There is nothing like drinking wine at a vineyard. Specifically, in between the grapes, on an unseasonably hot October’s day while sitting at a picnic bench. No, this is not some made-up fantasy I have come up with, it was, in fact, my reality over Thanksgiving weekend.
My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to visit Scott’s brother’s wife’s parents over the long weekend and lucky for all of us – they just happen to live in Niagara on the Lake. We visited several amazing wineries, but today my focus is on one of the biggest and most recognizable Canadian wineries: Inniskillin. With two different wineries, one in Ontario and one in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Inniskillin has something for everyone.
When we were there, we sipped Pinot Grigio between the ice-wine grapes and basked in the glory of the summer sun, on a fall day. The Pinot Grigio at Inniskillin packs a lot of flavour, with hints of lime and peach. We all know how I feel about Pinot Grigio (hint: I don’t like it), but this one was incredibly refreshing. Maybe I was drinking too much of the Niagara Kool-Aid (hint: it’s wine), but this Pinot Grigio was just what the doctor ordered.
My boyfriend and I are huge fans of Inniskillin’s Reserve Series Pinot Gris (the French sister to Italy’s Pinot Grigio) as well as their Reserve Series Cabernet Franc, so we were excited to see the vineyard and take in the sights. We got to taste a few wines in their beautiful tasting room, and Scott picked up a Niagara Estate Series Meritage, which I can’t wait to open.
Meritage is a delightful red wine that has to be made up of two or more of the five traditional Bordeaux red wines, Bordeaux, France (of course) being the most famous wine region in the world. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc. Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec are the five traditional wines in question. Inniskillin’s Meritage consists of Cabernet and Merlot. Given that winter is right around the corner (sorry, but it’s true) I can’t wait to cuddle on the couch, Meritage in hand.
Inniskillin is a lovely winery and no matter what your wine preference, you are sure to find something you love. It’s a beautiful place to share a bottle amid the vines and soak up the beauty of Niagara.