Photostory: A taste of Prince Edward County

–Thanks to the Ontario Culinary Tourism Daily for mentioning this article in their August 23, 2012 edition. 

As sailors, we’ve spent many a happy day sailing out of Waupoos Marina on beautiful Lake Ontario.

Waupoos, near Picton, is in Prince Edward County, which has long been known for its history, scenic shorelines, unique island character, and fresh local produce.

Today, the county is an up-and-coming Ontario wine region boasting scads of wineries and Canada’s newest viticultural designation.

The area still attracts families with its friendly rural character — where else can you buy veggies on the honour system? — and 800 kilometres of beaches, but now it’s also a premier food and wine destination.

In fact, the Globe and Mail has called it “the Gastronomic Capital of Ontario.” World class chefs and award-winning wineries as well as gorgeous views make for a sensory treat second to none.

We try to go at least once a year to check out the new wineries and sample the county’s delights. It is also a seriously photogenic region! I was charmed and delighted by so many things….

We indulged ourselves, tasting wines and spirits at Karlo Estates, 66 Gilead DIstillery,  LaceyLighthall Vineyards, Exultet, By Chadsey’s Cairns and eating at Portabella,  Milford Bistro and Blumen. We had to drop by Vicki’s Veggies as well for organic produce. There’s nothing like it!

In the past we have enjoyed the Merrill Inn, the Carriage House, Huff Estates, Long Dog, Sandbanks, Closson Chase, Rosehallrun and the County Cider Company.

Truly, it’s all good.

Karlo Estates grapes on the vine. These are a new varietal you probably haven’t seen called Frontenac Gris. Karlo uses these for their rosé. They can withstand temperatures down to -40 C.

The barn is old; the winery is new and Exultet is already winning awards in Canada!

Karlo Estates tasting room and sales are located in an old barn.

Liquid sunshine, bottled.

Heirloom tomatoes at Vicki’s Veggies.

Vicki’s heirloom tomatoes in a salad at the Milford Bistro matched with wine from Exultet.

Lavender adds to the ambience at Closson Chase.

A huge old tree stands guard By Chadsey’s Cairns.

Richard Johnston, the owner of By Chadsey’s Cairns, was there to introduce his wines and share his passion for wine-making.

My mother had a grand old time time swinging on an old-fashioned swing at 66 Gilead Distillery. She hadn’t been on one in a long time. She’s a young 84, isn’t she?

26 thoughts on “Photostory: A taste of Prince Edward County

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  2. It was difficult to get into as the screen kept freezing but I enjoyed your photography and writing Sherry – sent it on to a girl at work who goes to California and Cleveland for wine tasting. Why not try Ontario?! Love the photo of your Mom – her happy spirit keeps her young!

  3. Thank you so much for coming by to visit and your very generous comments! I have been reading Lightstalking for some time now and want to thank you for all your efforts to promote the work of others and share knowledge. I’m amazed by how you manage to make so many excellent images. I would love to do more HDR so I will be looking to your site for tips and inspiration.

  4. I am so happy to have met you today Sherry! Your photography is absolutely wonderful!!! All of the pictures can easily stand alone as fabulous works! When pulled together with your post here, it becomes much more than that! I have sent this post out to my entire social network and hope that many new people come and visit you here, they will really enjoy it. I have also signed up my RSS reader to your feed, so I won’t be missing any of your posts. Wonderful work, my friend, really looking forward to more!

  5. Great story on your travels to your wine country. This country never ceases to amaze me with its beauty and its gifts! So glad you shared your Mom picture.

  6. Hi Sherry – I agree with Fran – wonderfully tempting shots! And the photo of the grapes reminds me of Keats’s lines from Ode to a Nightingale:

    O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been
    Cooled a long age in the deep-delved earth,
    Tasting of Flora and the country green,
    Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth!
    O for a beaker full of the warm South
    Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene
    With beaded bubbles winking at the brim
    And purple-stainèd mouth…

    Thanks, my friend! Mary Lou

  7. Well, my post worked then, Fran! I wanted to get your mouth watering and entice you to try the delights of the county. And yes, I was pretty chuffed to press the shutter at the right time to capture Mum having such a good time! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Wonderful pictures, they made me hungry and thirsty, time for wine. Your mum was captured at just the right moment, you go GIRL…..Fran

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