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Toasting to the New Year with snow & Icewine

It’s New Years Eve in Canada, there is snow on the ground and the fireplace is burning. It's a very different experience to what I am used to in Australia - with the sun, sand, and fireworks over Sydney Harbour - but I've already started toasting to the New Year in my winter wonderland. To go with the seasonal theme, my drink of choice tonight is a local product from the Niagara region where I’m staying –Icewine.

The Icewine that I am sampling is the Wayne Gretzky Estates 2005 No. 99 Icewine Vidal, which won the 2009 Ontario Wine Award Gold Medal.

I’m no wine critic so here’s what Arta Ghanbari had to say:

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2012 Mudgee Food & Wine Festival at Balmoral Beach, Sydney

Every August for the past 22 years, winemakers and food producers from the Mudgee region in New South Wales head to the big smoke to showcase their wares, at the annual Mudgee Food & Wine Festival.

Mudgee is one of those country towns in New South Wales that I have always wanted to visit and is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. Now, it has a growing reputation for being a food and wine destination and being only 3.5 hours drive from Sydney, it’s the perfect location for a weekend away.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time for a trip myself, but I was lucky enough to be in Sydney at the same time as the festival. So on Sunday 12th August 2012, I braved the wind and headed out to beautiful Balmoral Beach for a warming glass of wine.

I first enjoyed Huntington Estate’s new release 2007 Special Reserve Shiraz and then indulged in some chocolate covered strawberries. For something a little different, I also tried the Pipeclay White Port from Pieter van Gent.

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