Wine tasting ahead
07.17.2013 - 07.17.2013 95 °F
Slept in a bit and then had our included breakfast out on the restaurant terrace. The terrace overlooks acres of vineyards until your eye catches the Pellar Estate Vineyards, one of the two largest vineyards in Niagara on the Lake (NOTL). Margaret's breakfast was memorable for this fabulous french toast (bread pudding like) accompanied by fried bananas (should be a picture). We then set off to tour the area by car. Niagara on the Lake is described as the prettiest town in Canada. I haven't seen enough of the country to agree or disagree, but I would describe it as Carmel on a lake...a big lake...Ontario that is. The main drag is a beautiful combination of quaint shops, hotels, restaurants and fabulous flowers everywhere. It seems as if there is a well kept park on every street, beautifully maintained by Niagara Parks. It appears to be a very propsperous area, with beautiful houses on large, well maintained lots. Across the lake, in Lewiston, New York, is a Tahoe like setting with beautiful houses right on the lake, and a veritable regatta of sailing vessels. We stopped at the Niagara on the Lake golf course for a beer. It is described as one of the best 50 short courses outside of the US by Golf Digest and has a restaurant and bar right on the lake. We then were compelled to use the two wine tasting coupons that came with our package. First we went to Reif Vineyards where we had our very first taste of a NOTL specialty,"ice wine". Ice wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape "must" (pressed fruit juice) to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine. With ice wines, the freezing happens before the fermentation, not afterwards. Unexpectedly, it was very tasty, like a sweet port. Our other coupon was for The Pellar Estates Vineyard, a beautiful winery with a highly rated restaurant. There we puchased a bottle of sparkling ice champagne to be popped and consumed when we finally learn that Margaret has passed her licensing exam.
Returned to the Inn for a bit of respite before dinner and, truth be told, I started working on this blog for the first time...working backward from today which, of course, would not have included tonight which had not yet occurred. So, we had dinner at the quaint Charles Inn ( quaint being pretty much redundant at this point) and it was very good. We then headed back to the Inn so that I could work on both the camera and my laptop which I managed to spill water on before we left for dinner. Oops again on me. As we speak...or write... The camera and laptop are sitting atop the air conditioner...stay tuned.