MARLBORO, N.Y., June 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The co-founding members of the Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Coalition (HVCFC) are publicly expanding their work by launching a distinctive seal that will mark locally produced bottles that meet the Coalition's strict standards of high-quality production and authenticity.

The seal—which features a soaring hawk, several species of which are indigenous to the Hudson Valley region and are integral to the area's vibrant and thriving ecosystem—guarantees that 85% of the grapes used in making the wine are grown in the Hudson Valley and that the wine has been aged for at least 12 months. The hawk icon symbolizes the unified commitment of Coalition members to grow and produce Cabernet Franc wines that capture the region's terroir in every sip.

The Coalition was formed in 2016 with the support of local growers, winemakers, and industry organizations; its mission is to showcase the many high-quality, terroir-driven Cabernet Franc wines produced by a growing number of dedicated winemakers, and to encourage more plantings of Cabernet Franc vines throughout the Hudson Valley.

"This striking seal is a real mark of the quality, passion, and pride that we in the Hudson Valley have for the Cabernet Franc wines that are being produced in the region," said Doug Glorie, Coalition president. "We hope that when wine lovers see this new sticker on a bottle, they will recognize that it represents the best that the Hudson Valley has to offer."

The seal will not only appear on locally produced bottles, but also other coordinated marketing materials including vineyard signs and window decals for producers, special signage at events, and promotional postcards.

The seal will be a centerpiece as the Coalition promotes the second annual Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Week (November 27 to December 4, 2018, which is National Cabernet Franc Day) as increased retail opportunities and industry tasting events across the region are planned.

The Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Coalition (HVCFC) is a group founded in February 2016, composed of Hudson Valley winery owners, grape growers, winemakers, and wine industry supporters. The HVCFC's mission is to establish a Cabernet Franc brand identity for the Hudson River Region; encourage more vineyard plantings of Cabernet Franc; promote Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc wines to the broader regional area; and increase the visibility of the Hudson River Region appellation, and the wineries within it.

The 2018 Coalition Legacy Members include: Fjord Vineyards, Glorie Farm Winery, Milea Estate Vineyard, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Nostrano Vineyards, Robibero Winery, Tousey Winery, and Whitecliff Vineyard.

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The Senate of Canada is entering the final phase of debate over the legalization of recreational cannabis.

After five Senate committees rigorously studied Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, debate at third reading began in the Red Chamber on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Senators agreed to structure the debate thematically in a motion that was unanimously adopted Thursday. The first day of debate saw speeches and amendments relating to cannabis production; Friday’s debate covered issues relating to its sale and distribution.

Debate on Monday, June 4 will address international issues relating to cannabis; Tuesday’s debate is set to include speeches and amendments relating to criminal penalties. On Wednesday, senators will debate issues relating to cannabis consumption.

The Senate is live-tweeting the debate over Bill C-45. You can also keep up to date with speeches, committee reports and the status of provincial and territorial cannabis legislation through the Senate’s Cannabis Act webpage.


Niagara, ON - Now in its 8th year, the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C) is held every July in the heart of Niagara wine country in Ontario, Canada. 62 wineries from 10 countries come together to celebrate one cool grape for three amazing days. A yearly pilgrimage for wine lovers, media and producers of the world’s best cool climate Chardonnay brings together Ontarians and visitors from around the globe for this one-of-a-kind celebration featuring 24 local Ontario VQA wineries.

The i4C 3-day weekend, July 20th thru 22nd, offers Chardonnay consumers and the wine trade the chance to enjoy an unparalleled selection of cool climate Chardonnay from around the world via a full schedule of seminars, walkaround tastings, winery experiences and unforgettable meals prepared by local Ontario chefs. This year, the i4C welcomes U.S. based and internationally known wine writer, Jon Bonné, as the keynote speaker to kick-off an exciting program on the first day at the highly anticipated School of Cool on Friday, July 20th.

"Chardonnay is one of the most popular and famous varieties around the globe, and I think it's crucial to understand its state of the art. So, I'm excited to come and discuss one of my favorite grapes, and to learn more about the exceptional work being done in Ontario to produce some world-class examples,” said Jon Bonné, internationally acclaimed author and senior contributing editor of PUNCH.

 “The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration has quickly become one of the world’s most exciting celebrations of cool climate Chardonnay. We are excited for guests of the i4C to discover and taste both local and global expressions of this internationally loved variety. Ontario welcomes the world and is especially excited to showcase our own wine growing region to visitors from all corners of the globe”, said Stacey Mulholland, Chair of the i4C Association and Manager, Visitor Experiences Eastern Estates at Arterra.

The signature event of the weekend is the Cool Chardonnay World Tour, the only event of the weekend where all 113 Chardonnays including sparkling wines are available to taste and are poured by their makers. Guests are invited to wander the grounds of historic Ridley College during the Grand Tasting, then sit down to a family-style feast curated by top Niagara winery chefs including Jason Parsons (Peller Estates), Frank Dodd (Trius Winery), Justin Downes (Vineland Estates), Alex White (Benchmark) and led by Chef Craig Youdale (Canadian Food and Wine Institute) and Chef Ross Midgley (Ravine Vineyard). A team of sommeliers will pour a selection of cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc or Gamay paired with the chefs’ creations. After dinner celebrations include dancing under the stars to a live band or sampling Ontario VQA red wines and local craft beer at the Après Chardonnay bar for a magical evening in wine country.

The School of Cool on Friday, July 20th features three unique sessions led by author Jamie Goode, wine expert Peter Rod and Master Sommelier John Szabo. Weekend long events also include Flights of Chardonnay on Friday, July 20th at the Niagara District Airport and a unique collection of events hosted at i4C member wineries across Niagara as part of the Explore Wine Country Ontario program. Events require pre-booking through the host winery but visit for event details.

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