2012-13 Official VQA Wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly

Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

St. Catharines, ON (Wednesday, October 31, 2012): The Grape Growers of Ontario, along with the Honourable Speaker of the Legislature, Dave Levac of Brant County, hosted the Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, October 30. Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, along with Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario, are pleased to announce that the following wines have been chosen as the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2012-13:

Red Wine: 2011 Conspiracy from The Foreign Affair Winery, Vineland

White Wine: 2009 Burning Ambition from Small Talk Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Bill George commented that “the Grape Growers of Ontario were pleased to host the 34th annual Wines of the Legislative Assembly tasting event and I extend congratulations to both The Foreign Affair and Small Talk Vineyards on their selection.”

“The two wines chosen reflect the connection between 100% Ontario grown grapes and the winemakers who craft these wines,” says Debbie Zimmerman. “As the Grape Growers of Ontario celebrate our 65th anniversary, I congratulate all of Ontario’s wineries on producing top quality VQA wines.”

"We are honoured to have our 2011 Conspiracy (ripasso style) selected as the official red wine at Queen's Park for 2013. While informed by Old World tradition, this wine is a unique Canadian innovation with creative adaptations of appassimento techniques. This recognition further strengthens our belief that with passion, risk and support from life's conspirators, dreams can be realized."

“Small Talk Vineyards, previously Stonechurch Vineyards, is thrilled to have our 2009 Burning Ambition chosen as the official white wine of the Legislative Assembly for 2013. Burning Ambition is a mix of Riesling and Gewurztraminer and, like all our wines, is made with 100% Ontario grown grapes and is an expression of our commitment to producing top quality VQA wines. We thank the members of the Ontario Legislature for choosing our wine.”

Members of Provincial Parliament gathered to select the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s official red and white VQA wine to be served at legislative functions throughout 2013. Participants tasted and marked their preferences on a voting ballot to determine which wines would be selected from five Ontario VQA wineries. The Grape Growers of Ontario thank the Honourable Speaker Dave Levac and look forward to continuing the tradition of the Legislative Wine Tasting with him in the future.

The Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 500 actively producing grape growers of 17,000 acres in the province’s three viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County.

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For more information please contact Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario 905-688-0990 - 905-401-2471 - d.zimmerman@grapegrowersofontario.com