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Grand Tasting

New look Cuvée continues to
celebrate Ontario's best

 
The 25th anniversary of Cuvée, a gala weekend that celebrates excellence in Ontario winemaking, inspired organizers to retool the program to better reflect the modern industry.

“We’re putting a new face on Cuvée,” explains Liz Palmieri, director of the Niagara Community Foundation, which presents the event.

After consulting with the wine industry and other stakeholders, Cuvée was re-imagined as a grand tasting format that invited wineries to select one wine to pour March 1 during the festivities at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. It’s an opportunity for Ontario wineries to showcase what they feel is the very best wine that they have to sell right now.

The new format replaces a wine competition that saw winemakers select the top wines in various categories following a blind tasting. With wineries able to enter three or four wines in previous years, guests at Cuvée encountered a dizzying array of 250+ wines.

“Even for the most dedicated guests, it was an overwhelming amount,” Palmieri says. 

Forty-two wineries will participate in next month’s gala meaning 42 wines will be placed on the pedestal. The identities of the wines won’t be announced until the doors open, which adds to the anticipation of the celebration.

As in past years, signature dishes from some of Niagara’s top restaurants will complement the featured wines. Stephen Treadwell, of Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine, Chris Smythe, of Escabèche at Prince of Wales Hotel and Frank Romano, of Inn on the Twenty, are among the talented chefs who will provide delicious pairings for the local wines.

Other highlights include an enhanced Après Cuvée party and special sparkling and Icewine bar.

Cuvée Gala Tickets are now available for $200 at cuvee.ca. Proceeds from Cuvée Weekend go to the Niagara Community Foundation, which supports local charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development.



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