by HEATHER WALL
The 5th Annual Cool Climate Chardonnay Festival ( or #i4c15 ) in Niagara is now in the archives. The weekend wrapped up with the Moveable Feast Brunch at Ravine Vineyard this past Sunday July 19th with smiles on the faces of organizers; winemakers; and volunteers. This year’s instalment assembled 58 cool climate wineries from around the globe with representation from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, France, Italy, Chile, California, Oregon, Washington, BC, Niagara and Prince Edward County.
This has become a Premier wine event in the Niagara region for media, trade and consumers alike — the Saturday evening Grand Tasting World Tour at $150 a ticket is a veritable “who’s who” of the wine industry. This year the World Tour event changed locations to the grounds of the stately Ridley College in St. Catharines. A central courtyard nestled amongst historic red brick buildings complete with clock tower that chimed every hour was magically transformed with fairy lights, white linens, candlelight, oyster bars, Champagne, sparkling wines, live music, and the star of the evening – Cool Climate Chardonnay! 850 guests partook in the splendour.