All photos:  (c) Elena Galey-Pride

Blog:  Ink Blots on Winestains


Happy at Harvest!

I've just spent another blissful afternoon photographing in the Stratus Vineyards' vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. With virtually no leaves left on the vines, the vineyard has taken on a whole new kind of beauty, different from the lush green of a few months ago. Both are so alluring, as are the many stages in between.

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Dorval Days

I've recently reconnected with some elementary school friends through Facebook, and specifically through a group called "If you grew up in Dorval, Qc...You remember when..." It's been fun remembering the friends of my youth.  Today, one of the members of the Facebook group asked who remembered the John XXIII performance of Oliver! This is what I wrote - a memory of a friend I hadn't met yet! 
Have I ever got a great Oliver story for you! Some years back I was introduced to a charming, effervescent, well-travelled woman who had just arrived to live in Niagara with her kids and her husband, the new winemaker for Le Clos Jordanne. They had lived in Burgundy and in Oregon, but we quickly established that they were originally Quebecois, and that she had grown up in Dorval. Of smillar ages, we began to compare notes as to what friends we might have in common. Not as many as we might have thought! She went to John XXIII and I went to Dorval High. When she mentioned John XXIII, that got me going about how great their high school was and how they had so many facilities that Dorval High did not, such as the pool and the theatre. Then I told her about how I so clearly remember sitting in the theatre during Oliver! and looking up at this kid on the stage who was playing the Artful Dodger and thinking how amazing he/she was and what a fabulous opportunity these kids had with such a great theatre program. As I'm telling the story, my new friend gets a very strange look on her face. "I WAS that kid," she said. "I was the Artful Dodger!" I still get shivers. 
Mary Monica Delaney and I SHOULD have met so many times in our youth. Our stories intersect on numerous occasions. But we didn't meet until the Niagara wine industry brought us together. Good friends now, we are making up for lost time!"
Mary and her husband, Thomas Bachelder, now have their own winery project, called Bachelder. They are making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Niagara, Burgundy and Oregon. 



Black and white and red all over 

Well, I'm certainly blushing and it's because of my black and white photography, so I think the old gag fits! I was surprised and happy to learn Saturday night that a series of my photos won the Grand Prize in the second annual Walk STC YOUR Downtown Photo Exhibit.

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It IS an honour just to be nominated ...

... but it sure was nice to win! The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4c) was the winner in the Event category at the first-ever Niagara Social Media Awards. I'm honoured to say that I've been responsible for the social media for i4c since our founding event in 2011. 

The awards, organized by the Social Media Club Niagara, were presented at the monthly meeting on February 24, 2015 at Fresco's in St. Catharines. Judges Trevor Twining, Ruth Unrau and Vivian Kinnaird awarded i4c for "demonstrating how a company, group or organization has used social media to increase ticket sales, attendance, or awareness for their event." We've done all three! 

Our colleagues in the Event category included the Niagara Wine Festival, Pelham Summerfest and the GWEn Conference

The winners in the other categories for inaugural awards were:

Non-profit:  Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold

Business:  El Gastronomo Vagabundo

Personal Branding: Tiffany Mayer - Eating Niagara

Agency:  Arnoldi:McPherson Digital Communications

Student:  Anneka Bosse

Community Builder:  Cathy Berkhout-Bosse



LOVE letters

A little something that I put together for one of my clients - Stratus Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake. I call it "LOVE Letters." 

All the photos were taken indoors and out at the winery. Used in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and customer emails.

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone.

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