It’s that time of the year in Niagara where wine lovers will celebrate the brilliance of Chardonnay at the i4C International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. This annual event will take place from July 22 to 24, 2016 and will feature the finest chardonnay from Ontario as well as from countries around the world. The i4C will host a wide range of events such as talks, seminars, and tasting and touring during the weekend, in short it will be the perfect occasion to celebrate wine, food and learning. After all, Niagara wine country produces some of the best wines in the world that have garnered several accolades and awards.
60 Chardonnay Producing Wineries
Up to 30 Ontario wineries as well as 30 international wineries will showcase the best Chardonnays during this weekend through the events held across Ontario. From 2011 onwards, 150 wineries from 37 cool climate wine regions have participated in this celebration showcasing over 670 types of Chardonnays. Several distinguished personalities from the food and wine industry as well as experts in the field have attended the event as guests and speakers over the years. This year will see the tradition continue with fabulous events that will enable visitors to develop an awareness about Chardonnay and appreciation for this fine wine.
Chardonnay Celebration Events
There are various signature I4C events held at different venues for which you can buy the tickets online. These include The School of Cool – Viticultural and Winemaking Sessions that also includes lunch and trade tasting. Flights of Chardonnay is a “boots and blue-jeans” event where you can taste wine from around the world along with food pairings from Niagara’s top chefs. Live bands will entertain you throughout the evening. Grand Cru Experience–Weekend Pass is your opportunity to enjoy four signature events of i4C. Showcasing all the Chardonnays and Blanc de Blancs, the Cool Chardonnay World Tour Tasting & Dinner is a culinary celebration. There are a few other popular events that take place through the weekend.
The Explore Wine Country Ontario events during the i4C are a great way to enjoy the beauty and bounty of the Niagara region. A Day with the Nomad Chardonistes is an outing where Thomas Bachelder and Norman Hardie will take you on a tour of their favourite Niagara vineyards. Learn about these sites and their terroir, and enjoy lunch and fine Chardonnay. Go for a one hour walking vineyard tour with winemaker Martin Werner at the Ravine Estate Vineyard and taste three wines in the Chardonnay Organic Vineyard Tour. Take part in an interactive discussion with international winemakers in the Taste & Talk with the winemakers: Burgundy varietals reimagined in New World terroirs at Flat Rock Cellars winery. You can attend the Summer School of Cool events presented by various experts where you can learn about all things related to Chardonnay and vineyards. There are plenty of other events as well which include lunch and tastings.
Enjoy your summer weekend in the Niagara region by celebrating the excellence of Chardonnay!
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