All posts tagged: wine

Back to the County

We returned to Prince Edward County to visit a few wineries in the area. The county is one my favourite day trips from Ottawa. Our first stop was in Wellington to have lunch at the Tall Poppy Café. The town is quaint with small shops and 200-year-old buildings on the shore of Lake Ontario. Next we stopped at Rosehall Run winery for a few samples. We continued to Casa Dea Estates Winery and tried a beautiful white wine made from Melon de Bourgogne. This winery has an Italian restaurant and a patio overlooking the estate. It also offers visitors games of chess and pétanque. My favorite winery was Chadsey’s. The property is beautiful and it’s currently for sale. They only offered white and rose wines and an unexpected sparkling rose.    On our way back we stopped in Bloomfield for some much-needed ice cream.    Advertisements

Two Days in Paris

If you only have two days in Paris, skip the museum lines, slow down the pace and enjoy. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t need a vacation to recover from your vacation. Stop and smell the roses Paris has many gardens and parks and if you visit the city in spring (ideal time is May) everything is in bloom. Some of my favorite places to relax  are the Tuileriers and Luxembourg Gardens and Place des Vosges. Great for people watching too. Eat and drink your heart out No need to mention how good the food is in France so make it a point to try as many things as you can. Berthillon on Ile Saint-Louis has the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten. I recommend trying the chocolate and orange flavor (Gianduja a l’orange). Check out Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter. This street has mouth-watering fromageries, boulangeries and boucheries but also charming restaurants where you can have a three course meal without breaking the bank. We dinned on duck confit, …

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and the first stop on our recent trip there. The town is small (about 280,000 people) but trendy and cosmopolitan; it has designer boutiques, a castle on a hilltop, Roman ruins, Art Nouveau architecture, a gigantic park and a modern university campus all within 30 minutes walk from the train station.    The city’s Old Town is an area of pedestrian streets lined with beautiful architecture, restaurants and boutiques. On our first  evening in Ljubljana we had dinner in the Old Town at Špajza. We ordered Jakončič Cabernet Sauvignon with our dinner and I was impressed. This wine comes from the western part of Slovenia that’s known for its wineries. Unfortunately this is not sold in stores across Slovenia but only distributed to restaurants. One would have to take a visit to the Jakončič winery to get a bottle of this delicious Cab Sauv. The city is divided by the Ljubljanica River and the bridge leading to Ljubljana Central Market (Butcher’s Bridge) is decorated with key locks and interesting sculptures. The market has an outdoor area …

Prince Edward County Wine Tour

For the Canada Day (July 1st) long weekend, we decided to visit the Prince Edward County and check out some vineyards. We chose The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery mainly because we liked the menu options listed on their website. To get there we drove through the town of Picton and followed the Taste Trail west. Prince Edward County is beautiful this time of year with blooming fields and green pastures resembling a post card. Our experience at The Grange was great. This winery opened in 2004 and it’s the third oldest winery in PEC. While we were waiting for the wine tour to start we got to sample some of their wines. I really liked the 2011 Pinot Gris while my boyfriend enjoyed the 2007 Grange Diana Block Pinot Noir. The tour only took 20 minutes and we got to see the vineyard’s processing and storage facilities. After the tour we ordered a picnic basket for lunch and ate on one of the picnic tables overlooking the beautiful vineyard grounds. The pickled asparagus was delicious …

Don Julio Parrilla, Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires

Beef is popular in Argentina but not all restaurants serve a good cut of meat. Don Julio Restaurant is one of the best steakhouses I’ve ever been to. The place doesn’t start to happen until 9 PM. There’s an upstairs area, a type of balcony where you can get a great view of the place. The restaurant is rustic with cart-wheel light fixtures, wood panels and cow skin placemats. The most popular thing on the menu is bife de chorizo (sirloin steak) and of course that’s what we ordered. The steak is a main corse in itself, any other side dishes have to be ordered separately. The steaks are huge and juicy and the meat is tender. We heard how great Argentinian wine is so we had to try some. Without knowing too much about wine, I’ve picked the malbec Aguijon de Abeja (Bee Sting) and I was really impressed. I really recommend this wine with red meats. After you’ve finished the bottle of wine you can sign it and ask one of the waiters to put it …