Top Ontario wineries show off their terroir in T.O.

Note: A group of Niagara wineries is showcasing its top terroir-driven wines May 10 in Toronto. Here is a press release with the details:

Niagara, ON – Ten of Ontario’s top wineries are bringing their wines – and their soils – to Toronto for an evening of tasting and education.

Somewhereness is an event designed to allow guests to tour the wineries and their unique terroir through their taste buds, with carefully selected wines that highlight the unique soils, climate, vineyard management and winemaking styles that are the mainstays of the Somewhereness philosophy. Winemakers will pour their own wines and interact with guests throughout the evening while sharing how their wines speak of their place of origin.

This year, international wine writer and educator Ian D’Agata will deliver a keynote address and introduce winemakers from the ten featured wineries who will share their wines and winemaking philosophies with over 300 guests. Canadian- born, Mr. D’Agata now resides in Rome where he is the Honorary Director of the International Wine Academy of Roma. Mr. D’Agata – a contributor to both Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar and Decanter magazine – will share his impressions of the impact of Somewhereness on Ontario wines in a global context. His international perspective was gained as a result of a celebrated career that has taken him around the world. Mr D’Agata spends an average of 260 days each year tasting and visiting wine regions throughout the world including Italy, France and beyond.

Renowned author and Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer infused the universal idea of terroir with a distinctly New World sensibility, calling it Somewhereness. Inspired by this concept, a small group of Ontario winemakers dedicated to creating terroir-focused wines came together in 2007 to showcase their embodiment of Somewhereness – a commitment to growing small lots of site-specific wines in Ontario’s ancient glacial soils while ensuring that the character of their unique terroir is represented in every bottle.

Somewhereness 2011 will feature the following Ontario wineries: Cave Spring Cellars, Charles Baker Wines, Flat Rock Cellars, Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery, Malivoire Wine Company, Norman Hardie Winery, Southbrook Vineyards, Stratus Vineyards, Tawse Winery, and 13th Street Winery.

Keynote Address & Structured Tasting: 6:30pm

Walk-around Tasting: 8:00pm

Somewhereness 2011, presented in partnership with VINTAGES, will be held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto. Tickets are $99 per person, and are available through the Vintages ticket centre at 416-365-5767 or 1-800- 266-4764, or at somewhereness