The 3rd ‘County in the City’, an annual event that brings wineries from Prince Edward County to Ontario’s capital so that Torontonians, unable to travel, can taste and appreciate wines from one of the three Ontario’s wine growing regions while mingling with other cool (climate) wine lovers, took place on April 3rd, 2014. As this was the 3rd time I’ve attended it, it has officially become my annual ritual or tradition.
As all things mature and change, so did this event (see last year’s article) – still ‘faithfully’ utilizing Berkeley Church as the venue choice, this year’s increased admission to $49 not only included all the tastings and music (same as last year), the food provided by Berkley Church Catering was also included (new this year). Again, the walls of the main floor were lined with wineries’ representatives pouring their currently available vintages, while the central stage was reserved for the musician and food kiosk.
On April 25th 2013, second annual ‘County in the City’ wine-tasting took place inside of the Berkeley Church, downtown Toronto. The event’s aim was to introduce wines of Prince Edward County to ‘us’, the city dwellers, without ‘us’ having to venture out. This year, 14 out of the 26 Prince Edward County wineries (several more wineries are to open this year) featured their products and who better to represent them than the winery owners and wine makers themselves. The cost of $40 (at the door) included all the tastings, some cracker/cheese/fruit nibbles and a performance by a live band. Variety of on-site prepared food was also available for purchase and its juicy, meaty smells were competing with the wine’s aromas. As many of the wines are not available at the LCBO, purchasing ANY 6 or more wines warranted free delivery directly to customer’s door – promotion only available at the event itself.
‘Terroir’ – a one-of-a-kind event, where Prince Edward County wineries come together for one afternoon of the year, to mark the fact that spring is finally here and bring their newly released and vintaged wines with them. As the event started in 2005, it is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this year!
This part of the webpage is meant to provide a list of public events taking place in Toronto or in the nearby wine county. The intention here is to create as complete list of events and to attend and document as many of these events as time permits. Each event can be expanded for more information and the indoor versus outdoor or at-the-winery/ies events are correspondingly marked.
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Updated November 6th, 2015 – created January 12th, 2014.
Tis ‘the season to be jolly’, generous and kind to people around us, so why not give wine related gifts and make everyone happy? When it comes to wine gifts, there are many choices and venues to explore – one can give wine, wine related items or paraphernalia, tickets to a winery’s or local wine events, or give the gift of education in the form of books, seminars and lessons. Let’s explore each of these categories herein.
Geographically, all of Ontario’s vine growing appellations are thought of as cool-climate regions – meaning that vines which thrive here, produce wines naturally higher in aromatics and in acidity, hence adding to their complexity and challenging their structure, respectively. Though home to many different varietals, Ontario is well-known for its Vidal and Cabernet Franc Icewines; Rieslings and Chardonnays – the whites; Pinot Noirs, Merlots and Cabernet Francs – the reds, and one must not forget the sparkling roses, just to highlight a few. Most Ontarian vines grow in the province’s four regions also known as appellations – the Niagara Escarpment, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shore (listed from highest to lowest area under cultivation); but vine is also grown in other, non-classified regions – namely Toronto and York area and Bruce County.