The Niagara Wine Trail welcomed the 2012 harvest season with wine and food pairings at select wineries last weekend. The ticketed event included wine tasting at each participating winery, food samples and a commemorative glass. Patrons learned how to make pizzelles and what wine to pair with them, at the Winery at Marjim Manor. They tasted fresh tomato basil roll-ups at Niagara Landing, and dared to try their seasonal Hot Pepper Wine!
Harvest bread, goat cheese, and locally harvested apples also tempted palates. Swiss cheese wrapped with Parma prosciutto – a sweet, crisp, nutty, smoky and salty, savory delight, was found at Black Willow Winery; Eveningside Vineyards served pumpkin cupcakes paired with their Reserve Chardonnay.
There was also live music at Schulze Vineyard and Winery, pottery and glass wares for sale.
The Niagara Wine Trail is the fastest growing wine trail in the country and is open year-round. For more information about upcoming events, visit www.niagarawinetrail.org. You can read more about Black Willow Winery and one of their more unique offerings, mead, in the upcoming fall issue.