It’s beyond me why mother earth kept summer from us for so long this year. Thankfully, May brought with it buds on the vines and hope of the warmer weather that was to come. And, I had the pleasure of enjoying the sunshine with a glass of wine in one hand and some nosh in the other.
Usually spring means Herb and Wine time in Niagara-on-the-Lake but this year the passport event got a little bit of a facelift and new name – Sip and Sizzle. Instead of wines being paired with different herbs, the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake fired up their grills and paired some great, smokey flavours with their favourite vintages.
I had the pleasure of visiting some old friends, and made some new ones, and wanted to share my sunny experience with you. I must say, I don’t ever get tired of learning more about the heart of the people behind the local gems that are our Ontario wineries.
Here are the wineries that I visited, the pairings that I enjoyed with a ❂ beside my favourite Sip and Sizzle pairings.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Bottled
Cabernet Sauvignon Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with a Sour Cherry Marmalade
2011 Sand and Gravel Cabernet Franc
Charcoal Grilled Lamb Spiedini
2012 Merlot ❂
12-Hour Smoked Pulled Pork on Brioche
2012 Niagara Estate Meritage ❂
“Market Grill” Ontario Pork Slider, Smoked Poblano Relish, Black Cumin Slaw
Grilled Pork Belly with Wild Leek and Local Honey
2012 Gewurztraminer Terroir
Grilled Vegetable Trio: Smoky, Blackened, Spicy
Smoked Balsamic Mennonite Sausage topped with Crisped Parmesan Asparagus Spears
2009 Noble Rouge
Beef Slider topped with Red Wine Honey Mustard and a Fresh Vegetable Relish
2012 Pinot Grigio ❂
Grilled Pineapple Served with Gelato di Carlotta’s Coconut Gelato
2012 “The Empress” Chardonnay
PEI Blue Mussels, ‘Grilled and Chilled’ with Dill, Garlic and Shallots
Grilled Sea Scallop Skewer with Grapefruit and Vanilla Gastrique
2012 Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc ❂
Grilled Salmon Tataki, Charred Mushroom Ponzu, Puffed Rice, Cucumber
And, as always, I’ve taken the best of the best from the Local Lux camera and created some candy for your eyes. I found this event to not only be delicious but loved that it was full of colour and people who were overjoyed to finally welcome summer to the wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake!