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Peller Estates, Niagara-On-The-Lake

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Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 
The Peller Estates is grand. It’s a cool mansion with a vineyard outside. The decor is contemporary but the vibe is nothing ordinary. People seem to enjoy being here. It was packed when I arrived at around 3pm on a Saturday afternoon.
 
Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 
The fireplace area is what greets you when you enter. It’s welcoming and cozy.
 
Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 
The store and tasting room is where it is most packed. Guests line around the bar for samples. From the store window I spied people gathering and laughing on the patio. It sounded like fun so I quickly meandered and looked for the doors leading towards the vineyards.
 

Spotted: Giant Ice Wine Marshmallows !!

Giant marshmallows spiked with ice wine were on offer to purchase. People were roasting them on open fire pits with different levels of success. The tasty treats were melting too fast if roasted too close to the fire. It was a glorious and tasty mess everyone was creating !!
 
Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 
Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 
Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 
Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 

Back at the Tasting Room:

I sampled two ice wine and one table wine. I usually don’t like red wine because I hate the acidity. The server assured me that the 2014 Gamay Noir is different. He explained that the Ontario area has the best climate for growing grapes. The summers are mild so the grapes can stay longer on the vine thus creating a fruitier wine. The winters on the other hand are extremely cold which is best for ice wine because it’s harvested eight degrees below zero when it’s sweetest.
 
The two ice wine I sampled were superb. The Oak Aged ice wine was like liquid creme brulee. The Cabernet Frac ice wine was recommended to me because it’s more rare to produce red ice wine than white.
 
Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 
Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 
Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 
Peller Estates Winery, Niagara On the Lake
 

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