With the 2010 Festival of Ice (held on February 6 & 7, 2010) about to take place this weekend, our member wineries are adding some fun events to the mix this year to make it entertaining for everyone young and old.

Join Izabela and the gang over at Aleksander Estate Winery (12pm-5pm each day) as they celebrate the spirit of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and their very own award winning wines. You can participate in the “gold medal challenge” by tasting our wines blind to determine which are the medal winners. Also, help select the wines that will be entered in upcoming wine competitions. It gets better as savoury treats are included!

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery gets the entire family involved as they present Glide Thru Winter on each day from 12pm-5pm. They will be opening up their ponds for ice skating for all to enjoy a “Glide thru Winter” with warm mulled or cider wines, delicious soups, and icewine tastings alongside the bonfire. If our friend Tanya happens to be on the ice, say hello for us, but, be very careful. You don’t want to get in the way of her (somewhat) infamous “knuckle slam”!

While it may not be part of the Festival of Ice,  we might as well take this opportunity to mention a book signing at Sprucewood. On Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, our pals at Sprucewood invite you to meet some of the local freelance writers of Essex County. We will be pouring hot mulled wine and have an assortment of cheese and crackers for your enjoyment.

Just in time to get out of hibernation and enjoy the spirit of the winter Olympic Games, Black Bear Farms and Estate Winery invite you to taste their very own medal winners, plus the newest fruit wine releases to our shelves, such as Black Currant, Golden Plum, Gooseberry, and Blueberry. You can also enter to win a Black Bear gift and a chance at the regional grand prize and there are free tastings with complimentary crackers, cheese, and desserts.

and enjoy the spirit of the Winter Olympic Games

Admission to the SWOVA Festival of Ice is a canned good to be donated to our local food bank.