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Run Now, Wine Later
When in Rome, do as the romans d0! Well, if this rule applies, then when in Niagara, you go on wine tours. And that’s what I did this weekend! I took my first wine tour on a bus. It’s a great way to discover amazing new wines from the Niagara Region.
Our tour included 6 wineries from Niagara’s Bench. The Bench on Niagara’s Escarpment has unique soil and micro climate that make it possible to grow tender grapes that will turn into fine wines such as Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.
I loved our tours. All the wineries we visited have amazing views since they sit on the bench of the escarpment, however, it was nice to see how each winery differs from its neighbour. They also all have a little something that sets them apart!
The first winery we visited, Peninsula Ridge was one of my favorites for wine during this tour. We had a great reception with cheese and baguette along with our wine tasting! I’m curious to try their fine dining restaurant. I ended up taking home a bottle of Top Bench, a red blend. It paired well with our chili dinner tonight! Deslish!
Yes, Mike Weir, as in the Canadian professional golfer, has a winery in Niagara! This was a small but lovely winery. Here we sampled a white and a red (but unfortunately, I can’t remember what I sampled). What will take me back to this winery is the mysterious White Merlot that I really want to try. Unfortunately they didn’t have any available and their current batch won’t be ready for bottling until the May 24 weekend! I hear it’s a great rose!
Angel’s Gate was a lovely winery. Although it’s just the beginning of spring, I can tell that the view here will be amazing once all the greenery has filled in. This mission style building gives homage to the Congregation of Christian Sisters who once owned the property. I’d love the come back to this winner in the summer for the amazing view, and to try their wood oven pizza on the veranda.
This was my third visit to Flat Rock Cellars, and each visit has been very different. This hexagonal shaped building is quite interesting. Not only do they hand-pick and sort their grapes, this winery takes environmental sustainability to heart (a cause close to my heart), and I love them for it! I took home a bottle of Twisted, a sweet white wine that we sampled and quite liked. We also tasted Good Kharma, a Chardonnay that gives back to the community!
Also, Flat Rock as a Paint Night On the Rock coming up in April that sounds like something I’d really love to do!
Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos to remember 13th Street with, however, I’m coming back in June for the Grapes of Wrath Mud Run with a team of co-workers, so it’s going to be well documented then. The surroundings here, like the rest, are quite beautiful, however, at 13th Street, you can admire sculptures and art work all around the property.
I sampled their legendary butter tarts from the bakery and I swear they are the BEST I have ever tasted! I’ll have to make a detour sometime soon and try their bacon butter tarts.
I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of light fruity wines and Westcott does offer a fair deal of chardonnay and pinot noir . However, I was quite endeared by this winery. The owner herself greeted us and told us their story while her nephew generously poured us 6 tastings. I remember this winery the best not only since it was our last on the tour, but because the owner did an amazing job at connecting with her audience. She wasn’t just selling wine, she was selling her story.
She told us a the story behind the names of their wines, such as Violette, Delphine and Lillias. From their art deco logo, to the reclaimed wood used to build the winery, there really was something charming and enchanting about this place. If you tour the wineries on the Beamsville Bench, be sure not to miss Westcott!
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Tuesday: Teriyaki Beef with Bok Choy and Black Sesame Rice – HelloFresh
Wednesday: Pesto Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Panzanella salad – HelloFresh
Thursday: Pork Schnitzel Fingers with Parmesan Coleslaw and Green Beans – HelloFresh
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