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Wine, Women & Song

In August we were invited to bring our husbands on a wine tour organized by Ange Aiello of iYellow Wine Club.  Even though we’ve been down to Niagara many times who were we to turn down such a lovely invitation.  Having never met Ange and not knowing anything about iYellow Wine Club we weren’t really sure what to expect.  We figured there would be a bunch of couples around our own age and were quite surprised to find most of those on the tour were women around the age of 30.

We had no idea that demographic had such a great interest in wine but soon realised even if they didn’t know anything they wanted to learn and they had a definite interest in FUN.

Ange did an amazing job of making everyone feel welcome and a part of the group.  She was extremely informative about everything to do with wine and the vineyards we were planning to visit, without sounding like a wine snob.  She kept us entertained, had the bus singing along to the music she played and kept everyone well fed with a variety of snacks that included everything from candy, to fruit and baked goods.

Sampling some bubbly at Chateau des Charmes

We visited 3 wineries that day, Southbrook Vineyards, Chateau des Charmes and Vineland Estates even enjoying a delicious lunch at Southbrook.  It seemed everyone enjoyed themselves and the wine tastings with most people returning home with a good selection of Niagara wines.Membership is free and not only does iyellow wine club offer tours, but classes and wine events. They have over 10,000 members and it’s a great way to meet other wine lovers.  Ange has kindly offered a great discount (15%) to any of our readers so we wanted to let you all know about it.

You can now sign up for their Fall Wine Tour lineup taking place in September and October.  On each of the 4 tour dates they’ll be visiting 3 different wineries and along with sipping amazing wines, you’ll be able to witness the harvest in action and take photos of the beautiful fall colours – so these are tours not to be missed.

Here’s a list of the wineries for each date:

Sept 22: Henry of Pelham, Jackson Triggs, Chateau des Charmes
Sept 29: Flat Rock Cellars, Inniskillin, Vineland Estates
Oct 13: Tawse Winery, Pillitteri, Trius Wines @ Hillebrand
Oct 20: Reif Estates, Southbrook Vineyards, Peninsula Ridge

In order to get your 15% discount, log onto the iYellow website (www.iyellowwineclub.com) and access the tickets through the Wine Tours tab. When you have selected your tour date and are ready to purchase your tickets you will be prompted to enter the promo code (women15).

Going For Gold

As athletes continue to go for gold the nation watches in anticipation.  As of today, the Canadian medal count stands at 5, four bronze and a silver won over five competition days. Not wanting to get too excited and jinx anything but that’s pretty darn good considering Canada didn’t even win their first medal in Beijing until day 8.   With many events and hopefuls yet to cheer on, watching the games could offer a challenge to viewers during the sunny summer weeks.  With winter Olympics, nobody seems to mind spending lots of time in front of the TV but since summer is short in many parts of the country Canadians are known to spend as much of it outdoors as they can.

Watching the Olympics on the back deck

So how do you get the best of both?  Well, friends of ours had a great idea…they decided to hook up their tv outside on the back deck.  This offered us the ability to watch the games, cheer on the athletes but still enjoy the sunshine while sipping a cool glass of Chardonnay. We even managed to take a dip in the pool and practice our synchronized swimming technique…getting into the floaty without spilling a drop of the delicious wine.

Just A Few Award Winning Wines



But did you know winning a medal isn’t just for athletes.   Canadian wines have been winning medals both at home and in international competitions and at the last International Wine and Spirits Competition Jackson-Triggs won 24 awards including four GOLD.   They are certainly not alone in raising the profile of Canadian wines amoung an international crowd as wineries from across the country have been recognized for their excellence.  So if you’re planning to cheer on our athletes in hopes they win gold, try raising a glass of Canadian wine which deserves its spot on the podium and in the glasses of Canadian consumers.

Music To My Ears

From the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Big Valley Jamboree in Alberta to the Boots and Hearts Festival in Ontario, great music abounds across Canada during the summer months.  But when it comes to outdoor festivals you’re often dealing with huge crowds, long lineups and nasty porta-potties.  Besides these venues generally serve beer (so not me) or wine that I don’t want to waste my money on.

So where do you get great music, award-winning wines and gourmet cuisine in a venue that feels like you’re at a private party in someone’s backyard?  Well, I definitely think you need to check out the Jackson-Triggs’ Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series.

Nestled in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake in southern Ontario the open-air concert amphitheatre is situated on the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate in the heart of Ontario’s wine country.  Their concert season runs from June until September so there are still lots of great artists to see.

We’re heading down there on Friday to see the Arkells and I’m really looking forward to it. They’re a great Canadian band and here’s hoping they’ll rock the house (or the vineyard). If you’re interested in checking it out here’s a list of the concerts still taking place this summer.

July 20           Arkells

July 21           Adam Cohen

July 28           Kathleen Edwards

August 17      Chantal Kreviazuk (Sold Out)

August 18      Raine Maida

August 25      Sarah Slean & Royal Wood w Niagara Symphony

Sept 7             David Usher