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Reserve a wine-cheese pairing experience at Blueberry Hill

Blueberry wine cheese

The wine and cheese pairing experience is one hot ticket at Blueberry Hill Estate Winery! Good news is, you can message them on Facebook or Instagram or use the contact page on their website to reserve a spot at their table.

Enjoy a flight of three wines/ciders thoughtfully paired with three Canadian cheeses by Dover Cheese Shop. This experience will be led by one of Blueberry Hill’s wine experts who will guide you through each pairing and share why the wine and cheese complement each other so well. You’ll gain deeper understanding of various products while learning the basics of wine and cheese pairing so that you can replicate this experience at home. Reservations required.

More here.

10th Anniversary Celebration

On June 6, 2019, the Ontario South Coast Wineries & Growers Association (OSCWGA) celebrated its Tenth Anniversary at Burning Kiln Winery. Speakers included Nick Vranckx, OSCWGA president, Mike McArthur, founding president, Clark Hoskin, director of tourism and economic development for Norfolk County, and Nick Kinkel, agricultural economic development specialist with OMAFRA.

Winery of the Month: Wooden Bear L Winery Inc.

Wooden Bear Winery

Located in the heart of Ontario’s Garden, Wooden Bear L Winery is well known for their award winning fruit wines and cider. Run by Kim and her friendly staff, visiting the winery is always a pleasure.

Their winemaking philosophy is to produce small batches of product using locally sourced ingredients and less abrasive procedures to retain and enhance natural flavours, aromas, colours, and textures — which is reflected in their award winning Bear Claw Hard Cider. It is a traditional English dry cider that’s clear with intense apple aromas. A popular hit among the locals. Another one of their most popular wines is Gala. Made from Gala apples, it is dry yet smooth, featuring the strong apple and citrus flavours the fruit is known for.

With a glass of wine in hand, the gazebo is a great place to relax and mingle with friends. From here you can see the orchards and farms behind the winery, enjoy the beautiful weather, or even catch a movie playing outdoors. The winery also sells seasonal fruit and produce fresh from their farm as well, so it’s well worth the trip to come back frequently to see what’s available and have a chat with the staff.

Winery of the Month: Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery

Nestled among the picturesque farmlands of Waterford, Bonnieheath Estate is a scenic rural retreat with the sophistication of an estate winery. Upon entering, you are greeted by their friendly dog Lucy, and immersed in the soothing scent of lavender. Wandering through the winery, an assortment of wines and ciders are displayed with locally made products such as jewelry and soap featured throughout. Despite being a tiny room, the lavender boutique’s stark contrast to the rustic feeling of the winery is an experience in itself. From floor to ceiling, lavender products are beautifully arranged on their shelves and tables showcasing bath and body products, culinary products, candles, essential oils, and many more hidden gems. Time almost seems to slow down as one carefully examine each product and breathe in the smell of lavender in the air.

Stepping out of the lavender boutique, you return to reality completely refreshed. The bar is staffed with friendly and knowledgeable employees, making the wine tasting an even more delightful experience. Their Lavender Gris is a unique dessert wine. It has a wonderful lavender aroma, with a delicious honey flavour. With a fuller body compared to their Lavender Ice wine, the Lavender Gris feels like a warm hug, presenting a full body experience when tasting the wine.

In stark contrast to their wines, Folkin’ Hard ciders have a refreshing kick that complements the chuckle that comes with the punny name. Using apples grown in their own orchard, four ciders are created. In the Face is an off-dry, refreshingly light cider, with a kick that is true to name. Cherry Pickin is a semi-sweet apple and cherry cider that is pink in colour. Aside from these two mainline ciders, both seasonal ciders are truly unique, featuring tart and sweet flavours with hints of maple and lavender respectively. Available from March to May is their Sweet Lips strawberry maple cider. For blueberry and lavender season, True Blue blueberry lavender cider that was launched on Canada Day 2017.

With a glass of wine in hand, it’s time to take a leisurely stroll through expansive lavender fields, vineyards, and orchards. Bonnieheath is also a part of Norfolk County’s ALUS program. As a part of this program, native prairie grasses and wildflowers are planted to promote wildlife biodiversity and maintain a wetland on their property. When you talk with Anita, one of the owners of Bonnieheath, she highly recommended visitors to take a walking tour of the property. After exploring the farm, a bowl of delicious lime, lavender, and blueberry sherbet while watching the sunset on their deck is the perfect way to end such an eventful day at the winery.

There is always something to do at Bonnieheath, look forward to their annual LavenderFest and many events throughout the year!

Inside Inasphere Wines

This past Saturday, the OSCWGA was visiting Inasphere Wines, to check out the store and enjoy the views from the Muskoka chairs.

The environment at Inasphere Wines is amazing. The views from the Muskoka chairs were beautiful, and you could even see a clear view of Turkey Point, all the way over to Long Point. But if you look just down the hill, you can see a clear view of the Inasphere vineyards!

Inside the Inasphere retail store, you can immediately sense the ambience and the setting is just perfect. Inasphere also offers a patio just out front of their retail store, which provides a shaded view for those looking to sip and taste. Inasphere has a vast variety of wines, from dry Riesling to Cabernet Franc, Inasphere has a wine to fit anyone’s palate.

Winery of the Month: Blueberry Hill Estates Winery

Also located on St. Williams’ Front Road at Norfolk County’s oldest commercial blueberry farm is the beautiful Blueberry Hill Estate Winery. It is family owned and operated, the farmhouse converted into a charming, rustic retail store. Inside the farmhouse, there is a wide assortment of products to browse through. Here, you can browse through their selection of fruit and grape wines and ciders, followed by farm preserves, locally-sourced artisanal goods, and Hounds of Erie ciders. Beyond the store is a cute cafe, offering homemade baked goods (the blueberry crumble is to die for), coffee, and tea.

Winemaker Nick Vranckx’s winemaking philosophy is to let the fruits true character speak out through minimal intervention in the cellar. Their signature Blueberry wine embodies his vision perfectly with its peppery flavour and blueberry notes. The Vidal-Blackberry Fizz is a fun and refreshing sparkling wine, perfect on its own or to mix into a cocktail or sangria. It has a enticing berry aroma, sweet fruity flavour that finishes crisp and citrusy from the vidal in it that leaves you wanting more.

Aside from the winery, there is a flourishing seasonal farm market for visitors to purchase farm fresh or locally-produced goods such as baked goods, blueberries, blueberry honey, maple syrup, salsa and relishes, jams and jellies, pickled vegetables and more! In the summer they also have a pick-your-own program, a popular activity among visitors. Whether it be a relaxing in their cafe or patio, taking a golf cart tour of the vineyards or orchards, or leisurely browsing through the farm market, there is always something to do at the winery.