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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Three weeks of Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival signature events begin this weekend

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON (January 9, 2013) Three weeks of Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival Signature Events begin this weekend (January 12 and 13, 2013) and are expected to draw thousands of visitors to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival began January 1, 2013 and events take place daily at the 28 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Signature Kitchens of Niagara-on-the-Lake until January 31, 2013.

“In January, the entire town of Niagara-on-the-Lake comes together and celebrates Canada’s Icewine heritage,” remarks Jansin Ozkur, Chair of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival Committee.

Get Schooled in Cool: Tasting with Canada’s Icewine Insiders, is a tasting series hosted by the award-winning Icewinemakers of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Each session is held at one of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and includes an in-depth tasting of at least four Icewines. The event takes place at 1 pm or 3 pm on January 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27.


The most iconic event of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival is the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Village. On Saturday, January 19 from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday, January 20 from 12 pm to 5 pm, historic Queen Street is transformed into an icy winter wonderland featuring extraordinary ice sculptures. The Signature Kitchens of Niagara-on-the-Lake will tempt guests’ palates with Icewine-inspired culinary creations and the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake will pour Icewine for the thousands of visitors. Admission is free (with a charge for samples).

Cocktails have evolved from their “shaken or stirred” roots and Niagara-on-the-Lake mixologists are adding Icewine into their cocktail repertoire to mix together new flavours! The Flash & Panache: Icewine Cocktail Competition returns for its fourth year, offering signature Icewine cocktails for guests to taste as the judges muddle over which drink will win top honours. Presented by Signature Kitchens of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the event also features a variety of Icewine-inspired dishes. The event takes place Saturday, January 19 from 9 pm to 11 pm. Admission is free (with a charge for samples).

Step out of the cold on January 26 and 27 to Shop, Sip, Sample and Savour in the Heritage District of Niagara-on-the-Lake.  From 12 pm to 5 pm, the Landmark Shops of Niagara-on-the-Lake welcome guests in with the sounds of live Canadian jazz music and food pairings to accompany your Icewine selections.  An Insider’s Pass is $30 per person and includes a sample of the previous weekend’s winning Icewine Cocktail.

For guests looking to experience everything that the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival has to offer, booking an Icewine Festival Getaway is a great option.  Packages start at $295 and include accommodation, dining, events and admission to Get Schooled in Cool.  For more information and to book, visit www.niagaraonthelake.com or call 905.468.1950.

Learn more about the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival by visiting www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com or the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wineriesofniagaraonthelake.

Every day the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake welcome guests into wine country to savour the richness of the region and to experience the 28 distinct wineries, each with its own personality reflected in the wines they craft.  The members of Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake are: Between the Lines, Cattail Creek, Château des Charmes, Colaneri, Coyote’s Run, Diamond Estates, Hinterbrook, Ice House, Inniskillin, Jackson Triggs, Joseph’s, Konzelmann, Lailey, Marynissen, Niagara College, Palatine Hills, Peller Estates, Pillitteri, PondView, Ravine, Reif, Riverview, Small Talk Vineyards, Southbrook, Stratus, Strewn, Sunnybrook Farm and Trius Winery.  Follow the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake on Twitter @NiagaraWine.

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