The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne founded by entrepreneur sister team in 2003, take life one sip at a time as they share the splendour of food and wine for all and the wonderful lifestyle it entails.
Toronto Chief of Police William Blair and Celebrity Chef Brad Long
We invite you o join us for aspecatcular event taking place in Toronto, May 11th one that will be sure to hit all the high notes when it comes to amazing foods,wines and entertainment, and all for a great cause! The event is the 1st annual Interactive Chef Night , being hosted by the charity "ProAction Cops & Kids", an incredible program designed to help connect police officers with at risk youth.
From the rooftop of a stunning condo and patio enjoy the view of our magnificent Toronto skyline, while enjoying special entertainment, an array of wines from Abruzzo and experiencing a taste of authentic Abruzzese dishes. Meet our special guest, visiting from Abruzzo, winemaker Giulia DiSipio of Nicola DiSipio Cantina and mix 'n' mingle with us, our tour guests and potential guests. We'll have special prize give-a-ways too, it is sure to be an awesome evening.
We hope you can join us for what promises to be a magical experience in this incredible region of Abruzzo,long time known as the hidden gem and undiscovered treasure of Italy. "The Wine Ladies" along with our hosts from DEA SOL are ready to welcome you on a vacation of a lifetime uncovering the wines, the food and the amazing sights of Abruzzo!
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MontGras Colchagua, Chile The Wine Ladies Adventure.
Crazy for Cabernet in Chile.... and Carmenere too!
A moment in time, frozen in our minds for ever.... was the vision of the spectacular Andes mountains as we approached the captial city of Santiago, Chile. Breathtaking in a rainblow of colours, we inhaled the magnificence of the largest mountain range in the world. Chile, at last, we’d so been looking forward to this day! On the world wide stage of wine, Chile has an enviable position!
Stunning Santiago with the Andes as a backdrop. Breathtaking!
Welcome to Chile! It may be long and skinny in size and shape, but it’s awfully big and fat when it comes to fabuous wines and food! As a wine producing country Chile has been dealt a winning hand thanks in large part to its natural barriers, the Atacama Desert in the north, the magnificent Andes Mountains in the east, Patagonian icefields to the south and of course the Pacific Ocean to the west. These geogrpahic barriers serve Chile well, protecting the vineyards from pests and disease, while also facilitating organic and even biodynamic viticulture. Chile, in fact was never affected by the root eating louse Phylloxera that decimated the winegrowing regions in the mid 1800's. As a result grafting was never necessary and the great majority of Chile’s vines are planted on their original rootstocks unlike the majority of grapevines in the "old world" planted on the hearty North American rootstocks, their saviour! Many maintain Chilian vines are at a huge advantage with vines better able to express their character and their terroir.
On our all too short recent visit to Chile we had the opportunity to experience three of the fourteen wine regions including the Maipo Valley, "numero uno" for Cabernet Sauvignon, Leyda, the newest cool climate region producing premium white wines knocking it out of the ball park and the Colchagua Valley, one of Chile’s best-known regions particularly applauded for its Carmenere, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Here we share the time we spent with Mont Gras Properties, a company founded in 1992 by brothers Hernán and Eduardo Gras as well as Cristian Hartwig, who has since moved on to other avenues. Mont Gras Properties’ mission was to create world-class wines that reflected Chile’s best terroirs. Today, “mission accomplished” with Mont Gras enjoying tremendous success with their line-up of wines including a variety of Mont Gras Colchagua, their ultra-premium “Ninquen” reds from Chile’s first mountain vineyard also located in Colchagua, Amaral from Leyda and last but not least INTRIGA Maipo 1865.
Fabre Montmayou,Mendoza, Argentina Malbec World Day The Wine Ladies TV
MAD ABOUT MALBEC IN MENDOZA
We are mad alright, about the amazing Malbecs we enjoyed on our recent visit to Mendoza, Argentina. A grape that was once popular in Bordeaux as one of the 5 permitted players in traditional Bordeaux blends, say Malbec today and the automatic response is “the grape of Argentina” and with good reason!
The Malbec grape is to Argentina as Shiraz is to Australia, Zinfandel to California, Pinotage to South Africa and more recently Carmenere to Chile... it has found its niche, putting this grape on the world wine map, producing amazing wines, with descriptives the likes of “floral, violets, licorice, spicy, deep red and black fruit, chocolate or coffee... and most distinctively the sweet, soft, silky, mouthfilling tannins!
Such an impact has been made with this varietal in its modern domaine that an annual tribute “Malbec World Day” will be celebrating its 3rd anniversary April 17th, 2013. The 43 countries which participated in 2012 will surely be surpassed this year! Watch for events happening in close to 100 cities, including our very own Toronto!
Although with a rich history and deep roots, Malbec was first planted in Argentina as far back as 1852 brought over by French agronomist Michel Pouget, it is only in the last couple of decades that it has begun to take centre stage, and be so deservedly appreciated around the world of wine.
While in Argentina we experienced the magic of Malbec first hand, while even more magically against the constant backdrop of the absolutely breathtaking Andes, the largest mountain range in the world, the lifeline for the Malbec vineyards and others, providing them the drink to survive and thrive.
The Andes, Cordon del Plata peak makes a stunning backdrop for the Fabre Montmayou vineyards.
Our itinerary included visiting the two primary wine producing provinces in the country; Mendoza, responsible for 80% of all wines produced and second in production San Juan, a little further north, with differing soils and climate producing wines of its unique personality.
First stop was in Vistalba located in the “departement” of Lujan du Cuyo, in Mendoza, at a boutique winery called Fabre Montmayou. Geographically, think of Argentina as a big set with multiple subsets. Argentina, divides into fourteen provinces, with Mendoza being the king-pin of wine production, within Mendoza there are “departments” which include Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, which we later visit, with each expressing differing characteristics, and within the department of Lujan de Cuyo is Vistalba, the home of Fabre Montmayou.
Georgia inspects the Malbec with winemaker, owner, director Hervé Joyaux Fabre of Fabre Montmayou.
We speak of roots, and here at Fabre Montmayou on 15 hectares, they run deep, with the Malbec vines dating back to 1908 brought over by the first immigrants to come to Argentina. The roots, or ancestry of founder Herve Joyaux Fabre come from Bordeaux, with generations involved with the vine. In 1992 on a visit, Herve was seduced by the potential of the magnificent malbec grape in Mendoza and there was no turning back! Fabre Montmayou was born.
Dizzy with Decadence, on our Wine and Chocolate Tour!
At Pondview Estate Winery with the Puglisi's and David Levy of Chocolate Tales. Get ready to make truffles!
Two of life's greatest pleasures together, wine and chocolate, was the theme of the day. Enjoyed with an awesome group, a decked out limo for VIP travel,a knock-out fabulous chocolate inspired luncheon, three wine tastings, including icewine slushies and a chocolate truffle workshop, thank you David Levy of Chocolate Tales in Niagara-on-the-Lake, how much more can you ask for on a chilly February winter day.
Never a dull moment and lots of fun on The Wine Ladies wine tours to be sure!
If you could just imagine the best possible group ever of extreme fun loving, crazy for wine and chocolate twenty-five individuals, it wouldn't be much different from the incredible group we had with us on our inaugural Wine and Chocolate tour last month.