Niagara July Events

With a tremendously busy schedule of late (Mergers can do that on occasion) and a 14 week old puppy I have been noticeably absent from posting of late. So I thought I’d give a quick overview of some neat events happening in Niagara for the remainder of July. Be sure to try and get to at least one if not more of these events as they are always worth their admission price and will yield some great memories as well as wine tastings.

On a side note I am in Vancouver for business, I will try and get some good Okanagan wine tasting in and post some notes from what I am trying.


Henry of Pelham

July 25 and 26
In person from Toronto, John Petcoff from Oyster Boy will be on hand to shuck fresh oysters paired to our perfect ‘oyster wines’ including Sauvignon Blanc. Also that day, the renowned Ninavik Gallery from Jordan Village will present sculpture and modern masks from Ontario’s Six Nations.
Chateau des Charmes

Niagara Farm-to-Table Experience
Celebrate Niagara’s freshest bounty, produced locally and brought directly from the farm to your table by pioneering chefs of the Niagara Farm-to-Table movement. Each experience will feature a vineyard walk with Michèle Bosc and discussions with a local food purveyor, culminating in a delectable tasting created by a featured chef and paired with a Château des Charmes wine.

Farm-to-Table Series
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
$50 pp + taxes & gratuity for each date

Sunday, July 19th: Chef Eric Peacock

July 20, 2009 to August 15, 2009 Music Niagara
This summer don’t miss Music Niagara –outstanding music in a standout setting – July 20 to August 15, 2009. Whether you want the magic of Mozart, the verve of Vivaldi, or the excitement of jazz, Music Niagara features thirty-five concerts offering a range of music from Chopin to Noel Coward, from Rodgers and Hart to Rachmaninov.
Tickets: $15-$40. 905-468-5566 or 1-877-687-3378
Reif Estate Winery

Niagara Cooks with Lynn Ogryzlo
Saturday July 18th, 2009 | 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a locally inspired alfresco lunch on the verandah of the majestic Grand Victorian. Klaus W. Reif pairs his favorite summer wines with recipes from ‘locavore’ Lynn Ogryzlo’s book’Niagara Cooks’. This winemaker’s luncheon will be prepared using only the freshest ingredients from the Niagara Peninsula.
Cost $50 per person | Email or buy tickets on-line now at the Reifshop.

Corvette, Classic and Hot Rod Car Show
July 26th, 2009 10 – 5 p.m.
Join us for our annual Corvette and Classic Hot Rod show on the grounds of the Estate with over 200 vehicles showcased annually. All proceeds benefit the Niagara Peninsula Children’s Foundation – in 2008 proceeds exceeded $17,000. Free Spectator Admission with BBQ and Door Prizes for entrants.
To showcase your vehicle no pre-registration required – entries accepted 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. the day of the show.

“Flight Bites”@ Stratus
Weekends from June to November, 2009

Visit our Tasting Room on weekends and taste Stratus by flight – a tasting of your choice of three Stratus wines. During the bounty of summer and fall, enjoy a seasonal “flight bite” to match one of the wines. “Flight bites” are prepared by one Niagara’s hottest chefs with seasonal, locally-grown produce.
Tasting Flight $10
Flight Bite – Complimentary with Tasting Flight

Sundays at 11 am, July 5, August 23, September 13, 2009

Artisanal wines meet artisanal cheeses. Join us for a seminar and tasting focusing on the principles of pairing wine and cheese. This ultimate ‘how to and why’ led by Fromager, Scott McKenzie, will explore the nuances of cheese appreciation through a comprehensive tasting of Stratus wines and distinctive Canadian and International cheeses.
$35 per person

30-Mile Dinner@Stratus
Saturday July 18, 2009, 6:30 pm

Explore the bounty of Niagara and the joy of eating local.Chef Stephen Treadwell of treadwell ‘farm to table’ will present a five course dinner entirely sourced from growers and artisanal producers within a 30-mile radius of Stratus. Wines that reflect the complexity of the Stratus vineyard will be paired to “quench your thirst” for sustainable dining.
Cave Spring

“Picnic at the vineyard”

‘Nestled on the Beamsville Bench overlooking Lake Ontario, Cave Spring vineyard is a spectacular place to learn about vines and embrace the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. A walking vineyard tour, followed by a light (boxed) lunch and an in-depth tasting of our Estate wines will be an experience not to be missed.

$25.00 per person (with a $5.00 coupon to be redeemed after event towards one bottle of wine purchase)
Sunday July 12th at 11:00
reservations required no later than Friday preceding event


…the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. Let Cave Spring be your guide on a moderate level hike along a picturesque route through wooded slopes to quiet ponds below the village of Jordan. Stopping for a tasting of one of our Rieslings in a vineyard setting, we will conclude the afternoon back at the winery with an in-depth pairing of our Estate wines and artisnal cheeses. Appropriate footwear is recommended.

Saturday July 11th and 25th, 11:00 – 2:00 (approximately)
$25.00 per person
Reservations required

White Hot

Cool down the summer heat with a tasting of thirst-quenching whites (and a touch of pink!) including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and that wonderful summer favourite, Rose. Paired with light, flavourful cheeses this will make for great afternoon delight!

$20.00 per person
Saturday, July 18th, 1:00pm
reservations required no later than 10:00 morning of event
Angel’s Gate

Event: 4th Annual Photography Tutorial
Date: Saturday July 18th, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Synopsis: Great photography doesn’t require the latest and greatest camera equipment but rather a keen eye and some patience. Explore the world of outdoor photograph against the backdrop of the winery. Topics include: composition, macro techniques, colour, and equipment. Tripod is recommended. Bring your 35mm SLR, Digital SLR, or point and shoot. Open to all skill levels.
Special Guest: AJ McLaughlin – Angels Gate Resident Photographer
Click here to see AJ McLaughlin’s photo gallery
$15.00 per person (Includes cheese and wine pairing to follow seminar)
Limited to 20 seats
Fielding Estate Winery

Good Ol’ Fashioned Pig Roast
Saturday, July 25 • 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Join us at the Wine Lodge and share in an old family reunion tradition – a delicious pig roast with all the fixin’s! Menu includes spit roasted crackling pork with all the usual accompaniments, corn on the cob, fresh seasonal salads, and so much more. Enjoy the evening with new and old friends alike and savour the warm summer evening with some great wine, delectable foods and some cool tunes!

$45 for wine club members (an additional ticket can be purchased at $45 for guest)
$50 for non-wine club members

Price includes dinner and glass of wine – additional glasses or bottles will be available for purchase. Vegetarian options also available – please inquire. To purchase tickets, contact Kim Doran at 905-563-0668 or
Pillitteri Estates Winery

July 19th – LCBO CD Value Add release

Pillitteri Estates Winery present: Dominic Mancuso. It was a union of wine and music that was meant to be for these Sicilian descendants. The blending stems from the commonality of culture and “artigiano”. An Artigiano is a skilled worker who crafts items that are functional or enhancing. Pillitteri Estates wines and Dominic Mancuso’s music are artisanal products which impart unique and individual qualities… celebrated together, they are sheer magic.

Pillitteri and Mancuso jointly chose the music for this collaborative project. Pillitteri brought its old world Sicilian art of wine making to the new world in the VQA quality and style of wines it produces in Niagara. Mancuso takes old world style and adds new world sensibility.

We want to share this wine and music experience with you. A complimentary CD of the Pillitteri Estates Winery presents Dominic Mancuso will be available to you at selected LCBOs from July 19th to August 15th, 2009.

Tawse Winery

Holds public tours of the facility every Saturday and Sunday @11am, 1pm and 3pm


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