Niagra-On-The-Lake, Part II
If you missed the first installment of the blog tour of my recent trip to Niagra-On-The-Lake, catch up by going to blog 10/09 and learn about this most perfect little town and surrounding area.
After spending 3 fun-filled days in NOTL, our birthday-party-group ventured outside the town limits to tour the gorgeous countryside. Our first stop, Peller Winery. This fabulous, butter- colored, french chateau is home to a world class winery and restaurant. Oh, Joy!!!!! Some of my favorite things; yellow, french and great food and wine! It did not disappoint!!!!
The inside was as beautiful as the outside. The wine tasting room was lovely and inviting (Pictures in next blog).The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and offered us fleets of delicious wine. Starting with light whites and moving to full bodied reds, wine experts instructed us on different wines, wine etiquette and how to taste wine properly. I am not much of a drinker, so I tasted in moderation… but you could go hog wild! The aftermath of the later would not be so desirable.
For $5.00 we participated in a tour of the vineyard and wine cellar where we had another wine tasting lesson and more wine tasting… more moderation…just sips at this point.
This part of Canada has its own special micro climate. Very interesting, (too complicated for me to go into) because this special climate makes the area agriculturally prolific. And grapes grow like weeds!
We were taken into a field where the grapes were left on the vine, for Ice Wine.
There are so many wineries in the area, next year we will tour a couple more. NOTL offers bike tours of the wine country and wineries. But, I can’t imagine drinking and bicycling. That mental picture makes me hysterical!!!!! Ha! (We did not drive, we used the limo service at our hotel just to be on the safe and sensible side.)
The next and last, installment of this blog tour is about one of the most fun things I have ever done! A “Chef’s Table”-An eight course dinner and paired wine at Peller Winery with chef Jason Parsons, Canada’s culinary rock star!