Whether you’re single or in a relationship – it doesn’t matter because Valentine’s Day is also a day to celebrate the people you love…and that most definitely includes your favourite gal pals! After gifting your besties homemade bath bombs (see last week’s post), now is the perfect time to plan a little GALentines Getaway. While we’re all about celebrating the love, when you’re with the girls, it’s also all about that WINE! We took our love for wine to the next level and planned the ultimate girls getaway in the wine county at Niagara on the Lake to do a little tasting, pairing and sharing.
FIRST STOP: PELLAR ESTATES
Although we have been here quite a few times for their annual DELICIOUS Food Truck Event, we decided to do a little tasting around and feed our chocolate cravings with their “Vino & Cocoa” pairing. WHO KNEW that wine and chocolate would make such a perfect combo? Not only were we fascinated to see how a variety of chocolates surfaced a different taste with each paired wine, but we all became obsessed with the personal brûlée torch. And, yes, we all went home with one.
NEXT STOP: TRIUS WINERY
Besties always add a little more sparkle to your life… and so does Champagne! Our stop at Trius included a little tour called Tasting Stars, where we learned all about the process of making bubbly and how to “chew” bubbles. Let’s just say we didn’t know you could chew sparkling wine, but its definitely a thing! With a little love and help from our favourite wine tour guide, Lynda, we were able to plunge into the bubbles and get a few hosting tricks as well! If you do get a chance to go, we highly recommend her!
BACK TO PELLERS WE GO!
‘Tis the season for Ice Wine! We ended our wine tasting with the 10 Below at Pellers Estates in their ice room. The whole room – the walls, bar, the shelving – all ice! We got a little background on what goes into the process of making of ice wine, and were able to sample a few of their features which were trés delish!
Our fave: CABERNET FRANC ICEWINE 2015!
FUN FACT: A NORMAL BOTTLE OF WINE TAKES ABOUT 4 BUNCHES OF GRAPES, WHEREAS ICE WINE TAKES 40 BUNCHES! NATURALLY FROZEN AT -10 DEGREES CELSIUS, PRESSED FROZEN, THE GRAPES RELEASE ONLY ONE DROP OF PURE EXTRACT! CRAZY RIGHT?
After sleeping off all the wine, we enjoyed a delicious a breakfast at Queen’s Landing with an even better view of the Pier! On route home, we made our last stop for the weekend… yes one more winery!
LAST STOP: THIRTY BENCH
What was supposed to be a Snow Shoe Wine Tasting, ended up turning into a Winter Hike around the vineyard! We tasted various wines, the Rosè being our fave! What we loved about this tour was the cup of soup they gave to us at the end! Made from a little nearby bakery, it was the perfect way to wrap up our chilly weekend!
With great wine, there is always great company!
Hope this gives you a little inspiration to give yourself and your special ladies a little treat this GALentines Day! If you have any great ideas to spend GALentine’s Day, please comment below!