As 2012 draws to an end I hope that you are feeling as content as I am while remembering all of my great Local Lux adventures. Here are 12 of my favourite local luxuries in 2012:
23 Reasons to Visit Pillitteri
Not only is Pillitteri the world’s largest estate producer of icwwine, they were also one of the first wineries in the world to produce icewine from some of the varietals we are used to (and not-so used to) drinking today. It was a pleasure to visit and learn the history of this mighty, family-owned winery. Why 23? Well, you’ll have to either read the piece or visit them for yourself.
Ragtime at the Shaw Festival
Ragtime made the list of my top 5 plays I have seen at the Shaw. In 2013 I am most looking forward to Guys and Dolls.
Relaxation at the Oban Inn
The Oban Inn is a historical gem in NOTL. The food is decadent, the rooms are plush and the staff are attentive and genuine. I deeply enjoyed my stay, meal and pedicure.
Wrapped Up in 20 Valley & Taste The Season in NOTL
During the month of November the 20 Valley Tourism Association welcomed thousands of visitors into 24 wineries to enjoy a festive food and wine pairing. Likewise, the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake also welcomed people from near and far into 28 participating wineries for the same luxury. The next discovery pass event happens in January for the Niagara Icewine Festival.
LEEDership at Stratus
Stratus was the first winery in the world to acheive LEED certification for their environmentally connscious building design and operation. Since then, other wineries have followed suit. Visit Stratus for a tour of their impressive farm and be sure to taste their 2009 Sauv Blanc before you leave.
An Organic Food Adventure at Feast of Fields
During this outdoor organic feast I had the pleasure of meeting the famous Chef Michael Smith and the infamous Chef Ted Reader. Not to mention, I ate and ate and ate amazing organic eats from all over Ontario. This is an event that I will be attending for years to come.
Birthday Tea and Tour at the McFarland Tea House
For my 29th birthday my amazing husband took his tea loving wife for afternoon tea at the historic McFarland Teahouse in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The icewine jelly, cheese, sandwiches and my orange spiced tea were the perfect gift. I also learned all about John McFarland and his wife – we even found his gravestone in a nearby NOTL cemetery.
Scandal at The Sex Show
It was quite the experience blogging on behalf of this show – to say I learned a lot would be an understatement. I’ll likely return next year but the plan is to keep all details to myself.
Sweet Times at Rosewood Meadery and Winery
Rosewood opened my eyes to the world of mead – how did I ever live without it? Many of my favourite wines come from this family-owned winery including their award-winning 2010 Cab Franc (of which there are very few bottles remaining). And, I’m honoured to have been called their Local Bee . If you have not been, you must get yourself there in 2013!
Meet the Sheep at Featherstone
Owners Louise and David were the first in Niagara to being sheep into the vineyard. They partner with Willow Haven farms in St. Annes who supply the winery with 40 sheep early each spring. The sheep then eat away the low-lying leaves, without damaging the grapes, in order to improve air flow and sun exposure. I would encourage you to visit them next spring to meet the sheep – be sue to try their rose.
A Little Something Something at Rocky Horror
On the second floor of Corks Winebar in Niagara-on-the-Lake, thanks to Something Something Productions, I lost my Rocky Horror virginity. I am unsure if they will be running this show in the future but I would not hesitate to get tickets for any Something Something production show that crosses my path.
Thanks to all of you for your support, encouragement, suggestions and partnership.
Wishing you and yours all the best in 2013!