Nigara Falls and winery
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October 5th, 2006 – by: portia
It's a pretty long drive, about 2 hours, going through Toronto from the east, around Lake Ontario on its west shore and crossing a canal linking Lake Erie and Ontario, we arrived at Niagra Falls a little after noon. Our hosts Amy and David had not been here a few years and were amazed at the new hotels which sprang up along the hill overlooking the falls. We parked and walked toward the thundering falls, and a big mist which was water blowing from the falls. At times, people would get quite wet! We got a great view of the Horseshoe Falls, and could see the "Maiden of the Mist" tour boat with people wearing blue rain coverings just below the falls.
Afterwards, we drove along the Niagra River, to the small and charming town of Niagra-on-the-lake, Where we had a very good lunch at one of the local restaurants.
Our next stop was a winery, this one called "Peller Estates" nearby. It turned out that the geography around the lakes here formed a good environment for grapes and wineries are aplenty. The country side is very pretty, and wineries all seemed to have grand chateaux now. We did some wine tasting, and ended up with some special "ice wine". Not being all that knowledgeable, this was the first time I had tasted the "ice wine", the grapes have to be left on the vine in the winter, to be picked at -10C, and squeezed while the grapes are still frozen. The ice wine is a very sweet dessert wine, but it also has many flavors, not just sweet. The one we got had some flavors of Lichee and other fruits. Very good, and expensive, but we didn't like the most expensive ones, so sometimes it doesn't make sense to just go with the price.
We headed back to Toronto and had really bad traffic (which seemed to be quite normal for locals), and joined my college friends for a small reunion, we had dinner at a Chinese restaurant, but I don't remember much about the food, because I haven't seen these friends for more than 30 years! And we had a lot to talk about.
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