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The Niagara Icewine Festival is back!


It’s back! The 19th Annual Niagara Icewine Festival will be underway from January 10th-26th, 2014. For three weekends in January (10th-12th, 17th-19th & 24th-26th), you have the opportunity to taste this Ontario specialty made from grapes left to freeze naturally on the vine. The Niagara Region is recognized as producing some of the world’s finest icewine, and now is your chance to try it out during the Niagara Icewine Festival!

What does it taste like?

Icewine is an ultra-rich flavoured wine, boasting rich aromas and flavours of ripe tropical fruits, made from the intense liquid of naturally frozen grapes. All varieties are sweet, making it a “dessert” wine.  Icewine was traditionally rooted in Austria and Germany (locally known as “eiswein”); however, Canada has got the current claim to ice wine-making fame, with the majority of the market’s ice wine offerings coming from British Columbia and Ontario. The wines are chilled and also go perfectly paired with rich flavoured food (such as aged blue cheese). Add a splash of icewine to sparkling wine or cocktails to enhance the flavour.

About the Niagara Icewine Festival:

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Once again, the Niagara Icewine Festival will feature the Discovery Pass. For $40 (plus HST) you will be able to tour the wintry wine route and enjoy eight award-winning wines and food pairings throughout all three weekends of the Niagara Icewine Festival.

To ensure that all designated drivers are having a good time as well, the Festival is offering the Driver’s Discovery Pass. Enjoy eight non-alcoholic winery experiences throughout the Festival for just $30 (plus HST).

Click here for a list of all the Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries and Twenty Valley wineries featured during this event.

Kick-off the Niagara Icewine Festival!

There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of the Festival with a gala!

Xerox Icewine Gala: A Bacchus Evening of Icewine & Revelry:
January 10, 2014
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

This evening showcases wines from 40 Niagara wineries, and features Canada’s largest tasting of internationally acclaimed VQA Icewines and table wines. Combined with the best of Niagara cuisine prepared by Fallsview Casino’s top chefs as well as entertainment and an incredible silent auction, this is an unforgettable evening!

Click here for ticket information.

*Formal Attire Only*

Accommodations

The timing of the Niagara Icewine Festival runs alongside another popular Niagara Falls festival — the Ontario Power Generation’s Winter Festival of Lights!

Winter Festival of Lights

This festival runs until January 31st, 2014 and is within easy access to the Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries and only a 5 minute walk from the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill , located right where all the action happens, on Clifton Hill! There is no better way to visit Winter in the Niagara Region than to experience both the countryside wineries and the excitement of Niagara’s best attractions and fireworks shows that run throughout January.

The Comfort Inn Clifton Hill offers inexpensive rates and a prime location for all Niagara Falls fun. It’s close proximity to the Falls and unbeatable access to Clifton Hill and Niagara Parks attractions can’t be beat! This hotel also features the “Build-A-Package” selection in which when you make a reservation online (click here to reserve a room), you have the opportunity to select additional add-on’s at a discounted price of attractions and dining that you wish to experience.

With the beginning of the Niagara Icewine Festival, the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill will also introduce the “Wine Country Tasting Tour” package on January 10th, 2014. Save $16 off Adult tickets for a 4 hr. tour which includes:

*Guided bus tour of the Niagara-on-the-Lake wine region.
*Tours and tastings at some of the finest Niagara wineries:
Pillitteri Estates, Reif Estates, Inniskillin and Stone Church Vineyards.
*Free time for lunch and shopping in lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Click here for details on this package and many more offered only at the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill!

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Christine on the Niagara Icewine Festival

Christine Lynn

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