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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Port Colborne Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival - 30 July 2011

Port Colborne's Canal Days are one of my favourite yearly events. This year the weather is spectacular and there are smiles all around.

For information on Canal Days, here is the info on Concerts, here is the Canal Days' Program.

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  As can be seen from the videos, Port Colborne was the place to be today. It is a beautiful city, come for a visit, you may stay. 
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Food Day Canada in Niagara on the Lake - Flash Food Mob - 30 July 2011

To celebrate Food Day Canada, the folks at Stone Road Grille decided to have a Flash Food Mob at 10:30 p.m. at the clock tower in Niagara on the Lake. How could I not go? 

So off we went with our trusty little camcorder and took a very dark video of the festivities. As you can see in the video, a good time was had by all.
  
Need I mention to our readers that food security is a serious issue and will be much more so in the future? If you want to have food in the future, start buying it from local sources now, and I don't mean supermarkets, I mean from the growers and their coops. Seriously, we must get on top of this issue.
 

Food Day Canada in Niagara on the Lake - Flash Food Mob - 30 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com
Chef Ryan Crawford and team
Food Day Canada in Niagara on the Lake - Flash Food Mob - 30 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

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Food Day Canada in Niagara on the Lake - Flash Food Mob - 30 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

Food Day Canada in Niagara on the Lake - Flash Food Mob - 30 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

Food Day Canada in Niagara on the Lake - Flash Food Mob - 30 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com


In case you didn't get the memo - in the future the issues of food, community and growers are inextricably linked on local level - the link is survival.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A visit to Foreign Affairs Winery - 27 July 2011

The Foreign Affairs Winery is located in beautiful Vineland, Ontario.

As can be seen in our video below, Foreign Affairs is mainly about amarone style wines. These wines are very interesting and we found them best enjoyed with appropriate foods and not sipping on their own.



Foreign Affairs Winery - 27 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

 


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The Foreign Affair Winery
4890 Victoria Ave. North, Vineland Station, Ontario L0R 2E0
Tel 1-877-262-7661



A visit to Alvento Winery - 27 July 2011

We visit with Bruno Moos, an owner and vintner at Alvento Winery in beautiful Vineland, Ontario. Bruno was kind enough to take us on a tour of his small but very well respected winery.



Alvento Winery - 27 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com


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Bruno Moos - Vintner

Bruno Moos - Alvento Winery - 27 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

 

We salute Bruno and Elyane Moos for their excellent winery and their philosophy on winemaking. We enjoy Alvento wines and have some in our own cellar.

 

Alvento Winery
3048 Second Ave. Vineland, Ont. L0R 2E0 
Tel 905-562-1212


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sunset Music Series at Charles Daley Park - 26 July 2011

We have had many requests about Charles Daley Park. Folks have asked about the scheduled performances, parking availability and what the park is like on weekdays.
If you want to see one or more of the performances at the Rotary Shell at the park, then arrive early to catch the 7 to 8:30 P.M. shows.  For a listing of the shows, go to www.SunsetMusicSeries.com .
 Here are a few of the upcoming events:

July 26
Party Band
Sandy Vine and The Midnights
August 2
Swing
Jimmy Marando Orchestra
August 9
Concert Band
Lincoln Concert Band
August 16
Jazz
TiannaH - Jazz With a Twist
August 23
Blues
Steve Burnside Blues Band
August 30
Classic Rock
Flat Broke


Here is a link for those who would like directions to Charles Daley Park.  The park is a favourite place for locals to watch sunsets but everyone should be aware that the park is locked and closed to vehicles at 10 p.m. Here are a few photos.

 

As can be seen in the photo above, there are free concerts on Tuesday evenings in July and August 2011 between 7 and 8:30p.m.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

A visit to Stratus Winery in Niagara on the Lake - 22 July 2011

Stratus winery is one of the larger wineries in Niagara on the Lake. 


Stratus Winerye - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

 



Stratus Winerye - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

 

Stratus Winery
2059 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Canada L0S 1J0 
Tel 905-468-1806 




A visit to Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara on the Lake - 22 July 2011

Southbrook winery has an architecturally remarkable building set beautifully in the landscape. It also has a nice cafe/restaurant and accommodation for events. 



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Southbrook Winery - July 2011 - Niagarawatch.com

Southbrook Vineyards
581 Niagara Stone Road, RR4, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, L0S 1J0
Tel 905-641-2548
www.southbrook.com
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A visit to Diamond Estates Wines in Niagara on the Lake - 22 July 2011

Diamond Estates has a smaller venue that you might wish to stop at if you are driving by.
Diamond Estates Winery - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com
 
Diamond Estates Winery - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com
Diamond Estates Wines
1067 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake,
ON L0S 1J0
Tel 905-685-5673
 
     
www.diamondestates.ca
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A visit to Hillebrand Trius Winery in Niagara on the Lake - 22 July 2011

Hillebrand Trius Winery is certainly one of the loveliest wineries in Niagara on the Lake. It's located in Virgil, which is a pretty little town, and it boasts one of the nicest looking restaurants. Unfortunately no-one was allowed to speak to me on video without an appointment.



Hillebrand Trius Winery - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

 
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Hillebrand Winery
1249 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 

A visit to PondView Estate Winery in Niagara on the Lake - 22 July 2011

PondView Estate Winery is owned and operated by the Puglisi family.

 The winery is quite new, although the family has been in the grape growing business for some time.  The owner, Lou Puglisi, was named Grape King by the Grape Growers of Ontario (an independent, self-governing, farming organization) in 2008 and inside you will see several photos of him posing with celebrities including Prince Charles, Peter Mansbridge, and Don Cherry (below).

 PondView site is a charming venue and you can enjoy and antipasto plate on the patio with a glass of excellent wine. 



PondView Estate Winery - Jully 2011 -  NiagaraWatch.com

 
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PondView Estate Winery
925 Line 2, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, L0S 1J0
Tel 905-468-0777


 

A visit to Reimer Winery in Niagara on the Lake - 22 July 2011

Reimer Winery is a tiny, family run business that is definitely worth dropping in on if you are in the area, if for no other reason then to meet them.  
Reimer Winery - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com


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Reimer Winery
1289 Line 3 Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario L0S 1J0
Tel 905-468-9417 

www.reimervineyardscottage.com
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A visit to Caroline Cellars Winery in Niagara on the Lake - 22 July 2011

Caroline Cellars Winery is more casual than many wineries as you can see from the photos and video below.



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Caroline Cellars - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com
 
Caroline Cellars Winery
1028 Line 2, PO Box 358 , Virgil, Ontario L0S 1T0 
Tel 905-468-8814


A visit to Joseph's Estate Wines in Niagara on the Lake - 22 July 2011

Joseph's Estate Winery is all about the owner  and extremely knowledgeable vintner and innovator, Dr. Joseph E. Pohorly. Joseph is a natural marketer and innovator. 

Joseph has introduced many  grape-related products as he mentions on the video. They have a very pretty place located Virgil just outside of the old town of Niagara on the Lake.



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Joseph's Estate Wines
1811 Niagara Stone Road (Hwy 55) RR 2, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario  L0S 1J0 
Tel 905-468-1259


A visit to Peller Estates Winery in Niagara on the Lake - 22 July 2011

Peller Estates Winery is one of the big operations, consequently no-one wanted to speak on video and they would not permit me to take any pictures of the inside (too bad). There was someone at the entrance who was a wealth of information and happy to talk (until she was called away to help someone else) and she gave me a card with the name of some I could call for an appointment.
That said, I can tell you it was beautiful inside and included fine dining, events, and more. There was a large gift shop that carried their wines along with the usual gifts I saw in most of the other wineries.

Peller Estates Winery - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.comcc

Peller Estates Winery - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

 

Peller Estates Winery - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

 

Peller Estates Winery - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

 

Peller Estates Winery - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com


 

Peller Estates Winery
2290 John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Tel 905-468-4678
www.peller.com

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A visit to Strewn in Niagara on the Lake - 22 July 2011

Strewn is both a winery and a cooking school in Niagara on the Lake. The folks there were very friendly but the wanted me to speak to someone (gave me a card) and they did not speak on video, although they did permit me to take some footage of their interior for you to see.

 

Strewn - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

  
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Strewn - 22 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com


Strewn
1339 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario  
Tel 905-468-1229

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A visit to Hinterbrook Estate Winery in Niagara on the Lake - 20 July 2011

We have received comments from our readers and viewers as to why we have not been visiting the Wineries of the Niagara Region. Truth be told, we were just too busy. My broken right ankle is a real impediment.



I was out for a drive to pick up some fresh fruit at Quiet Acres on Lakeshore in Niagara on the Lake and while driving along Lakeshore and I spontaneously decided to start with a visit to one of the newest wineries, Hinterbrook.



Hinterbrook Winery - 20 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com



Hinterbrook Estate Winery is a family owned and operated winery. They have a focus on quality wines that are made with a low carbon footprint and responsible chemical processes.



In the video, Phil Nickel is speaking about, the Hinterbrook Estate Winery, his family owned and operated winery.



Phil Nickel - Hinterbrook Winery - 20 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com




 

They have a 10 kw photo voltaic installation to reduce their carbon footprint and use geothermal heating and cooling systems as well in their facilities.

 

PhotoVoltain Installation - Hinterbrook Winery - 20 July 2011 - NiagaraWatch.com

 

We like both the people and their wines. NiagaraWatch hopes to be doing an in depth follow up of this and other wineries in the Niagara Region once we have done a cursory visit to most of them.

 

Hinterbrook Estate Winery

1181 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario  L0S 1J0 
Tel 905-646-5133





Retail store hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00-6:00, Sunday 11:00-6:00

 
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