Treat yourself to a real wine tour in 2015 – the kind with a bus, a guide and an itinerary. It’s worth the cost in terms of information, safety and pure enjoyment. Here are my top five reasons why to pay for the experience, at least for the first visit to a wine region.
1 No Designated Drivers
It’s hard not to swallow when you are tasting wines even if you are just taking a little sip, they add up. Designated drivers often succumb to the “just a taste” offers of their friends. The cost of an official wine tour is a fraction of the cost of a DUI charge and the consequences of losing your licence. Pay for the tour, and you will all have fun, learn a lot and come home with a Continue reading →
Step on the gas, don’t let Test Drive at Rosehall Theatre pass you by.
Rosehall Theatre has got to be one of the nicest venues to spend a summer evening. Theatre goers are on risers under a large canopy close to the stage with a back drop of acres of Rosehall Run vines. The play put on by Festival Players could be a disaster but you’d still enjoy the view. Which is why, when I was told I could exchange my opening night tickets to Test Drive for later in the season, I bet on the view.
The problem was that the lead actor had left the show and his replacement, Douglas Hughes, had only had six days to prepare to take his place. The director, Sarah Phillips, confessed to the opening night crowd, she had absolutely no idea how the show would go but we were to expect some ad-libbing, surprises and even the odd whispered cue. Continue reading →
As much as I love wine, I love good theatre too, so for the past two years, Colin and I have had a mini escape for a matinée at the Stratford Festival, two nights in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a wine tour, a performance at the Shaw Festival and some solo wine touring on the way home through the Niagara Escarpment. This year we brought our bikes to cycle the trails along the Avon and around Fort George.
The plays were King Lear with Colm Feore, incredible, and Arms and the Man, a delightful saucy comedy. The accommodations were Mary’s Street Bed and Breakfast, very affordable, with great food, a comfortable room, a private patio and extremely helpful owners. The restaurants, were the Stone Road Grille, and the Epicurean which both served interesting food at reasonable prices for the quality. The prices for a glass of wine were surprisingly high at both places.
Our half day wine tour was with Niagara Vintage Wine Tours this year. Their very large comfortable bus picked us up at the B & B and we were warmly welcomed by our guide, Gus Bagarozza. He provided us with a geological and social history of Niagara and a lot of information about the wine industry. A retired teacher, Gus is an amateur winemaker himself and so keeps up with what’s new in the industry while conducting tours. Our group included a combined family of seven from Canada and Ireland who were on their first ever wine tour and were there as much for the joy of spending time together as the experience of wine touring in Canada and a couple celebrating their 17 th wedding anniversary from Port Dover. Continue reading →