A week ago I had a great weekend away at Niagara Falls with a couple of my good peeps. We made it a shopping, eating and wine drinking weekend with some cheesecake thrown in.
The main event of the weekend was The Ultimate Food, Beer and Wine Tour that was run by a company called Niagara Vintage Wine Tours. This tour included visits to 4 wineries and 1 brewery where our group of 14 learned to pair different wine with food.
This was a guided tour and we were picked up at our hotel Saturday morning by Tom, our Sensory Analyst. Yes, Sensory Analyst.
Here’s Tom at our first stop giving us some history about the Niagara region and what is needed to grow good grapes (hot and dry). Tom is a retired teacher turned wine tour guide. He was awesome. Very knowledgeable, personable, friendly and funny.
Our first stop was at Pondview Winery , a family owned winery with roots from Sicily. It was here that we met Keith. We walked in and were taken to the back where an intimate wine tasting area was set up among the oak barrels of wine.
Tables set up with wine glasses and our charcuterie plate
Keith going over how to”open up” a wine. Hold your glass in your right hand and swirl counter clockwise, let the wine air out, smell it. Take a sip, take a bite, take a sip again. Sniff, Sip, Bite, Sip
Keith was a terrific wine guide. So approachable and full of good tips about wine. In case you were wondering and find yourself at the LCBO, 2011 was a great year for Niagara Whites and 2015 for Niagara Reds.
These were the wines we tasted. The 2nd – Cabernet Franc – was AMAZING with Oka and Parmesan cheese. I had a super out-of-body taste experience with this wine and parmesan.
My Pondview Winery purchases
Stay tuned for part II when I talk about our 2nd stop Silversmith Brewery