My Niagara Easter Wine Hunt Continued….

When we woke up on Easter Sunday, the skies were grey and dreary.

Good thing my Easter hunt was for wine – I could spend my day warm indoors, sipping and swirling. If I was in a traditional Easter egg hunt, I would have been shivering outside, dodging rain pellets, praying the chocolate would not turn into a soggy, gooey mess.

I told you an Easter Wine Hunt is a much better idea.

So, hunting in Beamsville was our goal that day. I love the wineries out there, and there still are a few I haven’t visited yet. So we bundled up and headed out that way. It’s only about a half hour drive from Niagara-on-the-Lake, so we didn’t have far to go. Keep in mind, for an ex-Torontonian, a half hour in the car is a very short drive.

Our first destination? Fielding Estate Winery.

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A clean, contemporary, yet cozy space for winetasting. Beautiful views too – vineyards as far as the eye can see. I’m sure it’s a stunner in the summer and fall.

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The wines sure are stunners too. I have always loved the Fielding Viognier. But on this visit I also discovered the Red Conception and the Brut.

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So of course I added some to my Wine Hunt stash.

I also bought my Graze the Bench tickets, and I’m glad I did – tickets are going fast. This will be my first year attending, and from what I have heard, this is a fantastic event. Eight wineries are participating, and local chefs have matched up some pretty tasty food. These are not sample sized portions of food, however – these are full-size portions. Additionally, each winery will have live music to accompany the food, wine and festivity. Read the list of pairings, and get your tickets fast – it looks like they will sell out!

Given that it was Easter Sunday, some wineries were open, and some were closed. After a quick look on our phones to see what was open, we decided to head into Vineland. I wanted to return to what is quickly becoming one of my favourite wineries, Kacaba.

I feel like a parent – someone who shouldn’t have “favourites”. Honestly, I love all the wineries I have written about in a different way – and there are many to love down here. The thing that truly blows me away about Kacaba is twofold. First, they have some outstanding wines. And second, their customer service is phenomenal. Each time I have been there, they have treated me and everyone who crosses their threshold like gold. Each person is greeted and welcomed personally, taken through the winery and guided through a tasting. Many visitors seem to be regulars, and are warmly greeted by name. The staff seem genuinely happy to have you there, and are pleased to talk about and share their wines. I have experienced this on both busy and quiet days at the winery. The very first time I was there was on an extremely busy weekend, and they still gave everyone that level of stellar service. Even John, the winemaker, was there helping out on that busy day.

So I wanted Sharon to experience the fun and intimate winetasting at Kacaba. She too was totally amazed, and we had a great time there.

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When we arrived, Matt heartily greeted us and ushered us into the back.

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Where we delightfully got to tasting right away. Right out of the tanks, we got to taste the Unoaked Chardonnay. We also tasted the Sauvignon Blanc and the Rosé.

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His excitement about the wine was extremely contagious. But even without his enthusiasm, the wines themselves will excite you. They are extremely good. The Unoaked Chardonnay still has to be bottled, but I pre-ordered a case. I also got some Rosé-  it tasted like the essence of summer to me. Summer late weekend afternoons you will find me in the yard at Highbrook, glass in hand. Probably with a book too.

Then it was back out to the tasting room to try some of their remarkable reds.

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An in-depth tasting, comparing some different vintages, all our questions answered. Matt kept things fun and entertaining, but with lots of information packed in. And just when we thought we were done, out came the Icewine.

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Another first class experience at Kacaba. If you haven’t been yet, you really must go. Really.

By this time, Sharon had to get on her way, back to the big smoke. We were pleasantly full of Easter wine treats, and happy with the results of our hunt.

You may ask: “Seriously Jo, it’s Easter, and you didn’t hunt for chocolate?” Now even though I said I didn’t hunt for eggs, I still had chocolate. These days, I just have to forage at the grocery store for my stash of mini eggs. Easter wouldn’t be the same without them.

But I think the Easter Wine Hunt should become an annual event. Who wants to join us next year?