Celebrate Ontario VQA Wines and Locally Inspired Cuisine

Note: Press release issued by Sip and Savour Ontario on upcoming tasting in support of the Ontario Wine Awards:

Supporting your local economy is not just about being trendy; it’s a lifestyle that lends itself to great taste! The unique climate and geography of Ontario’s Green Belt offers perfect growing conditions for one of Canada’s most diverse and bountiful agricultural regions. With the early arrival of summer, Ontario’s local farmers are busy keeping up with this years produce. There is no better time or place to experience the excitement, and show your support, at Toronto’s leading local tasting event.

Sip & Savour Ontario is the hottest localvoire event of the season that showcases some of the provinces most outstanding VQA certified wines paired with the freshest in local produce. This year, Sip & Savour Ontario will be showcasing 26 award-winning Ontario wineries that will be pouring and pairing their wines with a delectable selection of regionally prepared foods by top industry Chefs.

Included among this years featured chefs are local celebrities Chef Jason Parsons of Peller Estates Winery Restaurant and Toronto’s own Chef Brad Long of Veritas Restaurant and the HGTV hit series, Restaurant Makeover. These and other participating Chefs and fine restaurants will be showcasing their creative affinity for freshness while showing their support for the local food movement.

In 2009, more than 400 wine and food lovers made their way to The Distillery Historic District to celebrate Sip & Savour Ontario. This year, Sip & Savour Ontario, in partnership with Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre, will be bringing the wonders of Ontario wine and food to Toronto for an evening dedicated to indulgence and gastronomical support for Ontario’s wine and food industries.

In partnership with the Ontario Wine Awards, sip & Savour Ontario are inviting both journalists and consumers to play a role in this delightfully inspiring culinary experience.

  • Thursday, June 17th, 2010
  • sip & Savour Ontario
  • Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre
  • 200 Victoria Street, 3rd Floor
  • Toronto

For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit here

Participating Chefs

Executive Chef Jason Parsons, Peller Estates

Chef Michael Wilson, Crush Wine Bar

Chef Tim Dunnill, The Old Mill Inn & Spa

Chef Brad Long, Veritas Restaurant

Chef Anne Yarymowich, Frank Restaurant / AGO

Participating Ontario VQA Wineries

Alvento Winery
Calamus Estate Winery
Château des Charmes
Coyote’s Run Estate Winery
Creekside Estate Winery
Fielding Estate Winery
Five Rows Craft Wine of Lowrey Vineyards
Flat Rock Cellars
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
Huff Estates Winery
Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
Konzelmann Estate Winery
Lailey Vineyard Winery
Mike Weir Wine
Nyarai Cellars
Pelee Island Winery
Peller Estates Winery
Pillitteri Estates Winery
Riverview Cellars Winery
Rosewood Estates Winery
Sandbanks Estate Winery
Southbrook Vineyards
Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
Tawse Winery
Vineland Estates Winery
Wayne Gretzky Estate Winery

Ontario Wine Week – June 13th to 19th, 2010
Officially declared by the provincial government in June 2005, every third week in June has been proclaimed Ontario Wine Week. This act helps to solidify the recognition of wines produced in Ontario and further insures the continued success of the Ontario Wine Awards and surrounding events such as sip & Savour Ontario.

Sip & Savour Ontario Consumer Tasting – June 17, 2010
An evening dedicated to Ontario’s Finest VQA Wines and Regional Cuisine
In the traditions of all great culinary regions, there are strong ties between regional wine and cuisine. This year, we will once again be showcasing this great tradition here in Ontario. The public will be able to experience and celebrate Ontario wine and food firsthand at sip & Savour Ontario on June 17th at the Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  Some of Ontario’s top chefs will bring the best and freshest foods Ontario has to offer.