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Ice Ice Baby

2010/01/15

Hey everyone, Sandy Chen here. This weekend kicks off the Ice Wine Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake. I’ve developed a fancy for wine about 5 years ago, but what really sparked my passion for wine was when Ryan (the guy who claims that he takes cares of me and puts a roof over my head, but seriously, it’s the other way around) and I spent a weekend back in June 09′, because we had a free night’s stay at White Oaks Resort and Spa. We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do wine tastings and tours. I learned more about wine during that weekend than having drinking it for 5 years.

If you’ve ever considered doing a wine tasting tour, I highly recommend it. If you have the opportunity to do so, take your bike and ride along the Niagara river, stop by wineries such as Reif, Peller Estates, and Inniskillin for a wine sample. Trust me, there’s nothing more fun than riding your bike up and down the Niagara river slightly tipsy!

Keep in mind, ice wine is not for everyone, because of it’s high sugar content, it’s super sweet. Ryan doesn’t like ice wine as much as I do, but he does enjoy a small glass of the Cabernet Franc, as it’s not as sweet as the Riesling or Vidal.

So this Saturday, we will head over to Niagara-on-the-Lake with our friends Ian, Pochuen, and Leo. We’re each getting a discovery pass, which gives you access to 6 participating wineries. This includes a glass of their ice wine with food pairing.

Our itinerary this Saturday is as follows:

Tawse A very hoity toity winery with the hoity toity price per bottle to match, this makes me curious as to how great they really are

Calamus Back in June 09′, we stumbled upon this winery by chance, and immediately fell in love with the winery. The tasting takes place in a rustic barn house, where the owner themselves will greet you and chinwag with you. Intimate setting, great wine, great atmosphere.

Flat Rock Cellars The winery is built purely based on the idea of “Environmental Sustainability”. Every part of the building is designed with preserving the environment as much as possible. Very cool, and the view is amazing too!

Herdner Can’t say I know much about the winery, however, their food and wine pairing description had us sold “Sweet ‘n’ Sassy: Enjoy a succulent sampling – a breast of Chicken encrusted, lightly seasoned and engulfed in our very own Icewine Reduction – topped with an apricot marinated in our 1996 Vidal Icewine. Pair this with our award winning 2007 Vidal Icewine – then try our Sparkling Riesling! Sweet ‘n’ Sassy!”

Chateau des Charmes It’s got the word Chateau in it, enough said.

and finally

Inniskillin They’re world renowned for their ice wine, so the destination is simply a must.

I’ll definitely be taking notes, and sharing with you our trip once we get back.

And of course, have a DD, because drinking and driving makes you nothing but a huge douchebag.

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