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Ontario wineries need the support of their biggest fans.

When the founders of #openlocalwine day launched the debut event last spring in the midst of a pandemic, local wineries were experiencing tough times with tasting rooms (as we know them) closed down north and south of the border.

The concept of #openlocalwine day is an initiative from Gina Shay, regional editor, Michigan, of The Cork Report , and Lenn Thompson, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Cork Report , which covers wineries all over North America, save California, Oregon, and Washington.

Wines In Niagara has decided to jump on board this great project to help local Ontario wineries whose plight is mirrored by those south of the border, with many wineries still not quite open to the public.

“It’s not just about helping your local wineries by buying wine, it’s also about celebrating with fellow local wine lovers,” said Shay and Thompson. “We look forward to the day when that is the focus of the event rather than the pandemic!”

As Northern Ontario's champion for Ontario wines, Wander Food & Wine was thrilled to be able to join in the celebration.

Join us on April 10th at 1:00 PM EST to learn about and taste 5 wines from Ontario and how you can pair them with your favourite dishes.


1. VIRTUAL CLASS & TASTING KIT $55 + HST: Includes 5 wine samples, Zoom link to live class, small chef's choice paired cheese/charcuterie plate, tasting notes and scorecard, $5.00 donation to The Hand Up Collective .

2. VIRTUAL CLASS Minimum $5 Donation to The Hand Up Collective : Includes LCBO shopping list, tasting notes and scorecard

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