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It’ll soon be February and that means – it’s time for the Days of Wine and Chocolate festival in Niagara on the Lake, which I love, love, love! We’re probably going to go down on two separate weekends to be able to try as many as possible.

We’ve already purchased our tickets and we’re looking forward to tasting some of the delicious pairings below. My husband and I have flagged a few particularly interesting ones (in pink) although they all look amazing!

CATTAIL CREEK ESTATE WINERY

2008 Select Late Harvest Meritage Dark Chocolate Butterscotch Crunch

MARYNISSEN ESTATES WINERY

2008 Solstice
Milk Chocolate Sugarplums
 

CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES

2008 Cabernet Franc, Estate Bottled
Dark Chocolate, Red Currant and Chili
 

Niagara College Teaching Winery

2008 Dean’s List Chardonnay
Milk Chocolate Cashew Brittle

COLANERI Estate Winery

2009 ‘Pensieri’ Merlot Tiramisu
 

Palatine Hills Estate Winery

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietors’ Reserve
Dark Chocolate Almond Meringue

COYOTE’S RUN ESTATE WINERY

2008 Meritage
Dark Chocolate Wafer with Blueberries
 

Peller Estates Winery

2010 Private Reserve Gamay Noir
Dark Chocolate with Dried Cranberry & Sage

Diamond Estates

20 Bees Late Harvest Vidal and 20 Bees Buzz & Bubbles Sparkling Wine
White Chocolate with Pomegranate Filling

Pillitteri Estates Winery

2009 Straight Up Red
Dried Cherry & Pistachio White Chocolate Biscotti

HILLEBRAND WINERY

2010 Trius Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark Chocolate Infused with Red Wine

PondView Estate Winery

2010 Cabernet Franc Rose
Chocolate Truffle with Dried Cranberry
 

HInterbrook WINERY

2009 Cabernet Franc Icewine
White Chocolate with Hickory Smoke
 

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

2010 Ravine Sand and Gravel Cabernet Franc
Salted Pretzels Dipped in Milk Chocolate

THE ICE HOUSE WINERY

2009 Northern Ice Signature Series Red Dark Chocolate Espresso

Reif Estate Winery

2008 Pinot Noir
Caramalized Pine Nuts & Dark Chocolate Square
 

INNISKILLIN WINEs

2009 WMS 3 Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Triple Chocolate Biscotti with Hazelnuts

Riverview Cellars Estate Winery

2009 Fontana Dolce Sangria
Milk Chocolate Candied Orange Peel

jaCKSON-TRIGGS NIAGARA ESTATE WINERY

2007 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Cabernet Franc Icewine 
Milk Chocolate Caramel Pecan Square
 

Southbrook Vineyards

2006 Cabernet Franc Icewine
Dark Chocolate Icewine Truffles
 

JOSEPH’S ESTATE WINES

2007 Merlot Reserve
Dark Chocolate Mint
 

Stonechurch Vineyards

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark Chocolate Paprika

KONZELMANN ESTATE WINERY

2010 Vidal Special Late Harvest 
Milk Chocolate Orange

Stratus Vineyards

2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Chocolat au Herbes de Provence
 

LAILEY VINEYARD

2010 Pinot Noir 
Dark Chocolate with Juniper Berries
 

Strewn Winery

2009 Cabernet Select Late Harvest
Dark Chocolate Almond Raisin

MALETA ESTATE WINERY

2006 GRAPE BRAIN Cabernet-Merlot
Milk Chocolate Coconut Cream

Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery

Chocolate Embrace
Dark Chocolate Nutmeg
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How to get fat at the CNE.

Oh my.

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There’s a gorgeous piece of public art currently on display at Brookfield Place in downtown TO. It’s called Sargasso Sea and it’s simply breathtaking. It’s part of the Luminato festival; Chris and I have tickets for one of the shows (1001 Nights). I walk by here every morning on my way to work and the sheer size of it, along with its light and airy feel, was stunning.

Check out some fabulous pictures as well as an article about it on BlogTO here.

Photo by Kim Yokota.

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We’ll be going to this probably on January 22nd – we’ll be buying Discovery Passes. Looking forward to it since it’ll be our first time!

Icewine.

Makes us proud to be Canadian. 🙂

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Remember zeess post?

Our passes arrived in the mail today.

Very excited.

And suddenly thirsty.

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Or as I prefer to call it the Wine & Food festival. Priorities people, priorities. 🙂

We met up with our friends Angie and Scott to experience the festival together and had an AWESOME time. Anything that involves food and alcoholic beverages is a plus, but to get to do it with good friends is even better!

I’ll try to remember everything we tried – there were some hits, some so-so’s and no misses that I can recall.

Brazil: Grilled Pork Skewer with Farofa – this was just OK for me.

Spain: Poema Cava Brut Sparkling Wine – this was nice and refreshing on a hot day

Argentina: Beef Empanada with Tomato Salsa – very tasty

Greece: Chicken souvlaki with tzatziki – just so-so

China: Chris got a Happy Lychee drink and it was very good

Ireland: We tried a few things here:

Kerrygold Cheese Selection: Aged-Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Ivernia Cheese with Apple Chutney and Brown Bread – this was nice but I love cheese so this wasn’t a surprise

Warm Chocolate Lava Cake – OMG. Heaven.

Bunratty Meade Honey Wine – yummmm. Reminded me of something Harry Potter would drink at Hogsmeade.

Australia: Rosemount Pinot Noir – very smooth

Morocco: Royale Tangerine Mimosa – this was great, Chris had the baklava and he really liked it

South Africa: Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Purée, Mango Barbecue Sauce – Excellent

Italy: Primavera drink – mix of strawberry, banana and peach slush – very good vacation drink in the sun

Canada: Maple sugar candy – Good but not the same as the local stuff 🙂

Mexico: Mousse de Piña y Coco – yummy coconutty mousse

Poland: Chopin Raspberry Chiller – awesome!

Germany: Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce – yum yum yum – it was warm too!

France: Escargot Persillade en Brioche – good

I know Chris had tried a few others but I can’t recall – and I know I’m missing some wines in there too… It was a great festival and one I would definitely do again.

We also stopped at the Rose & Crown pub for a drink. The guys each had a Guinness, Angie had a cool-looking Leaping Leprechaun and I had an apple cider. Getting out of the sun was good too – I have a mean sunburn 🙂

After Epcot, we headed over to the Disney Boardwalk (which we didn’t even know existed! Luckily we were there with some expert locals 🙂 ) We had some drinks and snacks at the ESPN bar where the crowd was quite excited about the baseball game. We then headed over to Jellyrolls, which is a dueling piano bar where you can make requests for songs and sing along – which was an awesome place.

It was a great day – this day really made our trip. 🙂

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