Enjoying some tastings during the Wine Express stop at Colio Estate Wines

On November 26 and 27, 2011, the Lake Erie North Shore wineries are collaboratively hosting Taste the Season. This is an opportunity for them, and you, to give back to the communities that have shown them so much support as this annual event provides needed support to our community’s local food banks. Guests are asked to please bring canned goods or cash donations to any of the participating wineries.

All the wineries will be hosting their own events and activities, but here is a look at what a few are doing:

Colchester Ridge Estate Winery
Enjoy this opportunity to savour wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres amongst the barrels. CREW is taking part in this annual open house which will feature all of their wines packages and prepped for the gift giving season. Shop for your loved ones and make your own holiday wish list in their retail store. You will also have the chance to purchase their exclusive 2008 Gewurztraminer Ice Wine, now on sale until December 31, 2011.

Smith & Wilson Estate Wines
George and Mary Jane Smith welcome you to their annual Winter Open House at The Old Warehouse on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27, 2011 from noon until 5:00pm. Admission is a canned good or a donation to a local food bank. Smith & Wilson will offer you a wide range of wines to sample, including new releases and complimentary food.

Also, like at all the participating wineries, you can enter the draw for the “Taste of the Season Grand Prize” that includes:

There will also be a door prize!

Mastronardi Estate Winery
A festive celebration of wine tastings, culinary delights and live music. Join Mastronardi Estate Winery for barrel room tastings offered at 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

Enter to win a holiday-themed Mastronardi gift basket. In addition, a local chef will be creating and offering delicious pizza cones.

Colio Estate Winery
All weekend sip premium VQA wines, sample tasty tidbits and enjoy musical entertainment from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Two complimentary tours are offered both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm & 3:00pm.

On Saturday try artisan cheese with local guru, Greg Williams and music by Ray Manzerolle. On Sunday see one of a kind gift items and music by Frank Fernandes. Take advantage of Colio’s in-store sales and see their new holiday gift packages, wine accessories and more.