On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me the gift of Niagara wine. Living in Niagara well this is a pretty obvious gift. We are surrounded by vines and the area is filled with great wine. I admit that my true love works in the industry and our love for Niagara wines run pretty deep. Looking through our photos, it struck me that Niagara wine is really a huge part of our lives. One of my favourite photos is the remnents of another successful Niagara Wine Festival last year. So many fantastic wineries represented but not a wide enough lens!
I love to see the photos with the wine in and out of its’ natural habitat. A wine makers dinner, a Sunday supper club, a chef’s table, Niagara Wine Festival Tailgate Party, a discovery pass outing or a dinner in a NOTL parking lot. All of these involve the joy of Niagara wines!
A glass of one of my favourite goes with everything…. and is super on its own with a friend wine…..Laura’s Blend Red from Creekside. An award winning winery and a fantastic place to stop and have lunch, Creekside Estates is located in Jordan on 4th Avenue. With Chef J Mark Hand serving up fare on The Deck and a wine club called “Creek Freaks” what is not to love?
Another favourite Pillitteri Estates Winery is located on Stone Road in Niagara on the Lake. This is a family owned and operated winery and home to the 2013 Best Ontario Wine of the Year, Exclamation Cabernet Franc, 2010. They also have a farmer’s market on site with locally grown fruits and a few vegetables. This winery came up with a great solution to not having a restaurant, they promote many local chefs and food trucks throughout the year at their winery.
Also in Jordan is Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery located on Staff Avenue. This is Ontario’s only winery to have two air strips that allow customers to fly in via helicopter or single engine plane. A stop here will find you in the kitchen of the winemaker herself and you may even get a chance to have a taste with her as she shares a humorous story or two and educates you about Niagara wine. Meet Brix the dog and try a Robert’s Block Riesling or a Cab Franc Icewine. Her legendary love of all things bacon is also shared on her website with 50 Shades of Bacon.
Coming up in January is the Niagara Icewine Festival ,January 10-26th, 2014. Over the three weekends they have a Discovery Pass, there is Winterfest in the Square (Jan 24 & 25) , The Xerox Icewine Gala (Jan 10th), Twenty Valley Winery WineFest (Jan 11-12) and Niagara on the Lake Icewine Village (January 18-19). Each winery hosts various events and special tastings during the Icewine Festival. So when you feel like there is nothing to do after the December holiday rush check out their website and take your true love on a little tasting trip.
- Early Icewine Harvest in Ontario’s Wine Country (travelbloggers.ca)
- Biking through Niagara Wine Country (foodandwinehedonist.com)
- Canadian ice wine (cntvna.wordpress.com)
- Some recent Ontario vintages that shine (theglobeandmail.com)