Rick Hansen inspired a crowd of more than 300 at the Grape Growers of Ontario's 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon on September 17th. The event is in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. Follow the link to event photos.
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Pondview Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, has broken new ground as the only Canadian winery to bring home a gold medal at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards.
Already a well decorated wine with a silver medal from the 2012 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and a gold from the 2013 All Canadian Wine Championships, Pondview’s 2011 Vidal Icewine has been chosen in a blind taste test by more than 40 of the top wine experts in Asia as the top in its category. It is a crowning achievement for the Niagara winery owned by former Grape King Lou Puglisi.
One of Canada’s most sought-after wine events, the 27th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting has been set for Friday Feb. 27, 2015 at Fallsview Casino Resort.
Over the past 26 years, Cuvée has become one of the most prestigious celebrations of Ontario wine. Now as the event evolves, proceeds will go to support the industry it showcases. Organized by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University, money raised from Cuvée 2015 will support student bursaries and research that will benefit the Ontario grape and wine industry.
The Cuvée Grand Tasting on Feb. 27 will feature Ontario’s best VQA wines as well as food prepared by local chefs at live cooking stations.
The Cuvée en Route passport program will run at participating wineries from Feb. 27 to March 1 and showcase exclusive tasting flights.
Tickets for the Cuvée 2015 wine weekend are on sale now. Learn more at: cuvee.ca Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Irrigation workshops, planned as part of the Water Adaptation Management Quality Initiative (WAMQI) are being offered at No Charge to Ontario apple, tender fruit and grape growers. These free, half-day workshops include lunch and a take-home manual.
Rebecca Shortt, OMAFRA Water Specialist, will lead the workshops and take growers through a step-by-step process to optimize farm irrigation water use. By the end of the workshop session you will know:
Improving system management can save you money and conserve water.
Workshop dates and locations follow:
Source: Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, October 2014
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October 2, 2014
Source Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs’ publications
If you are using propane cannons, remember to operate them only when birds are feeding (dawn to dusk) which starts at about 30 minutes before sunrise, and ends about 30 minutes after sunset, since there is enough light for birds to forage. It is considered normal farm practice to operate between this period, but never operate propane-fired-bird-scaring cannons, or electronic bird scarers outside of this time period. Other points to remember as you try to keep the birds at bay:
Source: Blackburn News, October 2014
Ontario’s newest wine region could soon be Huron County.
It is with great sadness that the Grape Growers of Ontario learned of the passing of Tom Greensides in his 69th year on Tuesday, September 23. Tom was Chair of the Ontario Grape Growers' Marketing Board (GGO) from 1992-1995, Vice Chair from 1989-1992 and 1995-1996, and a Director from 1980-1996. Tom was also Past President of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, Past President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Past President of the Grimsby Chamber of Commerce, a speaker for the Canadian Mental Health Association and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #212 in Beamsville.
Tom will be missed by his wife Gayle, his children Harold Greensides (Karen), John Greensides (Tracey), David Vickers (Kelly), Michael Vickers (Shirl-Lynn) and his grandchildren Amanda, Michael, Brianna, Shaylah, Jacob, Alexander, Meghan, Kayla, Alexis and Kaitlyn as well as his siblings and many nieces and nephews.
A Service of Remembrance was held at Caistor Centre Free Methodist Church, Caistor Centre, on Saturday, September 27, 2014. If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
From September 14 to October 11, 2014, the LCBO is presenting its annual month-long promotion of Ontario wines in partnership with the Ontario wine and grape industry.
The 2014 VQA campaign, Taste Local, is about celebrating Ontario’s quality wines, craft beers and ciders, foods, and talent. The promotion showcases 173 Ontario VQA wines (made from 100% Ontario grapes) from more than 30 Ontario wineries in 466 LCBO stores. Running concurrently, “Fall Savings” promotes International Canadian Blends products by offering limited time offers and bonus Air Miles.