One of the highlights of summer so far was attending the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4c) in Niagara.
Spending a weekend eating and drinking right in the vineyards of the region was the perfect way to love and appreciate summer!
This is what I FaceBooked right afterwards: “What a wonderful wine-soaked weekend in the Niagara region at the Cool Climate Chardonnay event! Can’t thank the organizers, winemakers, wineries, volunteers and all those involved enough for all their effort.
A new Chardonnay monster has been created.”
For those whose only experience of chardonnay is that cloying, overly oaky stuff, chardonnay made in cool climates is a revelation! I think I sampled chardonnays from most countries represented and my mind and palate were opened.
At the dinner for 800 under a massive tent on Saturday night we sat with the winemakers, who proudly poured their wines for us and shared fascinating details about how they were made.
Not only did I become a fan of cool climate chardonnay, but I also discovered how well oysters and champagne go together.
The celebration takes place every year. You can’t beat it as a fabulous summer experience for wine lovers.