August 19, 2016

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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

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




Wine from a fourth-generation Fancy Farm Girl

By Shari Darling, The Peterborough Examiner

I just tasted a fun and fabulous off-dry rose produced in Niagara called Sue-Ann Staff Fancy Farm Girl (FFG) 2014 Foxy Pink, (CSPC 469338), $14.95, available at the LCBO Lansdowne West near The Parkway).

I like the name and label of this wine. Catchy. I feel like a fancy farm girl myself!  While not a farmer, I do enjoy renovating homes and wearing steel toed work boots.  I also sell makeup online and am blessed to operate a business in wine and food. 

So, there's some farm and fancy in my lifestyle, as well as in the lives of many of my girlfriends. 

One of my best friends, Cora Whittington, runs Golden Pathways B&B and Leadership Retreat. Cora and husband David operate a farm, all the while hosting fancy events at their retreat. They live a fancy farm life, too!

It's a fitting brand name. On her website Staff says, "Years back, while tending my family farm, I had a revelation. I loved the farm. This is my Paris, my Australia, my South Africa, my freedom. So I dress the part and enjoy life through the rose-coloured glasses of the fancy farm girl. The farm is a metaphor, the attire an approach. The reality? There is a fancy farm girl in all of us."

Under this brand you'll find four wines called Frivolous White, Flamboyant Red, Foxy Rose and Flirty Bubbles.

Staff is a fifth-generation grape grower. In 2002 she won the Ontario Wine Society's Ontario Winemaker of the Year Award. Staff studied winemaking at the University of Adelaide in Southern Australia, and she went on to make wine at the family's 200-year-old estate in Jordan, Ontario. Now with 450 national and international awards under her fancy belt, Staff now operates her own winery at 3210 Staff Avenue in Jordan (Lincoln), Ontario -

The label itself is very feminine with shades of pink and lime green, created by artist Francesca Waddell. I'm drawn to the label.

As for the liquid inside the bottle"¦.it's a winning rose.  Interesting, different, and delicious.

FFG is a fun and well balanced rose with quite interesting character. The nose swirls with aromas of fresh orange and peach. The palate offers both orange and berry notes. This is due to the interesting blend of grapes - 90 per cent Riesling (white grape) and 10 per cent Cabernet Franc (red grape).

The blending of these varieties create a delicious, easy drinking rose with good weight, refreshing acidity, lovely flavours, and some sweetness (1 to 2 on the sugar code).  The sweetness is not over-riding because acidity balances it out.

Best of all this wine is low in alcohol (11 per cent), making it an afternoon sipper by the pool or lake. It's also the ideal quaffer for girl's night in!

A whole range of foods will work with this rose, such as fancy hors d'oeuvres celebrating tanginess, saltiness and gentle sweetness. Pair this wine with Radishes Filled with Salmon Roe (salty) and Lemon Cream (tangy) or Canapés with Smoked Salmon and Capers (salty).  

To prepare the most harmonizing cheese tray to pair with FFG, use Parmigiano-Reggiano (salty), Gorgonzola (salty and pungent), and Stilton with Mango and Ginger (sweet). 

Because of the wine's berry character and sweetness, this gem will complement fresh salads of greens sprinkled with blueberries and strawberries. Be sure to use a rice or white balsamic vinaigrette. Wine vinegar is too acidic and will make the wine's acidity taste rancid. 

Its off-dry quality will also work with both subtle sweet and spicy barbecue sauces for grilled chicken and ribs. Examples include St. Louis (tangy); Memphis (sweet and tangy); Kansas City (sweet and tangy); Char Sui (Chinese barbecue sauce that is sweet; Honey and Bourbon; barbecue rum sauce.

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