To view this entire TV show episode and subscribe to our podcast for previous episodes. Click here. www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies We are thrilled to announce that we are going to Spain in June 2010 leading a wine, culinary and cultural tour to the fabulous Rioja as well as stops in Madrid, Barcelona and more. With only a small group with us (just 30) we will visit wineries, tapas bars, museums and maybe a little Flamenco dancing too. This is an incredible chance to discover the monumental heritage, dazzling environment and to become acquainted with the customs and lives of the Spanish people. Taking this trip to Spain means to live an experience that you will never forget. We invite you to join us. Espagne here we come! The Wine Ladies TV! For a complete details http://www.ECO-MOZAIC.COM or call 416 585 2258 and 1 800 267 9339. To view the complete itinerary and prices please Spain Tour. Joining us on the TV show was Brenda Hanson Operations Manager for ECO-MOZAIC www.eco-mozaic.com who highlighted the what, where and when of this 10 day excursion. From the endless attractions and architectural heritage of the Royal Palace in Madrid, to the fertile landscapes forests, mountains, beaches and steep coasts of Bilbao and the splendour of the City of Wine “Marques de Riscal” Winery designed by the famous Canadian architect Frank Gehry we know that this trip will be a celebration of diversity and immense pleasure for the mind, spirit and body. To help bring the fabulous Spanish cuisine to life we were delighted to have Executive Chef and proprietor Chris McDonald of the award winning CAVA Restaurant www.cavarestaurant.ca located in mid-town Toronto wow us with his culinary magic. CAVA in Spanish means, cellars for aging wines as well as sparkling wine where it is made just outside of Barcelona. Chris’s restaurant offers a wide range of wines by the glass and specializes in “small plates made for sharing otherwise known as tapas”, he explained. Tapas are a cultural phenomena in Spain whereby friends and family get together, share a small bite and a drink and are meant as a precursor to the main meal. Chris prepared some classic tapas dishes for us to share including a delicious Octopus dish (Pinchos) with two kinds of peppers and olives from Spain served at room temperature as well as the classic Clams with Chorizo with fresh parsley, garlic and butter. Simply divine. We were surprised to learn that Spanish cuisine is typically not too spicy and more on the mild side, one of the exceptions being the spicy Chorizo sausage that accented the Clam dish we enjoyed. All of this was paired with a white wine from the Rioja, made by the famous Spain producer, the R. LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA VIÑA TONDONIA RESERVA WHITE 1989. This wine was impressive, made with the Viura grape variety and already over 10 years old its golden colour still vivid was layered with notes of hazelnut, orange peel and apple. Luscious, almost Sherry like, distinctive and delicious. Toni Batet Collado Export Manager, Miguel Torres, Canadian Market and sommelier explained that Spain is the 3rd largest producer of wine in the world but in fact has the most vines planted throughout the entire world. The Rioja region is located in the north of Spain and is divided into 3 sub areas and was the 1st wine region officially created in the 1920’s. The Tempranillo is the local red grape variety often with cherry notes and spice with aging potential. Next on our tasting adventure was to move into the red category whereby we tasted the Torres Ibericos Crianza Tempranillo 2006 http://www.torres.es/eng/asp/nv_ficha.asp?Ficha=producto&Cod=71 . A Crianza is a category of wine is one in which the wine needs to be aged in the barrel for at least 12 months and 6 months in the bottle. Deep coloured with a lovely balance this modern-styled Rioja combines sweet, creamy blackberry fruit with spicy oak. Good acidity keeps things fresh. Chef Chris brought in something quite special, an Ibérico ham also called Pata Negra or “black hoof” to pair with the Torres Ibericos Crianza Tempranillo 2006 . “This is the best of the best, the caviar if you will, made from an ancient race of pigs in the north-west region of Spain’, explained Chris. Carefully looked after and attended to these pigs in the later part of their lives live in the Oak forest feeding on acorns, which gives this special ham a nutty Oak flavour and aged for over 30 months. Only 3 spots in Toronto have this and Cava Restaurant is one. It truly was spectacular. For a complete podcast of the show go to www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies Wines we tasted on the show. 1. R. LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA VIÑA TONDONIA RESERVA WHITE 1989 LCBO # 0356352 Price: $59.00 2. Torres Ibericos Crianza Tempranillo 2006 Rioja, Spain Agent: www.familywinemerchants.com Price: $17.00 3. R. LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA VIÑA CUBILLO CRIANZA 2002 VINTAGES 692780 Price:$26.95 Price: $ 26.95 Wine, Red Wine, 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.
The well-known Canadian Tenors will perform at the 1st annual Doors Open Niagara Benefit Concert on Friday, July 16 at Jackson-Triggs' Niagara Estate Amphitheatre. Now in its 9th year, Doors Open Niagara showcases built heritage, architecture and design in the Binational Niagara Region, and is part of the international Doors Open/Open House program that began in France in 1984. This benefit concert is a first for Doors Open Niagara program, thanks to funding from Celebrate Ontario and the support of our venue sponsors Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery," advised Arlene White, Executive Director of the Binational Economic and Tourism Alliance. "We are extremely fortunate to be working with these performers and the professionals at Jackson-Triggs to deliver this new component of the Doors Open program. Proceeds from this event will be used for new program development in 2010 and 2011, which will be the 10th anniversary of Doors Open Niagara and the preparatory year for the 1812 Bicentennial celebrations." Jackson-Triggs' Niagara Estate Winery is pleased to co sponsor the Doors Open Benefit Concert with such dynamic headliners-The Canadian Tenors. This concert falls the day before their already scheduled and sold out Saturday, July 17th performance within the existing Twilight in the Vineyard Concerts which is celebrating the 10th season of the Amphitheatre THE CANADIAN TENORS The Canadian Tenors - Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters - deliver an eclectic blend of classical and contemporary pop. They've received rave reviews appearing with Andrea Bocelli at the Tel Aviv Opera, headlining ONE NIGHT LIVE with Sting and Sheryl Crow a and performing alongside Celine Dion on The Oprah Winfrey Show t Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
VIP PACKAGE FOR THE CANADIAN TENORS Jackson-Triggs is pleased to offer a limited special "VIP Package" for an added experience with the performers. The "VIP Package" for The Canadian Tenors Includes: Guests will be greeted with Sparkling Wine upon arrival and enjoy reserved seating! Watch a magical performance under the stars followed by a exclusive reception with The Tenors in the Estate Lounge overlooking the Amphitheatre. Each VIP ticket holder will take home three items-a bottle of Jackson-Triggs premium VQA wine autographed by The Tenors and winemaker Marco Piccoli as well as a signed DVD and CD. $175.00 a ticket - limit to the first 30 guests. Celebrating the 10th season of The Twilight in the Vineyard 2010 concert series, the confirmed all Canadian line-up includes: Tom Cochrane with Andrew Cole (July 3) The Canadian Tenors - July 17 (SOLD OUT); Just Added July 18 Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles - July 24 (SOLD OUT) Chantal Kreviazuk & Raine Maida - August 7 (SOLD OUT) & August 8 Michael Kaeshammer and Jill Barber - August 21 Mark of Zorro Silent Film - August 27 - CANCELLED Jesse Cook - (SOLD OUT) August 28 Sarah Harmer- September 4 Back by popular demand the second annual ROOTSTOCK will return (date and line-up TBC). Friday, July 16th show time 8:00pm.Tickets: $61.00 CDN plus $2.50 service charge and applicable tax. For tickets and further information call (905) 468-4637 ext. 2 or toll free in Canada at 1-(866) 589-4637 x 2 or visit www.jacksontriggswinery.com. The open-air Roman style Amphitheatre features general admission with seating provided. Video cameras and any other sound or image-recording devices are strictly forbidden. Rain or shine the show will go on. We are pleased to offer a variety of culinary options under the direction of Chef David Penny which feature Niagara's outstanding wine and local fare. CONCERT VINEYARD DINING (food prices only): Vineyard Escarpment Package: Seared flat iron steak on Soba noodle salad, heirloom tomato panzanella salad, local charcuterie and Artisan cheese, vegetables and humus dip - $25.00 plus applicable taxes (Vegetarian option available). Must be pre-ordered at time of ticket purchase. Vineyard Terroir Package: Rustic sandwich with local Pingue Prosciutto . Niagara Gold local cheese and arugula pesto, quinoa salad with Rick's beets and fresh herbs, baby vegetables and hummus dip - $15.00 plus taxes (Vegetarian option available) . Must be pre-ordered at time of ticket purchase. For those guests looking for a more casual experience we will have available the following options: Under The Hospitality Marquee: Starting at 5:30 p.m. enjoy delicious concession snacks ranging from truffled popcorn, Artisan Cheeses to house made potato chips. ($2.50-$5.00 including taxes.) The Tasting Gallery: Will remain open until 7:45 p.m. with its lighter fare menu of Panini on Artisan bread, soup, salad, cheese & charcuterie. ($5.00 and $10.00 plus taxes). A wide variety of VQA wines from winemaker Marco Piccoli are available for purchase by the glass. Founded in 1993, Jackson-Triggs has enjoyed a reputation for producing some of the country's leading premium VQA wines since its inception. Both its Okanagan and Niagara Estate wineries have been uncompromising in their pursuit of crafting Canadian wines that compete with the world's finest. Jackson-Triggs Estate Wines is proud to be an Official Wine Supplier of The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. For more information, visit www.jacksontriggswinery.com.
Having just enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we are quite sure if you are a wine lover as we are, you are all too familiar with this dreaded scene... after a fabulous holiday dinner party a kitchen filled with loads of dirty dishes and an assortment of your beautiful crystal stemware that all needs to be carefully washed by hand, polished and gently put away. Hours and hours of clean-up work.Read more: Thumbs UP for Miele Dishwasher and Riedel Stemware. Just in time for the busy holidays!
For three years Nicholas Malcolm has picked, pulled and cut paper off poles, plywood fencing and unused buildings on Queen Street, almost all of which has come from University to Roncesvalles.Read more: Nicholas Malcolm - Street Life - Rumi Galleries Exhibit â€“Oct 1st-15th