Ice Wine Festival – January 2015

Canada is one of the few countries in the world that has the varying climate be able to produce Icewine.  The Niagara Region has been making Icewine since 1984 and has perfected the art of Icewine production…. If you have not been lucky enough to try it yet then the Niagara Icewine Festival 2015 is the perfect chance!

With over 30 wineries to choose from, each of them pairing a selection of their delicious Icewines with a specially created food.  The experience combines culinary excellence with the delectable dessert that is Icewine itself!

Grape Escape Wine Tours  provide a “Designated Driver” service so you can fully enjoy all of the amazing, award winning Icewines available to sample without the worry of having to find your way between wineries, and so you can try as many wines as you like!  Let the friendly and knowledgable guides escort you on your day to ensure you get the most from your trip to Niagara on the Lake.

GRAPE ESCAPE WINE TOURS offers transportation between 11am and 5pm on the days of the event and all transportation services include pick-up & drop-off from BROCKAMOUR MANOR.

Each “Discovery Pass” gives the holder 8 sample vouchers to visits 8 different wineries for the Icewine & Food Pairings.  We can purchase the Discovery Pass for you or if you already have it you can just book the transportation.


$69 + Tax per person     – Transportation Only

$109 + Tax per person   – Transportation & Icewine Discovery Pass

Dates of Event : January 9th – 11th, 16th – 18th, 23rd – 25th

Call us at 1-905-468-5527 to book  or email for more information

OLiV Pig Roast at Hinterbrook Winery



FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The OLiV Chef’s are creating another fabulous OLiV in the Garden night at Hinterbrook Winery. OLiV Head Chef Rob Webster and his team have selected some of our fine Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar to create a tantalizing flavour to perfectly pair with Hinterbrook’s excellent Pinot Noir. In celebration, Hinterbrook will be offering its Pinot Noir by the glass at a reduced cost of $7.00 for this occasion only.
Invite your friends, family, guests or just come out yourself for some fine food and wine in the garden. And, there is no extra charge for the stimulating conversation! What a great way to end the week. We look forward to seeing you there.
Menu includes:
Pulled Pork on a Bun with side salad… (pairs with Hinterbrook Pinot Noir) – $10.00 + HST
Hinterbrook Pinot Noir by the glass – Special Roast Price – $7.00 + HST

Canada Day – July 1st

Canada Day


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Come celebrate Canada Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort George with special events planned throughout the day. Festivities begin with a pancake breakfast put on by the Friends of Fort George in Simcoe Park. Watch as the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps leads a giant birthday cake decorated by Willows Cakes & Pastries down Queen Street to Simcoe Park.

Admission at Fort George is free on Canada Day! Join in for music, muskets and artillery demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, music and fireworks in the evening!
Canada Day Schedule

8:00 am – Friends of Fort George Pancake Breakfast in Simcoe Park
12:00 pm – Rotary Club of NOTL BBQ lunch in Simcoe Park
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Kindred playing in the bandshell in Simcoe Park
3:00 pm – Giant Cakewalk Parade downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake
6:00 pm – Friends of Fort George BBQ dinner inside Fort George
6:30 pm – Evening programs begin at Fort George
10:00 pm – Fireworks at Fort George

Call 905-468-6621 (Friends of Fort George ) for more information.

Tapas & Wine – The Perfect Pair

Hinterbrook Winery…. Tapas in the Garden… Perfect!

In Niagara-on-the-Lake this weekend?  Why not stop by Hinterbrook Winery between 5PM and 8PM to sample amazing VQA wines paired perfectly with delicious food prepared by OLiV!

The night of Friday, July 13th begins at Hinterbrook Winery with OLiV preparing delicious Tapas dishes which will pair great with the stunning wines from Hinterbrook Winery…. There will also be entertainment which is sure to make a perfect evening!

Normally it’s known as Food Truck Fridays, however OLiV is up for the challenge to prove they don’t need wheels to provide delicious food!  See below for the menu selection that will be available and be sure to stop by… we know we will!

Prosciutto Wrapped Jalapeno Bombs $7.95

Prosciutto wrapped Jalapeno Peppers stuffed with OLiV Fig Balsamic Goats Cheese.

Served with a Jalapeno & Fig Aioli on a Nest of Young Greens.

Fabulous Favoloza Caprese Salad $8.95

Fresh Red & Yellow Vine Tomatoes paired with Fresh Bocconcini Cheese,

OLiV Favoloza EVO Oil & OLiV Black Walnut Balsamic.

Lobster Cakes with Zesty Lemon Aioli $9.95

Lobster Cakes made from Real East Coast Lobster pan-fried in OLiV Butter EVO Oil to

golden brown. Served with a Zesty Lemon Balsamic Aioli on a Baby Arugula Salad.

Smokey Blue Cheese Steak Sandwich $11.95

Thinly Sliced Steak marinated with OLiV Garlic EVO Oil & OLiV Smoked Balsamic sautéed with

OLiV Espresso Balsamic roasted Mushrooms & Onions topped with English Stilton Blue Cheese.

Honey & Sesame Ginger Pulled Chicken Ciabatta $12.95

Tender White Meat Chicken Breast slow cooked with OLiV Honey Ginger & Sesame Ginger White Balsamic. Served on a Ciabatta Bun with Brie Cheese & Caramelized Fig Balsamic Sweet Onions.

Vegetarian Option: Choose Grilled Vegetables (Eggplant, Zucchini, Peppers) instead of Chicken.

 Lemon Cream Torte $7.95

Fresh Lemon Cream filled Sponge Cake

Served with OLiV Raspberry Balsamic & Blueberry Coulis.

Balsamic Blast $2.75

Choose Flat or Sparkling Water to pair with any of OLiV’s White Balsamics

This is a delightfully refreshing summertime drink!

Market at the Village

Will you be visiting Niagara on the Lake this year??

If so, why not head down to the “Market at the Village” to sample great local food, wine, beer, and entertainment!

The “Market at the Village” SuperMarket kicked off in style this week on May 21st and will continue each and every Wednesday evening right throughout the Spring & Summer.  The market opens at 4.30pm and continues through until dusk each week.

The market features over 20 food vendors, artisans & farmers all with delicious foods & fresh produce to purchase and sample.  The night would also not be complete without live entertainment featured on a weekly basis, along with representation from local wineries and breweries to quench your thirst on those soon to be warm and sunny evenings!

As well as the SupperMarket on Wednesday evenings, there is also a Farmers Market every Saturday morning between 8am and 1pm.  At the Farmers Market you can find local farmers, bakeries, jams & jellies, pickles, ice-cream, farm-to-table lunches, along with gourmet tea & coffee.

The “Market at the Village” is a great way to spend a Wednesday evening, or a Saturday morning sampling the best niagara has to offer!

Always something exciting going on in Wine Country!

Coming soon at Pillitteri Estates Winery…..

“Pop-Up Patio Series”

Each & Every Friday throughout June, July & August 2014!

Why not head across to Pillitteri Estates Winery on a Friday in June, July & August where you will find local Chefs serving up their summer specialities between 11.30am and 3.30pm!  Of course there will be amazing VQA wines to pair with the delicious food that is prepared!

Chefs include….

  • Chef Jason Dobbie of Niagara’s Finest Inns
  • Chef Colin Goodine from The Chop House Burger Bar & Gooddine Catering
  • The Tide & Vine
  • El Gastronomo Vagabundo
  • The Stone Road Grille (Rest To Go Go on the Patio)


Don’t Miss It!!

For more details including the complete schedule of Chefs check out the following link….

1696 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara on the Lake, L0S 1J0

Telephone    905-468-3147


Sip & Sizzle – New Wine Event – May 2014

Sip & Sizzle – May 2014!

Spring is finally here and BBQ season is almost upon us!

Why not join us on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in May for the BRAND NEW event here in Niagara on the Lake..

“Sip & Sizzle”

Each of the 26 participating wineries will pair a unique, gourmet grill inspired food with one of their amazing VQA wines!

To make sure you can enjoy all of the amazing food & wine that is offered thoughout this event Grape Escape Wine Tours are an official “Designated Driver” partner!

Transportation services include;

  • Return Transportation from Brockamour Manor in Niagara on the Lake
  • Grape Escape Tour Guide with you thorugh-out the day
  • Planned route to your requested wineries to ensure you get to as many as you can!
  • Additional tastings at any of their partner wineries (subject to availability on the day)


$59 + Tax per person (Niagara on the Lake pick up locations) Price is for transportation only

$10 per person discount on these prices on Fridays & Sundays!!

We can also purchase your “Sip & Sizzle” Touring Passes and bring them out with your Tour Guide to save you the trouble! The Touring Passes are $43 + Tax per person.  Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like us to purchase them for you!

Take a look through the delicious pairings for 2014 below….


2013 Rosé
Grilled Pork Encrusted with Herbes de Provence on a Crostini

2012 Gamay Noir Rosé
Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork with Grilled Tortilla and Garlic Aioli

2011 Estate Series Chardonnay Musqué
Grilled Stuffed Apricots

2012 Private Reserve Gamay Noir
Vine Smoked Lake Perch Wrapped in Wild Boar Bacon

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Bottled
Cabernet Sauvignon Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with a Sour Cherry Marmalade

2012 Pinot Grigio
Grilled Pineapple Served with Gelato di Carlotta’s Coconut Gelato

2012 Cabernet Merlot
Mesquite Grilled Chicken Chipotle Antojito with an Avocado Drizzle

2012 Cabernet Franc Rosé
Chili Spiced Beef Skewer on Toasted Quinoa, Cilantro & Sunflower Seed Salad with Cranberry and Buttermilk Dressing

2013 FRESH Moscato
Honey Glazed Grilled Shrimp & Pineapple Skewer

2009 Noble Rouge
Beef Slider topped with Red Wine Honey Mustard and a Fresh Vegetable Relish

2013 Rosé
Smoked Balsamic Mennonite Sausage topped with Crisped Parmesan Asparagus Spears

2011 Sand and Gravel Cabernet Franc
Charcoal Grilled Lamb Spiedini

2012 Niagara Estate Meritage
“Market Grill” Ontario Pork Slider, Smoked Poblano Relish, Black Cumin Slaw

2012 “The Empress” Chardonnay
PEI Blue Mussels, ‘Grilled and Chilled’ with Dill, Garlic and Shallots

2012 Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Grilled Salmon Tataki, Charred Mushroom Ponzu, Puffed Rice, Cucumber

2012 Merlot
12-Hour Smoked Pulled Pork on Brioche     


2009 VQA Chenin Blanc
Grilled Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

2012 Faux Pas
Pizza on the Grill, Chef’s Choice, Vegan Option.

2012 Shiraz
Ontario Venison & Pancetta Slider finished with Caramelized Onions

2012 Cabernet Franc Rosé
Cabernet Franc Smoked Flank Steak, Grilled Marc’s Mushrooms, Charred Tomato Vinaigrette

2011 Chardonnay
Grilled Pork Belly with Wild Leek and Local Honey

Tollgate Fumé Blanc 
Grilled Asparagus with Olive Oil and Monforte Feta Cheese

2013 Riesling
Grilled Sea Scallop Skewer with Grapefruit and Vanilla Gastrique

2012 Gewurztraminer Terroir 
Grilled Vegetable Trio: Smoky, Blackened, Spicy

2009 Dean’s List Pinot Noir
Balsamic Marinated Grilled Ontario Asparagus Wrapped with House Cured Maple Bacon

2012 Trius Riesling
Pork Pastrami Sausage with Riesling Sauerkraut

Call us now to reserve your accommodation & wine tour!


Brockamour Manor (circa 1809)

Win a Niagara-on-the-Lake Getaway for 2!

Win a Niagara-on-the-Lake Getaway for Two!

Between now and January 17, 2014, you have a chance to win one of five getaways for two. All you have to do is follow us on Twitter —@TheWineLadies or @OntarioBnBs. During each contest period (for instance, the first phase of the five-phase contest is from noon, Friday, October 11 to 11 a.m., Friday, October 25), simply tweet hashtag #NiagaraBBTWLContest. Sample Tweets, which you can modify as you see fit, are:


#NiagaraBBTWLContest Enter me in @TheWineLadies contest to win a getaway for two in Beautiful Niagara @OntarioBnBs


@TheWineLadies stay in a #NiagaraBBTWLContest 5 great getaway packages @OntarioBnBs


@TheWineLadies @OntarioBnBs WIN  a getaway #NiagaraBBTWLContest @TheIceHouseWine @Hinterbrook @RiverviewWinery.


Each time you tweet (or re-tweet our Tweets) using the hash tag #NiagaraBBTWLContest, your name will be entered into our draw for a chance to win the prize. Keep entering every day for your chance to win one of five great prizes. Be sure to add @TheWineLadies @OntarioBnBs at the end of your Tweet as well so we can track it. If you don’t Tweet, you can also enter on The Wine Ladies FACEBOOK Fan page.


Below are the schedule and list of getaways:


One-night Fabulicious getaway between November 14 and 21, 2013, valued at $550, consisting of one night’s accommodation for two at the A La Gallerie B&B; dinner for two at The Epicurean; a complimentary tour of the Chocolate F/X Factory for up to six persons plus a Truffle Gift Pack and a tour for up to six persons to Hinterbrook; a wine-tasting pass for two at Riverview Cellars Winery; and a welcome bottle of 2007 Northern Ice Vidal Icewine from the Ice House Winery. Enter to win this prize between noon, Friday, October 11 and 11 a.m., Friday, October 25. Winner will be drawn at noon on Friday, October 25.



Two-nights’ getaway for two for the weekend of December 6 & 7, 2013, valued at $585, consisting of two nights’ accommodation for two at Brockamour Manor; a complimentary tour of the Chocolate F/X Factory for up to six persons plus a Truffle Gift Pack and a tour for up to six persons to Hinterbrook; a wine-tasting pass for two at Riverview Cellars Winery; and a welcome bottle of 2007 Northern Ice Vidal Icewine from the Ice House Winery. Enter to win this prize between noon, Friday, October 25 and 11 a.m., Friday, November 8. Winner will be drawn at noon on Friday, November 8.



Two-night getaway for two for the weekend of December 13 & 14, 2013, valued at $675, consisting of two nights’ accommodation for two at the Mary Street B&B; an afternoon wine tour for two with Grape Escape Wine Tours; a complimentary tour of the Chocolate F/X Factory for up to six persons plus a Truffle Gift Pack and a tour for up to six persons to Hinterbrook; a wine-tasting pass for two at Riverview Cellars Winery; and a welcome bottle of 2007 Northern Ice Vidal Icewine from the Ice House Winery. Enter to win this prize between noon, Friday, November 8 and 11 a.m., Friday, November 22. Winner will be drawn at noon on Friday, November 22.



Two-night getaway for two for the weekend of January 24 & 25, 2014 (Icewine Festival Weekend), valued at between $560 and $1,060, consisting of two nights’ accommodation for two at Carbonnel B&B; a baking lesson with wine and food tasting for up to six persons ($100/person) at Willow Cakes and Pastries; a complimentary tour of the Chocolate F/X Factory for up to six persons plus a Truffle Gift Pack and a tour for up to six persons to Hinterbrook; a wine-tasting pass for two Riverview Cellars Winery; and a gift pack featuring two bottles of wine from Coyote’s Run Estate Winery. Enter to win this prize between noon, Friday, November 22 and 11 a.m., Friday, December 6. Winner will be drawn at noon on Friday, December 6.



Two-night getaway for two any time in February 2014 (Days of Wine and Chocolate), valued at $650, consisting of two nghts’ accommodation for two at Girasole B&B; two entrées at The Old Firehall Restaurant in St. David’s; a complimentary tour of the Chocolate F/X Factory for up to six persons plus a Truffle Gift Pack and a tour for up to six persons to Hinterbrook; a wine-tasting pass for two and a gift pack featuring two bottles of wine from Riverview Cellars Winery. Enter to win this prize between noon, Friday, January 3, 2014, and 11 a.m., Friday, January 17, 2014. Winner will be drawn at noon on Friday, January 17, 2014.


Rules & Regulations

All prizes may not be sold, have no cash value, and must be accepted as awarded or will be considered null and void. Any request for a refund will not be considered. Any participating sponsor reserves the right to offer a comparable trip in the event of an Act of God, or other unforeseen circumstances. Dates will not be extended.


The prize winner and companion are solely responsible for all costs not expressly described herein. If travel documents are required as in the case of Americans, it is the sole responsibility of the prize winner and companion to obtain all necessary travel documentation including passports prior to making any travel arrangements.


This contest is open to all legal residents of Canada who have attained the age of 21, except members of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association and sponsoring or affiliated companies and persons with whom they are domiciled. The odds of winning depend on the total number of entries received. Contest void where prohibited.


Posted by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association


Enjoy Niagara Fresh Fruit in Brockamour’s Breakfasts!



It’s strawberry season in Niagara-on-the-Lake!   Strawberries made their sweet & delicious debut in June and will continue their show well into July.  Cherries are just showing up at roadside vendors around the Niagara region.  We bought our first sweet cherries today at our favourite vendor, Quiet Acres.  Also available were garlic scapes, rhubarb, currants, and of course, strawberries!  Other great fruits that will be available in July are:  apricots, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, peaches (we love peaches), and raspberries. 

If you are a vegetable lover, July brings beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, garlic, peas, spinach & zucchini.  There isn’t much that doesn’t grow here in Niagara!  At Brockamour Manor we try to incorporate as much of the fresh, yummy produce as we can into our breakfasts.  Every day during the growing season you will find at least one (and usually several) of the local Niagara fruits or vegetables. 

In Niagara-on-the-Lake we love a festival and what better to celebrate than Niagara fruit:

Annual Cherry Festival – Saturday, July 6th – fresh cherries, jam, pies & more at St. Mark’s Church, 41 Byron Street – 905-468-3123

Peach Celebration – Saturday, August 10th – Celebrate the peach harvest on the main street (Queen Street) with entertainment, peaches, peach desserts and drinks.

Peach Festival – Sunday, August 11th – Enjoy all things peach and a day of activities at St. Vincent de Paul Church grounds.  Noon – 5 pm.  905-468-7272.

Annual Niagara Wine Festival – Saturday, September 14th – Sunday, September 29th – Celebrate Niagara’s most famous fruit – the Grape! – wine tasting, tours, seminars, concerts, cuisine 905-688-0212