the various winemakers’ styles and tastes.
Joining Deborah will be Grapevine Magazine wine personalities Michael Pinkus and John Szabo. Michael will lead a tasting with winemaker, Jeff Hundertmark at Marynissen Estate Winery on Saturday June 18th and the following day at one of Niagara’s newest wineries; Hinterbrook Estate Winery.
Weekend two, John Szabo will lead the Southbrook tasting on Saturday and Sunday Michael will be back for the closing day tasting at Strewn Winery.
Discovery Passes are $30 and Wine Seminars are $10 each (plus HST). All are available by ordering online at the Niagara Wine Festival or calling the Festival office at 905-688-0212.
For more information please contact Kimberly Hundertmark, Executive Director, Niagara Grape and Wine Festival at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 905-688-0212 x 117.