Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Wines from near and far at the Niagara Food & Wine Expo
Beginning May 27 and running until the 29 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the Niagara Food & Wine Expo will unveil hundreds of finely crafted beverages to many eager enthusiasts poised to celebrate this magnificent grand opening.
This highly anticipated event will highlight wine, beer and spirits crafted locally and from around the globe. It offers an incredibly diverse selection, new experiences and first-rate educational opportunities for wine neophytes to the seasoned connoisseurs to everyone in between.
The renowned Toronto-Based Tutored Tastings program has emerged with four incredible educational classes led just outside the Expo in a classroom style setting. Learn to Taste like a Pro with experts from the LCBO, enjoy a Taste of Niagara led by four renowned winemakers, visit Vines Wine Camp to taste eight super summer sippers and go for the gold with a tasting of InterVin’ s top medallists hosted by the Head Judge himself.
“The great thing about the Niagara Food & Wine Expo is that we are bringing in high quality wineries from all over the world, along with a fantastic assortment of local restaurants and chefs, allowing attendees to pair world class wine with world class cuisine,” said Christopher Waters, Editor of VINES Magazine and Wine Consultant with the Niagara Food & Wine Expo.
Representing a few of the international wineries at the Expo will be California’s Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Fetzer Vineyards and Little Black Dress Wines; Australia’s Henry’s Drive and Two Hands; Italy’s Giovello; Chile’s Viña San Pedro and Gato Negro; and Portugal’s Bacalhoa Wines, as well as many more.
“With summer just around the corner, the Expo is a great way to try out a variety of different wines and find the perfect choice for your next get together with friends or just to sip on the back patio,” said Waters. “At the Expo everyone will be able to try something that they’ve wanted to test out but haven’t had the chance.”
Of course not everything at the Niagara Food & Wine Expo will be from south of the border or overseas. Many Niagara wines will be presented at the Expo and guests will have the rare opportunity to meet the celebrities behind these locally crafted favorites including Derek Barnett, Winemaker at Lailey Vineyard, John Tummon, Winemaker at Kacaba Vineyards, Scott McGregor, Winemaker, Marcel Morgenstern, Sommelier with FRESH wines and many more.
Two local wineries that Waters suggests taking special note of are Frogpond Farm Winery and Southbrook Vineyards, which both produce 100 percent certified organic wines from their Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyards.
For more information on the Niagara Food & Wine Expo and to find a full list of exhibitors, visit www.niagarafoodandwine.ca.