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2nd Annual Niagara Wine Weekend & Auction 

June 13–15, 2008
$1000 per person (Includes VIP Reception; Wine Garden Party; Live, Silent and Barrel Auctions; Gala Dinner & Dance; Wineries Showcase Sunday)
Ticket info: 1-866-946-3593

The 2nd Annual Niagara Wine Weekend & Auction (NWA) proudly announces its outstanding line-up of events for the three-day annual fundraiser held in Niagara-on-the-Lake in support of the SickKids Foundation and the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation.

Grammy Award-winning pop trio The Pointer Sisters and soul legends The Temptations headline the exciting weekend program, June 13–15, 2008.

Set amid some of the most beautiful wineries in the Niagara region, the annual charity affair gathers the talents of Ontario's finest wine producers, local and celebrity chefs, top restaurants, leading sommeliers and world-class entertainers to create an unparalleled weekend experience.

Similar to the prestigious Napa Valley Wine Auction, the goal of the Niagara Wine Weekend & Auction is to profile Ontario's first-class vintners while generously raising funds for the two regional healthcare organizations.

"This weekend is all about an excellent philanthropic endeavour that celebrates the outstanding community of Ontario wine producers who stand side-by-side among the best in the world," said John Peller, President & C.E.O, Andrew Peller Ltd., and founder of the NWA. "The NWA is a first-class event that offers an exquisite combination of fine wine, regional cuisine, exceptional entertainment and fabulous auction items."

In 2007, the inaugural charity extravaganza attracted more than 1,100 guests. Celebrities in attendance included honourary host Dan Aykroyd, Michael Burgess, Matt Dusk, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and American Idol's Taylor Hicks.

"We're thrilled and honoured to have The Pointer Sisters and The Temptations here for the Gala. They're two of the all-time best North American soul and R & B groups and famous for their high-energy performances and incredible harmonies. They're definitely a highlight of the weekend," said Peller.

With countless No.1 hits, The Pointer Sisters and The Temptations have garnered an impressive number of industry accolades, including multiple Grammy Awards and various Hall of Fame inductions. Their chart-topping successes span three decades and both groups continue to play to sold-out venues worldwide. They perform at the NWA's Gala Dinner & Dance on Saturday, June 14th.

In addition to the Gala Dinner & Dance, the stellar weekend agenda includes an Opening Night VIP Reception; Wine Garden Party; Live, Silent and Barrel Auctions as well as the Wineries Showcase Sunday. Tickets to experience the Niagara Wine Weekend & Auction are now on sale at $1000 per person and can be purchased online or by cheque. For more information on the Niagara Wine Weekend & Auction, please call 1-866-946-3593 or visit


VIP Reception, 4:00–7:00 pm
The weekend kicks off at sunset with an exquisite reception hosted by the Niagara Wine Auction Foundation Board at the award-winning Peller Estates in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake. Guests are treated to the ultimate VIP experience and invited to indulge in an exceptional array of epicurean fare, fine wine selections and upbeat entertainment that sets the tone for a spectacular weekend ahead. Following the reception, guests have the option to purchase and attend various Winemakers' Dinners, presented by select Niagara region wineries and top chefs.


Wine Garden Party, 11:30 am–3:30 pm
The Commons transforms to a spectacular garden for this enchanting Saturday afternoon soiree. The Wine Garden Party offers guests an exceptional opportunity to sample an impressive portfolio of Ontario VQA wines ranging from private reserves and award-winning series to sparkling new brands, all the while enjoying an afternoon of unique entertainment and delightful midday fare prepared by acclaimed chefs from 28 restaurants.

The Ontario wine experience would not be complete without sampling some of the province's renowned ice wines, showcased in a specially designed Ice Garden designed with awe-inspiring ice bars and crystal décor.

Silent, Live and Barrel Auctions
The auctions are the benevolent focal point of the weekend. Up for bid is an impressive selection of prized lots, dream getaway packages, exclusive merchandise and many more coveted items generously donated to raise funds for SickKids Foundation and the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation. Honourary Auction Co-Chairs Len Pennachetti and Helen Young of Cave Spring Cellars join celebrity hosts and entertainers to rally patrons for an afternoon of fun and fundraising.

Gala Dinner & Dance, 6:30 pm–1:00 am
An unsurpassed epicurean experience awaits guests as they stroll down the red carpet to raise a glass in celebration of another successful Niagara Wine Weekend & Auction. This black-tie affair features a celebrity MC; a bevy of attentive sommeliers; superb food and wine pairings; a live auction featuring priceless items; and world-class entertainment from Grammy Award-winning groups The Pointer Sisters and The Temptations – all adding to make it a night to remember.


Wineries Showcase Sunday
This last day of the Niagara Wine Weekend is a leisurely occasion to explore and discover local gems along the Niagara wine routes. With maps and brochures provided, this is an opportunity for guests to enjoy one final sip and stock up on some bottled souvenirs from participating wineries – a perfect way to finish a spectacular weekend.

About Niagara Wine Weekend & Auction

In conjunction with the Wine Council of Ontario, the 2nd Annual Niagara Wine Weekend & Auction (NWA) will take place at historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, June 13–15, 2008. Ontario's finest winemakers and celebrity chefs come together for this premier event that spans three days to deliver an epicurean experience like no other. Founded in 2007 by John Peller, President & C.E.O., Andrew Peller Ltd., the NWA is dedicated to supporting SickKids Foundation and the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation, two valuable organizations that are helping to improve the health and well being of children and patients across the region and throughout the world. For more information on the NWA and its benefactors, visit




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