Saturday, December 18, 2010

Niagara-On-The-Lake Icewine Festival A Cool Event For January

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NYC 007: The View, Ice WineImage by Andy Ciordia via Flickr
Snow draped vineyards and warm hospitality collide during the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival. Events are scheduled in this scenic Ontario town daily throughout the month of January. Icewine comes to life as each of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake offer distinct events sure to leave a sweet taste in your mouth. For a full list of Winery events, click here.

In addition, the Heritage District will be the site of a variety of Icewine-inspired events, the flagship event being the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Village. Held on January 22 and 23 from11 am to 5 pm, the event pairs Icewines from the 25 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake with jazz music and Icewine-infused delicacies from Niagara-on-the-Lake dining partners. Admission is free.

Back in September TWAV visited the wineries of NOTL and we were dazzled by the wine and beautiful "tasting boutiques" at the wineries. Ice wines are a rare treat -- and done perhaps nowhere better than in Ontario. One of the wineries we visited was Strewn. I'm sorry I won't be able to get back there to try their Icewine Shake. Sounds tasty.

Reif Winery, another one of our favorites, is offering the Icewine Experience on weekends. You can taste a flight of Icewine paired with culinary delights at their Sensory Wine Bar. Start with a butternut squash soup paired with Riesling Icewine, next taste two Vidal Icewines, one paired with duck terrine and one paired with blue cheese for a sensory explosion. Finish with a strawberry truffle paired with Cabernet Franc Icewine. Reservations are not required but strongly recommended. Cost is $30 per person.

On the evening of January 22, Wine Country’s hottest Icewine “mixologists” will compete in the Icewine Cocktail Competition, where guests can sample the innovative Icewine cocktails created. Admission is free.

Icewine Legends, a tasting series lead by Niagara-on-the-Lake’s founding and upcoming Icewinemakers, allows guests to taste the legacy of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s most precious wine. It takes place the weekends of January 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30. The cost is $35 per person. For more Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival events, including Icewine & A Movie, a celebration of Icewine and 50 Years of Shaw Festival and Goodies for Grownups, an Icewine and dessert reception hosted by celebrity Chef Anna Olson, visit the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake website.
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