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.