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We’re all set for our “Shimmer of Gold Icewine Tours” to Niagara this Sunday, January 15th and Sunday the 22nd.  http://thewineladies.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1278:susanne&catid=70:front-page-news&Itemid=170 The question on a lot of people’s mind, “how’s the weather cooperating for the grapes”   It’s always about the weather, but in this case, with icewine it REALLY is about the weather!

Early this week we had the chance to speak with winemaker Bruce Nicholson from Inniskillin Winery www.Inniskillin.com  in Niagara, and as he puts it, it’s EXTREME winemaking, and not without its risks. We asked Bruce to give us the low down so far on the 2011 icewine vintage. . (FYI, even if the grapes are picked in the next year, as 2012 this year, the vintage will still be 2011, the year the grapes ripened.) Here’s what he had to say

“We get a lot of media calling us up, and asking about how things are going. In the second and third weeks of December   “Aren’t you worried Bruce” was the reoccurring question.  No why, I say, we know it’s going to get cold, we’ve still got January and February to go.  That’s the thing about icewine, it’s not like harvesting other fruit, where you know when you’re going to pick. Icewine picking can happen in a number of months, part of why its extreme winemaking” 

“So what are the optimal conditions for picking Bruce?” we ask?

“I like to pick between at least minus 9, 9.5 to minus 11.

I always wait for the cold temps.  I like what you said Georgia about the freeze and thaw…. that’s what gives a wine the complexity in the end, that repetitive cycle helps develops the important components of a great icewine.

With the crazy warm temperatures we’ve had so far, how is the 2011 icewine vintage looking?

“I really like what I see, I’m cautiously optimistic, our yields were good, the birds didn’t get them, kind of a relief, Wednesday was cooperative enough, we picked up everything we needed to… left a few rows, about 8 or so… (we learn that approximately 15% of the expected yield for table grapes is all you get for icewine…. which contribute to its richer price)

 

Read more: From Winemaker’s lips to God’s ears…. here’s the scoop for Icewine 2011!

Awaiting us at Vineland  Estates Winery www.Vineland.com  the world's first vodka icewine martini, a delicious combination of Vineland Estates Vidal Icewine and Canadian made Vodka. VICE is the duality of an Angel on one shoulder and the Devil on the other.Serve chilled from fridge or freezer. Pour into VICE martini glass. Garnish with grapes. Simply delish!

Read more: VICE Icewine Martini featured at Vineland Estates Winery Jan 15th with The Wine Ladies tour to...

Legends Estates Winery to tantalize the palate under the direction of owner Paul Lizak on The Wine Ladies Icewine Tour to Niagara

Paul Lizak, will guide us through a to-die for wine and food pairing, and sampling of outrageously delicious award winning wines!

Join us on our Shimmer of Gold Icewine Tour January 15th, where you will be treated as our VIP for the day, enjoying fine wine, food and entertainment. Twenty Valley, our destination, transforms into a wintry wonderland during the Niagara Icewine Festival, the village comes alive with music, delectable dishes, award winning wines, ice sculptures and terrific shopping! Don't miss out, come and celebrate the festival, the winter and personally selected wineries with us!

We'll spend some time in the village, including a light lunch (after first winery visit) and be treated to a trio of personal and unique wine experiences courtesy of three award winning hand selected wineries. Wineries we'll be visiting include Fielding Estate Winery and Vineland Estates Winery, with Legends Estates Winery as our final destination awaiting us with a very special treat..... the Nectar of the Greek Gods

Transport your palate to heights that rival Mount Olympus as Legends Estates serve up warm Pulled Lamb Souvlaki, infused with their award-winning Vidal Icewine and served on a fresh pita with homemade tzatziki.

Savour their Silver Medal 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve VQA and 2006 Shiraz Reserve VQA, delicious wine pairings that would bring even Dionysus to his knees...

A little Legends Estates Winery history ...the roots of a romance with the land run deep in the Lizak family, founders and owners of Legends Estates. In 1946, matriarch Sophie Lizak and husband John planted the seeds of enterprise on a tender fruit farm of a dozen acres. The fertile soil and micro-climate of the Niagara Peninsula fed their passion and as time passed, the customs of working the land were handed down from father, to son Ted Lizak to grandson. A half century later, a boutique winery was born on Lake Ontario under John's grandson, Paul Lizak. Since then Legends Estate Winery has become an award winning winery, also known to be Niagara's number one lakefront property, breath taking and an extremely popular venue for weddings, as one might well imagine. Our experience, here at Legends Estates Winery will include having the pleasure to meet, and be lead through the sampling of four Legends Estates award winning wines by the proprietor Paul Lizak personally. Mr. Lizak will guide us through a private tasting experience that showcases their rare Niagara grown varietals such as Semillon and Malbec as well as their 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve VQA and the 2006 Shiraz Reserve VQA.

Read more: Legends Estates Winery to tantalize the palate Jan 15th, 2012

There is a new reason to venture out on a chilly January weekend this year, 29 reasons, in fact. Visitors to the NEW Winter WineFest will be able to sample over 50 wines from 29 area wineries, and this year Icewine will share centre stage with some of Ontario’s best sparkling and premium VQA wines.

The not just Icewine festival which will be hosted in Jordan Village January 16 and 17th  will allow wine enthusiasts to sip and savour from a list of specialty and reserve wines not offered at any other wine festival.

The shift away from the traditional Icewine Festival was one of the first changes implemented by the Twenty Valley Tourism Association when they took over the management of the event this November. The Jordan Ice Bar has been very successful, but we wanted to create something that is distinctly Twenty Valley an event that better showcases the variety of premium wines available here, says Dori Andrewes, Event Manager for the Twenty Valley Tourism Association.  Many of our most celebrated and popular wineries don’t offer Icewine and were not able to be a part of past events. It makes sense to put our best wines on display, and to highlight the range of talent in Twenty Valley.

To view highlights of the Twenty Valley Wine Fest Jan 2010 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2v4J85za2U

Twenty Valley Icewine Festival Jan 2010

 

 

There is a new reason to venture out on a chilly January weekend this year, 29 reasons, in fact. Visitors to the NEW Winter WineFest will be able to sample over 50 wines from 29 area wineries, and this year Icewine will share centre stage with some of Ontario’s best sparkling and premium VQA wines.

The not just Icewine festival which will be hosted in Jordan Village January 16 and 17th  will allow wine enthusiasts to sip and savour from a list of specialty and reserve wines not offered at any other wine festival.

The shift away from the traditional Icewine Festival was one of the first changes implemented by the Twenty Valley Tourism Association when they took over the management of the event this November. The Jordan Ice Bar has been very successful, but we wanted to create something that is distinctly Twenty Valley an event that better showcases the variety of premium wines available here, says Dori Andrewes, Event Manager for the Twenty Valley Tourism Association.  Many of our most celebrated and popular wineries don’t offer Icewine and were not able to be a part of past events. It makes sense to put our best wines on display, and to highlight the range of talent in Twenty Valley.

To view highlights of the Twenty Valley Wine Fest Jan 2010 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2v4J85za2U

 

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