Jason Solanki’s love for wine began in 2001 while touring a printing press at a supplier’s factory in Toronto, Ontario. One of their past print jobs –the LCBO’s VINTAGES Magazine – caught his eye. Solanki took the magazine home, studied it page by page, and the rest is history.
Flash forward 15 years and now he is a highly regarded wine “cono_sur”, traveling to different shops, wineries and events to indulge on his wish list of wines, and following up with genuine reviews.
In May of this year, Solanki had the opportunity to attend the 2nd annual Ontario's Southwest City Fare event. A virgin to Ontario’s South West region, with the exception of a camping trip to Port Burwell and passing through on route to the Detroit border, Solanki discovered some of the area’s best offerings, noting many worthy places to explore during his next visit.
Amongst an array of wonderful cuisine and beverages ranging from, of course, wine, but also local craft beers, fresh cheeses, gourmet teas and delicious chocolate, Solanki was also enthralled by a display at the event which was serving up rich history? Yes, you read that right!
Solanki was interested enough in Chatham-Kent’s deep connections to the Underground Railroad, in fact, that he stated that he would like to personally visit each of three Black History sites Chatham-Kent has to offer– Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, and the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society.
Read more about Solanki’s experience at the 2nd annual Ontario’s Southwest City Fare event, here!