Thursday, October 16, 2008

Taste the Season at Niagara-on-the-Lake

Taste the Season is a wine and food extrava-ganza hosted by the 18 wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake (just across the border from Buffalo on Lake Ontario). The event takes place every weekend in November (Nov. 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd, and 29th & 30th) and celebrates the best tastes of the harvest season with a popular touring and tasting program.

Each winery will feature a unique wine and food pairing. A tour pass ($40), which can be purchased in advance or at any participating winery, entitles you to sample each of the delectable dishes described below and to receive a collectible holiday ornament. Proceeds from sales of this pass will go to Second Harvest to provide food for needy families. Last year Taste the Season provided enough money for 20,000 nutritious meals.

Taste the Season is a wonderful chance to explore southern Ontario in the autumn.

Features Food and Wine Pairings:
Cattail Creek Estate Winery
2006 Dry Riesling
Treadwell’s Costini topped with Beet
Cured Lake Trout and Daikon Cress
Château des Charmes
2006 Gewürztraminer, St. Davids Vineyard
Cassoulet Tart - The Classic White Bean, Smoked Pork and with Duck Confit Stew baked into a delicate crust
Coyote's Run Estate Winery
2007 Cabernet
Smoked Duck Breast with Black Paw Vineyard Cabernet Jelly on Brioche
Hillebrand Winery
Trius Vidal Icewine 2006
Icewine Roasted Fall Fruit Crumble with Chantilly Cream
Inniskillin Wines
2006 Gamay Noir
Holiday Scone with Dried Cranberries and white chocolate
Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
2006 Proprietors' Reserve Merlot
Pulled Beef Brisket Crostini
Joseph's Estate Wines
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Smoked Turkey with Brie and Leek Mini Quiche
Konzelmann Estate Winery
2007 Shiraz
Specialty Aged Canadian Cheddar and Niagara Gold Quiche with Fresh Herbs Roulade
Lailey Vineyard
2006 Pinot Noir Niagara Peninsula
Turkey en Croûte with Spiced Cranberry Compote
Marynissen Estates Winery
2004 Cabernet Merlot
Macaroni Casserole with Spiced Beef and Tomato Sauce
Niagara College Teaching Winery
2007 Sauvignon Blanc Fumé
Goat's Cheese Lollipops with Local Pear Chutney
Palatine Hills Estate Winery
2007 Fumé Blanc Proprietors Reserve
Smoked Atlantic Salmon with Roasted Pear and Goat Cheese
Peller Estate
Ice Cuvée
Cured Salmon with Horseradish Crème Fraiche and Chive Blini
Pillitteri Estates Winery
2004 Riesling - Dry Chicken Terrine with Pear and Riesling Compote
Reif Estate Winery
2004 Meritage
Fricassee of Lamb with Fall Vegetables and Meritage Jus
Stonechurch Vineyards
2007 Riesling- Gewürztraminer
Smoked Salmon Tarama
Strewn Winery
2006 Terroir Chardonnay Barrel Fermented
Mushroom Terrine with Roasted Garlic and Herbs
Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery
Spiced Mayan Walnuts

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