Icewine festival is the perfect way to celebrate winter
As Canadians, we have found various ways to celebrate winter. As they say, if you can’t beat the winter, might as well join it. And why not join it by celebrating that quintessential Canadian product — Icewine. Throughout the month of January, the Niagara region is putting on a host of parties to commemorate the Icewine harvest.
Still, the show must go on. This weekend, head to Queen Street in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake to sample the best from 28 local wineries. Admission is free for the festival which includes ice sculpture viewing and Icewine-inspired edible delicacies.
Stick around at night for the Flash & Panache Icewine Cocktail Competition from 9 pm to 11 pm. Mixologists will create unique Icewine cocktails in a competition to win the Icewine Cup.tasting class at some of the local wineries. I was recently treated to an enlightening pairing class at Reif Estate Winery, where I learnt the proper technique for savouring every sip (hint: let the wine linger on your tongue).
One way to get a taste of the region is what a Discovery Pass. For $40, you can visit eight different winteries for wine and food pairings.
And, amazingly, this is just the tip of the Icewine (ha!). There are a ton of events happening in the Niagara region. Find your favourites here, and make a weekend of it. (I stayed at the Hilton Fallsview — a large hotel with spoil-yourself rooms and a casino.) For year round Wine Country Ontario events, click here. And enjoy the winter — why not, we’re Canadian after all.
-- Anna Miller, MSN Travel