The signature event of the i4C weekend, the Cool Chardonnay World Tour showcases the world’s best Chardonnay and Ontario’s best cuisine.
The evening begins with the Grand Tasting – the only public tasting event that showcases all of the wines of the i4C. Taste your way through the realm of Cool Climate Chardonnays – from lively unoaked wines to smooth and rich barrel-aged vintages and exciting Blanc de Blancs. The popular ‘What Kind of Cool Are You?’ station hosted by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University will return for the 7th annual event – an interactive palate profiling tasting of four exemplar Cool Climate Chardonnays.
Chardonnay will share the stage with Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Gamay…During dinner service, our team of sommeliers will pour from over 40 different cool climate red wines from our Ontario and international producers. These vintages will also be available to taste at the popular Après Chardonnay bar, along with craft beer.
Chef Paul Harber (Ravine Vineyard Restaurant) and Chef Craig Youdale (Canadian Food & Wine Institute at Niagara College ) and their dream team of region’s top Vineyard Chefs will rise to the occasion, creating the ultimate family-style menu to showcase all three of these wine varietals.
6:00pm – 8:00 0pm – Grand Tasting
8:00pm – 10:00pm – Al Fresco Feast served Family Style with a “world tour of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay” and special library Chardonnays
10:00pm – 11:30pm – Dessert and coffee station, Après Chardonnay Bar, live entertainment
Your ticket includes samples of premium Ontario and international Cool Climate Chardonnays, red wines or craft beer (beer available after 9pm only) during the Grand Tasting and Après Chardonnay Bar. Wine service will be provided by a sommelier during dinner.