Girls Just Wanna Have Wine!

One of the advantages of living in Niagara Falls is the abundance of great wineries that are just down the road.  It’s always fun to roam the wine region with my hubby however sometimes a girl needs a BFF to share an adventure with.  My inner silliness get’s unleashed when I’m with those friends that know me best.

So let’s recap one fun wine weekend with my BFF Laura.  Graze the Bench is an annual event that takes place in early June.  Not only was wine involved in this adventure, food was also a strong co-star….or star as the case may be.

Our day began at Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery and what a great start it was!  The grounds and vineyard are stunning and you definitely feel some old world charm here.


We could hear some great tunes coming from the Coach House so we headed over to start our first sample.



Who knew that we were about to enter through the doorway to heaven! The place was bustling with excited winos with glasses in hand…..let the grazing begin! I sampled the braised lamb shank with forged mushroom strudel and micro green salad.  Accompanied by a lovely red of course!  So it begins where I dig in and then realize I didn’t take a picture of the food!  You know you have a good friend when you whisk away her plate of goodness to get the right shot.  This is a risk you accept when you go out with a friend who is a foodie/blogger!

Lamb Shank


Of course no trip to a winery is complete without visiting their showroom to purchase a bottle (or 3) and check out what other treats they offer.


It was time to head to our next stop which was Rosewood Estates Winery.  The vineyard was beautiful and I couldn’t resist capturing the view.


Chefs Patrick Engel and Mike McColl were working hard to meet the demand of the hungry grazers!


It was a tough decision but we went with the fried chicken sandwich which had the perfect crunch to soft bun ratio.

Little did we know that we were heading to party central!  There was some fantastic entertainment and many people were dancing up a storm.

I was very taken with the wine labels on many of their bottles and decided to do a bit of a photo shoot.




As we were heading back to the car I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this bee.  Rosewood is also known for beekeeping, honey and beeswax candles.  It should also be noted that they are pet-friendly so feel free to bring your furbaby for a visit.


Our next stop was Angels Gate Winery.  Many of the bench wineries have beautiful views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline on a clear day and this winery was no exception!


There is also a lovely terrace where you can enjoy wine by the glass and wood oven pizza on certain days.  I decided it was the perfect spot to showcase the Rosé and Cab Merlot we purchased.


The awesome Smokin’ Buddha was cooking up a storm and allowed me to step into their truck to get some shots


We were having such a good time that nothing could rain on our parade but we did see some dark clouds rolling in.  But seriously, what better place to be during  a storm than at a winery right?  So we jumped in the truck and headed to our next destination while trying to stay ahead of those dark clouds!

Just as we we were pulling into Hidden Bench the skies opened up and it POURED!!  We were stuck in the truck for a good 15 minutes but after the rain subsided I was able to get some beautiful shots of some baby grapes and the vines

Baby Grapes



Unfortunately, we were now racing against the clock to get to our last stop so we didn’t have a chance to sample the wine or food.  We will be back again though!

Our final stop was Mike Weir Winery.  We arrived after 5pm so the Graze the Bench food and wine was no longer available.  However we still had time to check out the tasting room and back patio where the view was absolutely stunning!


All in all, it was a fabulous day and we would highly recommend a visit to all these wineries and Graze the Bench 2017!  Even our bully Max approved of our wine choices and was particularly fond of this one.




~Lianna Carlyle

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