The Bench refers to the Beamsville Bench on the Niagara Escarpment
The $25 passport include a crystal Schott Zwiesel wine glass, 1 food ticket and 1 wine ticket with additional tickets at $7 each.
1st Stop : Rosewood Estate Winery
2012 Mead Royale, 2011 Meritage & 2011 Mama's Block Riesling
As usual I love Rosewood white and this was no exception, I end up stocking up on quite a few bottles once again.... especially the Sussreserve ;)
Pastel de Choclo by Chef Rossy Earle
Chilean Meat Corn Pie ~ ground beef, pork & chicken w/ sweet olives, basil and corn crust
This was my 1st stop and my favorite stop of the day, love the wine and the food.... need I say that I love anything Chef Rossy made ;)
Paapri Chaat by Chef Joshna Maharaj
Indian Street Food ~ chickpea crisps w/ potatoes & chickpeas smothered in cumin yogurt (Vegetarian & Gluten free)
Both dishes have Chef's Rossi Diablo's Fuego Hot Sauce, so so so good.
TiannaH & Jazz with a Twist
2nd Stop : Angels Gate Winery
2010 Cabernet Shiraz & 2011 Mountainview Semillon
Margarita Pizza by Avello Wood Fired Pizza
3rd Stop : Thirty Bench
They have the prettiest and biggest tent here which is perfect to escape from the sun for a bit or the rain pour after.
Salmon Burger Slider by Tide & Vine Oyster Company
We waited over 20 minutes for this burger since it was too windy for their mini bbq but was worth it since it was rather juicy.
Bacon & Bok Choy wrapped Scallop Skewer w/ Maple/Ginger drizzle
4th Stop : Hidden Bench Vineyard & Winery
Oak Smoked brisket sandwich on rye w/ sweet & sour slaw
5th Stop : Fielding Estate Winery
This winery had the best vibe where people were dancing and bought picnic blanket to enjoy the view
2012 Estate Riesling & 2011 Cabernet Franc
Smoked Farmer Sausage Slider from August Restaurant
~ with pickled slaw and whiskey mustard on a buttermilk bun served w/ potato salad
Beth's (Almost) Famous Ice Cream Cake
Great view while enjoying the wine
6th Stop : Organized Crime Winery
2011 The Mischief & 2011 The Pipedown
Fell in love with their wine since I first had it in a restaurant and have bought quite a few bottles at the winery previously. In love with the Cabernet Sauvignon.
I am more than ecstatic that one of my fave foodtruck El Gastromundo Vagabundo (@elgastronomo) was there.... love how there was a wedding jar instead of the tip jar. Congrats!!!
Battered Cod Taco
~ pickled ginger sesame aioli, red cabbage slaw, fresh lime, Kurikake
Charcoal Grilled Chicken Skewer
~ w/ guacamole & hot smoked Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce w/ herb salad
7th Stop : Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery
2010 Arcanum & 2012 Wismer Vintage Sauvignon Blanc
Grilled Pacific Wild Salmon
~ on Grape Skin Sour Dough Bread w/ pea shoot, apple & arugula salad, Maple Syrup & Stone Ground Mustard Vinaigrette
Since there's still time, I just had to stop by at my fave local winery at Megalomaniac
As usual I enjoyed my day at the wineries and nothing beat good company, good food and wine