Niagara Falls Blog

Spotlight on Mahtay Cafe

nfhblog1Eating in and around Niagara Falls is one of the many highlights enjoyed by almost every tourist who travels to the region. From a family of four driving in from Ohio to newlyweds fresh off an airplane, the variety of food available throughout the region and the high quality with which it is source, prepared, and served is sure to satisfy — especially if you know where to go and you choose each meal with care.

Thanks in many ways to the farm-to-table movement popular throughout North America, Niagara’s restaurant scene has ushered in a new and delicious era for everyone who visits here. One establishment that deserves a bit of extra attention, Mahtay Café is an unusual place that serves up excellent fare and plenty of entertainment offerings to boot. Located in St. Catharines, plan on having at least one meal here the next time you find yourself in Niagara.

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Mahtay Café got its start as a community-oriented space centered on the creativity and sharing inherent in what the owners call the “healthy yerba-mate lifestyle.” Known by the Guarani people as the “drink of the gods,” yerba mate is a high-octane tea that is credited with everything from boosting the immune system and rebalancing poor sleep patterns to increasing energy and lowering cholesterol. A tea that has been traditionally drunk within a community, it’s that sense of individual rejuvenation amidst others that lies at the core of what Mahtay Café seeks to provide for their customers.

Food

Without a doubt, the centerpiece of the restaurant is its excellent food. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options abound, but meat-eaters won’t feel left out at all. While many people assume a vacation has to pack on a few pounds whether you like it or not, when you eat a meal or two at Mahtay, you can easily protect your waistline — if that’s what you’re after.

Delicious salads, hearty nachos, memorable breakfast sandwiches, flatbread pizza — much of what they serve is straightforward, but it all has that same je ne sais quoi unique to the café’s food. Whether you’re a picky eater, a foodie, or someone for whom food is just a means to an end, you’re unlikely to look down upon your eating experience at this restaurant.

Music

nfhblog2Another reason to put Mahtay Café on your vacation itinerary is their robust music calendar. Not only will it give you a sense of the original music happening in and around the region, but most of their shows also happen earlier in the evening, which means you don’t have to be a night owl to enjoy it.

The first Sunday of every month marks their Twilight Jazz Series for lovers of jazz and improvisation. Every Thursday is Open Mic night where budding songwriters and established artists, poets and spoken word aficionados all take the stage for experience and to receive some nonjudgmental feedback. The rest of the nights are taken up with artist conversations, local bands, CD release parties, and even musical theatre productions. No matter what kind of live entertainment you prefer, it’s likely you’ll find something to interest you at Mahtay Café.

Whenever you next find yourself in Niagara, be sure to head over to St. Catharines for a night of great food and great entertainment at Mahtay Café.


The Best Places to Enjoy Niagara Falls From Indoors

nfhblog3Without a doubt, the number one reason people venture to Niagara Falls is to take in the area’s famous waterfalls. Made up of a trio of waterfalls that includes the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara Falls may not be the world’s largest or tallest waterfall, but it does have the world’s largest flow rate, which makes for a stunning and awe-inspiring view as well as a constant and deafening roar.

How could it be otherwise? Roughly 1/5th of the world’s fresh water makes its way over Niagara Falls as six million cubic feet of water careen over the 165-foot drop every minute.

Taking in the falls in person is, of course, the ideal way to experience them, but as any visitor to Niagara in spring or winter can tell you — some days, the weather just doesn’t want to cooperate with that goal.

Thankfully, getting a good look at Niagara Falls isn’t something that has to happen in accordance with Mother Nature’s whims. Here are a handful of places from which you can enjoy an exceptional view of all that water while simultaneously enjoying the comfort, ease, and warmth of being indoors.

The Rainbow Room

One of the region’s finest and most celebrated restaurants, The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra not only provides its guests with excellent food sourced from local farms and an exceptional area wine list, but the view from the dining room is also one of the finest that can be had in the area.

Whether you enjoy a five-course meal in the evening and are therefore able to take in the waterfalls amidst their sea of colorful lights or you eat a superb lunch set against the backdrop of the waterfalls as they appear during the midday, a meal at The Rainbow Room is sure to allow you plenty of time to gape at the falls while pleasing your palette from the comfort of indoors.

Christienne Fallsview Spa

Take in the view while sinking into unparalleled relaxation with a stint at Christienne Fallsview Spa. Luxurious to a fault, the offerings at Christienne are myriad, ranging from facials and massages to pedicures and aromatherapy. Whatever you choose, be sure to spend some time soaking in the infinity hydrotherapy tub that offers a ceiling to floor view of the waterfalls while you bask in total tranquility inside the spa.

Skylon Tower Observation Deck

nfhblog4With indoor and outdoor observation decks, the view from Skylon Tower is impressive any time of day or night and in almost any weather—provided there isn’t so much rain or snow in the air that the view is obstructed.

Get a grand look at everything from the waterfalls and the Niagara Falls tourist district to the luscious, rolling countryside and even the Buffalo and Toronto skylines. Not for those who are afraid of heights, the 52-second elevator ride takes guests 775-feet up into the air. The view really is exceptional, and it can all be experienced without needing to brave the weather if conditions are less than optimal or you’ve simply forgotten to bring along your jacket.

Taking in Niagara Falls’ eponymous waterfalls is an essential part of visiting the region, but doing so doesn’t have to mean you get cold, wet, or even windswept.


3 Reasons to Head to Fallsview for Entertainment This April

NFHblog1Regardless of the time of year, visitors to Niagara Falls can count on a number of truisms holding fast: The waterfalls will look amazing. The wineries will keep putting out award-winning wines. The hotels will continue to provide some of the most comfortable and convenient accommodations in all of North America, and the food at our farm-to-table restaurants will highlight the region’s bounty.

From the dead of winter to the height of summer’s craze, Niagara is a reliable destination, which is why some of the world’s best entertainers choose to come here regardless of whether the crowds have returned. If you’re headed our way this April, here are three of the events taking place at the Avalon Theatre in Fallsview Casino that you won’t want to miss.

Solid Gold Motown

From April 7th through April 16th, the world of Motown will come alive at the Avalon Theatre. Named after Motor City: Detroit, Michigan, Motown Records was founded back in 1959. Showcasing and curating the absolute best in popular black music, within just a few short years, Motown Records was the most successful label in the United States.

When you take in the experience of the singers and dancers in Solid Gold Motown, you’ll see and hear why: From The Supremes and The Temptations to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, the sights and sounds of Motown include some of the most iconic American music ever made. Sink into the luscious sounds of one of pop music’s Golden Eras with this musical revue. Tickets are just $25, and some days feature a matinee performance.

The B-52s

Proof that even the strange can sometimes become popular, The B-52s have enjoyed a memorable and storied career with hits such as “Love Shack,” “Rock Lobster,” “Roam,” and “Dance This Mess Around.” An American band that first formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976, The B-52s feature male and female vocals and a look that’s expertly culled from the psychedelic 1960s.

For fun and danceable songs that don’t take themselves too seriously, The B-52s provide a perfect night of music. They’ll perform at Fallsview for one night only on April 23rd at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $45.

Grand Funk Railroad

NFHblog2An American rock and roll band steeped in the American blues tradition, Grand Funk Railroad was one of the most sought-after and beloved bands of the 1970s. Originally from Flint, Michigan, the band found massive success thanks to hits like “The Loco-Motion,” “We’re an American Band,” “Bad Time, ” and “Some Kind of Wonderful” and a daunting touring schedule that found them playing arena after arena all over the world.

After the height of their success in the ‘70s, the band members went their separate ways except for occasional reunion shows or tours. These days, they tour around 40 days a year, and one of those days finds them in the Avalon Theatre on April 30th at 9 p.m. Tickets start at just $25, which, for anyone who loved rock and roll in the 1970s, is an incredible deal.

So, bring your love for music and fun to Niagara’s Fallsview Casino this April for rock and roll, Motown, and the best in weirdo pop music.


The Best Snacks to Take Hiking in Niagara in the Spring

NFHblog1Spring hikes in Niagara are not for the faint of heart, even if they only last an hour or two. While the region is certainly beautiful any time of the year, the wild and wooly weather that sometimes strikes during March and April can make for some wet, chilly, and surprising outdoor experiences.

Whether you’re planning a trip into the Niagara Glen or you’re headed out along the Bruce Trail, don’t get caught in a storm without a snack or two to energize you. Here are some of the best snacks to take along with you when you’re traveling to the Niagara region and hoping to take in a hike this spring.

Hot Chocolate

Few people would say hot chocolate qualifies as a “snack,” but that’s just because they’re aren’t exercising their imaginations properly. Full of easy-to-consume calories and bursting with just the right amount of caffeine, a thermos full of hot chocolate is a great and delicious snack. Especially on those spring days when winter’s chill is still very present or when a cold rain is likely to fall on you, a thermos of hot chocolate totally hit the spot.

Stop by a Tim Horton’s or Niagara Falls’ Paris Crepes Cafe to fill up your thermos before you hit the trail.

Pizza Strips

Many Canadians and Americans agree that there’s no such thing as a bad time to eat pizza. Hot, cold, homemade, or gourmet, pizza tastes great whenever you’re lucky enough to eat it no matter what you’re doing. When you’re vacationing in Niagara, there are plenty of places to get a delicious-tasting pie, whether you get wood-fired pizza from Antica or a perfectly tasty and unassuming pizza from Frank’s. So, plan accordingly.

The day before you head out on a hike, order up some pizza and be sure to get more than you need. Then, before you pack it up, cut the leftover slices into easy to carry strips. That way, when you’re out on your hike the next day, no matter what type of bad weather or muddy conditions greet you, you’ll have a pizza snack to look forward to that will vastly improve your hunger pangs and your spirits.

The Perfect Sandwich

NFHblog2The perfect sandwich is a great snack companion on any hike, regardless of the season or the location. In fact, the only downside to the perfect sandwich when you’re hiking is having been able to find it before you set out. Lucky for you, when you’re hiking in Niagara, numerous perfect sandwich opportunities are available. Here are a handful to choose from that will make any spring hike — no matter how cold, wet, or crummy — absolutely perfect:

  • The Prime Rib Sandwich at Canyon Creek.
  • The Fig and Prosciutto at Easy Street Sandwiches and Treats.
  • The Ham and Cheese from The Famous.

So, don’t let the conditions in and around Niagara discourage you from heading out for a spring hike or two. Especially if you load up on snacks like these, you’ll always have plenty of delicious calories to lift your spirits and your energy level.


3 Reasons to Enjoy St. Patty’s Day in Niagara

nfhblog1Whether you’re of bona-fide Irish stock or you just love a grand excuse to revel in Irish culture for a day, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular and most celebrated holidays in all of Europe and North America. Marked by all things green, lucky, and boozey, and punctuated by parades far and near, the religious feast day of the patron saint of Ireland is an almost-guaranteed day of excess and fun — no matter where you mark it.

If you’re planning a spring trip to the Niagara Peninsula, you’ll we can don green with gusto as you’ll find plenty of Irish-related entertainment popping up all over the region. From the world’s shortest parade to our most authentic Irish pub, here are three of the many reasons you should consider enjoying St. Patty’s Day in Niagara.

The Parade

Started in the 1970s, the Niagara Falls St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place at 4:45pm every March 17th in front of the Niagara Falls Conference Center, and to call it “short,” is to give it too much credit. Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a local Catholic priest or two, regional politicians, someone in the role or St. Patrick, and a well-dressed leprechaun are all that make up the world’s shortest parade. After a small smattering of steps, the parade participants leave the parade “route” and head indoors to the conference center for a party that includes plenty of beer, food, and entertainment. For an unusual St. Patrick’s Day event that won’t take up too much time — especially if the weather is foul — the parade is a perfect break in a day of celebration.

The Pub

Doc Magilligan’s is an authentic Irish pub and restaurant centrally located on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls. Owned by a family whose descendants go all the way back to Dungiven, Ireland, everything from its menu to its rich, tasteful decor feels plucked from the hills and dales of Ireland making a meal and a drink at

Doc Magilligan’s feel like a trip to the Motherland any time of year. Around St. Patrick’s Day, however, they pull out all the stops with live music, dancing, specials, and throngs of revelers. Eat authentic Irish food from breakfast until late at night, and drink pint after pint of Guinness to go along with it. If you want your Niagara Falls St. Patty’s experience to feel something like it might if you were to head over to Ireland, get to Doc Magilligan’s early and stay late.

The Green Waterfalls

nfhblog2While the trio of waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls are stunning any time of year, day or night, St. Patrick’s Day night finds them in a rare and Irish-themed hue. Most nights out of the year, the waterfalls are bathed in a rainbow of colors, but when March 17th rolls around, the falls go green. If you’ve never seen millions of gallons of green-tinted water rushing through the dark of night with a deafening roar while merrymaking is all around you, you’ve never experienced St. Patrick’s Day in Niagara.

Spend March 17th with us, and let your inner leprechaun loose in a place he’ll feel right at home.


What to Look for at the 6th Annual Greater Niagara Region Home and Garden Show 2016

NFHblog5The Niagara Peninsula is easily one of the most fertile places in all of Canada and North America as is evidenced by our wealth of wineries, vineyards, orchards, and farms. Blessed with a mild climate, an abundance of fresh water, and rich, well-draining soil, it’s common practice for many people in the region — not just professional famers, landscaping companies, and vineyard owners — to plant and maintain impressive gardens and tend to luscious and intentional landscapes.

Maybe that’s the reason why one of the newest annual traditions in the Niagara region is the early spring home and garden show held the first weekend in March at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

Whether you’re coming to Niagara for a quick romantic getaway, a business meeting, or to take in some much-needed R&R at one of the world’s best tourist destinations, if you love home improvement, landscaping, or gardening, plan your Niagara trip to coincide with this event.

Open to the public from Friday, March 4th at 2 p.m. through Sunday, March 6th at 5 p.m., for just $7.00, you can see, read, listen, sample, and learn from some of the best in the home, garden, and landscaping industries. Full of exhibits, displays, vendors, and demonstrations, here is some of what you should look for at the 6th Annual Greater Niagara Region Home and Garden Show.

The Complete Home Improvement Centre

NFHblog6For anyone who loves renovating, updating, or just generally improving a home, this year’s Complete Home Improvement Centre will be a definite highlight. Learn tricks and tips for those do-it-yourself projects you’ve been putting off. Discover the latest in materials and design, from flooring and roofing to storage and lighting.

Even if you’re completely satisfied with your home the way it is now, you’re likely to find great ideas and products that will help you make better decisions about what to do in the future.

Garden, Landscape and Outdoor Living Showcase

While the landscapers and gardening experts taking part in the Greater Niagara Region Home and Garden Show will mostly be offering insight and advice for homeowners and growers in the Niagara region, much of the information you can glean about getting your yard and flowerbeds ready for warmer weather is applicable no matter where you live.

Find out what to plant for a robust-looking summer yard. Learn about when to put spring flowers in the ground and how to keep them safe from late frosts. Discover which trees, bushes, and plants will keep your yard and landscaping looking great through the autumn months. For anyone looking to bone up on how to best improve the look of their home’s exterior, the Garden, Landscape, and Outdoor Living Showcase should not be missed.

Gardening Seminars

As the trend toward a larger and healthier local food economy continues to gather steam throughout North America, one thing anyone with a little bit of earth can do to help out is plant a garden. Whether you own a half-acre or you just have a little roof space on which to place some raised beds, the Gardening Seminars held throughout the weekend will answer many of your questions about how to garden most effectively given your space and your ambition.

For home, land, and garden improvement Niagara-style, head to the Scotiabank Convention Centre this March 4th through the 6th.


5 Reasons You’d Rather Spend Your College Spring Break in Niagara

nfhblog1.jpfWhen it comes to possible college spring break destinations, cooler climes rarely make the list as students flock by the thousands to warm and sunny beaches throughout the southern United States. While many enjoy a rowdy week off from studying and other adult-like responsibilities, the endless party and beach scene isn’t a fit for everyone.

If you’re wondering where to spend your upcoming college Spring Break, but you’d rather avoid tending to sunburn and talking about which bar has the best Jello shots, consider spending a week in Niagara. From the giant indoor water park to the lower drinking age, the area has a lot to recommend it — especially for college students looking for a great experience that won’t require them to forego plenty of rest and relaxation.

1. The Water Park

One of North America’s largest indoor water parks can be found in Niagara Falls at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. Filled with 125,000 square feet of water-centered entertainment, you can zip down a six-story high water slide, hit the full-size wave pool, and relax in the adults-only hot tub. For water fun that can keep you and your friends entertained without requiring any sun block, Fallsview is perfect.

2. The Drinking Age

Especially for students who are attending college in the United States, spending a week in Niagara — with its legal drinking age of 19 — is an obvious perk. Why spend your Spring Break with a fake ID and the potential for legal woes somewhere in the U.S.? As long as you’re 19 and drink responsibly, you can enjoy everything from the area’s world-renowned wine to a happy hour Long Island Iced Tea.

3. The Poutine

nfhblog2If there’s one thing college students do on a regular basis, it’s eat inexpensive comfort food at all hours of the day. While pizza, nachos, burgers, and donuts are all available in the Niagara region for your Spring Break enjoyment, a popular Canadian dish called poutine can be had as well.

French fries covered in fresh cheese curd and gravy, poutine is one of those dishes whose simplicity betrays its remarkable tastiness, and you can find it at a dozen different restaurants in the area with a dozen different variations.

4. The Scenery

Whether you routinely take photos for your own personal enjoyment or for the enjoyment of others in posts to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, the scenery at Niagara Falls is its own perfect reason to spend your Spring Break here. The waterfalls, the parks, the Niagara River, the vineyards, and farms — the entire Niagara Peninsula is ripe for unforgettable photos.

5. The Pace

While it’s true that Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, March and April aren’t busy times. For the college student genuinely in need of a break, the slow and easy pace of Niagara in spring is ideal. You’ll have no crowds to push through and few waits to endure at concerts, bars, restaurants, and wineries.

Spring Break in Niagara will afford you the chance to spend your time exactly as you choose at the speed you desire so when you head back to school, you’ll be truly rejuvenated.

Spend your Spring Break in Niagara and get the rest you need while having the time of your life.


3 Performances You Won’t Want to Miss in Niagara Falls This March

NFHblog3Niagara Falls has long been a great tourist destination, regardless of whether the tourist in question loved wine, waterfalls, music, or gambling. The region is just so rich in diverse opportunities for enrichment and entertainment that almost anyone can have the time of their lives here.

That’s especially true for people who love live music. From international pop stars to Canadian rock and roll legends, performers of the highest caliber routinely make memorable stops in Niagara Falls. If you’re planning a trip to the region in March and you love live music, here are three performances you won’t want to miss.

1. Don Felder

One of the greatest and most-recognized musicians of the 20th century, Don Felder ended up being the lead guitarist for the Eagles for over 25 years, ushering in the momentum that changed the band’s sound from country to rock and roll. A songwriter who also occasionally sang lead vocals in the band, Felder is credited with writing the music to the massive hit, “Hotel California.”

While he is most well-known for his work with the Eagles, Felder has also worked with a number of other artists over the years including the Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand, and Diana Ross, and he’s performed solo since the early 2000s. He can almost always be spotted with one of two signature guitars, a Gibson Les Paul or a Gibson EDS-1275. As a live performer, Felder is electrifying, and fans can see him March 3rd, 4th, or 5th at the Fallsview Casino Resort.

2. Dreamer

NFHblog4For fans of 1970s and 1980s British rock and roll, few groups were as entertaining and unforgettable as Supertramp, and the cover band Dreamer is as close to the real deal as you can get. They are an eight-piece, live rock-and-roll band that features everything from clarinet and trombone to keyboards and guitar.

Dreamer performs the stunning and complicated arrangements of all the best Supertramp songs, from the massive hits to the deep cuts. Hear surprisingly faithful renditions of Supertramp classics like “Breakfast in America,” “The Logical Song,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Cannonball,” and many, many more. You can catch Dreamer at the Seneca Queen Theatre on March 5th at 8 p.m. Tickets start at just under $25.

The Leahy’s

For decades, lovers of music and dance flocked to performances by The Leahy Family, a Canadian folk music group with Irish roots that toured the world. Eight of 11 siblings first banded together in the 1980s to step dance, sing and play songs, and while their name is a bit different, the great music continues. Since that time, they’ve played thousands of shows and put out numerous records and singles. Today, the eight siblings are still on the road together with a renewed emphasis on songwriting and singing. For lovers of traditional Irish music and new folk, The Leahy’s can’t be beat. They’re playing the Scotiabank Convention Centre on March 19th. Tickets are $35.

Every day brings with it another reasons to visit the Niagara Falls region. If you’re a lover of music, plan your trip now for March, when these three great performances will all be taking place.


Eat Your Heart Out in Abruzzo (in Niagara)

NFHblog1One of the most exciting aspects of any vacation is getting to eat three square meals a day in a brand-new place. From Chicago to Paris to the outback of Australia, food is one of the best reflections of history, culture, people, and place.

While it’s true that almost any trip will afford you new dishes to taste, for the visitor to Niagara, taste is an experience that is second to none. From the many excellent restaurants gracing the city of Niagara Falls to the farm-to-table establishments in the towns and wineries that make up the Niagara Peninsula, eating in Niagara need never be an afterthought.

Nowhere is this truer than in the Rainbow Room, a fine dining Italian restaurant operated under the watchful and creative eye of celebrity chef, Massimo Capra. Born in Italy, Capra routinely offers specialty culinary events at the Rainbow Room centered on the regions or towns of his homeland, and on Friday, March 4th, he’s highlighting Abruzzo.

About Abruzzo

Abruzzo is a region in Italy that covers just over 4,000 square miles and is home to some 1.3 million people. Known as a land of poets and artists, the people hold fast to many forms of traditional artisanship including their pasta making. Considered the greenest area in all of Europe, roughly one third of the area has been set aside as protected nature preserves and national parks. Abruzzo’s parks and reserves are, in many ways, responsible for assisting in the survival of up to 75 percent of the wildlife in Europe, including many rare species such as the Golden Eagle, the Apennine Wolf, and the Small Wading Dotterel. It is a diverse and fertile place, and, of course, it’s known for its cuisine.

Abruzzo Cuisine

True to form, the region of Abruzzo has fantastic food that differs in many ways from other parts of Italy. For instance, roast lamb is a common regional ingredient and is enjoyed in a wide variety of incarnations. Some of the area’s most popular dishes include:

  • Maccheroni alla Chitarra, a pasta that is similar in shape to spaghetti that is formed when pressed through a chitarra.
  • Gnocchi carrati, a dish that includes bacon, pecorino, and eggs.
  • Pastuccia, a polenta stew that features eggs, cheese, and sausage.
  • Pecora al cotturo, which is lamb that has been stuffed with a wide variety of mountain herbs before being cooked in a copper pot.

The Rainbow Room Event

NFHblog2The cuisine of Abruzzo will be on full display during the night of the March 4th culinary event, and each course will be paired with wine from the region as well. Masciarelli Winery is a fantastic winery that started with a vineyard that covered just 2.5 hectares. Today, it boasts over 300 hectares scattered across the Abruzzo region, which allows for wines that aren’t just distinct to Abruzzo but distinct to the many different terroirs within the region. Abruzzo, then, is honored in every bite and sip taken throughout this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

For a taste of Abruzzo while you’re in the heart of Niagara, reserve your seat at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra now.


Pairings and Icewine: How to Get It Right

nfnblogj7.jpegTo many people around the world, Niagara’s claim to fame begins and ends with the stunning trio of waterfalls for which it is named. What other reason could there possibly be to travel to the Niagara region except to gaze upon such a majestic and unparalleled onslaught of water?

Well, you could list the restaurants, festivals, biking, fireworks, parks system, and entertainment, but if you want to give a single, simple answer: icewine will suffice. Known as “liquid gold,” icewine is the crown jewel of Niagara’s viticulture in many ways. Delicate, delicious, and difficult to make, icewine is harvested during the winter months but easily enjoyed all year long — especially when you know what to serve it with.

Cheese

Cheese is an ideal companion to icewine, so long as you use cheeses with strong flavor. Milder cheeses tend to disappear in the presence of icewine’s sweetness and complex acidity, which is why you can always choose blue cheeses like Roquefort or Gorgonzola. If you don’t like blue cheese, hard, aged cheeses also work well. Go for a Parmigiano Reggiano or a very aged Sharp Cheddar.

Spicy Foods

Spicy food is another fabulous pairing for icewine’s sweetness. Whether you’re eating Thai, Indian, Mexican, or Creole, the spicier the dish, the better your glass of icewine will taste. Besides the way its sweetness balances the spices present, icewine — because it’s best served chilled — can also serve as a bit of a cooling presence should your mouth start to feel feverish.

Salty Foods

Another great way to enjoy icewine with a meal is to serve it alongside salty dishes. From anchovies to olives and capers, enjoying icewine in conjunction with salt will enhance your experience of both the food and the wine.

Rich Foods

Finding a sweet wine to compliment rich foods such as foie gras, pate, or a meat such as duck can often be tricky. These types of food are higher in fat, and therefore, the dish doesn’t give up much room to the sugars present in a lot of sweeter wines. However, icewine isn’t just a sweet wine; it also has a welcome amount of acidity in it. This complexity allows icewine allows to complement rich food very well.

nfhblog8.jpegDesserts

It may seem counter-intuitive to add a sweet wine to your dessert course, but icewine pairs exceedingly well with sweeter dishes. Because there is such a wide range of icewine available, you can also get remarkably picky about what type of varietal you serve with what type of dessert. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Vidal icewine pairs quite well with a wide range of fruit-based desserts, whether you’re serving a banana pudding, a peach cobbler, or a pineapple upside-down cake.
  • Riesling Icewine is also prefect with citrus, pineapple, honeydew, and kiwi.
  • Cabernet Franc icewine complements berry-centered desserts whether you’re working with strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. Or, if you’re serving a rich dessert like chocolate, custard, or a crème brulee, look for a Cabernet Franc icewine so that the wine and the creamy richness of your dish won’t be in competition with one another.

Whether you serve it on its own or as an accompaniment to these many food pairing suggestions, Niagara icewine is a treat of exceptional range and quality.