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Each year on a hot July weekend, the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, aka i4C in Niagara-on-the-Lake, hosts over 60 different winemakers from countries all over the world to allow attendees to "tour the world in a glass". It's a gathering of the minds, an opportunity to chat intimately with sommeliers and winemakers about their passion for crafting chardonnay. So what did this year have in store?
There's nothing like a cold, thirst quenching Riesling with racy acidity by the pool. A Sparkling wine is never wrong in a perfectly chilled flute for Sunday brunch or afternoon tea and a slightly chilled rich Chardonnay is the perfect heat busting nightcap.
For a rookie chardonnay sipper like myself, I was eager to learn about the masterful combinations created in this wine style. And I believe that's the beauty of this event. It is open to the public and provides an opportunity for you to try a multitude of wines from around the globe.
The 5th Annual Cool Climate Chardonnay Festival ( or #i4c15 ) in Niagara is now in the archives. The weekend wrapped up with the Moveable Feast Brunch at Ravine Vineyard this past Sunday July 19th wit...
It's been a week since the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration in Niagara wrapped up the Fourth Annual event (i4c14). I was one of the "CRU "behind the Cool -- a volunteer. I tasted 20 of the 117 wines over the weekend and selected my favourites.
I loved Chardonnay even when Chardonnay wasn't cool. And the coolest of the uncool? Ontario Chardonnay. That's why I spent the weekend in Niagara at the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. This is the fourth year for this international event that draws together more than two thousand other lovers of the world's most planted -- and often, maligned -- grape, Chardonnay.
This particular race has some additional qualities you won't find in Boston, New York, or even your local Canadian marathon. There are as many wine stations as there are water ones, French bread stuffed with foie gras, and of course the really defining part of the marathon... it's done in costume.