Tuesday, September 7, 2010

goLocal with LCBO and Wine Country Ontario

Niagara wine is going to be “seriously cool” this fall. As part of the “goLOCAL” promotion between Sept 12 to Oct 9, LCBO locations will feature Ontario wineries from our uniquely cool-climate region.

We were ecstatic to be invited to take a flight in a helicopter tour, indulge in a mouthwatering cooking class and learn about bio-dynamic wine making! Here are the hot spots we visited along the way:

Southbrook Vineyards
581 Niagara Stone Road RR4, Niagara-on-the-Lake 1.888.581.1581 

Southbrook is a pioneer winery in producing organic and biodynamic wines, practicing environmental stewardship with its wine making practices (yes, wines you can feel even better about drinking)! Instead of pairing wine tasting with cheese or charcuterie, Southbrook features a Pizza Patio: fresh-made pizzas made with fresh local ingredients and grape powder in the crust. One of the most innovative wineries in the province, you can admire the stunning architecture and grazing sheep while tasting your wine. 

Worth trying together: the Southbrook 2008 Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon ($23.95) and housemade pizza with Ediger Farms peaches, minted bocconcini, basil and prosciutto. 

The Good Earth Food and Wine Co.

4556 Lincoln Ave, Beamsville 905.563.6333 

The Good Earth is goodness personified, appreciating food and wine without pretension. It is a comprehensive space with a cooking school, an indie winery, patio, pantry shed and event venue. Engage in an interactive cooking class paired with Good Earth wines and hosted by personable chefs. 

13th Street Winery

1776 4th Ave., St. Catherines 905.984.8463 

Known for its phenomenal sparkling cuvees (but my personal favourite is their Gamay Noir) 13th Street Winery pairs some of the region’s best quality wines with equally superb food. Personalized sommelier-led tours and tastings are available, in which estate wines are accompanied by artisan cheeses, breads and charcuterie. 13th Street also holds monthly events featuring guest chefs and local wines for evenings of wine, dining and even learning a few new things about both. 

Stephen Treadwell pork terrine with green peppercorn and apricot; Glengarry Cheese Company “Alexandrin” (Ontario); served with picalilly & cornichons and artisan baguette. 

So thank you and cheers to LCBO for the tasteful experience! We'll be looking forward to picking up a copy of this season’s “Food & Drink” magazine for more day trip ideas through wine country and featured Ontario wines. 

Thanks to Michelle Tham - Restaurant and Beverage Manager, for guest-blogging on behalf of The Hip and Urban Girl's Guide.

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