Stoney Ridge makes a wine in the memory of the Little Fat Wino

Larry Paterson

Larry Paterson was a tireless fighter for the rights of farmers — the fruit and grape growers who he felt were getting shafted by various levels of governments and were prevented from getting their hard work into the hands consumers.

Larry, who passed away far too soon in November, 2010, had his fingers in a lot of different pies. Whether it was ripping into the LCBO (a target dear to Larry’s heart) or forming important organizations to fight the bureaucrats, he was always up for a good battle. Continue reading

May is for the Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine and Herb Festival

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s casual spring celebration of great wine and fresh herbs! Spend a weekend in May exploring our neighbourhood of 26 wineries with your Wine & Herb touring pass. As you tour, each stop will feature a different herb-themed food pairing matched to a premium Niagara VQA wine selected to highlight the flavour and aroma of the herb. Click here for more information and to order touring passes. Your touring pass may be used any of the following weekends in May.

Wine and herb pairings will be offered
May 7/8,14/15, 21/22, 28/29 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Tickets $43 plus applicable taxes.
Click the order button to order online now,
or call 905-468-1950 to order by phone.
Touring Passes are also available at our 26
member wineries while quantities last.

Cattail Creek Estate Winery
2008 No Oak Chardonnay
Lemon Balm

Château des Charmes
2008 Gamay Noir ‘Droit’
Woolwich Goat Cheese with Arugula Pesto Toasted Crouton with Sea Salt

Colaneri Winery
2009 Fumoso Bianco
Manicotti with Italian Skewers

Coyote’s Run Estate Winery
2009 Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc
Grilled Chicken Springroll with Cilantro

Hillebrand Winery
2009 Artist Series Gewürztraminer
Spring Lamb Sausage with Organic Mint Yoghurt

The Ice House
2006 Northern Ice Vidal Icewine
Garlic Shrimp Crostini with Ice Wine

Inniskillin Wines
2009 Riesling
Inniskillin Tom Yum Soup Ontario Edamame Enoki Mushroom Lemongrass

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
2009 Sauvignon Blanc
“Cheese & Crackers” CO2 Goat Cheese Chive Gel

Joseph’s Estate Wines
2006 Merlot
Foccacia Bread with Basil, Sundried Tomatoes and Cream Cheese

Konzelmann Estate Winery
2009 Merlot Reserve
Open-Faced Sirloin Sandwich with Tarragon Mustard Cream and Brie

Lailey Vineyard
2006 Cabernet Franc
Braised meat balls

2007 VIEW Chardonnay
Brie and Savory Bruschetta Fusion

Marynissen Estates Winery
2007 Cabernet Merlot
Ploughmans Lunch

Niagara College Teaching Winery
2008 Pinot Noir
Turkey Cheese Cranberry Strata

Palatine Hills Estate Winery
2008 Riesling Traminer
Smoked Salmon Mousse Garnished with Fresh Baby Fennel Tops on Fennel Flat Bread

Peller Estate
Andrew Peller Signature Series Ice Cuvee
Icewine Maple Smoked Salmon and Chervil Terrine

Pillitteri Estates Winery
2007 Bottle Blonde
Smoked Duck and Mango Thai Basil Kabobs

PondView Estate Winery
2009 Cabernet Franc
Pulled Braised Beef Short Rib served on a Slice of Roasted Potato

Ravine Estate Winery
2009 Chardonnay Musqué
Pork Tourine with Musqué and Sweet Woodruff en Croûte

Reif Estate Winery
2009 Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc
Lemon Thyme and Asiago Scones

Riverview Cellars
2009 Gewürztraminer
Ham, Cheese & Bergamot Quiche

Southbrook Vineyards
2010 Connect Rosé
Mackerel “Gravlax” with Thyme and Oven Dried Tomato

Stonechurch Vineyards
2008 Sauvignon Blanc
Coriander Chicken Salad

2006 Wildass Riesling
Dauphinoise Potato “Terrine” with Sorrel and Lemon Cream

2008 Sauvignon Blanc
Dill Scones with Smoked Salmon

Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery
2009 Burgundy Plum
Lavender Shortbread

13th Street Winery holding spring wine release open house on Saturday

Note: 13th Street Winery is having its 2011 Spring Wine Release Open House
on Saturday, May 7 from10 am to 5pm. Here are the details as sent to WinesInNiagara.

Welcome Spring with a glass of this season’s hottest new wine releases. Our Open House will also feature culinary delights, special case pricing and a new art exhibition presenting local artist, Lynn A. Cecil’s Abstracts and Florals.

13th Bakery and Marketplace will be showcasing several local artisans as well as special treats in honour of Mother’s Day; fresh baked scones with Whitty Farms Jam and tea, My Favourite Fudge and Whitty Farms famous butter tarts.

Art at the Winery, Art at the Market, Art in the Garden.

Liz Maslink ~ Outdoor Garden Images
Thuy Nguyen ~ Wine Jewelry
Niagara Quilters Guild ~ famous Car Quilt
Wine Maker Jean Pierre Colas ~ Liquid Art
And more!

Come and enjoy Spring at 13th Street Winery.
1776 Fourth Avenue, St Catharines
13th Street Winery
905 984 8463

Detailed Tastecamp agenda, sponsors, attendees link, wineries taking part — update

TasteCamp in Niagara is fast approaching. An international group of bloggers will invade Niagara wine country, on both sides of the border, to learn all they can about the wines made in our region. The date’s been set, hotel rooms put aside at White Oaks Resort and Spa and the final agenda for the weekend, from May 13 to May 15 has been developed with the co-operation of many wineries in Niagara.

Note: For a full list of attendees coming to TasteCamp go here: TasteCamp 2011

Friday (May 13)

12:00 Sharp – Lunch and Grand Tasting of Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries

Location: Château des Charmes. Will introduce group to Wine Country Ontario and Ed Madronich, chair of the WCO, will be on hand for a few words. Lunch and a structured tasting of Chateau des Charmes wines will take place followed by a grand tasting of NOTL wineries.

Château des Charmes is one of the oldest wineries in Niagara, and the first one to plant entirely with vinifera in the late 70s. Paul Bosc, the estate’s founder, or other members of the family, will talk about the beginnings of the Niagara region’s modern winemaking era and lead a tasting before lunch and a walkaround tasting involving several NOTL wineries. Lunch is sponsored by Spencer’s at the Waterfront. Chef Andrew McLeod will serve a three-course light lunch between the Chateau des Chames tasting and the grand tasting.

Chateau Des Charmes
Twitter: @mbosc

Spencer’s at the waterfront


Wineries pouring at the grand tasting include:

Caroline Cellars
Twitter: @carolinecellars

Reif Winery

Twitter: @reifwinery

Frogpond Farm Organic Winery


Coyote’s Run Estate Winery
Twitter: @coyotesrun

Pondview Estate Winery
Twitter: @pondviewwinery

Mike Weir Wine

Lakeview Cellars
Twitter: @diamondestates

Riverview Cellars
Twitter: @Riverviewwinery

Niagara College Teaching Winery
Twitter: @NCTwinery

Konzelmann Estate Winery
Twitter: @konzelmann

3 PM – Winery visit

Hillebrand Estate Winery: A chance to catch up with one of  Niagara’s most awarded winemakers, Craig McDonald, and taste through some of his wines. Stratus Wine and Lailey Vineyard will be at Hillebrand as well as Thirty Bench Wine Makers. This will include a wild ferment focus for the first 45-50 minutes led by Craig and then a free-flow tasting where the TasteCamp participants can wander between each of the 4 winery stations, which we will set-up on both levels of the Winemaker’s Lookout (the 2 tier open sided structure close to the restaurant).

Hillebrand Estate Winery
Twitter: @1met and @HillebrandEM

Lailey Vineyard

Twitter: @laileywinemakr

Stratus Wine
Twitter: @Stratuswines

Thirty Bench Wine Makers

Twitter: @thirtybench

Leave for hotel at 4:30 p.m.

5 PM – Settling in at the White Oaks Resort and Spa.

6 PM (At White Oaks Resort in Studio 4, 5, 6) — Wine tasting with Inniskillin, Jackson Triggs and Le Clos Jordanne in a special studio room, sponsored by White Oaks. There will also be Ontario cheeses served at this event, sponsored by Vincor. Winemakers in attendance will be Bruce Nicholson (Inniskillin), Seb Jacquey (Le Clos) and Amy Bond (J-T). Del Rollo will introduce each winemaker and there will be six wines at each table to taste.

Inniskillin Winery

Twitter: @delrollo

Jackson-Triggs Vintners

Twitter: @delrollo and @jacksontriggsON

Le Clos Jordanne

Twitter: @delrollo

7:40 PM — Board double decker bus for Ravine.

Note: Wine Country Ontario is sponsoring a double decker bus for transport between White Oaks and Ravine. Pickup will be at 7:40 p.m. (they are there 15 min early for loading) and they will drop off at Ravine for 8 p.m. dinner. Then …we will have the bus for essentially until 10:30 p.m. pick up at Ravine to return people back to White Oaks. During this time, if anyone wants to go back earlier the bus can make a few trips should anyone be tired.8 PM – Dinner at Ravine ($25 per person, includes tip and gratuity) with Southbrook in attendance.

Both Ann Sperling (Southbrook) and Peter Gamble (Ravine) will talk about growing and making wines in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where the focus is more on Bordeaux varieties. Winemakers from Southbrook and Ravine also farm organically and biodynamically, and could provide a good talk about the possibilities of working organically in the Northeast, where many say it is “impossible” to do so.

Ravine Vineyard
Twitter: @alexravine

Southbrook Vineyard
Twitter: @southbrookwine

Saturday (May 14)

Transportation for the day is provided from a sponsorship from Wine Country Ontario.

8 AM — Board bus for Vineland. Breakfast on Bus

8:30 AM – Vineyard walk and terroir tasting at Tawse Estate Winery

The idea here is to show some of the detailed work on their various vineyards and blocks to showcase the differences between the cuvées they draw from these blocks. Tawse has an extremely focused portfolio of organic and biodynamic vineyard-specific wines. Winemaker Paul Pender is a wonderful speaker and can demonstrate the differences in terroir.

Tawse Estate Winery

Twitter: @paul_pender
and @tawse_winery and @danielattawse

10 AM — Board bus and head to Vineland Estate Winery (a short ride)

10:30 AM – Vineyard walk at Vineland Estate of  the famous St. Urban vineyard followed by a tasting of St. Urban Riesling and other VEW wines. A box lunch will follow (generously provided by Vineland Estates) leading into grand tasting.

Wineries pouring at the grand tasting at Vineland:

Vineland Estate Winery

Twitter: @benchwineguy

Hidden Bench Winery

Twitter: @hiddenbench and @brightlighter1

Fielding Estate Winery

Twitter: @Fieldingwinery and @richiewine

GreenLane Estate Winery

Twitter: @greenlane

Peninsula Ridge Winery

Twitter: @jkuhling

Angels Gate Winery

Twitter: @angelsgatewines

13th Street Winery

The Good Earth Winery

Twitter: @goodearthtweets and @GoodEarthGlass

Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery

Twitter: @speckbros

Malivoire Wine

Twitter: @malivoirewine

Rosewood Estate

Twitter: @rosewoodwine

Kacaba Vineyards

Twitter: @kacabavineyards

Cave Spring Cellars

2 PM — Back on the bus.

2:30 PM –  Flat Rock Cellars visit.

Flat Rock Cellars is one of the most progressive wineries in Niagara. It was first to bottle its entire production in screwcaps, it launched the first crown capped sparkling wine and just now has released the region’s first “white” pinot noir. Flat Rock has an interesting portfolio and Ed’s a knowledgeable speaker on Niagara wines in general.

Flat Rock Cellars

Twitter: @winemakersboots and @rossontherock

4 PM — Back on the bus for the short rest and cleanup at hotel

6 PM — Back on the bus for dinner

6 :30 PM – BYOW Dinner

Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine in Port Dalhousie ($65 per person, plus taxes/gratuities).

There is an allowance of two bottles of wine per adult at the Canadian border, without taxes, so bringing wine from the US is not an issue here. The corkage is being waved at Treadwell, but you can certainly get some of the finest Niagara wines here.

Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine
Twitter: @treadwellresto

Sunday (May 15)

Tastecamp Niagara USA Agenda

10 AM – Brunch and Grand Tasting of Niagara USA wineries at Carmelo’s Restaurant in historic Lewiston, NY.

Carmelo’s Restaurant is hands down the most influential farm to table restaurants in Western New York. Chef Carmelo Raimondi is known for his spontaneous locally inspired menus that build on traditional Italian culinary principals using fresh local ingredients while offering the best wines of the region. Brunch will be served family style after wine tasting.

1 PM — Arrowhead Spring Vineyards & Winery: Duncan and Robin Ross will walk you through their vineyard where they practice sustainable viticulture and pour barrel samples from the 2010 vintage. The tasting will focus primarily on the full bodied reds of Syrah, Malbec, Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon.

2:15 PM — Freedom Run Winery: Visit one of the most unique tasting rooms in the country as Cellarmaster Kurt Guba will provide an intense tasting of barrel samples focusing it’s three vineyard blocks of pinot noir, their Bordeaux reds and appasimento-style wines. Winemaker Jonathan Oakes will pour samples from both Schulze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery. As he discusses the similarities in the two Niagara’s as well as talk about the terroir of the soils north of the escarpment.

New York wineries pouring at Grand Tasting:

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

Black Willow Winery

Chateau Niagara Winery

Eveningside Vineyards
Twitter: @randeveningside

Freedom Run Winery
Twitter: @FreedomRunWine

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
Twitter: @Oakeswinery

Marjim Manor

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars

Schulze Vineyards & Winery
Twitter: @schulzewines

Spring Lake Winery

Victorianbourg Estate Winery

Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms

TasteCamp Sponsors:

• Wine Country Ontario is the main sponsor for TasteCamp in Niagara, Ontario. It is providing transportation to dinner at Ravine on Friday and all day Saturday, including to the dinner at Treadwell’s. It has also provided invaluable support with logistics and organizing the wineries for the two grand tastings. A special thanks goes out to Magdalena Kaiser-Smit, public relations manager for the Wine Country Ontario, who has helped the TasteCamp team from the very beginning, and Ed Mondronich, chair of the organization, whose enthusiasm for TasteCamp has been overwhelming.

Wine Country Ontario

Twitter: @WineCountryOnt and @mkaisersmit and @winemakersboots

• White Oaks Resort and Spa is the main hotel of tastecamp attendees. A block of rooms has been put aside at a significantly reduced rate of $159 and the $12 facility fee has been waived. This is an excellent resort, centrally located in Niagara with a full gym and spa.

White Oaks

Twitter: @WhiteOaksResort

• Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine is one of Niagara’s finest locally-sourced restaurants in Niagara. The Treadwell’s is putting on a special dinner for TasteCamp attendess Saturday night at a cost of $65 per person plus taxes and gratuities. This is the traditional TasteCamp BYOW dinner.

Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine

Twitter: @treadwellresto

• Carmelo’s Restaurant is hosting a brunch on Sunday that will also feature a tasting of New York wines from Niagara.

• Spencer’s at the Waterfront: Sitting above the shore, Spencer’s at the Waterfront offers breathtaking, panoramic views of Burlington Bay and Lake Ontario. The room—warm, welcoming, and relaxing, in natural wood and earth tones—boasts floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Enjoy blue skies and sparkling water by day or a spectacular moonrise with the lights across the lake by night.


Website: Spencer’s

TasteCamp organizers would also like to thank Chateau des Charmes and Vineland Estate for hosting the grand tastings. And another thank-you to Vineland Estate’s Brian Schmidt for providing lunch at the winery on Saturday. Also a big thanks to all the wineries (on both sides of the border) which are pouring at the grand tastings.

As well, our thanks go out to Hillebrand (Peller Estates, Thirty Bench), Vincor (Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Le Clos Jordanne), Flat Rock, Tawse, Ravine, Lailey, Stratus, Southbrook (in Niagara Canada) and Freedom Run and Arrowhead Spring (on the American side) for hosting events (or participating at events) and taking the time to show your wines. We appreciate it!

Organizers for Tastecamp

Lenn Thompson
New York Cork Report
Twitter: @lenndevours

Rick VanSickle
Wines In Niagara
Twitter: @rickwine

Suresh Doss
Spotlight Toronto
Twitter: @spotlightcity

Remy Charest
The Wine Case
Twitter: @remycharest

Bryan Calandrelli
Water Into Wino
Twitter: @waterintowine


Smokin’ good eats at Memphis Fire Barbeque

Memphis Fire BBQ

By Mike Lowe

The Memphis Fire Barbeque Company has just celebrated their first anniversary and my recent visit to this quaint, 1950′s style dineresque eatery convinced me that this place should become very popular indeed. The recommendation to dine here comes from sommelier James Treadwell, co-owner of Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine in. After a couple of hours of wine tasting I follow Treadwell to the restaurant in eager anticipation of a satisfying, authentic BBQ meal.

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