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We can’t wait for this one! What could be better than pairings of wine and BBQ! Yumm!



Sounds delicious!

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A few months ago, I was the lucky winner of a Savour the Sights dinner (contest held by Embrace Niagara) at Jackson Triggs in Niagara on the Lake. We decided to pair it with the Wine & Herb festival this past weekend and made a weekend of it. The Wine & Herb passport allows you to visit  20+ wineries to sample a pairing. Each winery is assigned an herb and their pairing consists of an hors d’oeuvre inspired by the assigned herb with a wine tasting.

Saturday we visited wineries and enjoyed some great pairings:


Herb Inspiration: Basil (Lemon)

2011 Aligote/ Coq au Vin Chicken Breast and Smoked Chili Lemon Emulsion


Herb Inspiration: Hoja Santa

2009 Red Paw Vineyard Syrah / Adabo and Red Paw Syrah Braised Beef Tostado (Mexican Pizza)


Herb Inspiration: Garlic

2009 Chardonnay / Turkey Tetrazzini with Liberina’s Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce


Herb Inspiration: Cilantro

Late Autumn Riesling / Kent Farms Chicken Curry with Gomes Tomato and Cilantro


Herb Inspiration: Sage (Peppery)

2009 Merlot / Seared Sage Pork Belly with Merlot Soaked Cherries


Herb Inspiration: Mojito Mint

2011 Bianco Riesling Gewurztraminer / Mojito Mint Pistachio Ice Cream

We enjoyed having a refreshing minty ice cream pairing for dessert. 🙂

As usual, we stopped at Ravine for lunch:


  • Soup of the day: Potato & leek with a mini scone/muffin
  • Ravine burger with green salad – aged cheddar, tomato, lettuce, Ravine’s smoked Canadian bacon


  • Lemon dill brined smoked scallop – cauliflower puree, Ravine pork belly, eggplant & goat cheese ravioli
  • Spinach, goat cheese and wild mushroom quiche

We stocked up on some great wines! I was happy to pick up some perfect-for-the-patio Inniskillin Pinot Noir Rosee (Nicki – this ones for you! :))


We checked into the hotel to freshen up before heading out to Jackson Triggs for dinner!

We were warmly welcomed at the winery and handed a seemingly bottomless glass of sparkling wine which we enjoyed in the Great Hall with about 12-14 other guests while hors d’oervres were passed. Note that I’ve posted a pic of the menu for the evening down below which contains the details of the wines and courses. Graham and Paul were the hosts and were awesome throughout the evening. Graham provided some history about the winery – we were interested to learn that Mr. Jackson and Mr. Triggs were from the Labatt wine division of yore.

Paul then gave us a tour of the facility and explained the grapes and winemaking process. Paul made the tour really fun and informative at the same time.




The views of the vineyard were superb. During the walk through the facility, we enjoyed 2 more courses:

Another Sparkling (Sauvignon Blanc based) paired with a vibrant amuse-bouche of salmon sashimi – very tasty and the citrusy wine was fantastic.

Then, outside, we enjoyed a white Meritage with an asparagus tart, quail egg and goat cheese and asparagus soup. This was a fabulous representation of spring – delicious. Again, the view was amazing:


Then we moved inside for 2 more courses. The chef Tim Mackiddie introduced each course with such enthusiasm – everyone at the table was eager to dig in after his passionate intro!


A Chardonnay paired with a fiddle head risotto with mascarpone and forest mushrooms:


Followed by a Pinot Noir paired with a blue crab cake with rhubard and fennel (sorry no pic – I dug in too quickly!).

We were then led to the Barrel Cellar for the main course which was a Syrah paired with an Ontario hen cooked in hay with spring peas and spring sqaush. The hen was delicious – so moist! The chef explained how they cooked it in hay to retain the moisture – very cool!

Then, up to the Boutique for the dessert party where we enjoyed a Vidal Icewine with several passed dessert bites.


It was a fantastic event – I can’t say enough about Jackson Triggs. The meal and wines were excellent as was the tour of the facility and the vineyard views were spectacular. Our hosts Graham and Paul were awesome and made our night very special. Our fellow guests were great as well – we met some wonderful people.

Big Thanks to Embrace Niagara for holding the contest! You guys ROCK! 🙂

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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:


Herb Inspiration: Chives
2009 Sauvignon Blanc
Five Spice Ontario Pork Loin with Mango Chili Salsa


Herb Inspiration: Pineapple Sage
2008 Grape Brain Riesling
Baguette Topped with Brie, Fresh Pineapple & Pineapple Sage Marmalade


Herb Inspiration: Italian Basil
2011 “Cavallone” Pinot Grigio
“Panini Pizazz”

We stopped for lunch at Ravine (I had the delicious grilled vegetable poutine again) then off for more wine tasting!


Herb Inspiration: Citrus Thyme
2009 Estate Riesling
Lemon Thyme Citron Tart


Herb Inspiration: Sweet Basil
2009 Chardonnay
Cold Gazpacho


Herb Inspiration: Bronze Fennel
2011 Core Series Pinot Noir Rosé
Potato & Fennel Soup with Confit Pork Shoulder


Herb Inspiration: Lavender
2010 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer
Honey & Lavender Biscotti


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.

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The month of May marks the time for the Wine & Herb festival in Niagara on the Lake. The herb pairings have been posted (the specific dishes, not yet) and tickets are on sale now!



2009 Gamay Noir Dill


2009 Chardonnay
Sweet Basil


2010 Generation Seven White
Lemon Verbena

Niagara College Teaching Winery

2009 Sauvignon Blanc

COLANERI Estate Winery

2011 “Cavallone” Pinot Grigio Italian Basil

Palatine Hills Estate Winery

2008 Neufeld Vineyard Chardonnay
Anise Hyssop


2010 Five Mile White (Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer)
Lemon Grass

Peller Estates Winery

Andrew Peller Signature Series Ice Cuvée

diamond Estates – The Winery

2007 Lakeview Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Pillitteri Estates Winery

2010 Straight Up White


2010 Artist Series Limited Edition Gewürztraminer

PondView Estate Winery

2010 Cabernet/Merlot

HInterbrook Estate WINERY

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Small Leaf Basil

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

2009 Estate Riesling
Citrus Thyme


2006 Vintner’s Reserve Arugula

Reif Estate Winery

2008 Gamay Noir
Herbs de Provence


2011 Core Series Pinot Noir Rosé
Bronze Fennel

Riverview Cellars Estate Winery

2010 Bianco Riesling/Gewürztraminer


2009 Black Series Gewürztraminer 

Southbrook Vineyards

2011 Triomphe Cabernet Franc Rosé


2007 VQA Riesling (Off-Dry 1)

Stonechurch Vineyards

2009 Sauvignon Blanc


2010 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer

Stratus Vineyards

2008 Wildass Red



2011 Unoaked Chardonnay 
French Tarragon

Strewn Winery

2008 Sauvignon Blanc


2008 Grape Brain Riesling
Pineapple Sage

Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery

Peach Blossom

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For Valentine’s day. we celebrated yesterday by spending the day in wine country, touring the wineries in Niagara on the Lake and enjoying the Wine & Chocolate festival. On the way there we stopped by one of our favourites (Thirty Bench) to stock up on some Riesling and Winemaker’s Red.

Our stops included the following wineries and pairings:

Niagara College Teaching Winery

2008 Dean’s List Chardonnay Milk Chocolate Cashew Brittle

Maleta Estate Winery

2006 GRAPE BRAIN Cabernet-Merlot Milk Chocolate Coconut Cream

Southbrook Vineyards

2006 Cabernet Franc Icewine Dark Chocolate Icewine Truffles

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

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

We also had lunch at Ravine (our usual lunch spot when we’re in the area) where I enjoyed a fantastic and decadent grilled-veggie topped poutine – very tasty!

Konzelmann Estate Winery

2010 Vidal Special Late Harvest Milk Chocolate Orange

Palatine Hills Estate Winery

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietors’ Reserve Dark Chocolate Almond Meringue

Marynissen Estates Winery

2008 Solstice Milk Chocolate Sugarplums

Inniskillin Wines

2009 WMS 3 Vineyard Cabernet Franc Triple Chocolate Biscotti with Hazelnuts

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery

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

We ended our day at Peller Estates Winery for a sumptuous dinner:

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Peller Estates Winery
Sweep your sweetie off her (or his) feet.  Winery Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons is ready to help. Experience the romantic setting of the Peller Estates Winery Restaurant while enjoying a sumptuous menu inspired by this special time of year.

We enjoyed a fantastic 5-course tasting menu (I chose the optional wine pairings add-on) and by the end of the meal, we were stuffed!

Throughout the day, we replenished our wine stocks for the coming months.

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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!


2008 Select Late Harvest Meritage Dark Chocolate Butterscotch Crunch


2008 Solstice
Milk Chocolate Sugarplums


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


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


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


2009 Northern Ice Signature Series Red Dark Chocolate Espresso

Reif Estate Winery

2008 Pinot Noir
Caramalized Pine Nuts & Dark Chocolate Square


2009 WMS 3 Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Triple Chocolate Biscotti with Hazelnuts

Riverview Cellars Estate Winery

2009 Fontana Dolce Sangria
Milk Chocolate Candied Orange Peel


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

Southbrook Vineyards

2006 Cabernet Franc Icewine
Dark Chocolate Icewine Truffles


2007 Merlot Reserve
Dark Chocolate Mint

Stonechurch Vineyards

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark Chocolate Paprika


2010 Vidal Special Late Harvest 
Milk Chocolate Orange

Stratus Vineyards

2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Chocolat au Herbes de Provence


2010 Pinot Noir 
Dark Chocolate with Juniper Berries

Strewn Winery

2009 Cabernet Select Late Harvest
Dark Chocolate Almond Raisin


2006 GRAPE BRAIN Cabernet-Merlot
Milk Chocolate Coconut Cream

Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery

Chocolate Embrace
Dark Chocolate Nutmeg

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We had booked the following wine dinner for Saturday night at Peller and decided to make a sleepover out of it and spent the day Sunday touring some wineries and ending with a guided tasting at Thirty Bench.

Chef’s Table Dinner Series

Come behind the scenes at Peller Estates Winery Restaurant and discover how Winery Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons approaches the art of pairing wine and food.  Your dining experience begins with a reception in Jason’s kitchen where he will discuss collaborating with winemaker Lawrence Buhler and his approach to developing innovative food and wine pairings.  You will then enjoy a seasonally inspired tasting menu presented by Jason and perfectly paired with wines selected by Lawrence.

Jason welcomed us and gave us a tour of the kitchen, explaining what happened at each station and the pass (his spot).  Our chef’s table was in a room adjacent to the kitchen and the doors were kept open all night. We were encouraged to walk around the kitchen anytime we liked throughout the evening, talk to the staff and ask questions. It was fantastic!

And the food and wine? Holy moly. We knew we were in for a special evening when we sat down to this (these were all mine):

Chef’s Signature Tasting Menu (Sept 3, 2011)

Pastrami Cured Salmon

Doughnut Peaches, Plums and Goat Feta

Ice Cuvee Rose “Signature Series”

Curried Cauliflower Velouté

Sautéed Swiss Chard, Saffron Arborio Croquette

Pinot Gris “Private Reserve” 2010

Ontario Beef Tartar

Horse Radish Cream and Panzanella Salad

Riesling “Private Reserve” 2010

I actually took a bite before I remembered to take a pic...

Seared Scallop and Foie Gras

Niagara Peach, Corn and Grey Owl Cheese Fricassee

Gamay Noir “Private Reserve” 2009

Frost (to cleanse the palate)

Seared Venison

Grape, Leek and Red Wine Bread Pudding, Grainy Mustard Plum Sauce

Merlot “Signature Series” 2004

I actually got to cross off a life list item (Eat venison) with this dish! Bonus 🙂

Peller Estates Signature “Blue Ice” Empanada

Sovereign Grape Jelly

Late Harvest Vidal 2010

Baked Milk Chocolate Mousse

Roasted Peach and Almond Brittle

Cabernet Franc Icewine “Signature Series” 2008

During the visits to the kitchen, we saw plates coming up to the pass, desserts being made and a fair amount of hustle and bustle:

View of the kitchen. That's Jason at the pass.

Dessert! Doughnuts being made

Venison entrees on the pass

Appetizers ready to be sent out

Chris, me and Jan at the start of our evening

This was one of the most enjoyable meals I’ve ever had. Everything was fantastic, the food, the wine, the staff – all superb. I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of visiting Niagara on the Lake and looking for something to make it extra special. We’ve visited Peller many times including three of their dining experiences and they always deliver memorable, elegant and top of the line food, wine and service. Just fabulous.


We decided to visit some wineries, some new and some old favourites to stock up on wines. We stopped at Konzelmann, Hinterbook, Ravine (lunch) and Maleta. Then headed over to Beamsville and visited Fielding and Thirty Bench, where we enjoyed a guided tasting.

We bought lots of wine – that should hold us until our next visit. 🙂

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For this year’s Wine & Herb festival, we decided to spend the weekend in Niagara on the Lake as opposed to just one day as we’ve done in the past. It was totally worth it – the weather was gorgeous on Saturday, followed by some rain/clouds on Sunday morning but it eventually cleared up as well. Nice!

We stayed overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn and we chose a room with a King bed and a whirlpool bath:

Day 1: We drove down on Saturday, picked up our Passports and spent the day visiting wineries, tasting wine and their herb-inspired pairings. The weather was gorgeous so many wineries opened their patios and we got to enjoy the pairings in the sun. Some of the most memorable on day 1 were:

Ravine Estate Winery: As usual, we stopped here for lunch and sat in their newly built extension (what a great new space!) and got to enjoy their new bistro menu. I chose the steak frites (heaven) and Chris had the Croque Madame (he’s still talking about it). After lunch, we enjoyed the pairing: 2009 Chardonnay Musqué (OMG this is the perfect summer sipper, very fresh with a slight bit of fizz) paired with a pork terrine with musqué and sweet woodruff en croute. Enjoying this while sitting on a comfy cushioned loveseat on the patio made this our top experience of the day.

Hillebrand Winery: We’re always pleased anytime we stop here and this time was no different. We enjoyed the 2009 Artist Series Gewurztraminer paired with a lamb sausage in a mini bun, topped with an organic mint yogurt. Fabulous. The sausage was a bit spicy and the wine really paired nicely with it. Again, we got to sit outside and enjoy the sun.

Niagara College Teaching Winery:  I love stopping here. Great food, great wine, great people. And getting to enjoy it outside with a view like this is fantastic (pic below). The pairing was a 2008 Pinot Noir with a Turkey Cheese Cranberry Strata; a wonderful little square bursting with flavour.

Sipping on wine out on the patio at Niagara College


View at Niagara College

We had dinner at the Old Winery restaurant on Saturday night. I had the Penne with roasted chicken, mushrooms and red pepper cream sauce – paired with the Chateau des Charmes Chardonnay. Chris had the beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes, roasted veggies and red wine sauce, paired with the Riverview Rosso. The capuccinos were awesome – a great treat at the end of the meal. Back to the hotel for a relaxing soak in the whirlpool bath and off to sleep to get ready for Day 2!

Day 2: We started the day with breakfast at the hotel – another couple came to meet us. After breakfast, we were off to the wineries! The day started out with clouds and on-and-off rain but eventually cleared up in the afternoon. Here are some memorable spots on day 2:

Ravine Estate Winery: We stopped here for lunch again. I’m loving the new menu!

Salade composee: greens, roasted beets, pears, walnuts, goat cheese.. Yum!


How cute is this side of macaroni and cheese!

Konzelmann Estate Winery: We make a point of stopping here anytime we’re in the area. The gentleman who usuallyhosts the tastings for the passport tours is absolutely hilarious – we always have a great experience and lots of laughs. And the pairings never disappoint. Always a highlight! 🙂 This time we got to enjoy a 2009 Merlot Reserve paired with an Open-faced sirloin sandwich with tarragon mustard cream and brie. Yum!

Marynissen Estates Winery: A regular stop on our route as well. This time we got to taste a 2007 Cabernet Merlot paired with a Ploughman’s lunch which was bison and elk salami, cheese on a small slice of bread, all packed up in a nice little package (like a little lunch to go!). It was great!

Maleta: A visit to Niagara on the Lake just wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Maleta. Such warm, inviting and knowledgeable staff and fantastic wines. We enjoyed their VIEW Chardonnay with a Brie and savory bruschetta fusion – awesome! We also got to taste the new release Grape Brain 2006 Cabernet Merlot – fabulous.

We purchased some flutes at Peller that caught our eye as well:

The scenery in NOTL is so peaceful and at this time of year when the flowers are in bloom, it’s even better:

And the sheer amount of dandelions was amazing – there were fields of them everywhere! I felt like a kid again wanting to run through them and make all those little white poofs fly. Chris held me back. 🙂

We’ve restocked our wine fridge too 🙂

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Looking forward to May and the Wine & Herb festival in NOTL. 🙂 The dishes have been posted!

Check it out here.

They all look great…so hard to choose! We’ve flagged a few “must stops” (in red below). Lots of smoked salmon this time around.

Cattail Creek Estate Winery
2008 No Oak Chardonnay
Lemon Balm

Château des Charmes
2008 Gamay Noir ‘Droit’
Woolwich Goat Cheese with Arugula Pesto Toasted Crouton with Sea Salt

Colaneri Winery
2009 Fumoso Bianco
Manicotti with Italian Skewers

Coyote’s Run Estate Winery
2009 Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc
Grilled Chicken Springroll with Cilantro

Hillebrand Winery
2009 Artist Series Gewürztraminer
Spring Lamb Sausage with Organic Mint Yoghurt

The Ice House
2006 Northern Ice Vidal Icewine
Garlic Shrimp Crostini with Ice Wine

Inniskillin Wines
2009 Riesling
Inniskillin Tom Yum Soup Ontario Edamame Enoki Mushroom Lemongrass

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
2009 Sauvignon Blanc
“Cheese & Crackers” CO2 Goat Cheese Chive Gel

Joseph’s Estate Wines
2006 Merlot
Foccacia Bread with Basil, Sundried Tomatoes and Cream Cheese

Konzelmann Estate Winery
2009 Merlot Reserve
Open-Faced Sirloin Sandwich with Tarragon Mustard Cream and Brie

Lailey Vineyard
2006 Cabernet Franc
Braised meat balls

2007 VIEW Chardonnay
Brie and Savory Bruschetta Fusion

Marynissen Estates Winery
2007 Cabernet Merlot
Ploughmans Lunch

Niagara College Teaching Winery
2008 Pinot Noir
Turkey Cheese Cranberry Strata

Palatine Hills Estate Winery
2008 Riesling Traminer
Smoked Salmon Mousse Garnished with Fresh Baby Fennel Tops on Fennel Flat Bread

Peller Estate
Andrew Peller Signature Series Ice Cuvee
Icewine Maple Smoked Salmon and Chervil Terrine

Pillitteri Estates Winery
2007 Bottle Blonde
Smoked Duck and Mango Thai Basil Kabobs

PondView Estate Winery
2009 Cabernet Franc
Pulled Braised Beef Short Rib served on a Slice of Roasted Potato

Ravine Estate Winery
2009 Chardonnay Musqué
Pork Tourine with Musqué and Sweet Woodruff en Croute  

Reif Estate Winery
2009 Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc
Lemon Thyme and Asiago Scones

Riverview Cellars
2009 Gewürztraminer
Ham, Cheese & Bergamot Quiche

Southbrook Vineyards
2010 Connect Rosé
Mackerel “Gravlax” with Thyme and Oven Dried Tomato

Stonechurch Vineyards
2008 Sauvignon Blanc
Coriander Chicken Salad

2006 Wildass Riesling
Dauphinoise Potato “Terrine” with Sorrel and Lemon Cream

2008 Sauvignon Blanc
Dill Scones with Smoked Salmon

Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery
2009 Burgundy Plum
Lavender Shortbread

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Icewine is soooo goooood.

This was our loot for the day:

Some of our fave reds we picked up while we were in NOTL

Icewines and Late Harvests

Our first stop was at Angel’s Gate Winery where we got to enjoy their sweet and sour 2008 Select Late Harvest Riesling paired with a soft baked pretzel. Yum. That’s the 2nd bottle from the left in the pic. While we were there we also tried a light . We prefer our reds a bit bolder but it was still a nice sip.

Second stop was Fielding Estate Winery. We tasted their 2007 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer and 2008 Cabernet-Syrah paired with gourmet late-harvest baked beans. Everything was awesome although again, we prefer our reds with a bit more body. Probably some of the best baked beans I’ve had. The late harvest is the 2nd bottle from the right in the pic.

For our third stop, we stopped by Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery (to wish Wayne a happy 50th!) and had a nice treat: Shiraz icewine (1st bottle form the right) paired with a beaver tail with cinnamon and powdered sugar and drizzled with Shiraz icewine syrup. Yum.

Fourth stop was Flat Rock Cellars where they had the cutest pulled pork sliders you could  imagine (icewine-infused) paired with their 2007 Sweet Revenge Vidal Icewine. We enjoyed it but found the icewine a bit too sweet for our liking so decided to pass this time.

Fifth stop was Creekside Estate Winery. We sat outside and tasted roasted chestnuts with red pepper butter, paired with their 2007 Vidal Icewine. I had never had chestnuts before and didn’t really know what to expect…must be an acquired taste. 🙂  The icewine was great though (middle bottle in pic) and once we got back inside, we got to enjoy a glass of mulled wine to warm up – nice!

Our sixth stop was Colaneri Estate Winery and although the building was under construction, it was still a very nice setting and boy, they really put on a fantastic tasting (3 pairings!). First pairing was their Pinot Grigio “Profondo” paired with a mushroom risotto. Second pairing was an espresso flavoured panna cotta with their Vidal Icewine. Third pairing was a chocolate tart with their Cabernet Franc icewine. All very very good. We purchased the pinot griogio (1st bottle on left in pic).

Since we were ni the area, we also made two stops to pick up some of the wines we really enjoyed:

Maleta Estate Winery: We tasted the Cabernet Merlot as well as the 2003 Meritage (2 bottles of each). We were also very fortunate to taste some of their icewine paired with icewine truffles and they were both fantastic! Maleta is one of our favourite stops  – great wine, friendly staff. We’re so glad to keep seeing great things from this winery.

Lailey Vineyard: We had received their 2008 Meritage in our December wine of the month delivery and enjoyed it so much , we picked up 2 bottles while we were in town. Nice.

Our wine fridge has been replenished.

We finished the day off with a fabulous dinner at Colossus in Oakville. Now I can barely move I’m so full. 🙂

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