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COOL FACTS ABOUT THE I4C

  • 2021 is the 11th Anniversary of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration
  • 56 Ontario wineries are members of the i4C Association
  • Since 2011, 226 + wineries have participated, from 38 cool climate wine regions and over 980 different Cool Climate Chardonnays and Blanc de Blancs have been poured

Previous internationally known keynote speakers of the i4C:

  • i4C 2022 will have Andrew Jefford return as keynote speaker for the School of Cool this July 22, 2022
  • I4C 2021 – Virtual Edition – Michelle Cheruti-Kowal MW, François Chartier, Jamie Goode
  • I4C 2020 – Virtual Edition – Andrew Jefford, Columnist at Decanter and World of Fine Wine Magazine and Academic Advisor to the Wine Scholar Guild, with special guests, past keynote speakers:
    • Matt Kramer
    • Karen MacNeil
    • Ian D’Agata
  • I4C 2019 – Julia Harding, author, journalist and Master of Wine
  • I4C 2018 – Jon Bonné, Writer, Author & Journalist
  • I4C 2017 – Karen MacNeil (The Wine Bible)
  • I4C 2016 – Ian D’Agata (Decanter, vinous.com)
  • I4C 2015 – Matt Kramer (Wine Spectator)
  • I4C 2014 – Tim Atkin (Master of Wine and journalist from London)
  • I4C 2013 – Steven Spurrier (Decanter)
  • I4C 2012- Stephen Brook (Decanter)
  • I4C 2011 – Matt Kramer (Wine Spectator
  • Special guest speakers: UK author Jamie Goode, NY Master of Wine Christy Canterbury and Cool Climate expert Blake Gray, Paul Anamosa Ph.D
  • Chef Vikram Vij joined us in 2013 as Special Culinary Guest
  • 2,500 guests annually, including 30+ media guests and 40+ local and international sommeliers.
  • Multiple events annually, held in stunning vineyards and other unique venues all across Niagara
  • The event features Chardonnays that are:
    • From warmer climates, yet ‘Cool by Coastal Effect’ (including inland fresh water)
    • From some hotter climates – areas that make Chardonnays that are ‘Cool by Continental Effect’ – really the flip-side to Coastal
    • Chardonnays that are ‘Cool by Altitude’
    • Chardonnays that, like Burgundy, are ‘Cool by Latitude’
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