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Artemis@BC
08-20-2012, 06:37 PM
I'm going to be spending a few days in Niagara-on-the-Lake in October, and of course hitting the wineries will be part of the agenda. Anyone have any favourites they'd like to recommend?

There are lots of great web sites describing the various offerings, but I'm looking for personal recommendations. Aside from good wine (obviously), any with a particularly picturesque setting would be a bonus, as would ones with good restaurants. (Though I'm not holding my breath for the latter -- the winery resturant menus I've scoped out online so far have been far from veg-friendly. More like veg-hostile!)

TIA

Murdoch
08-20-2012, 07:15 PM
Inniskillin Wines - This was always one of my favourites to visit. A little more rustic and smaller than some of the major wineries. I always prefer the Eastern Inniskillin to the western vineyards.

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery - This is a very modern winery. This is one of the bigger rooms and tours in the region.

Peller Estates - NOT my favourite wines, but an amazing tour and the restaurant used to be (haven't been there in a few years) one of the best in the region. Their ice cuvee is the best though... if they have any!

Tawse Vineyeard in Vineland is amazing. Love the wine!

I think this is a vineyard you might like: http://www.southbrook.com/home

Once you get to the area, I would strongly recommend asking around and trying to find some small production vineyards... they tend to be an intimate and very tasty experience!

vesperholly
08-20-2012, 07:34 PM
Make sure you visit Greaves' Jam, too. They sell tons of flavors and they're all delicious, plus they have smaller jars for sampling. Plum jam :swoon:

MLIS
08-20-2012, 08:00 PM
We loved Between the Lines (http://www.betweenthelineswinery.com/). They are a very small production compared to some of the bigger wineries, but theirs were far and away the best wines we tasted while we were there. I would also recommend the Trius wines (at Hillebrand, their website seems to be down at the moment), and Jackson-Triggs (mentioned above) had a very interesting tour and some lovely wines.

We had wonderful meals at Zees Grill (http://www.niagarasfinest.com/properties/zeesgrill/menus/) and The Old Winery (http://www.theoldwineryrestaurant.com/).

Enjoy. I'm very jealous.

P.S. I have a B&B recommendation if you haven't booked your accomodations yet.

Artemis@BC
08-20-2012, 09:52 PM
We had wonderful meals at Zees Grill (http://www.niagarasfinest.com/properties/zeesgrill/menus/) and The Old Winery (http://www.theoldwineryrestaurant.com/).

P.S. I have a B&B recommendation if you haven't booked your accomodations yet.

We're actually staying at The Shaw Club, where Zees is; and someone else had recommended The Old Winery so that was on my list too.

Thanks and keep 'em coming, folks!

Artemis@BC
08-20-2012, 09:55 PM
I think this is a vineyard you might like: http://www.southbrook.com/home

Ok, I just have to go there because of their "Snob Winebar." :lol:

KatieC
08-20-2012, 10:30 PM
I always make a stop at Maple Leaf Fudge, and the clothing store next to it. I think the Buttery is gone now, but the Angel Inn is still there. Sorry, as I'm not a wine drinker I rarely take the tours, but my mum always liked Inniskillin. There's also a Christmas store, which has some tacky stuff, but also sometimes unusual curios too. Enjoy yourself.

Parsley Sage
08-21-2012, 03:27 AM
The Buttery is gone from Niagara on the Lake. We eat at the Stagecoach or the Old Angel Inn. We've also eaten at the Golf Course which is off the main street next to the lake.

I'll second Greaves Jam and Maple Leaf fudge. There are also a few bakeries on the street. I wasn't all that impressed with the Cows ice cream but the Avondale Dairy out by the airport has amazing ice cream. There is also a Starbucks on the main street now.

Never done a wine tour but my fave wines are the Sibling Rivalry and House Wine from
Henry of Pelham http://henryofpelham.com/

Castlerock
08-21-2012, 04:05 PM
A local here.....

Neat wineries are: Ravine Winery (great restaurant), Colaneri Winery (like you are in Italy, but no restaurant), Southbrook Vineyards (with the big purple wall), Frog Pond Winery (organic winery with amazing red wines) and Cattail Creek.

Local favourites are: the Olde Winery Restaurant, NOTL Golf Club, Angel Inn and The Harp.

Other restaurants: LIV in White Oaks Resort is amazing. The Pie Plate in Virgil for baked goods and a light lunch. Stone Road Grill for dinner.

The Buttery is now called Corks and usually has live entertainment at night on the weekends.

Since it is the anniversary of the War of 1812 there are many interesting events going on throughout this and the next year. Check out www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca

Artemis@BC
08-21-2012, 04:25 PM
Is it wrong that it's 8:23 am and I'm craving a glass of wine now? :cool:

JasperBoy
08-21-2012, 05:58 PM
My recommendation would have nothing to do with wine, but is for a nut store.
Picard's Peanuts is my favourite store in Southern Ontario. There is an outlet in Niagara on the Lake, at 1835 Niagara Stone Rd., near the East-West Line. Phone 905 468 2455.

Not only do they have peanuts, but every other kind of nut and candy imaginable. When we lived in Waterloo we always took visitors to the St Jacobs outlet and they never came away with less than a large bagful of goodies. Their products make good gifts, too. Oh, I love their pecan/opera rolls.

Artemis@BC
08-21-2012, 06:08 PM
My recommendation would have nothing to do with wine, but is for a nut store.
Picard's Peanuts is my favourite store in Southern Ontario. There is an outlet in Niagara on the Lake, at 1835 Niagara Stone Rd., near the East-West Line. Phone 905 468 2455.

Not only do they have peanuts, but every other kind of nut and candy imaginable. When we lived in Waterloo we always took visitors to the St Jacobs outlet and they never came away with less than a large bagful of goodies. Their products make good gifts, too. Oh, I love their pecan/opera rolls.

Oooh, I love Picard's! My brother is in Kitchener so I'm going there too after NotL, and was hoping to get up to St Jacobs for Picard's ... but if they have a store in Niagara too then I won't have to! That's an awesome tip, thank you!

I love the lemon praline pecans, and all the flavours of chip-nuts, and the flavoured sunflower seeds, and ...

Castlerock
08-21-2012, 07:34 PM
Another fun thing to do is the Ghost Tour at night at Fort George. There is also a walking Ghost Tour through the town at night.

JasperBoy
08-21-2012, 10:47 PM
Oooh, I love Picard's! My brother is in Kitchener so I'm going there too after NotL, and was hoping to get up to St Jacobs for Picard's ... but if they have a store in Niagara too then I won't have to! That's an awesome tip, thank you!

I love the lemon praline pecans, and all the flavours of chip-nuts, and the flavoured sunflower seeds, and ...

Hahaha! Don't have to convince you that's it's worth a visit then, Artemis.

I cherish my Picard's sunhat that I bought ten years ago. Every time I wear it I recall wonderful indulgences. Too bad they don't have a BC outlet, but I do the best I can now with Roger's Chocolates.

BTW Picard's have about 6 stores in S. Ont. according to their website.

Reuven
08-22-2012, 12:35 AM
Oh címon. You donít have to go anywhere but here, The FSU Whinery.








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