Supporting local wine and its growers with Olympic Medalist Joannie Rochette


Some people say Canadians are born with skates on their feet – for Olympian Joannie Rochette, this statement is almost true. Starting off her skating career at just 22 months old, Rochette said she wasn’t always a star and the path that she took didn’t start with an Olympic dream.

  “I didn’t think about the Olympics as my ultimate goal, I set small goals for myself and achieved them step-by-step,” said Rochette.

  This is very similar to our Ontario growers who are taking the necessary steps to achieve the ultimate goal of creating a local and sustainable food and wine economy in Ontario.

As the world watched, Rochette not only made Canada proud as an athlete, but as a representative for the strength of the Canadian spirit. Two days before the beginning of the ladies' figure skating competition at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Joannie’s mother suffered a fatal heart attack – Joannie skated on. It is clear that the 24- year-old possesses an undeniable strength.

After all her hard work and tenacity in over-coming obstacles Joannie says that her mother would have wanted to her to skate. Although probably the hardest skate of her life it was certainly rewarding. Joannie Rochette’s bronze medal won a place for Canada on the podium and was the fifth Olympic medal in history for Canadian women’s figure skating.

And just like Joannie – it seems that the hard work of Ontario Grape Growers is and will continue to pay off. Not only is the 09-10 vintage a good year but more importantly, now when you enter the LCBO, Ontario wines are clearly marked as VQA and 100% Ontario Grape Growers.

Now, I may not grow the grapes – but I have certainly enjoyed a few glasses…err…bottles of wine in my time, and I have to say that the wine I tasted at the event last Wednesday, could certainly compete with the best. If you haven’t had a glass of Ontario wine in a while…try it and tell us about it at video competition. You could win some $$$, food for a year or half a year or a surprise prize from Mountain Equipment Co-op.

- - Carla

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