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Open Wines and Open Picnic

Open Wines and Open Picnic

Over these past few weeks, you may have seen my posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram about my partnership with Open Wines.  They challenged me with this:  Come up with a creative way to showcase our awesome wines.  Challenge accepted!

Wine + Fun in Toronto

So with that I wanted to do something totally different.  That’s when I discovered the local Toronto startup Flixel that’s making cinemagraphs accessible for everyday people like you and I.  What are cinemagraphs you ask?  They are essentially living images where for the large part the image is static except for a portion of it where there is animation.  It could be as subtle as hair swaying in the wind or as obvious as the crashing of waves on the beach.  It’s really up to the artist.

With bottles of Open Wines at my disposal and great friends, I spent the next 3 weeks scheming how I could leverage Flixel and this is what I came up with.

Trying Not To Be A Sore Loser

Timelapse Paintlounge and Wine

The Perfect Pour at Track & Field Bar

There’s one more in the works for next week so make sure you follow me on Instagram!

Open Picnic


If you haven’t heard yet, Open Wines is throwing an epic bash on Saturday July 23 at Harbourfront Centre.  In Canada, other than patios it’s not easy to enjoy a glass of wine outdoors.  Open Wines is making this possible with Open Picnic by bringing games, Share & Win, food, and of course wine for this all-out fun event.

Open Picnic Details

Time: 12PM – 8PM

Where: Harbourfront Centre – SOuth Lawn beside the concert stage (235 Queens Quay West)

Food Vendors: La LoteriaVesta LunchMis Amigos Catering

Wine: The Smooth Red and Riesling-Gewurztraminer will be available for sampling.

Event Page: Open Picnic event page

Share & Win Contest:  The winner will receive a “getaway trip to the Drake Devonshire for 2”. More details about the contest will come in soon!

Open Wines

Most of you may not heard of Open Wines and that’s because they literally just launched this summer.  They’re a new line of 100% VQA Niagara Peninsula wines that offer an approachable fruit-forward flavour offered in an nice and easy twist-open package.  They’re well-priced at $11.95 and are incredibly quality for your money.

They’re different than other wineries because they were designed with the millennial in mind which are all about being adventurous and trying new things.  As a result, you’ll find that Open Wines is much savvier than others which is why they run cool events like Open Picnic.

Full disclosure that I am not a wine connoisseur of sorts.  I’m just your casual wine drinker that doesn’t have the most sophisticated taste palette.

Drinking Open Wines at Track & Field Bar

Behind the scenes at Track & Field Bar

I’ve been drinking a lot of wine this past month and I have to say that I’ve been very impressed with Open Wines.  My favourite has to be the Riesling-Guwurztraminer which I knew was going to be the case sine I’m a big fan of sweeter Rieslings.  This one is extremely smooth and has a pleasant undertone of lychee, citrus, and spiced apple.   That being said, both the Smooth Red and Smooth White did not disappoint either.  I hate to use this word so many times but both were dang smooth.  These are the types of wine that I can see myself pairing with a meal or popping one open with friends for a social night.

About Will Tang

Will is a travel blogger writing for Going Awesome Places. Since quitting his consulting job in 2012 he's been travelling the world and along the way writing about his epic adventures and taking amazing photos. His true passion lies in telling stories, inspiring others to travel, writing detailed trip itineraries for others to follow and providing helpful tips and tricks to travel better. Also the founder behind Travel Blog Breakthrough and freelance writer for Hipmunk and currently working on the #‎HipmunkCityLove Project.

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