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Get Fresh in the Valley

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Get Fresh in the Valley

With spring in the air, Niagara wine country is getting ready to host one of its most popular passport events. Get Fresh in the Valley features the wineries of the Twenty Valley, each offering a wine tasting and delicious food pairing for guests.

This event is in the same spirit of organized touring that brought us Wrapped Up in the Valley in autumn, but features a fresh twist to get consumers excited about the summer of wine loving ahead. New vintages are already hitting the shelves, so the bounty of 2012 can be enjoyed. This time of year represents bud burst in the Niagara wine industry, so the sense of all things new will be alive at each location with the promise of another successful vintage ahead.

Your touring passport gets you more than wine and food – it gives you the opportunity to indulge in a few experiences along the way. First, the designated driver is well looked after at each stop with the inclusion of mocktails by Cherry Lane.  On top of that, Saturday passport holders will be able to stop by the Watering Can in Vineland to create a Fresh Flower European Arrangement for free between 8:00am and 5:00pm.


May 4th & 5th


Angels Gate Winery
2011 Gewürztraminer
Dashi-Poached Sea Scallop Salad with Wasabi Dressing on Greens

Aure Wines
2011 Rosé
Couscous Tabbouleh

De Sousa Wine Cellars
2011 Rosé
Balsamic Berry Salad

The Good Earth Food and Wine Co.
2011 Rosé or 2010 Pinot Noir
Barbecued Kasundi Wings

GreenLane Estate Winery
2011 Riesling
Spicy Mango Salad

Kacaba Vineyards and Winery
2012 Dry Reserve Riesling
Bistro Roasted Date with Pancetta, Spiced Almond Compoté served over Baguette Crostini

Megalomaniac – John Howard Cellars of Distinction
2009 Bravado Cabernet Sauvignon
Shrimp and Chorizo Sausage Risotto

Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery
2012 Wismer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Ontario Sweet Potato and Clam Chowder with Fennel Oil and Fleur de Sel Puff Pastry Cracker

Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery
2011 Gewürztraminer
Coconut Lime Chicken Stew with Rice

Tawse Winery
2011 Sketches Riesling
“Bacon and Eggs” Farm Fresh Tawse Egg,
Homegrown Gastrohomestead Pancetta with a Lil’ Salad with Confit Shallot and Verjus Vinaigrette

Thirty Bench Wine Makers
2011 Riesling
Slammin’ Salmon

Vineland Estates Winery
2010 Semi Dry Riesling
Marinated Calamari, Grilled on the Wood Fire BBQ, Red Pepper Romesco, Toasted Almond Slaw

13th Street Winery (Saturdays only)
NV Cuvée 13 Rosé
Sweet and Sour Couscous Salad

Calamus Estate Winery
2010 Gewürztraminer
Quinoa & Mango Salad with Curry Dressing

Cave Spring Cellars
2011 Gamay
Basil-Infused Olive Oil, Ontario Goat Cheese, Roasted Tomatoes and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Creekside Estate Winery
2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
East Coast Mussels with Garlic, Ginger and a Sauvignon Blanc Reduction

Di Profio Wines
2011 Riesling
Larb Gai and Som Tam (Thai Chicken and Papaya Salad)

Flat Rock Cellars
2010 Pinot Noir
Goats Cheese, Prosciutto, Pear and Arugula Bruschetta

Harbour Estates Winery
2011 Pinot Gris
Gourmet White Pizza

Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
2010 Family Tree White
Artichoke and Chorizo Sausage Barigoule Tart

Hernder Estate Wines
Cranberry Wine
Iced Cranberry Jelly and Soft Cheese on a Toasted Crostini

Rockway Vineyards
2011 Small Lot Reserve White Assemblage
Smoked Salmon Crostini

Stoney Ridge Estate Winery
Warren Classic Chardonnay
Pear and Pancetta Crisps

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
2011 Vidal
Savoury Rich Pâté on Sweet Crisp Meringues with Spiced Jelly

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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