It’s been a while since I’ve posted but I’m trying to get back into the habit of it. Good for the soul.
This past weekend, I was very fortunate to take a break from hectic city life and just get away from everything for some much needed R & R. A weekend filled with exercise, wine tasting and meeting wonderful people!
I would highly recommend staying at the Hilton Garden Inn (Niagara on the Lake). It’s a very central location: close to the highway and equal distance to the Falls and Niagara on the Lake town. Also, someone was very sneaky and upgraded the room without telling me – we got a room with a jacuzzi!!! It was great to just sit and soak and have a glass of wine :)On Friday night, we drove to Niagara Falls and had dinner at the Fallsview Casino – a place I’ve never been to before and was quite surprised by how large and beautifully decorated it was! Dinner was delicious at the Ponte Vecchio – a meal of lobster ravioli topped paired with a glass of Cabernet Blend Conspiracy from The Foreign Affair and ended with an amazing limoncello crème brûlée (dessert was my absolute favourite part of the meal!).
On the Saturday, we decided to rent bicycles from Zoom Leisure and visit wineries at our own pace. Starting at 11:30am, 22kms and visits to four wineries, a market and a brewery later, we finally returned the bikes at 5:30pm. A day well spent! We found out that some places will let you buy the wine and then put it on hold for you to come back and pick it up, so on Sunday before we left, we also went to a couple more wineries to pick up wine.
I have to say, Reif Estate Winery was my favourite because the wine was fantastic (we bought 2 bottles of the Magician Pinot Noir Shiraz, 2 of the Chardonnay Pinot Grigio – a great summer white! and a bottle of the Meritage Red). The person giving the tasting, Randy was very knowledgeable and was a great conversationalist. He only works at the winery in the summer time and has a place in South Carolina for the winter. He recommended a cooking school in Italy that I’d love to try out – merging my love of food, travel and wine, what could be better?!? We ended up sitting in their garden with a cheese platter and two glasses of the chardonnay pinot grigio.
It was a great weekend and I can’t wait for more summer adventures!
Below is a list of places we visited over the weekend and a map of our biking adventures:
- Peller Estates: http://www.peller.com
- Kurtz Orchards Farm and Marketplace: http://www.kurtzorchards.com
- Reif Estate Winery: http://www.reifwinery.com
- The Ice House Winery: http://www.theicehouse.ca
- Pondview Estate Winery: http://www.pondviewwinery.com
- Niagara Oast House Brewers: http://www.oasthousebrewers.ca
- Jackson Triggs Winery: http://www.jacksontriggswinery.com
- Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery: http://www.sunnybrookfarmwinery.com
- Pillitteri Estates Winery: http://www.pillitteri.com
- The Pie Plate Bakery and Cafe: http://www.thepieplate.com/