67th Annual Niagara Grape & Wine Festival

Legends Winery participates in Niagara Wine Festival

Check out the 67th Annual Niagara Grape & Wine Festival. The Montebello Park Experience The 67th Annual Niagara Grape & Wine Festival  takes place at Montebello Park September 21-23 and 28-30.  The Montebello Park Experience includes 100 wines and 50 hours of music. In addition, food and entertainment is available. Best of all admission is free; although food purchases must be purchased with purchased tokens. Festival tokens may be purchased at the park. Special tickets are available for the Harvest Lounge and the Sommelier Wine Lounge. The Harvest Lounge will have specially chosen VQA wines and a charcuterie bar. The Sommelier Wine Lounge offers ticket holders an al fresco wine café experience where premium VQA wines and chef prepared food bites are available. Montebello Park will be open:
  • Fridays: 5pm til 10:30pm
  • Saturdays: 11am til 10:30pm
  • Sundays: 12Noon til 8pm
In addition to ...

Cahors: Your Favorite Wine For Fall

Cahors for fall Where I come from, fall is a relief. Summer is hot and humid and winter is long and unfriendly. Fall, most Midwesterners agree, is the best time of year when it comes to weather. It’s a short window of time, the truly kind season, so it’s common for people to fall into tradition to make the most of nostalgia and comfort. But we’ve got nothing to lose if we shake things up a bit — if we try new things. Like, perhaps, a new wine. Cahors (“kah-OR”) wines are made from malbec, a variety featured on wine lists around the world. It’s a marginal member of the classic Bordeaux blending crew (found more in Côtes de Bordeaux than elsewhere) and Argentine growers have embraced malbec in such a way that their treatment could be seen as a full-on revival. A dash is also grown in the Loire Valley. Called côt ...
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You Might Want To Take Notes: Wine Writers On Cahors

French wine, wineophiles, This month our French Winophiles group covers Cahors. It’s a singular wine region that works with a singular grape: malbec. Malbec is situated nicely, I think, in a position to satisfy most wine drinkers. It tastes great with many foods, comes in a range of prices and represents wine regions around the world. Though South American malbec hits the headlines lately, the origins of this dark-skinned varietal are actually in the south of France. Cahors is home to the original malbec. One of the oldest wine regions in France, this relatively small spot is situated along the Lot River in Occitanie. Curious to learn more? Follow the Winophiles Twitter chat on Saturday, September 15, 2018 with our hashtag: #Winophiles. These writers have prepared background stories packed with history, food-pairings and perspective. Join us in our chat and brush up on Cahors with the following articles: Rob from Odd Bacchus tells ...

5 Surprises About Greek Wine

Assyrtiko, Savatiano, Skin contact wine, orange wine, natural wine, wild ferment, Santorini, Papaginannakos It is a coincidence that I published a story on European island wines this week and here I am, writing about Greek wines today. A coincidence, sure, but a fortunate one. Nearly all of the regions I featured had an ancient connection to Greek wines. Santorini, obviously. But also Hvar and Lanzarote. Corsica and Sicily, them too. Much olden-day influence wrapped in mystery. So much has happened since the Greeks ruled the seas, so much has changed in culture and method — even Greece itself has transformed greatly. As recently as the phylloxera (a Greek word, by the way) outbreak in the late 19th century, Greece had to decide an identity, how to move forward. Like so many regions, they replanted with what would not only survive but also sell and worked toward the future. Some old ways were retained, some new cards were dealt. There are so many fascinating ...

Kosher Dessert Wine for Yom Kippur

Try Herzog’s delicious dessert wine for Yom Kippur or anytime.

After working and almost finishing an outdoor project last week, we decided to relax with a glass of Herzog’s Late Harvest White Riesling, Monterey County, a lovely dessert wine. For anyone observing Yom Kippur, this White Riesling should be considered as a wine for dessert. The wine is labeled kosher for Passover with kosher for Passover Mevushal. Herzog Wine Cellars Late Harvest White Riesling 2016 with 8.5% alcohol was a dark yellow color. The aroma with mineral notes also reminded us of peach pits. The taste was full-bodied with notes of ripe peaches and dried apricots. The wine was sweet but the acidity balanced the sweetness. The mouthfeel was velvety. During the aftertaste the wine dried in the mouth. This dessert wine had a residual sugar of 10.1% About Herzog Wine Cellars Herzog Wine Cellars is a large ...

Wine To Match The Trees: 15 Italian Reds for Fall

Italian Reds for Fall 1.jpg There is something about fall that whispers to our senses. We seek comfort and nostalgia in the smells and tastes of spice and bounty. We long for the cool air that where I live we call “sweater weather” and the feel of chill on our cheeks. We look, oh goodness we look, for the colors of fall — in some parts of America, they call this “leaf peeping”, an attraction that causes a migration from cities into the wooded areas of the world — looking for fall colors is a beckoning. Taking inspiration from the appeal, giving into that which we seek, let’s drink to the fall colors and highlight some red wines. Ideal for this season’s meals, many-layered and long-cooked, red wines from Italy offer everything we could want from a fall drink. Variety is the spice of Italy, and here are 15 fall reds for the fall season… ...
What does wine taste like? How to taste wine. Italian wine tasting.
A lineup of fresh summer wines from Umbrian and Lazio
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Gersing Cellars in Portland Produces a Nebbiolo Wine

Gersing Cellars is an urban winery in Portland, OR

Last week we enjoyed a bottle of wine with our eldest daughter who gave us a bottle of the Gersing Cellars Bri0 Nebbiolo Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard 2016. The dark ruby color wine was opaque. The wine offered an aroma of blackberries, currants, black cherries and sour cherries.  The mouthfeel was silky. The taste of black fruits included nuances of black cherries. This full-bodied wine offered medium to bold tannins. The wine finished with smooth tannins, mulberries and white pepper. This Nebbiolo wine was 14.6% alcohol The back label of the Nebbiolo gives some insights to the name of the wine. The label notes the pronunciation and definition of brio: “noun \ br?-( )ö \ Def: enthusiastic vigor; verve”. Gersing Cellars is located in Portland, the city’s SE region. This is a relatively new, up and coming urban ...

Around Italy With Red Wines For Fall

Red Wines for Fall
On the first Saturday of the month, a group of food, wine and travel bloggers post about a region or a wine varietal. For September’s event, we look towards the change of season with food and wine that celebrate cooler weather and the abundance of harvest. These wines can be from any region, based on your own experience and preference. We are looking for roundup lists, pairing suggestions, travel inspiration, producer profiles and any other story that highlights red wine from Italy this time of year. The Favorite Italian Red Wines For Fall #ItalianFWT event will be Saturday, September 1, 2018. The following posts will go live early that morning and you can follow along on a Twitter chat — using #ItalianFWT — from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT. Marcia at Joy of Wine reveals Lacrima – The Aromatic Jewel in La ...

Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Event in the Fall!

Ridgewood Winery

The Berks County Wine Trail, located in Pennsylvania’s south eastern region will be a delight for many wine and cheese lovers on September 29 – 30 and October 6 -7. On those two weekends, wineries and local cheese producers are offering the Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Event. Tickets are only $15 until September 28. Event tickets are available online. Each ticket includes two cheese and wine pairings available at each participating winery.  The cheeses are provided by regional dairies including: Farm Fromage, Wholesome Dairy Farms, Birchrun Hills Farms, Conebella Farms, Grube’s Dairy, The Smokehaus, and Valley Milkhouse.

Pinnacle Ridge Winery

The members of the Berks County Wine Trail participating in this delightful wine and cheese event include: Stonekeep Meadery
Manatawny Creek Winery
Stone Barn Cellars
Ridgewood Winery
Weathered Vineyards
Setter Ridge Vineyards
Calvaresi Winery
Deerfoot Winery
Stoudt’s Winery
Kog Hill Winery
Long Trout Winery
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Tipsypops, Wine Ice Treats for Adults

We’ve heard of the unusual, incredibly hot summer that Portland, Oregon has endured this summer. There may be temporary relief for the heat for those 21 or over. Tipsypop is the new alcoholic popsicle being introduced in Portland during the summer of 2018.  The Tipsypop includes a combination of natural fruit juices and wine. Currently four flavors are under production including: Grapefruit Frosé, Pineapple Granita, Tangerine Mimosa and Pomegranate Sangria. The Grapefruit Frosé is made with rosé wine. Sparkling wine is in the Pineapple Granita and the Tangerine Mimosa.  The final selection Pomegranate Sangria  is made with Pinot Noir. Each Tipsypop is made with a half glass of wine and each pop has 6.7% alcohol. The Tipsypop website suggests having the Tipsypops available at bars, corporate events, weddings, baby showers and BBQs. If you are looking for more details about Tipsypops, visit the Tipsypop website for contact ...

Cahors, The Original Malbec

The September event for our French Winophiles group centers around the region of Cahors. Here malbec is native (though it is called côt) with a history dating back to the 16th century. This email is an invitation to participate and/or mark your calendar for our Twitter chat on the topic of Cahors. We will cover the who, what and where of the region with suggestions, pairings, travel inspiration and more. No one walks away from a Winophiles chat without a long list of new things to try!
If you are a wine writer or blogger, this is your invitation to join in!
  • Contact me to tell me you’re in: Include blog URL, Twitter handle,  and any other social media details. If you know your blog post title, include that…but you can also send that a bit closer to the event. We’d just like to get a sense of ...

A Closer Look At Grower Champagne With Champagne André Jacquart

1er Cru, Grand Cru, Premier Cru, Le Mesnil, Sur Oger, Vertus
Grower Champagne, such as this exceptional bottle, from Champagne André Jacquart, is often terroir-driven. Credit: Jill Barth
Many consumers have become accustomed to assuming that the grapes for their wine somehow always grow in relation to the winery. While frequent wine drinkers learn differently very quickly, many folks that pull a wine off the shelf attribute all of the work to the name on the label. This is all part of the learning process, perhaps one of the most intricate points of understanding wine. I’ll keep it brief and very basic.
Sell Or Make
Wine grape growers work in vineyards around the world. In some cases the vineyard owner and his close associates (even family) work in the vines, in other cases the vineyard owner is a third party that hires out the care of the vines. Either way, when the grapes are harvested, the vineyard owner needs to make ...

Favorite Italian Red Wines For Fall

Next month I’m the host of the Italian Food, Wine and Travel (ItalianFWT) writers group and I’ve chosen the couldn’t-be-broader topic of Favorite Italian Red Wines for Fall. Red Wines for Fall
Italian Food, Wine and Travel
On the first Saturday of the month, a group of food, wine and travel bloggers post about a region or a wine varietal. For September’s event, we look towards the change of season with food and wine that celebrate cooler weather and the abundance of harvest. These wines can be from any region, based on your own experience and preference. We are looking for roundup lists, pairing suggestions, travel inspiration, producer profiles and any other story that highlights red wine from Italy this time of year. The Favorite Italian Red Wines For Fall #ItalianFWT event will be Saturday, September 1, 2018. Posts will go live early that morning and you can follow along on a Twitter chat ...

2018 Pacific Wine & Food Classic

DAOU winery in Paso Robles

The Pacific Wine & Food Classic takes place August 18 and 19. This event held in Newport Beach, CA will feature many wineries. regional chefs and restaurants. According to the International Food, Wine and Travel Writer’s Association, the festival was voted as one of the top 10 food and wine festivals. With food, wine, and beer on Newport Beach, what’s not to like? Just imagine enjoying the food and wine with music and ocean breezes on Newport Beach. 

The caves of Pine Ridge

Tickets for Saturday are $115 and Sunday tickets are $99. VIP tickets are also available.  More than 40 wineries will be attending the festival including several wineries Wine Trail Traveler has visited and written about including: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Rodney Strong, Pine Ridge Winery,  DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards, Mercer Family Vineyards, Robert Mondavi Winery, ...

Braised Baby Artichokes Tuscan Style

While I don’t have an Instant Pot™ yet, I thought that with the popularity of the Instant Pot™, many people would enjoy the recipe below for Braised Baby Artichokes Tuscan Style. At the end of the recipe serving suggestions include using the artichokes as a pizza topping, topping on pasta or as a first course. The recipe is from Ocean Mist Farms.  For those not familiar with preparing artichokes, the recipe includes a link to “How to Prepare an Artichoke.” Enjoy!
Kathy Braised Baby Artichokes Tuscan Style – Instant Pot Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 6 – 8 min. Ingredients
9 Ocean Mist Farms baby artichokes, rinsed & trimmed
½ cup dry white wine
Juice from one lemon
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp garlic salt
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup water
½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese HOW TO PREPARE AN ARTICHOKE > ...

What We’re Drinking Now: Chill White Wine from Spain and Portugal

Chill white wines. Perfectly refreshing but so much more. White wines from the Iberian Peninsula, abundant Spain and Portugal, are not only cooling and chill but also wise cultural ambassadors for their region.
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A selection of white wines from Spain and Portugal. Credit: Jill Barth
What these wines offer in terms of drinkability (especially in dog-days August) comes naturally, exhibitions of indigenous varieties calibrated by geographically-centered winemaking. Native yeasts, ancient methods, attention to detail and sheer craft enthusiasm make these wines serious contenders for top-of-my-list wines to drink. And wines to talk about — interesting helps, in our house, because we talk a lot about wine. My hubby and I work together on every meal that makes a showing on L’Occasion. To achieve our partnership, we talk a lot about wine and food. This week, as we worked on this post about Iberian wines I’m simultaneously publishing a piece on ...

Craft Wine at Tin Lizzie Wineworks

Photo by Tin Lizzie Wineworks

Tin Lizzie Wineworks just outside of Clarksville, Maryland offers a unique opportunity to make your own barrel of wine or to gather a few friends or relatives together to craft a quality barrel of wine.

Filling a basket press

Unlike most wineries that operate to produce and sell wine, Tin Lizzie Wineworks is a teaching winery where owner and winemaker, Dave Zuchero, teaches and guides wine enthusiasts to creating their own barrel of wine. At Tin Lizzie Wineworks the wine grapes are sourced from the best growers that Dave has for obtaining the grapes including the famed Stagecoach Vineyards in Napa, California. This year the available grapes from Stagecoach Vineyards include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Merlot. From our experience the grapes arrive in a refrigerated truck are in great condition. At Tin Lizzie, winemakers can choose to create single-varietal wines or blends.

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Visiting California this Summer? Discover these Wine Regions

Vineyards at Yorkville Cellars

In my last blog, I wrote about California’s Temecula wine region; however, California has many wine regions where wine enthusiasts can discover quality wines, view prolific vineyards and enjoy the ambiance of a variety of California winery tasting rooms. When planning your next visit to California, I suggest using a search engine to discover what wineries are available in your California destination. Also check out the California wineries we have visited and written articles about for Wine Trail Traveler. The wine regions list for California include these that we have visited:
  • Cucamonga Valley/Temecula/SanDiego
  • Lake County
  • Mendocino County
  • Napa
  • North Central VAlley
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • Santa Barbara County
  • Sonoma
  • Suisun Valley
Numerous wineries throughout the state are using sustainable farming methods in their vineyards. Sustainable programs in California include: California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), Certified California Sustainable Wine Growing, Fish Friendly Farming, Green Business Program, Lodi ...

Traveling to Temecula, California this Summer? Visit a Winery!

Vindemia vineyards in Temecula, California

If you are traveling to San Diego, Orange County or Palm Springs, you will want to be sure to visit Temecula Valley where the vineyards are prolific, the wines are delicious and the dining is awesome with eateries offering quick stops or full menus. While in Temecula Valley, save some time to visit Old Town Temecula with all of its historical ambiance. In 2018, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary.  While grapes have been grown in Temecula since the  1700s, it was in 1968 that Vincenzo and Audry Cilurzo planted the first modern commercial vineyard. In June the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association released a 50th Anniversary commemorative wine. This anniversary wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.  Enjoy visiting several of the more than 40 wineries in Temecula. The majority of wineries are easy ...

Visiting Oregon this Summer? Visit a Winery

The wine caves at Archery Summit in Oregon

Portland, Oregon is a delightful city to visit; however, there are many other areas of Oregon that are equally pleasant to visit. Our two favorite months to visit Oregon include August and September. No matter what time of year you visit Oregon, you will find wineries that are open and cater to visitors. Oregon is especially well known for Pinot Noir and and Pinot Gris. Amongst the many white grape varieties growing in its prolific vineyards are: Chardonnay, Gweürtraminer, Riesling and Semillon. Also be sure to look for Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel. Oregon’s wine regions include:
  • Willamette Valley (North and South)
  • Columbia Valley
  • Columbia Gorge
  • Walla Walla Valley
  • Umpqua Valley
  • Roque Valley and Applegate Valley
  • Eastern Oregon
Wine Trail Traveler has visited and written articles about many of the wineries in Oregon. These articles are available on the ...