Hello Wine Lovers!
It’s officially wine week — which means it’s time to shout your love of local wine from all the roof tops. Pop bottles, pour glasses and order it up all week long. Need more inspiration? Here are 10 ways to celebrate Ontario wine this week!
Enter Wine Country Ontario�s Ontario Wine Week Contest!
Taste award winning Ontario VQA Wine at Winetario
Thursday, June 16th in Toronto, celebrated the winners of the Ontario Wine Awards. The event is being put on in partnership with iYellow, Tony Aspler, George Brown College and The Ontario Wine Awards — which means it’s definitely going to be a good time!
Share it forward
There’s no better time than RIGHT NOW to share your favorite bottle of VQA with friends — including online friends! Share your cool climate chards, your peppery pinots and sensational sparklers using the #VQA hashtag and spread the local wine love!
Don’t know much about Ontario wine? Don’t worry! Wine�really great wine�is at the heart of every wine-country adventure. Learn about what makes our homegrown Ontario wines distinctive, from our celebrated cool climate to our signature varietals to our VQA ?appellation of origin? system. Wine Country Ontario has a great 101 section.
Pop it and pair it!
There’s so many amazing local vintages available at the LCBO — in every price point! Better yet, at this time of year, they’ve got sections for grilling wines, patio wines and our favorite — summer rosA�!
Try something new!
We all have our tried and true bottles — but this is the time to get adventurous. Love fresh and bright pinot grigio? Try a sauvignon blanc this time around. It’s known for its grassy, green, gooseberry fruit, and asparagus characters. Love a big, bold red? Grab a bottle of Ontario baco noir — it will typically show spicy, leathery and currant flavours.
Dine by the vine
If you’re in a restaurant this week, choose an Ontario wine. Better yet, choose a restaurant that’s #Feast On Certified — that’s likely also be part of the We Love Wine Country Program. That means they’re committed to celebrating and showcasing Ontario wines and winemakers. Bonus: there are a dozen or so in Wine Country. Road trip time!
Speaking of road trips…
There’s no better time to explore wine country! Ontario is home to a few different appelations, all offering their own unique experience. Head to Niagara for refined elegance, discover The County and it’s down to earth hospitality, visit Beamsville and experience wine first hand — or head to Essex and really unwind. There’s lots to discover in Ontario!
Attend an event!
It wouldn’t be Wine Week without a slew of amazing events! Find a listing of events at a winery near you (or far from you, whatever your pleasure!) right here.
Cap it all off with The TD Tailgate Party
Join Niagara’s celebrated wineries as they share their stories alongside local chefs who will wow you with fresh culinary delights from our own backyard. It promises to be an unforgettable summer solstice best paired with friends, old and new.
About Ontario Wine Week
Ontario Wine Week was officially declared by the provincial government in June 2005, every third week in June has been proclaimed Ontario Wine Week. Find out more at winecountryontario.ca