Thursday, September 29, 2011

Niagara on the Lake Vacation

Our love of wine caused us to find ourselves in beautiful Niagara on the Lake, Ontario this past weekend. NOL is rich with great restaurants and wineries. During our vacation we stayed right in Niagara on the lake but stopped in Jordan, Ontario on the way.

In Jordan we stopped at Upper Canada Cheese and did a tasting... WHAT FABULOUS CHEESE!! I must say, as far as cheese goes, it left nothing to be desired. They has some smooth, some crumbly, some salty and some creamy. We purchased some fresh artisan bread along with some goat cream cheese and Vidal Grape juice to have for breakfast in bed at the hotel for the weekend.

We then headed to Toute Sweet Ice Cream. This was less than exciting. They had limited flavours and typical add-ins. Aaron enjoyed his creme caramel with brownie but I was less than enthused by my fig and port with walnuts since it tasted like figs with cream. That was it for Jordan and it was off to NOL!

Once in Niagara on the lake we got settled in to our hotel and made our way into town. They have a street full of old town shops and restaurants. We made our way to some of the shops but only ended up purchasing food and wine. We got some dips and things from Kurtz Culinary Creations and some Wines from the local LCBO.

Night Cap from local LCBO, Yummy's from Kurtz.

Dinner Friday night was the highlight of the culinary adventure in Niagara on the Lake. We ate at a tiny place called the Stone Road Grill. Now this place might just have made the best poutine in Canada! Foie Gras Poutine with Monteforte Cheese Curds and Cabernet Franc Jus! Now seriously, is there something that sounds better than that?? I don't think so! What else was fantastic is that this small restaurant brings in as many local ingredients as possible and proudly serves local wine only. We ate a charcuterie plate (all made in house) and Aaron had lamb 3 ways and I had the Duck leg... all cooked to perfection. The duck skin was crispy and the meat was moist and tender. The lamb was delish! Even the lamb meat was from the winery up the street. They used the lamb to eat the branches off the lower vines and then send them off to slaughter.
Charcuterie Plate, Foie Gras Poutine,
On our guided wine tour we had a great time. We did a lunch tour with 3 other couples and ended up really enjoying the company. We would definitely do a guided tour again. We stopped at 4 different wineries which included Pondview Estates, Marynissen, Niagara College Teaching Winery and Colaneri. We made purchases from Colaneri and Niagara Teaching College. The other 2 were less than exciting for our taste. The teaching winery also has a brewery on site but we didn't have the time to take a trip there, next time for sure. Our favourite, by far, was Colaneri. The had a Late Harvest style Pinot Grigio that was superb! Then they had a Cabernet that was just amazing. They also have a Amarone that will be released early next year which we plan on ordering. I will definitely blog later about the wine's once we drink them! We also made a personal stop at Pillitteri to pick up some of their Pinot Grigio which was the wine I drank during appetizers at The Stone Road Grill. We also made a stop at Jackson Triggs to pick up some Cab. Franc ice wine for my brother. We got there on the perfect day since the Cab. Franc ice wine was on sale for $25.00 rather than $74.99. Needless to say we picked up a case of 6, 3 for us and 3 for my brother.

Colaneri Estate Winery, Niagara College Vineyard.
Grape Vines and Grape Clusters from Jackson Triggs.

Our last day was spent fishing the Niagara River. We spent a few hours trying to land some Salmon in the fast flowing area of the river but we didn't have any luck. We moved to a nice calm area and threw on some crayfish and caught a couple Bass. It could not have been a nicer day for fall fishing. The sun was shining and the wind was cool. We ended up having a great time together and our guide was cool and really helpful.

Photos from the beautiful Niagara River including The Lewiston-Queenston Suspension Bridge!

Our 2 Bass.. Aaron is holding my fish!

Overall, we had a great time and spoiled ourselves rotten on our trip. We not only ate well but we drank well and enjoyed great company.

Some Toronto Brewed Pumpkin Ale, Dessert in bed.
View from Our Room @ Queen's Landing, Our Wine Lot.

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