January 20, 2016

Roots On The Twenty, May 27 & 28, Balls Falls Conservation Area

Roots On The Twenty -- a little hipster, a smidge country, all about nature and a whole lot of fun! This ain't your parents' bush party!

Join us for a weekend of food, drink, entertainment and activities that celebrate the Twenty Valley. Free admission. Tickets for alcoholic beverage samples from local wineries, brewers and distillers are $5 each or get a commemorative glass and five sample tickets for $25. Click here to purchase sample tickets ahead of time and avoid line-ups at the event!




Stylin' Spring Supper on the Ranch, June 8, Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

Women of Niagara invite you to join us on the farm this June for a fabulous evening of food and wine in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Go Girls! (a young woman's group mentoring program).Chat, laugh and dine outdoors under our marquee tent while raising money for this important program!

Start your evening with a delightful seasonal wine cocktail and hors' d'oeuvres before taking your seat for dinner. The evening's menu includes:



Arugula Salad
with red wine braised pear, candied walnuts & Caprano creamy goat cheese,
drizzled with Fancy Farm Girl wine dressing
2016 Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink
House Cured Smoked Kassler Pork Chop
with apple & pearl onion chutney, celeriac & apple slaw, and sautéed green asparagus with black garlic.
2015 Riesling Loved By Lu or 2015 Baco Noir
Trio Dessert
Berry Charlotte with lemon curd
Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Cake with hazelnut & almond pralines, & coffee chantilly
Cheesecake with biscotti crumb
All topped with Tigchelaar Farms berry coulis
2012 Vidal Icewine

Advance tickets are $100 
Purchase through eventbrite or through sue-annstaff.com.

Proceeds to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Go Girls! Group Mentoring program.


WINspirational Women: A Conversation with Deborah Rosati
Thursday, June 15, 7 pm, Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

Join us for an intimate, informal and interactive evening with Deborah Rosati (Corporate Director & Co-Founder, Women Get On Board) under the marquee at Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery. Enjoy refreshments and dessert while hearing how Deborah achieved her goals, and learn how to build the leader in you.

Advance tickets are only $30 (+taxes & fees), available through eventbrite. Click here to buy!


















Wine & Spirit Fest, Sugar Beach, Toronto, June 16 & 17

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery will be kickin' it beachside this June at the Wine & Spirit Fest! Taking the farm to the city for two days of sampling and chatting at Sugar Beach sounds like a good idea to us! For more information (tickets, map, general details) click here



Car Show & Shine, Sunday July 30


Winter WineFest 2016 Jordan...TV Cogeco & St. Catharines Standard videos

Check out TV Cogeco coverage of The Twenty Valley Tourism Association 7th annual #WinterWineFest2016 in Jordan Village...




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Glasses were raised to wine, winter and Canadian life in Jordan Village this weekend.

Thousands of people bundled up for Twenty Valley’s annual Winter WineFest, eager to take in the sights of the quaint village and sample creations from 23 of the area’s wineries.

Originally from Sault St. Marie, Jennifer Kersley and daughter Rowan, who recently moved to St. Catharines, were pleased to be spending a winter day outdoors.

“This is something we’d never do there in the winter,” Jennifer said of her former hometown with a laugh, adding Saturday’s sunshine made for a comfortable stay outside.

Debbie Perkin and Brigitte Jahn travelled to the festival on a packed tour bus from the GTA.

It was the first time at WineFest for the new friends, who met on the trip up.

But, Perkin assured, it likely won’t be their last.

“I just love it here. I’d give it a 10 out of 10,” she said, crediting wineries and food vendors for top-notch creations.

It was a similar sentiment felt by Dave and Carolyn Courtney, who made their inaugural festival appearance Saturday.

The event, he said, had an upbeat vibe and offered a reminder of the beautiful spaces Niagara has to offer.

“Sometimes you forget what’s right in your own backyard,” he said, while enjoying a glass of wine alongside his wife and watching the outdoor concert.

“It’s good to be Canadian.”

For Cheryl and David Mock, making the trek to Jordan Village has become tradition.

The Rochester, N.Y., couple annually turn their visit to the festival into a weekend stay in Niagara, exploring different parts of the region each time.

“We come every year. We love the barrel rolling, the incredible entertainment and delicious food and wine,” Cheryl said.

The winemakers’ barrel races is a highlight for many visitors, who come out to watch winery representatives toss barrels end over end in hopes of manoeuvring a course in the fastest time.

Reigning champion Dan Stouck, assistant winemaker at Malivoire Wine Co., returned to successfully defend his title. He was joined in the winner’s circle by first-time participant Jessica Reese, of Vineland Estates Winery, who came away with the fastest time among the female barrel rollers.

“The biggest challenge was staying with (the barrel),” the cellar technician said.

“It has a mind of its own and it’s really hard to control.”

Stouck called his secret to his success a mixture of power and technique.

“I do a lot of barrel rolling,” he said with a laugh, adding his daily work provides plenty of opportunity for practice.

The competition has been a crowd pleaser for years, said event manager Dorian Anderson, who felt the races, in combination with the sunshine, helped to pack the festival grounds Saturday.

She estimated that by Saturday afternoon, about 3,500 people had already passed through the festival’s gates. That’s in addition to the 350 guests who braved Friday’s rainfall for the opening night concert.

“It looked incredible under the lights,” she said, impressed by the event’s transformation to include a new European market style with lights strung throughout the main outdoor area.

“It shows off the charm of the village a lot better.”

Winter WineFest annually helps to kickoff the Niagara Icewine Festival, which continues until the end of the month.