Taste the Season

November 4, 2016 to November 6, 2016
November 11, 2016 to November 13, 2016
November 18, 2016 to November 20, 2016
November 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016

Between the Lines, Château des Charmes, and more

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Taste the Season is Niagara-on-the-Lake’s must-do event in November! Celebrate the season’s bounty with locally inspired VQA wine and food pairings at each of our member wineries.

Click here to print a list of participating wineries and tasting details.


This $45 (plus HST) touring pass entitles you, the holder, to one VQA wine tasting and food pairing at each of our member wineries and is valid November 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27 – 11am to 5pm.

Transportation is not included but can be arranged with one of our official transportation partners.

Purchase Tickets


This $25 (plus HST) touring pass is valid for food offerings and non-alcoholic drinks only; limit one designated driver touring pass per purchase.


The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake encourage you to tour and taste responsibly. Please designate a driver who is not drinking and purchase one of our new Designated Driver Touring Passes (see Purchase Tickets for more details), or book with one of our local transportation partners. Click here for more information.

2016 Taste the Season Pairings

Please be aware that food pairings may contain peanuts and/or other tree nuts.
Between the Lines

Rindergulasch, Spätzle and Rotkohl – rich beef goulash, buttery noodles and wine braised red cabbage paired with Red Barn Cabernet Franc.

Palatine Hills Estate Winery

Home-style cooked meatball and sea salt pizzelle with Napoletana sauce and balsamic glaze paired with 2012 Cabernet Merlot.

Peller Estates Winery

Yorkshire Valley Chicken Pot Pies: braised chicken, tender vegetables, flaky crust and a Chardonnay cream sauce (vegetarian and gluten-free options available) paired with 2015 Private Reserve Chardonnay.

Château Des Charmes

Braised short rib wellington with green peppercorn aioli paired with 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown & Bottled.

Pillitteri Estates Winery

French Vidalia onion soup with thyme, Cognac croutons and 5 Brothers Gouda (gluten-free option available) paired with 2012 Viognier.

Pondview Estate Winery

Braised lamb and sweet potato Shepherd’s Pie (vegetarian and gluten-free options available) paired with 2013 Bella Terra Cabernet Franc.

Rancourt Winery

Oven-roasted pulled chicken taco grilled with Harvest Barn’s Peach Chipotle Sauce topped with a creamy slaw paired with 2015 Bon Bon Blanc.

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

Classic harvest stew of Redcoat braised beef and seasonal Niagara vegetables, topped with a flaky cheddar biscuit (gluten-free option available) paired with 2013 Sand & Gravel Redcoat.

Inniskillin Wines

East coast clam chowder (gluten-free option available) paired with Vidal Icewine.

Reif Estate Winery

Ruth Anne’s Sugar Plum Christmas Cookie (vegetarian option available) paired with 2015 Baco Noir.

Joseph's Estate Wines

Anglo-Indian chicken curry with pears and golden raisins in a coconut milk sauce paired with 2014 Chardonnay Musqué.

Small Talk Vineyards

Creamy herbed mushroom pie, topped with savory crumble and garnished with fennel (vegetarian option available) paired with 2013 “Faux Pas” Chardonnay.

Konzelmann Estate Winery

Baked Woolwich goat cheese and sweet basil tart with field tomato marmalade by “Escabèche” Restaurant at the Prince of Wales Hotel paired with 2015 Konzelmann Sauvignon Blanc Reserve.

Lailey Vineyards

Spiced pumpkin cookie topped with cream cheese frosting paired with Dry Late Harvest Riesling.

Stratus Vineyards

Pâte de Champagne with green peppercorn and “Whitty Farms” blackberries paired with 2013 Kabang Red.

Strewn Winery

Seasonal Sampler Trio: Balderson double-smoked cheddar; turkey & cranberry sausage; sweet potato & maple purée in phyllo cup (vegetarian and gluten-free options available) paired with 2013 Strewn Merlot.

The Hare Wine Co.

Buttery, sweet roasted carrot soup topped with fresh coriander (vegetarian and gluten-free options available) paired with 2015 Crown Land White (Riesling/Gewürztraminer).

Two Sisters Vineyards

Rabbit ragú on a parmesan polenta square paired with 2012 Eleventh Post, Niagara River VQA.

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