Ice Wine Archives

20151212_143649The Niagara region is world renowned for its first-rate wines. With over 70 wineries located in the Niagara peninsula, the array of choice of pristine wineries with VQA standards is impressive. Whether it’s for a bachelorette weekend, or a romantic getaway, going to a Niagara winery in the summer is a great way to create unforgettable memories. The wine experience is sensory based, where the appearance, flavour and aroma intertwine to generate a delectable explosion. From the wine connoisseur, to the novice, indulge your senses and plan a visit to a Niagara winery.

Chateau des Charmes Wines

Strolling the vineyard at Chateau des Charmes entices an instant romantic element. The French-inspired castle ambiance of the exterior building, is breathtaking to say the least. Founded by Paul Bosc in 1978, this family owned winery produces over 30 delicious vintage wines. An ideal venue for a fairytale wedding, Chateau des Charmes stunning backdrop of St David’s Bench vineyard magical rose garden is spectacular. Tours are held in French, English, and Japanese , another standout factor that differentiates Chateau des Charmes as a top winery. The striking scenery and mouth-watering wine choices is what has kept Chateau des Charmes at the top of its game.

Peller Estates Winery

pellarestatesIt comes as no surprise that Peller Estate Winery was awarded Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence in 2014. This picturesque family operated vineyard has been passed down from generation to generation, which adds to the estates history. For over 50 years founder Andrew Peller, alongside the Peller family, have contributed immensely to the quality of wine in Niagara. The popularity of Peller Estates can partly be attributed to Winemaker Katie Dickieson and winery chef Cityline personality Jason Parson. This duo has taken the food and wine experience to an exceptional level, unparallel to none. Take the time to visit the scenic outdoor patio and stay for lunch, the food and wine pairings will make it worth your while.

Caroline Cellars Winery

Tucked away, off the beaten path, Caroline Cellars Niagara-on-the-Lake winery is filled with heartwarming country charm. Named after the owners late grandmother and mother, Caroline Cellars family operated winery is an endearing site to see. One of the great perks of visiting Caroline Cellars is the free tasting bar and the generous portions. The bottles of wine are affordable, with starting prices averaging $12. Try the light and fruity Plum Wine at only $11.50, it’s a refreshing choice and perfect for a summer day. The relaxed and casual atmosphere, extensive wine choices, and friendly staff, makes this winery experience enjoyable.

Jackson – Triggs Winery

Jackson – Triggs popularity stems from its recognizable brand, and vineyards located across Canada, from British Columbia, Okanagan Valley to Niagara. Established in 2001, this Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard has an jackson triggsarchitecturally modern and contemporary feel. The Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series has attracted talented musical acts such as Sam Roberts Band, and Chantel Kreviazuk. Incredible events are held all summer long at Jackson – Triggs, this element signifies its unique status. If you are in mood for a five course fine dining experience paired with delicious wines, then the Savour the Sights events is ideal. Pick up a bottle of 2012 Reserve Sparkling Cuve Close $14.95, balanced by an aroma of roses and lemons, it’s perfect for any celebration.

Joseph’s Estate Wines

With its appealing country flare, and wooden rustic indoor feel, Joseph’s Estate is a delightful winery that offers a variety of delicious wines. Established in 1979, Joseph’s Estate Wines is one of the three original cottage wineries in Niagara, making it rich with history. Dr. Joseph Pohorly founded Joseph’s Estates and was one of the first to bring recognition and popularity to Icewine. This family owned and operated winery holds valuable informative tours that are paired with yummy snacks. The 2000 Winter Harvest Vidal Icewine is a great choice, rating an 8 on the sweetness scale, it’s perfect if you prefer Icewine that isn’t too sweet, have a sample and you’ll want to take home the bottle!

Reif Estate Winery

Reif Estate Winery exudes a sophisticated atmosphere that is apparent through the polished interior. Founded by Ewald Reif, the 125 acre vineyard opened its doors in 1982 and maintained a positive reputation with its customers due to the helpful staff and educational tours. Set beside a striking 1870′s coach house, Reif Estate’s picturesque garden aids to the serene feel when exploring the property. The sensory wine bar is a crowd favourite, with blind tastings that challenge the senses. The Gamay Cabernet $15.15 is a great bargain and delicious when paired with pizza or a grilled hamburger.

dublin_ireland_2012_metroscenes.com_47Dublin, Ireland
What better place to celebrate an Irish holiday than, Ireland. Last year, an estimated 500,000 festive folks flocked to the city to celebrate the holiday and enjoy a few pints from the Emerald Isle. Dublin travelers can also pay a visit to the Guinness brewery to enjoy a fine beer straight from the brewer or watch some of the city’s historical buildings light up in festive colors for the Greening of the City.

Florence, Italy
It may not seem like your typical St. Patrick’s Day destination, but from March 17 through March 22, Florence honors the patron saint of Ireland with a ‘Festa Irlandese,’ or Irish Festival. During this festival, the city offers an Italian spin on the holiday while hosting pub crawls, live music and of course, alcohol. And those interested in the ultimate Irish pub experience can head to Finnegan’s, which is said to be the only Irish-owned pub in Florence.

London, England
Many of the cities on this list have St. Patrick’s Day Parades. In fact, London’s celebration draw over 100,000 guests each year. But London also hosts a holiday festival at Trafalgar Square that’s full of Irish traditions, like music and dance, which are perfect for families and free to experience. In addition, London offers more authentic Irish-owned pubs than any other city outside of the Emerald Isle, so folks can enjoy some of Europe’s finest — and oldest — Irish whiskeys and beers.

New York, New York
New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has been running for over 250 years, and much like its Thanksgiving Day parade, it’s a doozy and is known internationally. While other celebrations would be ecstatic just to draw crowds of 100,000, New York’s parade has been known to feature over 150,000 marchers alone. Visitors can visit the many Irish pubs, partake in a walking tour of former “Little Ireland” or even create Irish-inspired crafts over in Central Park.

San Francisco, California
As home to one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the Western United States, San Francisco offers an eclectic mix of cultural festivities, night life and crowds of enthusiastic locals. Folks can attend the St. Patrick’s Day-themed Night Life event at the California Academy of Science the Thursday before the holiday weekend, check out the famous Market Street parade or pay a visit to San Francisco’s Irish Cultural Center, which hosts its annual “Greenfest Block Party” with Irish cultural activities, music and dancing.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
In March, Buenos Aires boasts near-perfect weather, and when you take into account it has the fifth largest Irish community globally, there may be no better time than the present to pay a visit to Argentina. With narrow streets and its very own city-wide parade, Buenos Aires offers an authentic experience, as well as a crowded, rambunctious city geography that lends itself to international festivals.

Boston, Massachusetts
As home to a thriving and Irish pub scene and the Celtic-influenced punk rock group Dropkick Murphys, Boston is a prime spot for celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. Every year, the city holds one of the biggest parades and boasts party after party at one of their many vibrant pubs. Visitors can also walk along the city’s Irish Heritage Trail, which begins at the Rose Kennedy Garden and ends near Fenway Park, to experience firsthand the rich Irish background behind some of the city’s most famous historical areas.

Chicago, Illinois
Besides offering delicious deep-dish pizza and wonderful views of Lake Michigan, the Windy City is home to one of the most spectacular St. Patrick’s Day displays in the world. Every year, thousands of festive Mid-Westerners take the train downtown to celebrate the holiday and witness the dyeing of the Chicago River. Using over 40 pounds of environmentally friendly coloring, the river stays green for an entire day, providing the perfect backdrop for the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

slide-7Newfoundland, Canada
Newfoundland is a historically Irish locale, with immigrants from the Emerald Isle reaching the small island off the coast of Canada back in the 17th century. One of the island’s main city centers, it is now known as the “Irish Loop”, as an area of such rich heritage, Newfoundland has declared St. Patrick’s Day a public holiday — making it only one of two cities outside of Ireland to do so. Because of its deep ties to the Irish culture, Newfoundland is the perfect place for visitors who want to enjoy some traditional Irish dishes and wash them down with a nice pint afterwards.

Sydney, Australia
Australia boasts a gigantic St. Patrick’s Day Parade of its own, complete with an overarching narrative and themed floats, but it might be most notable for its party scene. On St. Patty’s, the Sydney pubs and bars stay open until the early hours, serving up traditional Irish music. Those more grandiose party appetites can also check out the St. Patrick’s Day Booze Cruise, which sails through Sydney harbor for three crazy hours of holiday celebration.

iceNiagara on the Lake Icewine Festival Tours:

Celebrate Niagara Ice Wine Festival – A Shimmer of Gold  – Poured Daily, Celebrated Annually with Niagara Airbus Driver Guided Tours.  Pricing includes Discovery Pass.

Choose your week –  January 15-17, 22-24,29-31 , 2016

Pickup and Drop off at any Niagara or Downtown Toronto Hotel.

Niagara on the Lake Tour pricing, from Niagara with DiscoveryPASS is $ 85.00 and without DiscoveryPASS is $ 45.00.

From Toronto with DiscoveryPASS is $130.00 and without DiscoveryPASS is $ 90.00

Start  your day off at the Niagara College Teaching Winery!

Time for you to be the Judge !  Tempt your taste buds with two delicious hor d’oeuvres pared with  the Delectable Dean’s List Savant and find out for yourself whether Icewine is best pared with Sweet or Savoury

Next…off to Chateau Des Charmes Winery

Imagine serving up Pork Belly Taco with apple onion slaw alongside their delicious  2014 Vidal Icewine.   A liquid Gold paring not to be missed

We then make our way to Ravine Vineyards

You will visit the Woodruff House for an exceptionally spiced paring. Enjoy Chef Ross Midgleys Homemade Spicy Chicken Meatball in a Mole’ sauce with Rossco’s Corn Bread, perfectly paired with the 2013  Vidal Ice Wine.

From here  you will have Fee time in Niagara on the Lake,   voted the prettiest Town in Canada! You can browse  or  shop in the boutiques or free time for lunch.

Finally end your day with  the 2014 Canadian Winery of the year for a taste of Peller’s award winning and world –renowned Cabernet Franc Ice Wine as you roast their famous Icewine Marshmallows over an open fire.

Niagara_Icewine_FestivalWe start our Niagara Ice Wine Tour at Twenty Valley:

Celebrate Niagara Ice Wine Festival – A Shimmer of Gold – Poured Daily, Celebrated Annually with Niagara Airbus Driver Wine Guides!  Your Tour includes your Discovery Pass! Pricing from Niagara is $85.00 + HST, from Toronto $130.00 + HST.

Without DiscoveryPass pricing from Niagara is $45.00 + HST, Toronto is $90.00 + HST.

Choose your WeekJanuary 15-17, 22-24, 29-31, 2016

Start off with 13TH Street Winery

Enjoy the picturesque winery  boutique as you savour this the amazing  13 Below Pulled Pork with Braised Apples, Pork Belly & Caramelized Onions along with 13 Below Zero Riesling or their drier June’s Vineyard Riesling.

Then off to Flat Rock Cellars

Here Chef will be cooking up  Maple, Cowberry, Winter-herb,  unbelievably tender Roasted Pork Belly, all topped with a delicious sweet scented parsnip puree and wine Caviar. Perfectly  pared with Flat Rock 2013 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer

Next is Malivoire Wine Company

Epicurean Delights with Riesling Ice Wine.  Experience braised  Pork Belly sliders with  quince butter, or vegetarian  option of a decadent Blue Cheese Cream Brule!

We then make our way to Redstone Winery

Bundle up and join in the fireside on the Terrace at Redstone to enjoy  a cup of Ice Wine- Inspired creations.  A Sweet and Savory pairing  of Cabernet Franc Icewine with a braised Venison and Dark Chocolate Chile – is sure to keep you warm.

Finish your day  with Free  time in the Quaint  Village of Jordan from to shop, browse or have lunch in the beautiful one of a kind boutiques.

NFwineryfallAs the Niagara Wine Festival kicks off, marking its 64th year, efforts are being made to ensure the staple St. Catharines event stays fresh and entertaining.

This year’s festival will feature 29 wineries and 12 culinary vendors within Montebello Park, with a total 40 wineries included through the Discovery Pass Experiences program. Winery visits with the passes begin this Saturday, with festivities at the park kicking off the following weekend.

Prior to the Grande Parade, held Sept. 26, a pre-show filled will a variety of entertainers will get underway in front of St. Catharines city hall and at the corner of Ontario and St. Paul Streets. The pre-show will kick off at 9:30 a.m. followed by the parade at 11.

In addition to live entertainment and an abundance of wine to try, the festival includes a variety of wine seminars and a children’s area for families.

Montebello Park festival hours:

Friday, Sept. 18 and 25, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19 and 26, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20 and 27, noon to 8 p.m.

For a full schedule and more information, visit www.niagarawinefestival.com.

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