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NIAGARA, ON, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Icewine harvest had an early start
this year as the temperature began to dip to below minus 8° Celsius in
late November; temperatures that Canadians proudly embrace. Icewine
harvest varies from year to year as Icewine growers are dependent on
Mother Nature, but one thing that remains cool and dependable is the
Niagara Icewine Festival: an annual celebration in January that turns
the region into an unforgettable wintery wonderland of Icewine
sensations and Icewine-inspired experiences.
The Icewine Festival, a one-of-a-kind celebration, is a time when
consumers have the best opportunity to discover and enjoy Canada's most
cherished product. For three weeks in January, wine enthusiasts,
cocktail fans, foodies and music lovers can all choose from a
collection of Icewine related events reflecting the authentic and local
flavours of Ontario.
Events will be hosted throughout the Niagara region and at the outdoor
street festivals in the towns of Jordan Village and Niagara-on-the-Lake
where visitors can admire sparkling ice sculptures, warm up to cozy
open fires and enjoy live entertainment. New this year is
Niagara-on-the-Lake's 'Sparkle & Ice', the evening of Friday, January
17th where Icewinemakers will be sharing their favourite VQA wines paired
with Icewine inspired dishes by Signature Kitchen Chefs. Guests will be
welcomed with an Icewine Cocktail and a chance to win an authentic
Diamond. This year's annual Icewine Gala on January 10th is themed the 'Bacchus Evening of Icewine & Revelry'. Festival
activities will take place throughout Twenty Valley's Jordan Village
and Niagara-on-the-Lake from January 10th - 26th, 2014.
Visitors can purchase a Discovery Pass, where guests can choose from
over 30 incredible wine and culinary experiences along the Wine Route.
Along with an array of Icewine, visitors can also taste Ontario's
sensational sparkling wines and delicious VQA red and white wines.
"The Icewine Festival in Niagara is one of Wine Country Ontario's
signature celebrations. During this magical time, our wine region is
like a winter wonderland where we celebrate something that is
quintessentially Canadian," Allan Schmidt, President of Vineland
Estates Winery and Chair of the Wine Council of Ontario for "Wine