Fine Wine & Fresh Eats in Niagara Falls
We mostly ate in during our stay here. It saves us money and was a nice way to get to know our gracious hosts further. When we did go out, it was mostly for lunch when we were out and about. On our a day touring Niagara on the Lake and Welland Canal we stopped at Oast House Brewing, a newer restaurant about half way between Welland Canal and Lincoln, where we were staying. Since parking in the actual lot was full, we got a primo spot that added some major ambiance to the restaurant. I was surprised by how many people walked right up to Alfred’s car – some even try to get in it while we were eating! Their portions were slightly small for us, but very good. They also brew their own beer. Liz had a sour cherry beer with fresh Michigan cherries – it was on point!
The Niagara area of Canada is filled with vineyards! Their location and climate on the escarpment makes it ideal for wine making, and lucky for us…we love wine! We of course could have gone to more vineyards, but we were super happy with the ones we visited. Our first stop was Good Earth, an organic vineyard and cafe. To say it’s charming is an understatement. There are lights hanging from the gazebo, flowers and vines growing up and round the patio, quaint music, and farm to table menu that was delicious. It didn’t hurt that their Rosé was on point. It was literally the quintessential summer lunch.
Our next stop was Rosewood Estates Mead and Winery. Dennis has grown to enjoy and appreciate Meads, which is a fermented honey wine, from his time spent at Imperial and was excited about coming here. We dodged the rain inside the winery which extended our stay there a bit longer than planned. How tragic we had to stay longer and drink more wine, get a cheese board and a private tour of the fermenting room, rough life huh? They had a special batch of mead that froze on accident in transportation, which would typically ruin the mead. Instead of throwing it away, they got creative and decided to ferment it in old Heaven Hill Barrels which would add enough flavor to mend the frozen mead. It was delicious!
The next day we went to two more vineyards, Meglomaniac which was brand new and lavish. I felt like royalty as I stepped into their tasting room from a red carpet. Their wines were good, but their views were better. We had to take a picture to emulate the feeling of this place. I think we captured it pretty darn well if I do say so myself.
For lunch that day we went to another new vineyard and winery, Red Stone. Again the grounds were gorgeous. They spared no expense in building this. Bonus of this winery was their full kitchen and restaurant. They had great wood fired pizzas that are cooked super quickly and topped with whatever ingredient are fresh and in season. We loved both of our pizzas!