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Niagara New Vintage

A long-standing spring tradition of uncorking the new vintages in a toast to the Niagara sun. June 16-24, 2012.

Celebrating a year’s worth of hard-work, dedication, passion for the land, and a reliance on nature, the summer solstice is a time for winemakers, growers, sommeliers and chefs to get together in anticipation of the new vintage.  Delicious wines, never before tasted, are paired with tasty morsels prepared by renowned chefs, as wine afficianados travel the wine route in search of the most enticing combinations.

Unique flavours, like the truffle gravy poutine with hand-cut fries and brie cheese, at Jackson Triggs, was paired with a 2007 Entourage Methode Classique Brut – a standout taste experience.  Wineries bustling with crowds of tasters were kept intimate by visits with the owners and wine makers who would elaborate in detail about harvesting techniques and proudly present their new vintage.  Betty, one of several family owners of Colaneri,  explained the traditional Italian appassimento style of wine production, using dried grapes, as guests revelled in the garlic-laden primavera made by Niagara College chefs, paired with the 2011 Allegria blend.

Chef Pierre, a French born, world-class sushi chef- who studied the art of sushi making in Japan and owner of several restaurants all across the globe- just happened to be visiting Pilliteri for the release of his branded ‘sushi wine’.  For anyone who was lucky enough to be there, they will now have the terrible dilemma of never again being able to find comparable sushi. Thanks Pierre.  No really, thank you.  He may not want the secret out, but he will cater sushi events of 30 -50 people at Pilliteri.

Niagara New Vintage Festival is a great event to create your own gourmet adventure in wine country. A handy guide can tell you which wineries are participating and what the offerings are for each- you can pick it up at most wineries or go to the festival’s website.  With any of these events, it is always best to eat a little beforehand; the food and wine combinations are meant to inspire, not fill you up.

Discovery Pass $30; two weekends to enjoy 6 experiences of food and wine pairings at any participating winery.  Best used over two weekends, but if you have only one day, passes can be shared.

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