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Raise a Glass to Cuvee 2013

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Cuvee-2013

Celebrating 25 years, Cuvee has Niagara bubbling with anticipation of an event that will honour the wine industry. The Grand Tasting Gala is the signature event of the weekend-long celebration, and calls upon Niagarans to dust off their best duds and head to the Fallsview Casino Resort. The event will feature wines from throughout Ontario, and this year, in lieu of the traditional competition, the event will be paired with the winemakers’ selections from their own portfolios. Wine stations will be in good company with food stations throughout, prepared by esteemed chefs from the culinary industry in Niagara.

The change in format from competition awards ceremony to grand celebration has been met with mixed reviews. Some are disappointment at the loss of opportunity for wineries to showcase and be awarded for their exceptional wines, but as the day approaches, it seems that a shift to overwhelming support has occurred, with winemakers expressing their enthusiasm for the new format. Amongst them is Sue-Ann Staff, winemaker for Megalomaniac Wines in Vineland and her own Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery in Jordan, who noted that “this new format is a wonderful way to celebrate the silver anniversary of Cuvee”. Tony Aspler discussed the opportunity for winemakers to “showcase their best efforts,” while giving “the public an insight into what they consider the ‘favoured child’ of their family.”

This celebration will take place on Friday March 1st at 7:30pm at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. Tickets are available at www.cuvee.ca.

Participating wineries and restaurants listed below:

Restaurants:

BY CHADSEY’S CAIRNS WINERY AND VINEYARD MALIVOIRE WINE COMPANY
CALAMUS ESTATE WINERY STONEY RIDGE CELLARS LTD.
ANGELS GATE WINERY MIKE WEIR WINE
CAVE SPRING CELLARS NIAGARA COLLEGE TEACHING WINERY
CHATEAU DES CHARMES PALATINE HILLS ESTATE WINERY
COLANERI ESTATE WINERY PELEE ISLAND WINERY
COLIO ESTATE WINES PENINSULA RIDGE ESTATES WINERY
LE CLOS JORDANNE PILLITTERI ESTATES WINERY
COOPER’S HAWK VINEYARDS PONDVIEW ESTATE WINERY
COYOTE’S RUN ESTATE WINERY RAVINE VINEYARD ESTATE WINERY
FIVE ROW CRAFT WINE OF LOWREY VINEYARDS REIF ESTATE WINERY
FLAT ROCK CELLARS RIDGEPOINT WINES
HENRY OF PELHAM FAMILY ESTATE WINERY RIVERVIEW CELLARS ESTATE WINERY
INNISKILLIN WINES ROCKWAY VINEYARDS
JACKSON-TRIGGS NIAGARA ESTATE WINERY STRATUS VINEYARDS
KACABA VINEYARDS SUE-ANN STAFF ESTATE WINERY
KING’S COURT ESTATE WINERY STREWN WINERY
KONZELMANN ESTATE WINERY 13TH STREET WINERY
LAILEY VINEYARD VIGNOBLE RANCOURT WINERY
LAKEVIEW CELLARS THIRTY BENCH WINE MAKERS

CHEFS

Chef Ray Taylor
FALLSVIEW CASINO RESORT

Chef Chris Smythe
ESCABECHE AT PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL

Chef Frank Romano and Don Dyson
INN ON THE TWENTY

Chef Stephen Treadwell
TREADWELL FARM-TO-TABLE CUISINE

Chef Tim MacKiddie
JACKSON-TRIGGS NIAGARA ESTATE

Chef Jason Dobbie
ZEES GRILL @ SHAW CLUB HOTEL

Chefs Giovanni Del Priore and Leonardo Priore
CRIVELLER CAKES

Chef Professors Sam Seaver, Dan LeBlanc, Phillipe Corbiere, Osvaldo Avila, Jim McClean C.C.C., Bruce Worden C.C.C.
Students from Niagara College’s Culinary Management and Apprenticeship Programs
CANADIAN FOOD AND WINE INSTITUTE AT NIAGARA COLLEGE
BENCHMARK RESTAURANT AT NIAGARA COLLEGE

Guests will also enjoy:
Ontario artisan cheeses from DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA
Gelato from Andrew Vergalito of ITALIAN ICE CREAM

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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