BLUEMIN' ACRES – NIAGARA'S BEST BLUEBERRY FARM AND OTHER WINE NEWS OF THE AREA
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON – Located on Line 1 Road, in the heart of wine country, Bluemin' Acres Farm grows the best blueberries in Niagara. Ed and Diana DeMarco's farm has 4 acres, that's over 10,000 blueberry bushes and also grows Tayberries, Red Currents, Saskatoon Berries, Gooseberries, Black Currents and Blackberries. Some of the berry bushes are over 30 years old, others 15 years old, and are still producing mouth-watering berries. Frozen berries are even available out of season for those who want to have the very best berries out of season.
Diana also sells home made jams, jellies and baked goods. All fruit is hand picked and packed by Mexican Mennonite family members who made Niagara their home 20 years ago. Visitors are even invited to have a tour of the farm to see first hand what makes the DeMarco berries so special. Hours of operation during the grown season are Monday to Friday 7 am to 5 pm, Saturday 7 am to noon, closed Sunday. There is no website or email – just call Diana DeMarco at 905 468 8162.
WINE SENSORY GARDEN NOW OPEN AT REIF ESTATE WINERY
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON – Reif Estate Winery invites you to participate in an exploration of their Wine Sensory Garden to contemplate the colours, aromas and flavours that are characteristically used to describe wines. This project was initiated in the fall of 2006 when Reif Estate Winery approached The School of Horticulture at Niagara Parks to design a garden interpretive of different grape varieties typically used to produce wines in the region.
Instructor Darren Schmahl chose to engage his graduating class to work with the winery staff in helping to select plants that would not only remind us of the colour of the wines but also the flavours and aromas commonly associated with different grape varieties. Riesling is interpreted in the light white wine section with plants that feature white foliage as well as apricot sage and honeysuckle representing the apricot and honey aromas that we associate with the wine.
For full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are interpreted with Chocolate Mint, Oregano, Patchouli (woody aroma), Staghorn Oak Geranium and Nasturtiums for their peppery flavours. These herbs and flowers are surrounded by plants with a deep rich burgundy leaves and remind us of the colour of the wine. Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Vidal Icewine are among other varieties represented in the garden.
Guests may stroll through wine garden enjoying a glass of their favourite Reif wine for a complete sensory experience. The garden is open 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. in season with best viewing June though September.
For more information contact Director of Retail and Promotions, Andrea Nelson. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
HARVEST THE GRAPES WITH HENRY OF PELHAM
St. Catharines, ON – Put your boots on the ground and join Henry of Pelham winemakers as they hand-pick fruit from the 2007 vintage. Live the life of a winemaker for a day and later drink the wine you helped to create.