We spent the day in Niagara on the Lake visiting wineries as part of the Wine & Herb festival. We’ve been going for a few years now and it’s always a treat. We stopped at Thirty Bench on the way to NOTL and picked up some Riesling (Steel Post) and Winemakers’ Red (2008 and 2009). We also got to taste the new 2011 Riesling and 2010 Winemaker’s Red – a nice treat!
We visited the following wineries:
NIAGARA COLLEGE TEACHING WINERY
Herb Inspiration: Chives
2009 Sauvignon Blanc
Five Spice Ontario Pork Loin with Mango Chili Salsa
MALETA ESTATE WINERY
Herb Inspiration: Pineapple Sage
2008 Grape Brain Riesling
Baguette Topped with Brie, Fresh Pineapple & Pineapple Sage Marmalade
COLANERI ESTATE WINERY
Herb Inspiration: Italian Basil
2011 “Cavallone” Pinot Grigio
We stopped for lunch at Ravine (I had the delicious grilled vegetable poutine again) then off for more wine tasting!
RAVINE VINEYARD ESTATE WINERY
Herb Inspiration: Citrus Thyme
2009 Estate Riesling
Lemon Thyme Citron Tart
MARYNISSEN ESTATES WINERY
Herb Inspiration: Sweet Basil
Herb Inspiration: Bronze Fennel
2011 Core Series Pinot Noir Rosé
Potato & Fennel Soup with Confit Pork Shoulder
KONZELMANN ESTATE WINERY
Herb Inspiration: Lavender
2010 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer
Honey & Lavender Biscotti
DIAMOND ESTATES – THE WINERY
Herb Inspiration: Oregano
2007 Lakeview Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Sweetie Pie’s Caramelized Onion, Roasted Tomato & Oregano Fococcia
A fun surprise was the 2011 Pinot Noir Rosé at Inniskillin – it actually smelled like bubblegum!
My favourites of the day were the pairings at Colaneri and Ravine.