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Sparkle and Ice Diamond Gala, Ice Wine Festival 2016

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Sparkle and Ice Diamond Gala, Niagara-On-The-Lake
 
To kick off the Ice Wine Festival, the Niagara-On-The-Lake Chamber of Commerce organizes the yearly Sparkle and Ice Diamond Gala. The event celebrates the Niagara-on-the-Lake Ice wine makers and their VQA wines paired with Ice wine inspired tastings at the Grand Hall in the Courthouse. Attending the Ice Wine Festival had been on my bucket list for years. It’s now checked.
 
Sparkle and Ice Diamond Gala, Niagara-On-The-Lake
 
Purple lighting bathed the Grand Hall when I arrived. Champagne lights flickered on the chandeliers above with just enough illumination to set the mood for the evening. There was a quiet elegance everywhere I turned.
 
The best wineries around the area were at the gala. Regular wines were served during the first two hours. At 10pm, it was the start of the ice wine hour. Ice wine is considered liquid gold. They are made from grapes frozen on the vine and handpicked at night to maintain proper temperature.
 
I had such a great time making my way through the different ice wine offerings paired with small bites infused with ice wine as well.
 

Participating Wineries:

 

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Reif Estate, 2013 Vidal Ice Wine
Jackson-Triggs, 2014 Cabernet Franc
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Pillitteri Winery, 2013 Vidal Ice Wine
Joseph’s Estate Winery, 2007 Vidal Ice Wine
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Inniskillin, 2014 Sparkling Ice Wine
Palatine Hills, 2012 Reisling Ice Wine
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Stratus, 2013 Ice Wine
Konzelmann, 2010 Vidal Ice Wine

 

Participating Restaurants:

 

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Oban Inn
Escabeche
Confit pork bellyand with ice wine chutney
Grass fed lamb tourtiere with mint ice wine jelly
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Zees Grill
Cannery Restaurant
Spiced Ice wine Poached Pear & Buffalo Brie on a crostini
Shepard’s Pie with Minted Ice wine-soaked apricots
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Liv Restaurant
Riverbed Inn Restaurant
Maple-smoked Muscovy Duck with Ice wine and Niagara fruit chutney
Ice wine soaked peach and apricot and brie crostini
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Tiara Restaurant
HobNob
Chili roasted Pear, House cured bacon, gorgonzola, Ice wine candied pecan
White Bean & Foie Gras Veloute

 

 

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