Niagara Wine Fest - Tailgate Party and Brunch in the Vineyard

The Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival is a kick-off to summer here in Niagara. It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate new vintages.

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The Festival kicked off with the TD Tailgate Party at 13th Street Winery. This night featured over 30 wineries and some of the best local food vendors from across Niagara. The event highlighted local musicians as everyone danced the night away.

The following weekend, brunch lovers united at Jackson Triggs for Brunch in the Vineyard. This year, the local chefs battled against each other to see who made the best brunch dish paired with two different Niagara wines.

Both weekends were a great celebration of local wine and food.

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Rosé Fest at Westcott

Rosé lovers from near and far joined us at Westcott Vineyards on June 8, National Rosé Day!

Visitors sipped on Westcott’s Delphine Rosé, Pinot Noir Rosé and hand-crafted mocktails while snacking on tacos, nachos, popcorn and roasted meat sandwiches from Ricky + Olivia.

And everyone stopped for a few photos on our swing on the way in!

Everyone stuck to the pink dress code, in true Rosé style!

Even the sunset was celebrating Rosé Day.

It was the perfect evening to celebrate all that is pink!





Graze the Bench 2019

During the weekend of June 1st and 2nd, 4000 wine and food lovers descended upon the Beamsville Bench for a weekend of Grazing.

7 of the Beamsville Bench wineries hosted Grazers as they came to try favourite wines, alongside food from some of Niagara’s favourite chefs, and great music.

It was a beautiful weekend in the vines, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. We couldn’t have done it without our awesome volunteers, the amazing wineries, and our excellent sponsors.

Cheers to Graze the Bench, we’ll see you next year!

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Chardonnay Day - May 23, 2019

Chardonnay Day is almost here! It marks the beginning of the i4C season.

To kick it off, the International Cool Climate Celebration is hosting a virtual tasting on their social media accounts. They are also hosting a fun contest throughout the day, so make sure to keep you eye on the @coolchardonnay Instagram account for more details.

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The 9th annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration will be held at various venues featuring unique signature events highlighting the world’s coolest grape here in Niagara. There are still tickets available here. Cheers to Chardonnay Day!

Throwback Thursday - i4C Cool Chardonnay World Tour 2018

The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration is one of Niagara’s premier wine events. Winemakers come from across the globe to show off their delectable cool climate Chardonnays at four signature events throughout a weekend in July here in the heart of Niagara.

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The signature event of the i4C weekend is the Cool Chardonnay World Tour. This is the only event during the weekend where every i4C wine will be poured. The event begins with a a tasting of the wines, presented by their winemakers. Then, an incredible dinner is created by some of Niagara’s best chefs, and it is served alongside Chardonnays and reds. The night is finished off with delectable desserts and dancing.

In 2018, we wanted the decor to reflect the al fresco setting, using flowers and greenery to adorn the grounds at Ridley College in St. Catharines.

We wanted to reflect the wine-ness of the event using corks and stelvin caps throughout. We also created a few different photo walls.

The flowers we chose were bright and summery and stood out against the white table linens.

For the 2019 celebration, the Cool Chardonnay World Tour will be moving to Niagara College in partnership with the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. We can’t wait for you to see the event come to life! You can still purchase tickets for the event at coolchardonnay.org.

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Spring in Niagara

After a long, cold winter it’s so great to be seeing some hints of spring around Niagara. It’s a great place to be in the spring, with all of the blossoms coming up and it feels like the region is coming alive again.

Here are some great things to do in the spring.

Visit the Niagara Floral Showhouse

The Floral Showhouse has recently changed over their indoor displays to reflect the spring vibes outside. Also, it’s when the blossoms outside start to bloom.

Take a ride on the Hornblower

This is a chance to take a trip on one of Niagara’s most popular attractions before tourist season is in full swing. The Hornblower should be opening sometime in May. It’s the perfect opportunity to see the Falls from up close!

Tour the Wineries

Since it’s so nice out, it’s a great time to go winery hopping. Niagara has endless wineries (and breweries!) throughout the region to choose from. Stop in for a glass of wine and sit out on the patio.

Hit up some Events

There are a ton of events taking place in Niagara in the springtime, including Graze the Bench, Get Fresh in the Valley, The Homegrown Wine Festival, and more!

Graze the Bench 2019 Offerings

It’s just a few short months until Graze the Bench is here on June 1 & 2. Tickets for one of Beamsville’s favourite events are already sold out. If you managed to get your hands on some of the hottest tickets in town, here are the offerings you’ll be able to find at each winery during the event.

Fielding

Sip: NV Traditional Method Sparkling Rosé, 2017 Estate Bottled Riesling, 2017 Red Conception

Savour: Chef Brad Rempel

Peppered Striploin Sandwich

Shaved Canadian AAA striploin steak with a red pepper & cherry tomato relish, whole mustard aioli and fresh arugula.  Served on a freshly grilled ciabatta bun.

Buttermilk Breaded Chicken Sandwich

Panko breaded chicken breast topped with Applewood smoked bacon, Monterey Jack cheese and chipotle guacamole.  Served on brioche and topped with popcorn shoots.

Loaded Frites

Seasoned, kettle cooked thin cut frites topped with sharp cheddar, green onions, pico de gallo, sliced jalapeno, bacon crumble and sour cream.
Vegetarian option without the bacon.

Groove: Vinyl Flux

Angels Gate

Sip: Cabernet Merlot, Sussreserve Riesling, Shine (Sparkling Muscato)

Savour: Smokin Buddha

Beef Rogan Josh

(GF, Veg friendly)

Bangkok Fishcakes

Thai spiced white fish with lemongrass, coconut and spicy citrus cucumber dip (GF)

Groove: Jessica Wilson & Band

Rosewood

Sip:  2017 Riesling AF, 2017 Night Moves Gamay Noir

Savour: Chefs Patrick Engel and Mike McColl

Notorious Fried Chicken Sandwich

Spiced buttermilk-marinated, crispy fried chicken thigh on a Rosewood honey bun, served with crunch, tangy Mead slaw

*Vegetarian, GF, and lactose-free options available on request*

Groove: Tianna H and Jazz with a Twist

Thirty Bench

Sip: Winemaker’s Riesling, Winemaker’s red

Savour: Tide & Vine

Fresh Oyster Bar

Surf & Turf Burger

Ontario beef patty topped with wild gulf shrimp, chipotle aioli, lettuce and tomato

Falafel Trio

With dill cream and pickled red onion (GF, Veg friendly)

Groove: Back to the 80’s

Peninsula Ridge

Sip: 2017 Falcons Nest Pinot Noir, 2018 Wismer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 Beal Vineyards Cabernet Rose.

Savour: The Restaurant at Peninsula Ridge

Bench Beer braised brisket with slow roasted tomato, horseradish aioli, Niagara gold cheese, crispy leeks, arugula and brioche bun.

Grilled vegetable sandwich with curry hummus and arugula. (Vegetarian)

Groove: Broken Cadence

Organized Crime

Sip: 2018 Pinot Gris, 2016 Break-In Pinot Noir, 2017 Pipe Down

Savour: Backhouse

Wood-fired Jamaican Chicken

With salsa on a brioche bun and sweet potato fries

Groove: InfraRed Band

Hidden Bench

Sip: 2017 Estate Riesling, 2013 Bistro Red

Savour: Chef Victor Berry

Home-made Cavatelli and Meatballs

Groove: Niagara’s Soul Jam

Corporate Events in Niagara

Niagara is a world-class destination. This area is rich in culture. From the world-famous natural wonders, like Niagara Falls, to historic sites that helped to found our nation, like Fort George, to rich agriculture that feeds into our numerous wineries and culinary scene, Niagara has it all.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to hold your next corporate meeting, retreat, conference, party, dinner or outing, Niagara is that place.

We can tailor your corporate event to create an experience that your employees will never forget. Whether you’d like take a trip back into Niagara’s history, visit our spectacular wineries, or see the world wonders, we can build you the perfect package.

Graze the Bench tickets go on sale tomorrow!

Each spring, 7 wineries celebrate the glory of the Beamsville Bench by pouring new and favourite vintages, inviting their favourite chefs to create inspired dishes, and grooving with live bands at each venue. Graze the Bench has quickly become one of the most popular events in wine country. This cluster of boutique VQA wineries offer not only some of the most celebrated wines in Ontario, but unforgettable vistas of rolling vineyards and Lake Ontario. In partnership with a collection of Niagara’s best chefs and live bands, this is a wine event that will become a perennial date on your calendar.

Tickets go on sale March 1st at 9am. Get your tickets quickly because we are expecting them to move fast!

Get your tickets at grazethebench.com.

UPDATE: Saturday Tickets are sold out online and at all wineries. Some Saturday shuttle passes are available online and at Peninsula Ridge and Thirty Bench. 

Sunday Tickets and shuttle passes are sold out online. Sunday passes are sold out at all wineries. Some shuttle passes are available at Thirty Bench, Fielding, and Peninsula Ridge. 

Love the Bench

Every June we Graze the Bench, in February we Love the Bench.

The Beamsville Bench wineries feature special offerings over two weekends in February for you to come discover the beauty of the Bench in the winter. This year, wine lovers visited the Bench February 8 & 9 and 16-18 to partake in exclusive experiences.

At Peninsula Ridge, folks enjoyed delicious soups that were perfect for the cold, February weather. They featured a Chipotle Chicken Chowder paired with their 2015 Beal Vineyard Chardonnay and Black Bean soup paired with their 2016 McNally Vineyard Pinot Noir.

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Hidden Bench was featuring their classic Fireside Raclette that featured Upper Canada Cheese Company’s Niagara Gold with Yukon Potatoes, Double-smoked Canadian Pork Loin, and Cornichons paired with a glass of their 2017 Estate Riesling or 2013 Bistro Red.

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Angels Gate was showed off Sparkle and Ice with small bites created by Chef Judi, including Brie on a Crostini with Caramelized Pear, Butter Chicken, and a Cranberry Stilton Gourmet Biscuit that paired perfectly with their Archangel Chardonnay, Shine, and Snow Angel Riesling Icewine.

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While visiting Fielding you were able to indulge in oysters from Tide & Vine, and enjoy a glass of their wines that pairs with the oysters.

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At Rosewood, guests were able to Mix it Up! at an exclusive cocktail making class featuring the versatility of their Estate Mead and other local ingredients.

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Thirty Bench was offering their version of Table D’Hôte featuring a Forest Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tartelette, a Beef Bourguignon Slider, and a Mini Tropical Panna Cotta paired with their 2016 Small Lot Chardonnay, 2016 Winemaker’s Red, and 2016 Late Harvest.

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Tickets for Graze the Bench 2019 go on sale March 1 at 9am at grazethebench.com

Twenty Valley Winter WineFest 2019

It was a chilly weekend here in Niagara’s Twenty Valley during the Winter WineFest weekend on January 11-13, 2019, but it didn’t stop the crowds from coming out in droves to taste some of the areas best food and wine.

In addition to excellent food and wine, the festival also featured a fashion show, demonstrations, seminars and musical performances from local talents and Canadian headliners Ashley MacIssac, Coleman Hell, and Whitehorse.

Other features of the event included the Sparkling Dinner and Icewine Brunch prepared by celebrity chefs, Connie DeSousa and John Jackson of CHARcut Restaurant in Calgary. The Dillon’s and Bench Brewing After Parties were can’t miss shindigs. The annual Barrel Rolling competition and Icepuck Shoot Out were hits. And the fan favourite booth was awarded to Creekside.

There’s nothing more Canadian than a wine festival in the winter! Cheers!