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March 31, 2014

Wineries invite visitors to take a Taste of the Trail

NIAGARA WINE TRAIL: Wine-pairing event takes place during two April weekends.

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At Schulze Vineyards & Winery in Burt, a pasta salad with roasted vegetables, citrus vinaigrette and asiago cheese will be paired with three recommended types of wine, depending on visitors’ preferences — Chardonnay Reserve for the dry palate, Vidal Blanc for the semi dry palate and Niagara for the sweet palate.

“It is one of the nicest events the trail does,” said Ann Schulze of the winery. “We’ve paired with a local shop called Cream & Sugar Ice Cream Café in Lockport. We also paired with them for the February (chocolate-themed) event and they did a beautiful chocolate dessert, so we decided to use them for the April event for the food.

“We’ve found through the years, as events go, we’ll look at how it went and how we can make it better. This restaurant has really done a beautiful job as far as presentation and deliciousness.”

The second weekend of the event will take place at A Gust of Sun Winery and Midnight Run Wine Cellars in Ransomville; Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, Flight of Five Winery, Freedom Run Winery and Niagara Landing Wine Cellars in Lockport; Eveningside Vineyards and Honeymoon Trail Winery in Cambria; Long Cliff Winery in Sanborn and Victorianbourg Wine Estate in Wilson.

Some of the featured pairings include pesto chicken sliders with Lock 68 wine at Flight of Five Winery, a mixed vegetable side dish from Garlock’s Restaurant in Lockport paired with Pinot Noir from Long Cliff Winery or three different flat-bread options paired with three different wines at Freedom Run Winery.

At A Gust of Sun Winery, owners Shane and Erik Gustafson will present a creamy, vegetarian carrot soup infused with the winery’s Sweet Westies White wine (as well as paired with it) and two other wine samples.

Shane Gustafson said that, for those just starting to learn about wine and food pairings, it’s a good idea to start with what you already enjoy.

“When you’re just starting to learn, pick something that you like,” she said. “There are some general guidelines people follow, such as meats with red wines and chicken and fish with white wines ... but if there’s a wine you like, you’ll probably like it with different foods.”

For tickets or more information, visit www.niagarawinetrail.org.

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