Santé: The Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festival announces award-winning wines and event lineup for 2004
One of Toronto's most successful events, Santé: The Bloor-Yorkville
Wine Festival (taking place in Toronto May 12-16, 2004), has announced
the ten wines awarded its prestigious Santé/Toronto Life Gala Wine
Awards of Excellence, which will be enjoyed at the Fine Wine & Food
Gala Dinner on May 12, 2004 during the Santé festival. Five of
the award-winning wines were submitted by wineries in Canada. Santé
also made announcements regarding several new elements of the festival
this year, including an on site LCBO store and a travel package designed
to encourage tourism to Toronto during the festival.
"We had a very difficult time deciding on this year's award winners,"
remarked Steve Thurlow, chair of the Santé Wine Selection Committee.
"In all, we tasted 124 wines and because the wines were of such high
calibre, we had to re-taste in four categories to make a decision."
The awards were open to all wineries participating in Santé and
were submitted in six categories. The award winners, chosen by wine experts
Tony Aspler, James Chatto, David Lawrason, Margaret Swaine and Steve Thurlow,
were as follows (in order of pouring at the Gala Dinner):
- (FRANCE) Champagne: Champagne Gardet, Charles Gardet Champagne, 1997
- (CANADA) Sparkling Wine: Chateau des Charmes, Brut Sparkling Wine,
Methode Traditionnelle, N/V
- (NEW ZEALAND) White Table Wine: Kim Crawford Wines, Marlborough Sauvignon
- (CANADA) White Table Wine: Cave Spring Cellars, Riesling Reserve,
- (CANADA) White Table Wine: Legends Estates Winery, Chardonnay Reserve,
- (AUSTRALIA) Red Table Wine: Beringer Blass Wine Estates, Golf Label
Pinot Noir, 2002
- (CANADA) Red Table Wine: Stoney Ridge Estate Winery, Meritage Founders
Signature Collection, 2002
- (AUSTRALIA) Red Table Wine: DogRidge Vineyard, DV7 McLaren Vale Shiraz,
- (ITALY) Fortified Wine: Case vinicole di Sicilia, Florio Targa 1840
Marsala Riserva, 1993
- (CANADA) Sweet White Wine: Hillebrand Estates Winery, Showcase Videl
Icewine Barrel Fermented, 2002
The ten wines awarded the 2004 Santé/Toronto Life Gala Wine Award
of Excellence will be served at the Fine Wine & Food Gala Dinner,
taking place during the festival on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at the Four
Seasons Hotel Toronto. The event is $195.00 per person, will include a
silent auction, and is hosted by award-winning food writer James Chatto.
New Additions, Old Favourites at Santé
"Now in its sixth year, Santé is a major stop on the world
wine circuit," said Susan Puff, festival manager. "The Bloor-Yorkville
area provides a wonderful backdrop for a festival that just gets better
and better every year."
Puff noted that crowd-pleaser events such as Our Canadian Roots, the
International Tastings, Fine Wine & Food Gala, Education Seminars
and Sip, Savour & Shop will indeed return again this year. The festival
will also introduce several new events including the Fetzer Appetizer
Challenge, a Trade Luncheon and Trade Tasting for winery agents and their
guests and a Brunch which will close out the festivities on May 16th at
the new Lesendro restaurant in Hazelton Lanes.
She also revealed that a boutique LCBO store will be open during the
following events at The Carlu: The Fetzer Appetizer Challenge, the Trade
Tasting and the two International Tastings. The store will carry a wide
variety of wines featured at this year's festival.
Puff concluded with details on a new "Santé Toasts Toronto"
travel package, designed to attract wine lovers from outside the Greater
Starting at $249 CDN per couple, the package includes a one-night stay
at the Delta Chelsea Downtown Toronto, two tickets to a select Santé
event, 20 per cent off admission to select exhibits at the Royal Ontario
Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, continental breakfast for two,
two Sip, Savour & Shop passports and one $50 gift certificate for
a Sip, Savour & Dine restaurant. The package can be booked directly
by calling 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732).
"We are thrilled that we are able to offer a package that will bring
more tourism to Toronto," said Puff. "Santé has succeeded
through the last five years in offering a unique wine festival experience
and we look forward to many more years of providing this opportunity for
international wineries to showcase their fine products."
For more information about the Festival, visit www.santewinefestival.net.
To purchase tickets, call 416-870-8000 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca.