Tuesday, December 12, 2006

2007 Niagara Ice Wine Festival January 19-28

The cold snap in early December resulted in a bumper harvest of primo ice wine grapes this season, marked with the annual Ice Wine Festival (see the official site, Niagara Grape and Wine Festival).

One of the highlights is a spectacular Icebar carved from a 7000 lb. block of ice. Dubbed the Twenty Valley Icebar, it's 18 feet long, engraved with ornate scenes of Canadiana and is placed right in the centre of Main Street in Jordan Station. The main street is closed for Icewine tasting from over 20 wineries, ice carving demonstrations, food and entertainment.

Reports Betsy Foster (Tourism Niagara):
Niagara’s famous wine route is prepared to welcome visitors from around the globe for an expanded ten days of tours, tastings, seminars, samplings, food pairings and a few surprises, all placing Icewine in the spotlight. A Winery Touring Passport enables the holder access to exclusive offers and complimentary events, January 19 – 28, 2007 at 30 participating wineries, at only $30 Canadian per passport.
Contact these sites for more details as needed. I've posted my photos of summertime Niagara at SnapshotJourneys.com Niagara Falls Ontario