Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Discover Ontario Summer 2015 - Part II

Remember those antique shield-back chairs in my kitchen dining room that I drove all the way to Jordan Ontario to pick up? It was just before Christmas back then, and the entire town looked magical adorned with twinkling lights. I've since always wanted to go back there for a visit. Jordan is also the historic village of the wine country known as the "Niagara Escarpment & Twenty Valley". 

This past weekend Anthony and I attended a beautiful wedding there while celebrating our own anniversary at the same time. One really can't say they've been to Jordan without either staying or dining at the Inn on the Twenty. 

We had a lovely and light luncheon there - a three-course prix fixe menu called "the winemaker's luncheon". We went with our server's recommendation and ordered a bottle of the Cave Springs Riesling Dolomite - it was delicious! 

Kew Vineyards Estate Winery was the first to introduce Riesling into Canada - these vines are almost 40 years old! 

We (I) also did some antique and furniture browsing inside the village. 

Niagara-on-the-lake, a short 30-minute drive from Jordan, is the birthplace of Ontario’s modern wine industry, a place where rural pleasures blend seamlessly with sophisticated entertainment. Prince of Wales Hotel is by far one of its most photographed landmarks. 

Once you are in the heart of Niagara-on-the-lake, make sure you set aside some quality time for the Doug Forsythe Gallery on Picton Street. You won't be disappointed. The gallery is comfortably lit and spacious while keeping all other accessories to a minimum so you can focus on what you are there for. I spent a good half an hour inside the gallery trying to decide which piece to buy because I loved them all. If my house had a more modern setting, I would've picked up one of these paintings. 

I finally decided on the "Sky is Blue" signed limited edition print. The artist Doug Forsythe himself was kind enough to agree to hold on to it and pose for my photo. 

It makes me so happy to look at it every morning while I prepare my first cup of tea. It's my moment of escape before the busy day ahead. 

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