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Niagara on the Lake’s Taste the Season Wine Festival


I’ve been itching to visit Niagara…

This past summer I had great fun with three of my best friends on a sunny July weekend showcasing Prince Edward County as a culinary tourism destination. This particular trip I worked in collaboration with Ford Motor Company and the PEC Tourism Board. It was my first visit to the region so it all felt like a sappy summer road trip adventure.

Niagara is another story. Near and dear to my heart, I have visited the vineyards of the region many times over as my parents have been members of several of their wine clubs. My grandfather lives in St. Catherines so many of our family visits to the area have included a quick stop to our favorite winery’s. In University when I studied Wine Oneoglogy my parents invited me to join them in Niagara’s Herb and Wine Festival where I had an excellent opportunity to visit a wide variety of the regions offerings.

Thanks to the Niagara on the Lake Tourism Board, last weekend I had the pleasure of showcasing the regions top dining establishments as well as participating in their Taste the Season Wine Festival. This particular festival is very similar to their Spring Herb and Wine Festival showcase. For each festival, participants are given a handy little passport with a  map outlining the regions vineyards. The Taste the Season Festival focuses on offering exemplary wine and food pairings that celebrate the colour and crisp of Autumn.

My Aunt Susan recently moved from Oakville to the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wine country so my sister and I took the opportunity to visit. We sipped and snacked at 17 winery’s in 7 hours over the course of our Saturday and Sunday.

We visited the following dining establishments:

The Oban Inn

The Charles Inn

The Queen’s Landing

The Pillar and Post

Taste the Season Winery’s have been listed in the order visited:

LAILEY VINEYARD

2009 Cabernet Merlot

Coq au Vin

INNISKILLIN WINES


2007 Vidal Icewine


Icewine Sausage with Carmelized Onion Mustard

THE ICE HOUSE WINERY

2009 Jamie’s New Signature Series Big Red Icewine

Sliced Pear Rounds with Crisp Pancetta, Niagara Gold Cheese & Northern Ice Riesling Reduction

CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES

2007 Pinot Noir Estate Bottled

Roasted Mushroom Salad Crostini with Truffle Aioli & Pickled Onions

COYOTE’S RUN ESTATE WINERY

2009 Cabernet Merlot

Braised Beef Short Rib Taco with Pickled Pearl Onions, Grated Horseradishn & Coriander

CATTAIL CREEK ESTATE WINERY


2007 Select Late Harvest Riesling

Gingerbread Cookie Sandwich filled with Lemon Creme

HILLEBRAND WINERY


2008 Showcase Wild Ferment Chardonnay

Truffle Mushoom Broth with Aged Cheddar Scone

POND VIEW ESTATE WINERY

2010 Gewürztraminer Riesling

Warm Pulled Pork on a Slice of Freshly Baked Baguette

JOSEPH’S ESTATE WINES


2008 Portraits of Honour Red

French Macaroon Filled with Red Pepper Jelly & Brie

STRATUS VINEYARDS

2007 Tollgate Red


Chef Stepen Treadwell’s Farm-to-Table Pulled Lamb Shoulder

JACKSON-TRIGGS NIAGARA ESTATE WINERY


2009 Black Series Merlot

Merlot Braised Shortrib with Fall Vegetables

RIVERVIEW CELLARS ESTATE WINERY

2009 Cabernet Franc

Crispy Skin Duck with Cherry Compote on Walnut Loaf

REIF ESTATE WINERY

2008 Chardonnay Reserve

Mutsu Apple, Bacon, Cold Pack Cheddar & Walnut Sage Pesto Pizza

SUNNYBROOK FARM ESTATE WINERY

2010 Cherry Wine

Chocolate Cherry Cookie

STREWN WINERY

2008 or 2009 Riesling


Winter Green Salad with Icewine Vinaigrette

KONZELMANN ESTATE WINERY

2010 Method Cuvée Close Rosé

Cranberry, Pear, Gorgonzola & Walnut Strudel Roll

SOUTHBROOK VINEYARDS

2008 Triomphe Chardonnay

Prosciutto & Pear Crostada with Smoked Comfort Cream

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