With over 14,000 acres of sprawling vineyards and a vibrant winery scene, there’s always a delicious new reason to drink in the Niagara Region!
Last month, we kicked off the summer season at the TD Tailgate Party, just one of the excellent events held in the area as part of the Niagara New Vintage Festival. A�Each year the event is held on the grounds of the current Grape King, determined by the Grape Growers of Ontario.
This time around, it was Curtis Fielding, owner of Fielding Estate Winery who welcomed celebrating sippers for a hoedown harvest stocked with superb wines, sweet and savory samples and a spirited soundtrack that included Tim Hicks and Serena Pryne.
In keeping with the tailgate theme, over forty wineries from the region set up their stations on the back of flatbed trucks, convertibles and farm vehicles. A�At Megalomaniac‘s stand, a vibrant vintage red tractor paired perfectly with their 2012 Pink Slip Pinot Noir Rose and their 2011 Narcissist Reisling. A�Over at Pillitteri Estates Winery, their giant grape harvester made quite an impression – as did their dry 2011 RosA�A�created using 100% Cabernet Franc grapes.
Washing down the wineries’ offerings were a wealth of edible options provided by local chefs and restaurateurs, including AVella’s Wood Fired Oven, Windows by Jamie Kennedy, The Restaurant at Vineland Estates Winery, AG Inspired Cuisine, The Good Earth Food and Wine Co., and The Deck at Creekside Estate Winery.
While no pigskin was tossed around after the tailgatin’, PigOut Roasters were on hand to make sure every guest had some perfectly pulled pork on their fork. A�To make things even sweeter,A�Sweetie Pies Bakery offered up theirA�irresistibleA�strawberry rhubarb tarts (seriously – we made several trips) and caramel popcorn.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Fielding’s vineyards and a beautiful summer sunset, there was no need to call in a referee – the TD Tailgate Party was a definite touchdown!
While the 2013 Niagara New Vintage Festival is bottled up for the year, there are still plenty of ways toA�celebrate the journey from vine to wine – including the Niagara Wine Festival in September and the Niagara Icewine Festival in January.
Next up though, is the i4c International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration – kicking off this weekend. A�Limited tickets to chill out at this glass-y affair are still available, find yours here!A�