“I re-watched Sideways recently, so I’ve got this,” I said to a friend days before we set out to tour the wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
First off, it was three fat babes rolling those back roads, not some modern-day milquetoast version of Felix and Oscar, and we finished the trip off by hitting up a buffet, not some foolhardy wedding. Really the comparison begins and ends with winery tours.
It was only a short trip down the highway, but we felt like we’d traveled to the vineyards in Europe. The landscape was breathtaking. The symmetrical vines are spaced out over acres, the lake so close by, and the ever-strong escarpment making up the stunning backdrop.
We were humbled by this trip to NOTL. We visited beautiful wineries, with generous and knowledgeable guides. Their passion for the industry and their enthusiasm to educate and engage us about the processes surrounding wine making was palatable. We were amazed at the history and innovation winemakers have, placing Canada and the Niagara region amongst the best in the world. The sheer magnitude of the wineries, and the care and attention to detail that goes into every bottle struck us.
We sampled and tasted our way through NOTL, enjoying every sip and bite on our journey. From the industry and game changing innovations of M. Paul Bosc at Chateau des Charmes to the bounty of our lunch table at Ravine we marvelled at and lived the farm-to-table experience with folks who take the concept of local and make it their life’s work.
We also picked up a new skill at Trius: The art of Sabering as demonstrated here by Ama.
The rain that poured down over the vines during our lunch and left as suddenly as it appeared only amplified the majesty of the land. The entire trip made us proud to be two native and one adoptive Ontarians.Tags: Carly McLeod, chateau des charmes, diamond estates wineries, explore ontario, fat babe, fat girl food squad, food photographer, ice wine, niagara on the lake, niagara region, paul bosc, ravine winery, sabering, sideways, sparkling wine, trius winery, vines, vineyards, Vino, wanderlust, wine, winery, winery tours, Yuli Scheidt