i4C International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration

July 20th - July 22nd, 2018

Niagara Falls

Niagara-on-the-Lake

St. Catharines

Twenty Valley

2018 marks the 8th annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, and they are thrilled to showcase this year’s Event Programme.  Special guest Jon Bonné joins as Keynote Speaker, presented by VQA Wines of Ontario.

Guests will explore the world of Cool Climate Chardonnay at the various events – available for purchase a la carte or in weekend packages.
All events (except Explore Wine Country Ontario) offer complimentary guest shuttles from the Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake campus and the Hilton Garden Inn, in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

FRIDAY  JULY 20 ‐ THE SCHOOL OF COOL  
Industry Sessions presented by VQA Wines of Ontario & The Grape Growers of Ontario   Wines of Chablis, School of Cool Hospitality Sponsor

8:30am – 5:00pm (Registration opens at 7:30am)
White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa
253 Taylor Road, Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake
$150 +HST | 350 guests
Parking at Niagara College (shuttle provided)

8:30am – 3:30pm – Industry Sessions, Keynote address by Jon Bonné.   3 compelling seminars focusing on issues of cool climate winemaking and viticulture. Featuring panel of winemakers and experts. $150.00 + HST includes lunch. Wines of Chablis will pour a selection of Chardonnays  during lunch

3:30pm  – 5:00pm  – Industry Networking Event A meet‐and‐greet event for international winemakers and media and Ontario wine‐industry guests, with a selection of Chardonnays poured by their makers in a collegial setting. Included with School of Cool tickets. To attend Industry Networking Event only, tickets are available for $35.00 + HST.

3:30pm – 4:45pm – Wines of Chablis Seminar: From Petit Chablis to Chablis Grand Cru, where Chardonnay is the purest expression of terroir

FRIDAY  JULY 20 ‐ FLIGHTS OF CHARDONNAY
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Niagara District Airport 468 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake $55+HST, food additional | 750 guests

Mix and mingle in the coolest venue in Niagara while tasting exceptional Cool Climate Chardonnays from all corners of the globe, poured by their makers. A Cool Marché of some of the best chefs in Niagara join in the mix.

SATURDAY  JULY 21 ‐ EXPLORE WINE COUNTRY ONTARIO
11:00am – 2:00pm   Wineries across Niagara Visit the i4C member wineries across Niagara for special Chardonnay tastings, winemaker experiences or luncheons. Visit coolchardonnay.org for event details. Events require pre‐booking through the host winery.   Ticket prices vary by venue.

SATURDAY  JULY 21 ‐ KICK THE DIRT
12:00pm‐4:30pm Local Niagara Vineyards $100+ HST | 27 guests
The Grape Growers of Ontario invite you to KICK THE DIRT and discover grape growing up‐close with local grape growers.  Your ticket includes a guided bus tour, wine and food tastings at two of Niagara’s premier vineyards.

SATURDAY  JULY 21 ‐ THE COOL CHARDONNAY WORLD TOUR  
Presented by VQA Wines of Ontario & LCBO/VINTAGES 6:00pm – 11:30pm
Ridley College 2 Ridley Road, St. Catharines $165+ HST | 850 guests
The signature event of i4C weekend.
The Cool Chardonnay World Tour is the only event where all 165 wines of the i4C are available to taste. Wander the grounds of historic Ridley College during the Grand Tasting, then sit down to a family‐style feast curated by top Niagara winery chefs including:

  • Jason Parsons (Peller Estates)
  • Frank Dodd (Trius Winery)
  • Justin Downes (Vineland Estates)
  • Chef Craig Youdale (Canadian Food and Wine Institute)
  • Chef Ross Midgley (Ravine Vineyard)

    A team of sommeliers will pour a selection of cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc or Gamay paired with the chefs’ creations. After dinner, dance under the stars to a live band or sample VQA red wines and craft beer at the Après Chardonnay bar. A magical evening in wine country.

SUNDAY JULY 22 ‐ THE MOVEABLE FEAST
11:00am – 2:00pm
Ravine Vineyard 1366 York Road, St. Davids $85+HST | 250 guests
A perennial favourite of i4C weekend. Chef Ross Midgley and owner Paul Harber welcome their favourite artisan producers to join them in presenting a fabulous wandering feast in the vineyard marquee. Cool climate Chardonnay, Blanc de Blancs and a selection of VQA Rosés will be available to taste. A glorious way to end i4C weekend.
* Complimentary shuttles are available from Niagara College NOTL Campus. Shuttles begin 30 minutes prior to the event start time and run continuously until 30 minutes after the event end time.

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When

Jul 20th 12:00 pm to

Jul 22nd, 2018 11:00 pm

Where

Various Locations
Niagara, ON

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