J’s birthday at Schanks (a sports bar near the Starlight Casino in New West) which NPY attended and also got to take in the UFC match. I always forget that J and NPY are “birthday twins” until this time of year rolls around. Facebook helps too.
This weekend, I introduced Lil Sis to the art of touring wine country with the exceptional opportunity that Niagara-on-the-Lake is just about 2 hours away and it was the last weekend of the wine festival. I simply pointed us southwest and picked out 9 of the big 26 wineries and we drove diagonally up Niagara Stone Road and visited Southbrook, Hillebrand, Pilliteri, Stratus, and Jackson-Triggs. We drove across Lakeshore Road a little to visit Konzelmann, Strewn, and Sunnybrook Farms. We even had a little bit of time to visit the Old Town and stare at the U.S. (Youngstown) across the river. Then we found we also had time to wrap up the wineries by going down Niagara Parkway and visiting Peller and Inniskillin.
I was eager to visit the Niagara estates of wineries I knew from the Okanagan region (Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin) but also excited to discover, “put a winery” to the labels I see at LCBO. I hadn’t heard of Pilliteri before and learned they are the world’s largest estate producer of icewine. Not only that, they had free public tours which we joined in time and got to visit their splendid cellar and try out five of their wines!
I’m actually really shy when it comes to wine tasting since it’s never as tasty as I would like and my vocabulary and palate are very small. Its difficult for me to determine if I will like a wine after the initial sip until it comes to icewines. Like many a newb, it’s pretty easy to appreciate and enjoy icewine. Which is why Lil Sis bought four bottles of wines (2 white, 2 fruit) and I just bought an ice wine (and tempted to buy more)!
* NPY’s Picture of the Day. While I’m in Toronto and he is in Vancouver, 3400km away, we will try to share with each other (and consequently this blog) pictures that capture our day.