About Us

COOL FACTS ABOUT THE I4C

  • 2020 is the 10th Anniversary of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration
  • 55 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

Past and Present Keynote speakers include:

  • i4C 2020 – Andrew Jefford, Columnist at Decanter and World of Fine Wine Magazine and Academic Advisor to the Wine Scholar Guild – virtual keynote
  • 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)Keynote speakers, Past & Present include:
    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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