It’s a vintage year to support college education – literally, for members of Les Marmitons Niagara.
Two new wines have recently hit the shelves at the Niagara College Wine Visitor + Education Centre under the Les Marmitons moniker – 2014 Les Marmitons: Gastronomy Pinot Noir and 2014 Les Marmitons: Gastronomy Chardonnay. Proceeds from sales help to support student learning.
The initiative was a first for members of Les Marmitons Niagara – the local chapter of an international gastronomic and social club for men interested in fine food, wine and the culinary arts. Members approached the College with the idea and worked with winemakers at the Niagara College Teaching Winery to create the wines.
“Our goal was to create a wine which would be able to be used at our cooking events and sold to members of Les Marmitons in Niagara and other chapters throughout Ontario and other provinces,” said Mike Berlis, vice-president of events for Les Marmitons Niagara. “Les Marmitons Niagara has had a long and close relationship with Niagara College, including a bursary fund which helps students in the College’s culinary, hospitality, winery and brewery based programs. The wine project is another way for us to continue to support this relationship.”
A long-time supporter of Niagara College, Les Marmitons Niagara has contributed more than $80,300 to student bursaries at the College over the years.
“Niagara College is very fortunate to have long-time supporters like Les Marmitons Niagara whose members recognize the important role that financial support can play in student success,” said Steve Gill, general manager, Niagara College Learning Enterprises Corporation. “We were pleased to move forward with the creation of Les Marmitons wines, which combines our passion for winemaking and for student learning in the process.”
The two Les Marmitons wines are available for purchase at the Wine Visitor and Education Centre (located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus at 135 Taylor Rd.) and online at http://www.niagaracollegewine.ca
2014 Les Marmitons: Gastronomy Pinot Noir
The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Trek Vineyard in Four Mile Creek, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and was hand-harvested then bunch sorted for quality. Appearing bright ruby in the glass, the complex nose shows ripe cherry, plum and blood orange fruits alongside elevated floral notes, spice, turned earth and dried herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and lively with moderate tannins and a rounded mouthfeel.
2014 Les Marmitons: Gastronomy Chardonnay
This estate-grown, barrel-fermented Chardonnay spent 14 months sur lie in French barriques and underwent malolactic fermentation with monthly lees stirring. The wine appears a bright straw-gold in the glass, while the nose brims with golden delicious apple, ripe pineapple, apple blossom, fresh butter and clove. The palate is soft and creamy with stone fruit and hints of butterscotch and honey, and a firm acid streak that focuses the ample weight.
For information about Les Marmitons visit http://www.lesmarmitons.org
The Canadian Food and Wine Institute, located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, is the College’s centre for food wine and beer education. In addition to Benchmark Restaurant, it features on-campus learning enterprises including the NC Teaching Winery – Canada’s first and only commercial teaching winery – and the NC Teaching Brewery – also the first of its kind in Canada. The CFWI is also home to the reigning Junior Culinary Team Canada, comprised of students and recent graduates who, in 2013, won the right to represent Canada at international competitions for three years, up to and including the 2016 World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit http://NiagaraCollege.ca.
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