Sue-Ann Staff's passion for wine has taken her around the globe, yet one truth became evident to her: she loves the farm! The sights, smells, sounds and most importantly, the lifestyle. A fifth generation farmer in the heart of Ontario's Niagara wine country, Sue-Ann has taken her passion for wine and blended it with her passion for the farm in the bottles of Fancy Farm Girl Wines.
"Fancy Farm Girl is more a state of mind than it is a wine," says Sue-Ann. "Every woman has a bit of a fancy farm girl in her, the girl who rides a Harley, the figure skater who becomes a hockey fan."
Having some fun with alliteration, Sue-Ann has produced four Fancy Farm Girl wines: Frivolous White, Flamboyant Red, Foxy Rose and Flirty Bubbles. The Frivolous White, an easy-drinking semi-dry Riesling that is light fresh and fruity, and the Flamboyant Red, an approachable wine that is a lightly oaked Cabernet Franc-Merlot blend, are slated to hit the shelves of select LCBO outlets before February 7.
Affordable, approachable and fun, Fancy Farm Girl Wines are very much a reflection of their maker, who set up Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery on her family's 200-year-old farm, where they have been growing grapes for more than a century.
"The farm is my home and my exotic escape," says Sue-Ann. "I dress the part of the fancy farm girl, jeans in the vineyard, cocktail dresses for the evening events. The farm is a metaphor, the attire an approach. The reality? There is a fancy farm girl in all of us."
About Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery:
A small, quality-oriented winery on the Staff family's 200-year-old estate on the brow of the Niagara Escarpment in Jordan, Ontario, Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery blends more than a century of grape growing experience with Sue-Ann's 15 years of making award-winning wines. After opening in 2009, it has been a whirlwind of ultimate experiences, from weddings to corporate dinners to food truck events and Niagara Icewine programs.
About Fancy Farm Girl Wines:
A special label from Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, Fancy Farm Girl wines are a reflection of their winemaker. As Sue-Ann says: "Years back, while tending my family farm, I had a revelation. I loved the farm. This is my Paris, my Australia, my South Africa, my freedom. So I dress the part and enjoy life through the rose-coloured glasses of the fancy farm girl. The farm is a metaphor, the attire an approach. The reality? There is a fancy farm girl in all of us."
Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
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Mike Keenan writes for QMI Agency (Sun Media) Canada's largest newspaper publisher, printing 44 daily newspapers as well as a web portal, Canoe.ca. Besides regular columns for the St. Catharines Standard, Welland Tribune, Niagara Falls Review and Seniors Review, Mike has been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Geographic Traveler, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine.
Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, is a small, quality oriented winery on the family's 200 year old estate, on the brow of the Niagara Escarpment in Jordan, Ontario, Canada. It is the ultimate assemblage, blending over 100 years of the family's grape growing experience with 15 years of Sue-Ann's award winning winemaking. After opening in 2009, it has been a whirlwind of ultimate experiences, from Weddings to Corporate Dinners to Food Truck Events and Niagara Icewine Programs. Concerts, Fashion Shows, who knows what the future holds!