By: Angela Aiello

During the Second World War, the character of ‘Wonder Woman’ was created as a warrior princess who fought for the greater good. She was tenacious, with a passion for justice, peace, love and equality. As an icon of wisdom, beauty and strength, she was considered “the new type of woman who should rule the world.” Years later, we still aspire to be like Wonder Woman – adventurous, powerful, attractive and fashionable – and with a glass of wine in hand we now call these super females the modern day ‘Wine Woman’. I’ll cheers a glass of local VQA Niagara sparkling to that!

Build Your Toolkit
Wine is all about learning your preferences, sharpening your skills and enjoying the journey. A skilled Wine Woman speaks the wine talk, walks the wine walk, and masters wine tools like corkscrews, decanters and glasses. She’s on trend with new grape varieties, regions, and food pairings. And, most fun of all, she is a top-notch hostess and loves to share her wisdom and knowledge with others. Mastering the art of wine service is like completing your outfit with the perfect accessory – it gets noticed. To show off your love for the local juice in Niagara, know what VQA stands for – Vintners Quality Alliance. It’s the symbol you need to look for on the label of local bottles that means the wine in your glass is made with grapes that are 100% from Ontario.

Find Your Match
Although you may not be fighting crime like Wonder Woman, you’re sure to encounter your share of wine you don’t love along your journey! Try to take the bad with the good, and learn from it. By understanding why you do or don’t like a wine, you’ll become more confident in your preferences. When it comes to Chardonnay, know and understand that they can taste very different. Some are completely un-oaked, while some spend time in a barrel for complex and deep flavour profiles. This grape variety is a tough one to ‘date’ as you might find bottles that don’t fit what you’re looking for. But don’t give up, and you’re sure to find a Chardonnay you love – it’s out there! Ontario has some of the best Chardonnays in the world – trust me I’ve been around! From our Sparkling to Icewine made from Chardonnay, there is a Niagara Chardonnay that is your perfect fit.

Discover Your Super Sense
Although wine isn’t only a woman’s drink, many females love their vino. Interestingly enough, it is also said that women have super senses when it comes to smelling and tasting wine. So the next time you’re visiting a local Niagara winery or enjoying a glass in the comfort of your own home, embrace your inner Wine Woman and take the time to swirl, smell, sip and savour your wine. Trying new and different wines from across the region allows you to expand your horizons – and your senses. With attention and patience, you will continue to broaden your knowledge and your capability for tasting wine.

Spread the Word
Understanding the intricacies of wine from across the globe will make you a well-versed and balanced Wine Woman. When you’re hosting wine gatherings at home (as any Wine Woman should), try throwing themed parties around countries and regions. A Niagara/locally themed party is a great way to start! You can explore the world with friends by enjoying many great bottles of wine together. A Wine Woman who loves local Niagara wine becomes an Ambassador for the region – and there can never be too many of those! Also, when it comes to wine, people always ask friends and family for recommendations, so spread the VQA love and share your knowledge! Are you a man looking to swoon your lady? Take her to Niagara Wine Country – she’ll love the thought and the local wine too! It’s a great holiday gift, way to spend Valentines Day, or to say “I Love You” for no reason at all.

Uncover Your Wine Personality
Wonder Woman had an alias, by the name of Diana Prince, who was said to work as an army nurse. Deep down in your Wine Woman soul, there might be a super wine geek waiting to be unleashed. What’s your wine identity and personality? Are you monogamous with Rieslings and have flavour flings with Chardonnay? Are you a mysterious Malbec or a fun Pinot Grigio? Are you thin-skinned like Pinot Noir, or sassy like a Sauvignon Blanc? Me, I’m a lover of local Niagara. Some call me the Robyn Hood of Wine, because I always bring wine to the people on local wine tours. But personally, I love strongly supporting Niagara wines because they really are fantastic. It’s all about finding your style!

Suit-up for Cool Climate
Wonder Woman’s Amazon training makes her as beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, as swift as Hermes and as strong as Hercules. Use your wine knowledge and accessories as skills and resources. It’s no secret that wine is fashionable, so put your Wine Woman suit on and tackle your wine journey head on. Get to know the cool climate wines that Niagara and Ontario do best, like Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, and Pinot Noir (there are more too!) and start sipping! The world, or should I say the world of local wine, is waiting for you.

Celebrate Your Conquests with VQA
There is a Latin phrase worth knowing, which means “In wine there is truth.” If Wonder Woman drank, I can guarantee wine would be her beverage of choice. Wine is the drink of the Gods – and since she is the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, maybe that makes her a wine princess. She would definitely have enjoyed a glass of VQA Sparkling wine to celebrate her conquests and relax after a long day. Or perhaps, she would have savoured an Ontario Icewine martini with friends and discovered new VQA bottles each week to build her wine confidence.

Become a Wine Woman
Just like fashion, wine is about accessorizing and details. Knowing how to properly use a corkscrew, serve into great glassware, decant and swirl are fundamentals. Get to know your favourite wine varieties from Niagara and begin collecting glassware for each one. When you’re hosting, the attention to detail won’t go un-noticed and will impress your guests. Wonder Woman had her accessories and they were her tools to success, so create your wine tool belt and become the Wine Woman you were meant to be!

Ever heard of “#winewednesday? It’s the day of the week when a glass of wine celebrates the completion of the beginning of the week, and keeps you motivated for the days leading up to the weekend. Local wine is the perfect choice. There is an ideal bottle for every mood, every dish, every personality and every woman. Inside of you there is a Wine Woman waiting to be released, all it takes is unleashing your passion, intrigue, adventure and style. Remember to use your the #VQA hashtag to show your love for Ontario grapes and local #wine!