Ontario's Brave New Wines
Ontario's Brave New Wines is now into its third successful year and IWEG continues to develop and broaden the learning experience of Ontario wines. For the 2017 program IWEG is excited and proud to introduce wine educator David Larocque.
Dave has lived his love for wine for over 30 years, initially as a product consultant with the LCBO, then subsequently working at many Ontario wineries, and as a wine educator and trainer for Canadian winery staff, Niagara College, the Wine Council of Ontario, and staff of numerous restaurants. He has recently authored a book titled The Wine Appellations of Ontario. His newest venture, Wine Culture, brings the enjoyment of wine to groups across Canada through presentations and tastings in an educational and entertaining approach.
In response to student demand this is now a Certified program, endorsed by the Wine Council of Ontario and candidates successfully passing the final exam will hold a recognized Certificate as an Ontario Wine Specialist.
Students will attend four full days of study with each morning focusing on the Wine Appellations of Ontario and basic wine education, while the afternoons will present insightful tasting opportunities with a number of local winemakers, each addressing unique aspects of their winery that elaborates on the morning studies.
In collaboration with the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario, these 4 sessions of learning and tasting will celebrate local wines, growers and producers and give insight into the bold venture that is winemaking in Ontario. We encourage you to learn more about what is happening by visiting www.winecountryontario.ca.
Come and meet Ontario's leading edge wine makers, enjoy their award-winning wares and learn how our daring industry is stepping into the future.
Ontario's Brave New Wines runs Sat. Feb. 25th to March 25th, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. IWEG is located at 211 Yonge St., Suite 501, Toronto.
For more information and to register, visit www.iweg.org.
Day 1: FEB 25
An introduction to the appellations and sub-appellations within Ontario, and the importance of location, topography, weather, climate and soil within each appellation. Participating wineries:
- Henry of Pelham (Short Hills Bench – Paul Speck)
- The Grange of Prince Edward County (Prince Edward County – Caroline Granger)
- TBA (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Day 2: MAR 4
Which wine should I choose? Discover the four fundamental classifications of wine styles; table, sparkling, dessert and fortified.
Learn about the major grape varieties of Ontario and their common characteristics. Participating wineries:
- Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard (Chardonnay/Pinot Noir – Norm Hardie)
- Hinterland Wine Company (Sparkling – Vicki Samaras)
- Thirty Bench Wine Makers (Riesling – Emma Garner)
- Southbrook Vineyards (Dessert/Fortified – Ann Sperling)
Day 3: MAR 11
Learn about the basic components of wine.
Explore and discover wine and food matching principles through an interactive wine and food component tasting. Participating wineries:
- Redstone Winery
- Two Sisters Vineyards
- Vineland Estates Winery
Day 4: MAR 25
Write the final test to become Ontario Wine Certified. Tour three wineries in Niagara; taste VQA wines; tour wine cellars, barrel rooms, vineyards, and sparkling wine cellars. Students will be taken on a guided tour and tasting at the following wineries:
- Trius Winery
- Château des Charmes
- Stratus Vineyards