Celebrate the holiday season with festivities, food, and fun! Can wine tasting be far behind? November is the time for Taste the Season, a holiday inspired wine and food tasting event held annually at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Since the time of its inception in the early 2000s, this event hosted by the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake has become a big draw for wine lovers who come to enjoy the season’s bounty.
26 wineries are participating in the popular event this year with some award-winning wines from the Niagara-on-the-Lake area. From November 7 to 30, 2014, you can experience the aromas and flavours of a wide variety of wines paired with food that will heighten the taste of the wine. Each of the wineries will pair different combinations of food and wine and you can taste all during the event that is held every weekend for a month. Dates for this year's event are:
- Weekend 1: November 7-9
- Weekend 2: November 14-16
- Weekend 3: November 21-23
- Weekend 4: November 28-30
Hotels have also tied up with Magnificent Tours to enable visitors to enjoy the holiday-inspired wine and culinary tasting tour at 6 of the area’s finest wineries. The tour’s tasting pass is the passport to heady wine and delicious food. A luxury coach will transport guests to the wineries and since the driving is taken care of, you can tour and taste responsibly. A visit to Niagara Wine Country is made more enjoyable with the help of expert tour guides. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the day. The duration of the tour is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with pick-up and drop services, the itinerary includes the following wineries and pairings:
Chateau Des Charmes Winery
Brut Sparkling Wine paired with Brown Butter Roasted Squash and Dijon Mascarpone Strudel.
Between the Lines Wines
2012 Lemberger paired with Venison Goulash, Braised Red Cabbage with Cherries and Buttery Spatzle.
Pondview Estate Winery
2012 Bella Terra Cabernet Franc paired with 5 Bean Chili with Pulled Pork and Ground Beef on an open-face Mini Ciabatta Bun.
Reif Estate Winery
2009 Back Vintage Riesling Icewine paired with Jalapeno Pepper Flat Bread topped with Niagara Pear, Brie, and Icewine Apricot Glaze.
2013 Cabernet Merlot paired with Rustic Pork Terrine with Maple Smoked Bacon and Cranberry Compote.
Joseph’s Estate Wines
2008 Caroline Gamay Rose paired with Nutella Opera Slice.
The wines from this region are building a wider reputation with many accolades coming their way. As a result, tourists are now booking weekend packages, especially for this event. You don’t want to miss it. Soak in the flavours with Taste the Season and celebrate the holiday spirit with fun and some wine.