Day 1 - Saturday, October 22:
Meeting point: The Old Stone Inn, Niagara Falls
Board bus: 10:15 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. departure
We’ll begin our wine adventure today with a visit to Big Head Wines (http://www.bigheadwines.ca/
) in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here, the Lipinski family will open their doors a bit early this morning for a private tasting exclusive for our Opimian group. This winery is renowned for its Appassimento wines (using kiln-dried grapes). Small batch and artisanal are the operative descriptors at this winery whose bold reds can be found on wine lists at the best restaurants in Ontario.
12:30: depart for Southbrook Vineyards
Here at Southbrook (http://www.southbrook.com/
), we’ll first enjoy a light lunch of salads and sandwiches. A structured tasting will follow and with this we’ll learn about Soutbrook’s respect for the soil, water and ecosystems upon which their wines rely. This is a property that is certified organic, owned by Marilyn and Bill Redelmeier, the “biodynamic duo”. Their wines have won copious awards and
accolades and we will get a chance to taste four of their premium selections.
3:00: depart for Between the Lines Family Estate Winery
Between the Lines (http://www.betweenthelineswinery.com/
) is making a name for itself with its cold-climate wines, particularly the Lemberger. The Wertsch brothers have adopted a bold, youthful approach to wine making and this is our opportunity to learn their history, taste their product and get to know these innovative young men. We’ll spend some private time with Greg, the economist, then with Yannick, the winemaker, as we taste wines that surprise the skeptics!
4:00ish: depart for The Old Stone Inn
Check-in and time to relax before dinner.
6:30 p.m. hors d’oeuvres
In the Earl Grey Room, we’ll gather for hors d’oeuvres and a selection of Opimian wines.
7:15 p.m. dinner
The Inn’s Chef Diego will prepare a four-course menu for us to enjoy with a selection of six wines from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. After dinner, enjoy live music in the 1904 Lounge or walk to the casino to try your luck!