If you’re a fan of Icewine, a dessert wine commonly made from Riesling, Vidal or Cabernet Franc grapes, you may want to attend the Niagara Icewine Festival 2012 taking place from January 13-29, 2012 at wineries across the Niagara Region. Icewine is made from grapes that are frozen on the vine, which results in a concentrated, sweet wine. Canada is the largest producer of Icewine next to Germany, with Ontario producing the bulk of Canada’s Icewine.
A $30 Discovery Pass will allow you to enjoy six wine-tasting experiences over the weekends of January 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29, 2012 at Ontario wineries. Each wine-tasting experience is $10 if purchased individually.
A special masquerade gala takes place on January 13, 2012 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Fallsview Casino, which will include musical entertainment, a silent auction, VQA Icewine and tables wines from over 30 wineries, as well as cuisine prepared by the chefs from Fallsview Casino. Tickets are $175 and can be purchased online or by calling 905-688-0212.
On Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the historic Market Square in downtown St. Catharines will be the place to gather to sample VQA wines, gourmet food, artisanal cheeses, as well as listen to live music from Cleveland 351. Tokens are required to sample wine and food.
Deborah Levy will offer wine and cheese seminars during each weekend for the duration of the Icewine Festival on behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Tickets for each seminar are $20 and can be ordered online.