sip & Savour Ontario is exactly what I did this past Tuesday. As a food and drink lover, I was so excited to attend this event!
A little history:
In 1995 Tony Aspler founded the Ontario Wine Awards; these awards recognized Ontario VQA wines (Vinters Quality Alliance) for their quality, distinction and brilliance. As a result “sip Ontario” was created to showcase Ontario’s finest VQA award-winning wines. “sip Ontario” teamed up with Savour Ontario to bring you the finest in Ontario food and wine together under ONE roof.
This exciting event attracts vineyards and restaurants from all around Ontario; all of who recognize the importance of the thriving culinary industry in Ontario!
I sampled wines from the following vineyards (as I was trying to get as much info on the wines and food, I didn’t get a chance to taste all the wines *tear*. But I tasted a very good amount!)
Black Prince Winery, Calamus Estate Winery, Caroline Cellars Winery, Chateau des Charmes Winery, Creekside Estate Winery, Dan Aykroyd Wines: Lakeview Cellars & Eastdell Estates, Hillebrand Estate/Trius, Inniskillin Wines, Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery, Kacaba Vineyards, Konzelmann Estate Winery, Le Clos Jordanne,Legends Estate Winery, Pelee Island Winery, Peller Estates Winery, Southbrook Vineyards, and Thirty Bench.
I got to meet some of the Chefs in attendance, as well as indulge in delicious hors d’oeuvres that were pre-selected to be paired with these fabulous wines! By the time I got to some of these vendors the food was gone!! That’s how GOOD it was!
Chef Martin Kouprie was there for Pangea Restaurant, Chef Tim Dunhill was there for Old Mill Inn & Spa, Chef Ben Denham of Six Steps Restaurant & Bar, Chef Brad Long of Veritas Restaurant, Chef Betrand Alepee ofAmuse-Bouche Restaurant, Chef Anne Yarymowich of Frank Restaurant/AGO, and Chef Ryan Gustafson ofEPIC Restaurant.
This event was amazing! The Winery/Estate representatives were more than willing to teach people about the wines they were serving, and even taught a few people how to taste wine. The event was fun, educational and very interactive! A definite must for next year!
The final results for the 2009 Ontario Wine Awards can be found here!
See you there next year!
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