Monday, November 30, 2015

Niagara Icewine Festival Celebrating 20 years of Liquid Gold January 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 2016

From a release:

Niagara Icewine Festival

Celebrating 20 years of Liquid Gold
January 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 2016

Buy a Discovery Pass ($40) - details below

Let's face it, there's nothing better than drinking and eating your way out of the mid-winter doldrums. Icewine is a personal favourite - rich and sweet but not cloying like sugary liqueurs. It's a type of wine that can only be produced in a very few regions of the world where wine grapes can grow - and where temperatures in the winter reach below -9 Celsius. The grapes are left on the vine to continue to mature and ripen until the temperatures hit that low - typically in January or late December and the result retains the fruit's inherent sugars. Sweet, yes, but sweet like the fruit itself and not sugary.

The Niagara Region is one of the lucky places to experience those extremes in climate and have the soil for wine grapes. For three weekends in January, the Niagara Region is transformed into a wintry wonderland, celebrating one of Canada’s most cherished products - Ontario Icewine. From Gala evening toasts to chestnut roasts, ornate ice bars, ice skating and winery tours, the 21st Annual Niagara Icewine Festival offers plenty for every taste.

2016 Xerox Icewine Gala
Friday, January 15, 2016
Fallsview Casino Resort

This unique event combines exquisite Niagara premium icewines, spectacular culinary and entertainment. Held at the stunning Grand Hall of the Fallsview Casino Resort, this all inclusive formal Gala celebrates the liquid gold of the icewine harvest.

Some of the daily highlights include:
  • Peller Estates Icewine Market
  • Twenty Valley's Winter WineFest
  • Trius Icewine Tour
  • Daily dining events & parties

Discovery Pass
If you are a fan of the vine, these are the weekends to visit Niagara’s wine country, presented by Outlet Collection At Niagara. The Niagara Wine Festival Discovery Pass is your key to three weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara. Discovery Pass holders can enjoy eight experiences per pass.

Discovery Passes are available for purchase online, at participating wineries, St. Catharines Ontario Travel Centre (Skyway), Niagara Falls Ontario Travel Centre and Niagara Falls Tourism.

Just some of what the Discovery Pass can get you:

Between the Lines Family Estate Winery
991 Four Mile Creek Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-262-0289 -
January 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 - 11am-5pm

Fruit & Ice
Ring in the New Year with a classic pairing of BTL's 2013 Vidal Icewine and a delicious Pear Tarte Tatin. Warm, spiced pears, in a light custard on a buttery shell, mingle perfectly with the bright stone fruit flavours of this delicate Icewine. $10 without a Discovery Pass.

Diamond Estates Winery
1067 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-685-5673 -
January 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 - 11am-5pm

Go-Go Gewürztraminer!
We have teamed up with Cucina A Go-Go and will be serving our award winning Lakeview Cellars 2013 Gewurztraminer Icewine with lively notes of apple, orange zest and ginger paired with a delectable roasted red pepper mascarpone tartlet, pancetta and cipolline crisps! $10 without a Discovery Pass.

Inniskillin Winery
1499 Line 3 & Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-468-2187 ext. 5400 -
January 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 - 11am-5pm

Northern Cool Meets Southern Warmth
Warm up this cold winter with our own take on the southern favourite, Chicken and Waffles, spread with our classic Riesling Icewine Butter. Enjoy this warm pairing with Inniskillin’s cool and highly awarded Riesling Icewine. $10 without a Discovery Pass.

Peller Estates Winery
290 John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake
1-888-673-5537 FREE -
January 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 - 11am-5pm

Sweet Sensations
Join us at the 2014 Canadian Winery of the Year for a taste of our award winning and world-renowned Cabernet Franc Icewine as you roast one of Winery Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons' famous Icewine marshmallows over an open fire. $10 without a Discovery Pass.

Pillitteri Estates Winery
1696 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-468-3147 -
January 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 - 11am-5pm

Apple Fritters & Icewine
Enjoy the one and only Kerner Icewine paired with a homegrown Niagara Apple Fritter drizzled in a cinnamon Icewine caramel sauce, so good you’ll want another! Also available for the Icewine enthusiast, enjoy a flight of three rare Icewines. $10 without a Discovery Pass.

Riverview Cellars Estate Winery
15376 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-262-0636 -
January 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 - 11am-5pm

Chocolate Falls on Niagara
Fondue fan? Enjoy our award-winning Cabernet Franc Icewine while savouring fresh fruit and homemade cinnamon-cranberry biscotti, both dipped in a fountain of Belgian chocolate. Discover the event thousands have raved about! $10 without a Discovery Pass.

Twenty Valley
13th Street Winery
1776 Fourth Avenue, St. Catharines
905-984-8463 -
January 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 - 11am-5pm (not open Sundays)

13 Below Pulled Pork with Braised Apples, Pork Belly & Caramelized Onions
Enjoy our picturesque winery boutique as you savour this amazing dish paired with either our 13 Below Zero Riesling or our drier June's Vineyard Riesling. Stay a while to browse the latest art exhibit and visit the 13th Bakery. Vegetarian option is available. $10 without a Discovery Pass.

Legends Estates Winery
4888 Ontario Street North, Beamsville
905-563-6500 -
January 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 - 11am-5pm (not serving Fridays)

Stuffed Cabbage Without the Roll
All the flavours of traditional stuffed cabbage packed into our rendition of an old-world classic. This warming and wonderful creation has January comfort food written all over it. Paired with Legends Estates 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. $10 without a Discovery Pass.

Rockway Vineyards
3290 Ninth Street, St. Catharines
905-641-5771 –
January 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 - 11am-5pm

Ultimate Indulgence
Treat your taste buds to our Chef's creation: a Dark Chocolate Cranberry Tart paired with our Double-Gold Winning 2013 Cabernet Franc Icewine. $10 without a Discovery Pass.

...and that's a small sampling of your choices.

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