I4C and our Exclusive WineAlign Chardonnay Boot Camp
Tour the world with one glass …
The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (I4C) is three days spent exploring seductive shades of the most planted grape on earth. Join 60 of the world’s “coolest” winemakers as they present 120 Chardonnays from ten countries alongside the exceptional cuisine that pairs with it so well. With intimate vineyard luncheons, culinary showcases and the Cool Chardonnay World Tour, you can custom-blend your own unforgettable chardonnay weekend. Decanter Magazine’s Steven Spurrier joins Food Network Chef Vikram Vij as the Guest Hosts of the 2013 event which runs from July 19-21. Click here for a complete schedule of the week-end’s events.
Signature Event – Saturday, July 20
The Cool Chardonnay World Tour – the signature event of the i4c – is the only event of the weekend where every wine will be presented in one area. The Tasting and Dinner package begins with a 2-hour walk-around tasting in the scenic rhododendron gardens, where premium chardonnays from Domaine Drouhin, Maison Louis Jadot, Kistler, Flowers Vineyard and thirty other international producers join exciting Ontario vintages including Bachelder, Pearl Morissette and Hidden Bench Vineyard. Click here for a full list of producers and wines.
Following the tasting, guests will enjoy a reception featuring the world-renowned Champagne house, Taittinger, who will present three of their top Champagnes alongside other Champagne & Sparkling producers from France and Ontario. And for the perfect pairing, a 40-foot custom-built oyster bar will feature oyster varieties from both Canadian coasts.
The al fresco dinner – led by Food Network Chef Vikram Vij and the chefs of the Canadian Food & Wine Institute – will feature a global menu crafted from Ontario’s premium farm-grown bounty.
Chardonnay Boot Camp – Exclusive for WineAlign Members
Kick off your Cool Chardonnay World Tour with the return of WineAlign’s popular “Chardonnay Boot Camp” session with David Lawrason and John Szabo. John and David will lead a structured tasting of Chardonnays from six different regions – wines presented exclusively at this session. Learn about what makes each of these wines (and regions) exemplars of the 5 aspects of “cool” – latitude, altitude, marine influence, microclimate, and winemaking style.
The “Chardonnay Boot Camp” begins at 4:00pm, with the “Cool Chardonnay World Tour” commencing at 5:30pm, followed by the reception and dinner as listed above.
All events are at the beautiful grounds of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ontario.
Tickets are $150 (+HST). To purchase tickets, visit www.coolchardonnay.org and select the Cool Chardonnay World Tour – Tasting & Dinner.
Be sure to enter the Promo code WINEALIGN to be registered for this Exclusive preview event.