Hiking, Grazing, Wine Tasting

Hike The Bench with Niagara Vino!
Hiking, Grazing, Wine Tasting

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Cynthia Silversides

Cynthia Silversides

Cynthia Silversides is an accredited Sommelier certified by both the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) and Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS). Passionate about great wine, food, and travel experiences, Cynthia is owner of Niagara Vino providing tutored wine tasting and tour services in the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario, Canada. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Last weekend marked the seventh annual Graze the Bench weekend in the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula wine region in Ontario, Canada. This is a relaxed weekend full of wine, food, and live music that keeps getting better with each vintage! It was a wonderful weekend sans rain for a change with stellar views over the benchlands through to Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline in the distance. With eight wineries to sip, savour and groove at, I suggest taking it all in with a full weekend pass, although daily passes were being offered this year also for one day of grazing on either Saturday or Sunday. A few of the many highlights:

Rosewood Estates Winery

Rosewood Estates Winery

At Rosewood Estates Winery grazers were wowed by the grooves of TiannaH & Jazz with a Twist. I sipped on the yet to be released 2013 Locked & Loaded, little brother to their big red wine Lock, Stock, & Barrel. You will want to get yourself some of this when released in August at the incredible price of $19.95!

Mike Weir Winery

Mike Weir Winery

Grazers at Mike Weir Winery had many places to relax and graze including their decks and this open space below the winery, all with a stunning view of vineyards and beyond with a glass of 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay or 2013 Cabernet Merlot in hand. Chef Mark Hand barbecued up Pingue Sausages served with Niagara Summer Slaw – so delicious with the shaved fennel.

Fielding Estate Winery

Fielding Estate Winery

Good times at Fielding Estate Winery rocking out with the JR Thornton Band while sipping on their 2012 Cabernet Syrah – a great place with a good view.

Touring wineries in the Beamsville Bench since 2005, Niagara Vino is celebrating the summer season this month with a 30% discount off its “Hike The Bench” tour through June 30th. This full day tour takes you on a leisurely hike along the Niagara Escarpment guided by an accredited sommelier with stops at four wineries for wine tasting and a gourmet picnic lunch in between. Book your tour this month at www.niagaravino.com!

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