February 23, 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


Urban Cowboy: Cheers to this spring fling with Ontario Riesling wines

The Riesling Challenge has traditionally been held at the Scottsdale LCBO, where Poluch’s long been a successful product consultant (he was named VQA Promoter of the Year in 2011). He started the Riesling Challenge there when his manager urged him to find more uses for the then-new store’s under utilized tasting room. There was nothing else quite like it in the city, and the manager thought Guelphites needed a nudge to discover it.

Poluch considered VQA Rieslings – one of his favourite wines, one that Ontario is renowned for -- the perfect vehicle for open the room’s doors. So, he combined his commitment to the facility, his passion for Ontario Rieslings, and his support of good causes in Guelph, and the Ontario Consumers' Choice Riesling Challenge was born.

Here’s the drill. Patrons, who can be any LCBO customers, pay a $10 participation fee, which goes wholly towards the charity. For their donation, they are given tokens that they exchange for samples at various sampling stations featuring Ontario Rieslings -- such as Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery. Staff, a University of Guelph alumnus, says she’ll be on hand with her Loved By Lu and Fancy Farm Girl Frivolous White Rieslings.

Sue-Ann Staff and dog
Ontario Riesling winemaker and University of Guelph alumnus Sue-Ann Staff.

In the end, the dry and off-dry wines with the most tickets votes are crowned winners of the Ontario Consumers' Choice Riesling Challenge.

Poluch is truly an innovator with his Ontario Consumers' Choice Riesling Challenge. But this year’s 10th anniversary event, which will take place Saturday, May 28, from 1-4 p.m., might be his last hurrah. Poluch is no longer a product consultant, having been promoted to assistant manager. The LCBO tends to move people around when they get promotions. So this year the venue has been moved from the Scottsdale LCBO to the Speedvale LCBO, where Poluch now hangs his hat, and is pondering whether he’ll be able to continue fronting the Riesling event in his new role. 

It’s pretty simple. But it’s also pretty important, all around.

Over the years, the LCBO has been roundly criticized by many people, including me, for offering more support to wines from abroad rather than from Ontario. The LCBO has responded by dedicating what it considers significant shelf space to smaller Ontario wineries. The province is also opening up new venues (such as farmers’ markets) for wine, and even making efforts to allow wine to appear on grocery store shelves. Just last week, it announced it would increase the choice and convenience for consumers, and support fruit wine and cider producers, by making fruit wine and cider, along with wine, available on the shelves of up to 300 independent and large grocery stores.