Grapes Under Pressure 3

Building on the phenomenal success and tremendous response from their first two extravaganzas, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson team up again for the third installment of their “not so annual” Excellent Harvest Adventure.

Geddy and Alex welcomed 100 people aboard a private train from Toronto’s Union Station, as they enjoy breakfast enroute to Stratus Vineyards. (http://www.stratuswines.com)Stratus, a 62-acre beautifully modern winery near Niagara-on-the-Lake, combines science with tradition and relies on the centuries-old method of “assemblage” to produce wines of amazing depth and complexity while maintaining a reputation of being one of the world’s most sustainable wineries.

A champagne reception was enjoyed upon arrival at Stratus. During our tour of the stunning property, guest tried their hand at picking grapes and learned about cutting-edge winemaking techniques while drinking and tasting the “The Best of Niagara” from a variety of local producers of wine, beer and food products.

Award-winning Chef Michael Steh of The Chase prepared a gourmet vintners lunch as special guest winemaker, JL Groulx, lead us through his handcrafted Stratus vintage selections.

Grapes for Humanity Canada is proud to partner with Magna Children at Risk, and proceeds for this exclusive event went directly to rebuild health care facilities in the Philippines which were damaged by the Haiyan Typhoon.

Special thanks to the generosity of the following folk: Pierre Santoni and VIA Rail Canada, Michael Steh and staff, Stratus Vineyards and Cumbrae Meats.